Volunteer Abroad

Askari WCP

What a fabulous programme and made all the better by being able to work alongside Katie and Robbie. These two are absolute stars and really know their stuff.
They have so much passion and energy for what they do it can't help but rub off and leave you feeling a whole lot wiser about Animal conservation.
As a complete rookie and a little apprehensive to begin with we were certainly put at ease and no question was too daft! Our month at Askari flew by and we had a blast learning laughing and experiencing some fantastic sightings that were truly magical.

The workload is fun and very manageable, the food is great and Sth African wine is fantastic!

Don't dilly dally, get yourselves there and be prepared for an adventure!

Tracey (48 1/2)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Sep 19, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

If you're interested in conservation, either as a career path or a break from routine, this is very worth it. The area is beautiful (full of wildlife quite aside from the turtles!) and as with anywhere in Greece not far from a bunch of historic sites. The work is not overly difficult (early mornings are the worst you'll deal with) and indeed very rewarding; seeing hatchlings emerge onto the beaches you've spent time cleaning, monitoring and protecting is a unique experience. The staff are kind and passionate about the work they do, and you get to work with the local group who are a little more specialised as well as interacting with tourists and locals to raise awareness. The living conditions are fine (very enjoyable if you enjoy camping and cooking) and if I could have stayed more than the four weeks I was there I would have - can certainly recommend signing up for at least four weeks so long as you're confident that camping won't get you down. The internships offered are probably an even wiser choice than that, too.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Greece
Posted: Sep 19, 2019
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

There was someone waiting for me when I got off the plane in San Jose. From that point on, they continued to cater to everything I needed: making me three meals a day, arranging for transport to and from the volunteer site (animal rescue center), helping to arrange trips on my free time (weekends), doing my laundry, keeping the house and our rooms sparkling clean and always checking in to make sure we had everything we needed and that our volunteer experience was everything that we envisioned.
To immerse yourself in a different culture and try something completely different with the strong support of A Broader View is a life-changing experience I would recommend to anyone. Oliver and Sarah were so accommodating and compassionate to me when I had to switch my plans at the last minute due to the illness of my mother. They bent over backward to make sure I was taken care of as did the local coordinator. What an amazing adventure in Costa Rica!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Sep 17, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Beacon of Hope Uganda

I spent six weeks in Uganda working with the Beacon of Hope. The overall experience was just incredible and those weeks have significantly changed my life forever. The founder and manager Isaac did an amazing job and there is nothing I can say but THANK YOU to him.

He did not just continuously ask if we were fine and made everything to make us feel comfortable but also organized trips for us and even joined us on several trips so that he can ensure that we were having the best of our time, the night life was superb.

The staff at the agriculture farm was incredible as well. It differed a lot from helping in the planting and ploughing. I loved mostly the outreaches to the local farmers, talking to them and learning about the planting seasons and crops grown.

My host family was amazing as well!! There were two other volunteers living with me for the whole time of stay. Three girls joined us, but since they were working on another project (childcare I guess), we rarely had much time together

I can just recommend going on such an experience as it will change your life forever. Thank you Isaac for the best time you offered to us.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Sep 16, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

I spent 3 unbelievable weeks working with animals; teaching some amazing kids everything from why animals are important to the economy to valuable and practical environmental lessons; and hanging out with the exceptional staff and volunteers. The time flew and I left wishing I could stay. The people and animals of Daktari will always hold a special place in my heart.
The accommodation was great, the food was fantastic and the company was phenomenal.
This trip refreshed my mind, body and soul in ways that I couldn't imagine.
Worth every penny.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Sep 15, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Green Life Volunteers

I wanted to make sure that my contribution was helpful, and that I wasn't creating more problems rather than helping. This programme was EXACTLY what I was looking for, and loads more besides. From the moment I got in touch with Janina she was so helpful; nothing was too much trouble and she responded quickly to my numerous queries. She described in detail each project so I could make an informed decision and not choose something unsuitable. Janina also talked me through the various options I had for accommodation whilst I was there. She listened to my particular needs and found me the perfect local host family. I wanted to be a part of the community whilst I was there, not spending all my time with the other volunteers, and maybe even learn some Spanish! She even picked me up at the airport. The project itself was pretty hard work, but totally amazing. We hiked out into different parts of the jungle nearly every day, putting up audio devices to listen for spider monkeys, and possible illegal human activity, battling 40 degree heat and high humidity on day-long difficult jungle hikes. But the rewards were amazing. We explored parts of the jungle that most people aren't given access to, we saw wildlife every day, we even had some monkeys throw their poo at us (!) which we needed for our research. It was such a wonderful experience, I loved every single day, and I have definitely made friends for life. Because I arranged this through Green Life Volunteers and knew Janina, I met some other people who were running different projects in the same area who also needed some help, so I actually got to help on some other projects too whilst I was there. I only wish I could have stayed longer.

