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Volunteering in the Gambia was challenging and rewarding, however I felt completely unsupported by Mondo Challenge. For instance, upon arrival in the country, Mondo Challenge's country coordinator offered to buy me a SIM card and have it delivered to me in the rural village where I stayed. I was there for 3 months, but it was not until 2 weeks before I left and I was visiting him in his village that he told me he'd purchased the card; by this time there was no real point taking the card from him. He did at least give me back the cash I'd given him to buy it with - I think he was able to reuse the card for the next volunteer who stayed. The most disappointing thing about volunteering through Mondo Challenge was the allocation of the funds I had paid to participate in the programme - it was not made clear to me at the interview stage, nor at any point prior to or even during my stay, that the money I paid would not be going towards the programme I was participating in. Of the £1650.00 I paid Mondo Challege, roughly £150 went to my host family to cover my food expenses. About another £50 went to the country coordinator for a night's accommodation for me upon arrival. Where the remaining £1400 went, I have no way of finding out. The school where I taught could have badly used these funds for their various, potentially self-sustaining projects, but these were not considered. The staff at Mondo Challenge were unapologetic when I queried this, and indicated that I should have read the webpage more thoroughly about their uses of funds. The breakdown of expenditure on their website does not explicitly state that the money going towards projects will not necessarily be spent on the project you are personally involved in - something that really should be made clear.

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Posted: October 12, 2010
Overall:
2
Support:
2
Value:
1
By: Anonymous
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It is interesting to read your comments here, Alice. You will know that towards the end of your project, and since your return, a number of attempts have been made to speak to you to discuss your placement and to continue conversations you had by email with various members of the team about needs for the school. The feedback from the local community and local manager was that they benefitted from your time in The Gambia. So, it would be valuable to have your feedback too, as well as the opportunity to explain to you how we work as an organisation, through volunteers and funding from our UK charity, to support the local communities in the Gambia and elsewhere. We look forward to speaking again in due course.
It is interesting to read your comments here, Alice. You will know that towards the end of your project, and since your return, a number of attempts have been made to speak to you to discuss your placement and to continue conversations you had by email with various members of the team about needs for the school. The feedback from the local community and local manager was that they benefitted from your time in The Gambia. So, it would be valuable to have your feedback too, as well as the opportunity to explain to you how we work as an organisation, through volunteers and funding from our UK charity, to support the local communities in the Gambia and elsewhere. We look forward to speaking again in due course.