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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

This was my first time travelling abroad, and I'm so grateful I was directed to the IVHQ program. Leading up to the program date IVHQ always quickly and thoroughly answered all my questions, made sure I was adequately prepared to travel and always made me feel safe and secure with my decision to travel with them. They also always very clearly emphasized the importance of abroad volunteer work as well as making very clear to keep realistic expectations of your project. Being in medical project there really is only so much one person can do to help, but I knew to go in with an open mind so I came out having learned so much, felt good about the work I'd done and thoroughly enjoyed my time in Cusco. Anybody looking to travel and do a little good at the same time I whole heartedly encourage them to go through IVHQ!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Canada
Posted: Feb 25, 2019
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

AFS

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Canada
Posted: Dec 11, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

NGO Abroad

I have been working as a Registered Nurse for one year and have always had a dream of working overseas and volunteering with an NGO. I am in the very beginning stages of my interaction with this company but I can already tell you that it is exactly as good as you think that it is after your first interaction with Ann. She is knowledgeable beyond belief and is such a wealth of resources. She will work with you and tailor an experience to you that is in your price range whatever that may be. She is passionate about what she does and the money comes second for her (she spoke with me free of charge for two hours after my paid consult). It has already blown my mind the amount of close communication she has had with me this early in the process and I am positive that with her at my fingertips via email while I'm away I will have the experience of a lifetime during my placements in Sri Lanka and Uganda come fall.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Canada
Posted: Mar 2, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
10

NGO Abroad

I have been working as a Registered Nurse for one year and have always had a dream of working overseas and volunteering with an NGO. I am in the very beginning stages of my interaction with this company but I can already tell you that it is exactly as good as you think that it is after your first interaction with Ann. She is knowledgeable beyond belief and is such a wealth of resources. She will work with you and tailor an experience to you that is in your price range whatever that may be. She is passionate about what she does and the money comes second for her (she spoke with me free of charge for two hours after my paid consult). It has already blown my mind the amount of close communication she has had with me this early in the process and I am positive that with her at my fingertips via email while I'm away I will have the experience of a lifetime during my placements in Sri Lanka and Uganda come fall.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Canada
Posted: Mar 2, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
10

International Humanity Foundation

Already finishing up my third week volunteering with IHF, it's today I officially start counting down the last week. This work-study volunteer opportunity is a life experience I will never forget. The welcoming Banda Aceh community, loving children, beautiful scenery and fascinating attractions are just a few of the reasons I will really miss this place once my time here is done.

I've always thought it would feel great to volunteer for an NGO overseas whether it be administrative work, natural disaster clean-up, building or teaching but could never find a short-term opportunity. Knowing I was not in a position to leave for more than a couple months at the most, I left the idea on the back burner. Then I came across International Humanity Foundation on the Volunteer Canada website. Now, instead of having no option, I had 2 short-term options to choose from!

I knew two weeks would not be enough time for me to get an experience which would fulfill my expectations (IHF's voluntourist program), so I chose the four week work-study program; I am so glad I did, and part of me wishes I could stay longer. Although three weeks is a relatively short period, it's enough to give me idea of what it's like to life with less at my fingertips and in turn have such an appreciation for what I have.

The families here are so friendly, always wanting to take the international volunteers around to show Aceh's attractions; museums, shops and beaches to name a few. They enjoy hearing stories about where the volunteers are from, their culture and stories from back home. Wanting to introduce us to their friends and expose us to much of the beautiful Aceh life as possible in the limited times we are all here for.

Along with the local volunteers, the other international volunteers here at IHF Aceh make this a really comfortable experience; I've never had a moment where I didn't feel safe or taken care of. We spend most of our days in each others company and really look out for one another. I could not have asked for a better “fill-in|” family to spend these last three weeks with.

Not only are the people here amazing, the experience in itself is what makes this so memorable. Teaching these passionate, dedicated students to piece together proper English sentences, making new friends from different parts of the world, eating authentic Indonesian meals and even learning a bit of the Indonesian language along the way is just a small slice of my Aceh life list.

Now having a better idea of what's it like to be more involved with IHF; how they operate, spend their money, connect with the community and recruit for volunteers (international and local) and students, will give more confidence in applying for the next short-term volunteer opportunity which comes my way. My passion for volunteering for those in need has increased over the last three weeks thanks to the experience I'm having here. Fundraising, recruiting and forever telling stories about my life changing adventure with IHF Aceh will continue on for a very long time.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Canada
Posted: May 29, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

NGO Abroad

I had the pleasure of connecting with NGO Abroad and Ann during a career consult. I must say that my interaction with Ann was amazing. Ann is a woman of great knowledge and she knows her craft. Ann provided me with insightful and useful tips and ideas with regards to my quest to begin a career in international development. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone. It is practical and effective in its purpose. I think Ann again for her professionalism, insightfulness and knowledge. Anyone who is on the cusp of getting into the exciting career field of international development must first start with a career consult with Ann. She will provide you with much needed information and opportunities.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Canada
Posted: Jan 17, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

