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Volunteers for Peace

So far, I've volunteered with VFP 3 times, and I look forward to participating in more programs whenever time allows. I highly recommend this program for independent travelers with an interest in working closely with local cultures and volunteers from around the world. I have harvested olives while living with host families in an Eco-village in Italy; helped with various needs (including teaching English to children) in a small village in Thailand; and worked in support of an International Film Festival in Iceland.
VFP's projects are EXTREMELY affordable and diverse. You won't find a better program for the money.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: May 24, 2010
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
10

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat does an excellent job combining volunteer work and tourism. The trips they host allowed us to get to work directly with the family and see the actual outcome of our labor, as well as allowing us to get to know the community and area of the country we are visiting.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Sep 27, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Habitat for Humanity

I have done 8 trips with Global Village-Habitat for Humanity. They have been the best experiences of my life. The trick about doing a build in 3rd world countries is flexibility. One has to realize that they (the affiliate, the team working in the host country) may have different priorities than the North American person, in some cultures it is more important to treat us with honor and respect than to get a house built. In other countries getting the supplies to build the house is not always guaranteed (you may waste a day waiting for sand to be delivered). Don't expect to get a house completely built when you are there, you may do foundations on a number of houses or build outhouses or do renovations on a number of houses. Expect the unexpected is my moto and go with the flow. If you can do that then building in third world countries is amazing. On most of my trips the family of the house being built was involved and that is an amazing thing, to see their smiling faces and their gratitude will make you cry. The other great thing is that you will make new friends for life. I stay in touch with about 80% of the team mates (from all over the world) that I have worked with and know that I could visit them any time. It is very true that the team leader makes a big difference. My first trip was with young inexperienced leaders, who did not know what they were doing. I know that if I thought that is how all trips were I would not have signed up again. But I gave it a second chance and I am so thankful I did. I know I have "Habititize" it is contagious so beware you may end up doing 8 trips. The only negative thing that I have is that the price of participating on these trips has risen since I started doing them. It appears to be much more expensive to participate now and I hope it doesn't deter people from joining. I have two more trips planned in the next year. Can't wait.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Aug 18, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Comments

Much appreciation for sharing your experience and thoughts since first timer really has no idea how it will turn out and what to expect. Reading past experience is a great peak at how the trip might/will turn out. You are absolutely right about the trip fee.. i think that is what stops people from joining.. a trip to Asia during the summer easily exceeds 3000k and people will say no...is that worth 9 days of the trip?

Volunteering Solutions

The programs across the 3 countries that I travelled were great! The staff were so nice and welcoming in all locations. Sahil was very helpful to me before I left for my trip and was always in touch if I wanted some info. I found that the program offers everything tahat you pay for including travel Insurance! which is amazing as it's prices are very reasonable as such..
I would definately be travelling with them next summer to South America.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Jul 23, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

This information are written by Volunteering Solutions staffs. I did not travel with them in 3 countries. They are trying to fool
another site where the reviews are all written by the same person (the positive ones.) notice that they are all written by someone that is not very literate in English. also, there are consistent mistakes. please look into this one also.

Semester at Sea

Semester at Sea is perfect for someone wanting to get a better global understanding. People who go to one place, learn a lot about a specific culture, but Semester at Sea allows you to study certain topics (science, art, literature, etc.) and see it across many cultures. I learned about and experiences places I would probably have note gone to alone (i.e. India and Malaysia--and they were my 2 favorite stops!). On top of all this, you have AMAZING instructors; their experience was amazing (i.e., Our history professor met Ghandi, my science instructor was on a expedition that helped map the Atlantic ocean floor, and another professor had been an advisor to the UN). Another bonus was that I got to study next to studdents from almost all 50 states and 11 different countries. Semester at Sea was the best thing I ever did, and everyone else I know who did it, feels the same way.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: May 21, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cactus Volunteers Abroad

they sale program of i-to-i volunteer. this is not an organization

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Mar 2, 2009
Overall:
1
Support:
2
Value:
2

Global Learning Semesters

I loved this program. I did the Global Learning Semester in Europe program and I was able to travel to 12 countries with the program and three countries on my own! It was fantastic! It was definitely one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life!
However, one word of caution. During my stay, Global Learning Semesters was switching employees and hiring new ones a lot. So a lot of things were really disorganized on trips because new people had to be trained in. I also had problems with them receiving my financial aid and Global Learning Semesters, while I was in Cyprus, was very uncooperative and that was frustrating.
Other than that, the program was great and I highly recommend it to anyone!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Oct 7, 2008
Overall:
8
Support:
5
Value:
9

Global Learning Semesters

Global Learning Semesters gives you an amazing chance to step out of your own bubble and see the rest of the world at an ease unparallel to any other program.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Oct 7, 2008
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
9

Semester at Sea

I chose this program because I wanted to study abroad but I didn't know where I wanted to go for a whole semester. When a stranger (who turned into a good friend) told me about the program , showed pictures, told his animated and almost unbelieveable stories, and said that every dollar is worth it, I decided to go! This program is perfect for the student who isn't a skilled traveler, as they offer a broad spectrum of trips that are led by different faculty. It is also perfect for the student who is ready to jump out of their comfort zone and travel independently, as you are free to roam the country as long as you make it back by the "On ship time" before the ship leaves the port.
The community on the ship is full of all different kind of people which really adds to your experience.
The classes on the ship are most often led by great professors that are very knowledgeable about their subject. I found that the teachers on the ship are the most approachable college professors around. They love to help, and understand the rigors of academic life while traveling abroad.
I would definitely recommend this trip to most people.
From textbook to real life, you are able to apply your knowledge and see it for yourself.
Example:
Classes: Women Studies
Experience: Seeing the gender imbalance in India, poor families only have male children.
Global Studies
Experience: After learning about South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and the Apartheid, I was able to visit the townships and Robben Island!
Weather, Climate, & Society
Experience: Studied climate change and the role of different countries as well as about the different environments we were visiting.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Aug 28, 2008
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Comments

I just recently studied abroad in Cape Town, and met some cool semester at sea students while abroad.

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