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A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I was nervous before I came to Honduras. I was nervous I would fly across the continent, moving to La Ceiba for a month, and feel like the experience was less about helping people and more a bullet point on my resume. This was not the case. In the mornings I volunteered in the public clinic, cleaning wounds and checking patients in for their consults. Taking vital signs, heights, and weight were all a part if this. These were my favorite times, as I felt useful and humbled by the patience and willingness to help that everyone had while I adjusted to the flow of work in the clinic. In the afternoons I was in the public hospital emergency room, where I helped where I could (mostly stitches and casts); I was also able to see a C-section as well as a live birth. This experience was crucial to my decision to continue studying medicine. I am 20 years old and have just started the pre-med track. I had no prior experience with the exception of taking blood pressures and was able to expand my knowledge and skills enormously. The grace with which the patients handle pain and loss was inspiring, as was the dedication and skills of doctors and nurses I met during my stay. Volunteer work can be confusing, disorienting, and defeating, but in the end, this program was fulfilling in every way I hoped it would be. Thank you to everyone in La Ceiba!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Jul 16, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

The Fiji Marine Conservation Project is on the verge of having some seriously beneficial, lasting effects on the environment in Fiji. I wish all the staff members all the best, and want to thank them for making this such an enjoyable and memorable experience for me. I am sad to be leaving them all, and will miss them dearly.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Sep 23, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Spent the last month on a journalism placement with Coverstory Ltd as a Frontier volunteer - a completely unforgettable experience which I would definitely recommend.

PRE-PROJECT SUPPORT AND COORDINATION
Information and field brief ensured my project was exactly as detailed. However, the website could be improved for ease of access to get this information, and would like to have had access to the field brief sooner than a month before the project. Project blogs/videos very useful to give a clear idea of what to expect.

ACCOMODATION
The homestay with a Fijian family was exactly as expected, due to the helpful vlog tour which I had seen before arrival. Was a brilliant way to properly immerse myself in the culture, the family was incredibly welcoming. In addition, the food provided was both healthy and tasty - the living arrangements, while not overly luxurious, are comfortable and practical.

WORK
The staff were supportive, and willing to answer any questions. Felt my experience was worthwhile due to the range of work and responsibility on offer. Only negative would be the initial workload which meant I spent a couple of days without assignments. Though this was resolved by the third/fourth day, other volunteers expressed similar discontent so does depend on the time of month you arrive and how much is available.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE
Staff on project were amazing - very supportive, genuinely caring and willing to go above and beyond. Only other improvement would be that Frontier more actively encourages volunteers to spend time in their location when the project is finished - I didn't think of this, but would definitely have done it if advised!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Aug 9, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

The Intern Group

It was totally worth it - the six weeks I spent in London with The Intern Group has been an amazing experience. I was a university student at the time and I didn’t want to graduate without having any professional working experience or something nice to put on my CV. The Intern Group did it for me, they put me in a growing company in which I was able to hone my skills as a videographer. Everyone at the company was great and was very keen to show me new things, I was literally learning everyday. I even got to produce a video for the Westminster City Council that was broadcasted on the billboards in Picadilly Circus - ALL of the billboards, not just one!

I am also very grateful for the efforts TIG has put in to bring all the interns together. The complimentary excursions (London Eye, Theatre, High Tea) were very fun and I enjoyed them very much. There were also optional events that we could attend and I met a lot of amazing people that I still keep in touch today. TIG has a truly diverse community of people from different backgrounds. We organised several trips on our own, for example going to Bath and Pub Crawl in Camden, which was all very unforgettable. At last, we were all invited to a summer party, I forgot the name of the place but there were a lot of us :P. I is always great to connect with people who have also stepped outside of their comfort zone to be in the same shoes are you are. It really puts you into perspective and gain a new understanding of your own heritage in comparison to others in this vast, globalised world. 100% recommend!

Program:
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Dec 16, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

My experience on Nosy Be volunteering on the forest program with Frontier was amazing. The camp is in a picturesque location right on the beach and the social life is fantastic. Being so close to the Lokobe reserve provides a unique opportunity to observe many of the most incredible species Madagascar is famous for - chameleons, leaf-tailed geckos, day geckos, lemurs, Mantella frogs and fish eagles to name but a few. This program will provide a truly awesome experience for the wildlife lover to get close to these beautiful animals in the Madagascan rainforest while learning about important survey techniques.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: May 7, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Forum Nexus

I had a great time with Forum Nexus last summer. Learned a lot of things, made a lot of friends. Some of them turned to be extremely closed to me. It's a very cool way to learn about culture, business and team working skills. I highly recommend Forum Nexus for a summer. What's better than getting educated while traveling .