This is the first trip to Nepal (and Asia) for myself and my family and we were looking forward to travelling, experiencing a new culture, as well as volunteering to help make a difference. We choose RCDP and have been extremely satisfied for our entire volunteer experience. Everything was well organized, from replies to emails while we were in Canada, phone calls to organize details, airport pick up, language course and instruction in Kathmandu, hostel in Kathmandu, project co-ordination at the project site, to what was expected of us at the monastery. The director, Hom, was always available to work out any unforseen situations (flights being cancelled) and we were treated so well here in Kathmandu and at the project site. My two boys (ages 10 and 12) enjoyed the course, the stay in Kathmandu at the hostel, as well as the volunteer project experience. I think they have made some good friends at the Pema Choling Monastery.

Program:
Location: Canada
Posted: May 11, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Action Volunteer Alliance

Volunteering in Nepal was easily the best decision I ever made and working with AVA was so great for me because it was tailored for what exactly I wanted with the opportunity. I wanted an honest experience. I believe it was honest because I ate the same food that the locals ate, I washed my clothes the way they do etc. Not much was made easier for me because I was a volunteer, however if I had any problems everyone tried to help me out to the best of their abilities. I also had a ton of free time, so with that I got to know some locals outside of the organization so I exposed myself to even more of the Nepalese experience. One of the locals I became close with invited me to many Newari holidays that I otherwise wouldn't have been able to attend. Lastly and most importantly, I loved my placement. I worked at a school and an orphanage and the kids were fantastic. FANTASTIC. I still miss them everyday.

Overall, so amazing. I recommend it for anyone at any point in their life. :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Canada
Posted: Sep 4, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I think about Morocco ALL the time. I miss it so much! I had such an incredible time in Morocco - an experience that definitely would not have been made possible without Projects Abroad. Although I could have traveled to Morocco by myself, there are so many dimensions of my experience that would have been lost. Indeed, it is a bit pricy. However, through going with an organization, my experience felt very authentic, rather than “any other tourist trip.” I felt so immersed in the culture, which is why I think Morocco has resonated so much with me. With Projects Abroad, I had the opportunity to live with a wonderful Moroccan family for three months, work with dozens of Moroccan children, and meet passionate and enthusiastic volunteers.

It was my first time traveling alone, which was slightly daunting. However, I was also very confident when I left for my adventure! I had been communicating with the Projects Abroad team for months. Their thorough and caring responses ensured me that I was in good hands - and I was. Upon arriving at the airport, I was greeted warmly by Adil - a Projects Abroad Morocco Coordinator - who enthusiastically told me about my placement (even though he’d been up since 4am to pick me up!). The Projects Abroad staff all proved to be extremely passionate and caring individuals with a genuine love and enthusiasm for their job. I always felt very safe and I knew I was in good hands; the staff stressed that they were only a phone call away, no matter the time or the concern!

Additionally, the structure of the program is very intelligent, allowing a good balance of volunteering and traveling; meeting travelers and locals. At the end of my experience, I felt very fulfilled; I had seen and experienced way more than I could have even anticipated! I would do everything again, in a heart beat!

My sister is currently planning a trip with Projects Abroad Mongolia. Needless to say, I’m incredibly envious!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Canada
Posted: Jun 25, 2013
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
7

Global Vision International (GVI)

Volunteering with GVI on the community childcare program in Playa del Carmen has been one of the most eye-opening and rewarding experiences of my life. The staff were welcoming and helpful right from my arrival at the Cancun airport. Playa del Carmen is a bustling city with lots to see and a beautiful culture. I met the other project volunteers and interns on the first day when I arrived at the flat. We all got along great and became very close, and continue to keep in touch. After my first visit to the toy library where I was to be volunteering I already had a sense of the amazing impact that was being had on the children there. Through the next two weeks I got to know the toy library teachers and the kids that attended. The teachers were all smiles and made myself and the other volunteers feel very welcome there. The kids were eager to play and learn some English and were happy to have any help I could provide them with their activities given my limited Spanish. I attended Spanish lessons every week day and found it very rewarding to begin to be able to converse with the kids a bit as I picked up the language. I observed and helped implement important lessons learned by the children about peace and love, how to protect themselves, and how to respect themselves and others. I also had enough free time to explore the local beach and nearby sites on the Yucatan, including the amazing Tulum ruins and some cenotes (sinkholes filled with cool clear water that can be snorkelled). Leaving the program, I feel as though I now am more aware of the diverse array of humanitarian needs at all corners of our planet, and now recognize the many ways I can harness my own abilities to make a difference for others in need. I can't wait to travel with GVI once again and continue to make an impact!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Canada
Posted: May 13, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

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