I did a lot of research around the web and realised quickly that many overseas volunteer programmes are not what they seem. 'Voluntourism' is seen as a big money-making for some people, so you need to do a lot of research before committing to anything. I thoroughly recommend Green Life Volunteers. All the projects are genuine, and well-considered, and you will be making a real difference. The small fee which GLV charged me was nominal, just to cover admin costs. You shouldn't be asked to give much more than your time. I also paid for my food and accommodation. Be wary of any organisation which asks you for lots more money just for you to have the right to 'volunteer'.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Sep 12, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I had a wonderfully meaningful experience volunteering at a day care center in Dueñas, Guatemala. I stayed with a local family in Antigua, one of the most beautiful and safest towns in Guate.
IVHQ was very thorough in preparing us for the trip and Maximo Nivel, the onsite contact, was excellent at making sure we were taken care of during the duration of our stay. They were organized, professional and very hospitable.

I enjoyed taking the famous chicken bus to Dueñas then working and playing with the children at the day care center for four hours each day. I assisted them in their daily assignments and meals and even played songs for them with a ukulele I brought. I also learned a lot from my Spanish instructor who was patient, funny and very organized.

I’m glad I decided to stay and extra few days to unwind after the volunteering portion of the trip, as Lake Atitlan was the perfect destination to end the trip on.

I left Guatemala feeling changed for the better and felt I made a difference to the children I met, as they certainly made an impression on me. I look forward to working through IVHQ again in the future and highly recommend them for anyone interested in volunteering.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Sep 10, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

ABV helps take your talent and skills and create a special experience where you can share what you love and what you´re best at sharing. As a dancer, it was so meaningful to share my passion of dance with this community, this is our second trip in Guatemala with Abroaderview.
I felt the support was superb. I didn´t feel annoying or hesitant to ask ANY question. The atmosphere that was created was there to support this trip and to ensure I was clear to what was happening from the moment I decided to book the trip.
The host family was once again, incredible. Accommodating in every way possible. They were patient with my Spanish level and made sure I was understanding and improving day to day. The food was delicious and it was important to see what a family in Xela´s life is like to expand my mind.
The loveliest thing I experienced was how welcomed we were at the volunteer sites. Sometimes I felt hesitant to show up and disrupt the schedule or flow of another communities flow, but both locations welcomed us with open arms and were supportive in allowing our group to engage.
Coping with the schedule on top of dealing with heavy emotions was some what difficult. The women´s shelter is welcoming, but the girls are dealing with extremely horrific situations that is beyond my understanding. It took self care and boundries as far as bedtime, prompt nutrition etc, to be able to be there for them and not feel depleted.
The highlight of the trip was the performances with the afterschool program and the women´s shelter. It was so nice to build a movement vocabulary that we all had in common and to connect via those ideas. It was stronger than words and very forcing.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Sep 6, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

The Pre-Med Internship program was a wonderful experience as I was able to observe many things and help doctors whenever I could. ABV was helpful in addressing my needs and giving me guidance in what I should do.

Ecuador is a wonderful place and the host family that ABV assigned to me was an absolute joy to live with. The food was as authentic as you could get to Ecuadorian standards and the whole country was beautiful to explore as well. ABV did a wonderful job partnering up with grassroot organizations, to provide events that we could attend to, while also providing opportunities to meet new people.

The doctors are nice and respond to any questions you have without hesitation. Overall, it is a fortunate thing to see just how hard-working the doctors/nurses are in the hospital and how much they care for the patients. 

Exploring Mindo, Ecuador was really exciting and fun. I was able to go ziplining, birdwatching, and hiking. Mindo is a small town that is beautiful both day and night. 

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Sep 5, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

This was a once in a lifetime experience. I saw Guatemala in a completely different way. To see Quetzaltenango from the locals point of view was absolutely priceless. We loved our accommodations. Very clean, the host was so welcoming. The meals were delicious, I wish we had more lunches together with the family. It was very difficult to see the poverty and the children who were living in that situation. It took me back to my own past, when I was in the same situation. Traveling and seeing new things was great. Some things have been hard to see but it has made me be more grateful for everything that I have, no matter how big or small. Bring as many donations as you can. Find out specific needs as much as possible prior departing so you´re bringing what´s needed. Be open, flexible and adaptable. I will treasure this time with all these experiences for my lifetime. Its impact will be forever etched in my heart.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Aug 30, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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