Program: Study Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Apr 29, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Jungle Life in Costa Rica- One of the best experiences of my life, totally unforgettable!

This is the second project I have been on with Frontier and again it has been amazing. The support I received from the London head office before I left was great and the coordinator is lovely. She responded to all my questions promptly and with lots of detail to help me plan my trip and helped me to plan a smooth trip.
The project itself is amazing, it is really well organised and the staff are incredible, they are inspirational, knowledgeable and it is amazing to see people so dedicated to conservation, they have taught us all so much about ecology and conservation. This project has really clear aims and objectives and you can really understand why they are undertaking the studies and what positive impacts that they are aiming for with the wildlife and communities. The array of wildlife I have seen out here, both on surveys and just walking around is out of this world, there are monkeys everywhere, birds singing and flying around, lots of turtles that we get to study and help and so many mammals that they are studying as well.
The camp itself is lovely and there is such a friendly, communal feel and it feels like a big family. I have made friends for life here and will be so sad to leave. I only hope I can come back in a year or 2 to see what else they have achieved.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Nov 16, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Frontier

I only had a really small amount of time towards the end of my summer holidays and I really wanted to spend it abroad. I have been interested in journalism since I started University and I thought it would be a great opportunity to see another country and experience a new culture, whilst getting some valid work experience to help with my future career.
Although I was only in Fiji for 4 weeks, it was so amazing and I was not ready to leave at all. I have done SO much in my time here. Two days after I arrived I went to Koro island for a week with another journalism intern, so that we could write features on the island for Mai Life magazine, the magazine we were working for. I then went to Nadi to sky dive and go to the mud baths, also with Mai Life, and then I did a short 5 night island hopping trip, which was an amazing experience and well worth the money. Despite going island hopping off my own back, i was able to write three articles on activities I had done there.
On my final full day in Fiji I went Terratrekking, (off road driving), with Mai Life, and it was a great way to end my trip.
I really love Fiji, although it's a very different culture, and the food wasn't particularly great in my opinion, I have enjoyed every second. It has been such an brilliant experience living with a Fijian family, and although the conditions aren't at all what I am used to, it was a wonderful experience and one I would happily do again. Cold showers, sleeping with a mosquito net, and toilets that you can't flush toilet roll down, might seem like a huge adjustment at first, but it's been so good for me to experience a completely new way of living and has made me appreciate my home massively. The fijian family were amazing and so caring, I immediately felt like I was part of the family and it was so touching to have Master, the family's father, cry at my leaving ceremony. I know I will always have a home in Fiji.
The staff were also amazing and they really made my time here brilliant. They were always willing to get involved in what the other volunteers were doing and it was great to feel like you have people looking out for you and people who are there for you if you're ill, or need help with something.
Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of the trip is meeting other people. Travelling alone was daunting at first, but surrounded by other volunteers, I soon made new friends and it was great to go out together and spend time with new people.
Mai Life was a great placement as it was very flexible, I only really went into the office when I needed to finish and hand in articles. The editor, Naziah, is always open to your suggestions on what you want to do and write about, and I found I very much did what I wanted to do in Fiji, and then was able to write about it, which was great.
I had a great time and would 100% do it all over again!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Sep 23, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Frontier

I have so far spent nearly three weeks in the jungle with the Frontier Costa Rica project and I am loving it! Everyday offers something new and exciting, getting to participate on a number of different surveys and projects. Every time you step out into the jungle there is something new to see from primates swinging to through the trees and micro frogs hopping around your feet. I have particularly enjoyed the turtle project, releasing the baby hatchlings is so rewarding. Camp living is basic but we are fortunate enough that we have some excellent cooks on camp so the food has always been good! Anyone that is missing home luxuries can easily pop into town at the weekends as its only a collectivo ride away. Staff and volunteers were friendly and attentive when I arrived and have really helped me to settle into this beautiful environment!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Jan 24, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

The Intern Group

The quality of internships that The Intern Group finds for interns is outstanding. They take the time give you the best internship that suits you!

In addition, the overall experience between housing, events, and assistance throughout your stay is wonderful. The staff is very friendly and willing to assist you with anything you need.

My advice to future interns: This is your experience - make it what you want! Don't be afraid to wander alone and meet locals. You are there to make connections and advance in your career so you need to take advantage of that!

A little more information prior to boarding the plane would improve the program. Everything felt a little up in the air. For me, it wasn't much of an issue...but to others who are a little younger and haven't been abroad before - this can make them a little anxious!

Program: Gap Year
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Jan 19, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

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