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Posted: November 4, 2017
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By: roshmp
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Every moment I spent in Costa Rica was absolutely amazing. Greg, our in-country coordinator was sweet and kind and made us all feel at home. After some initial confusion about the Costa Rican currency I quickly adjusted to the culture.

The food in Costa Rica was AMAZING and the base camp was beautiful. I’m a vegetarian so the cook at the house made special meals for me every day that didn’t include meat. Most of the time it was the same dish that everyone else ate but just with more vegetables. Also, I feel that I must mention the fresh fruit and juice in Costa Rica – everyone in the world should experience the deliciousness of a mango picked ripe from a tree.

The project exceeded my expectations in every possible way. I was worried about the food and it turned out to be fantastic, I was worried about spending a week with a group of total strangers and they turned out to be amazing, and I was nervous about working at the orphanage but I had a life changing experience.

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Posted: June 6, 2013
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By: EDunne
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I had a wonderful experience with (BaseCamp) volunteer abroad and would recommend it to others interested in volunteering abroad. It has changed my goals and ideas about my future. I want to return to south america as soon as possible to continue my education in spanish and to be living in such a unique and wonderful place. The staff that you employ in country are wonderful caring people who are there to help you with everything you need. Tess was wonderful for support 24 hours a day and helping you feel comfortable with your placement and transition to working. Daniel was wonderful with orientation and was always available for helping to plan weekend trips for us volunteers. As a result, I spent every weekend traveling and learning about Ecuador. Isabel, our housekeeper and Paulina, the language instructor were both wonderful. I was able to practice spanish with them and they made you feel at home. Overall, it was a fabulous experience.

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Posted: June 6, 2013
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This is a for-profit company that pretends to be an NGO. Their program fee is double what it should be, and they don't even pay their local staff on time. I could have had the exact same volunteer placement for half the price, provided by a local organization, http://www.lightforchildren.com/. My host family was wonderful, but they also work for Light for Children. Don't go with Basecamp... go with Light for Children.

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Posted: August 3, 2010
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Hi there, BaseCamp International Centers are a chain of hostels and language schools that provide the support services for the Volunteer Abroad program. The Volunteer Abroad Program is a program of the Canadian University Travel Service (Travel CUTS). For over 35 years Travel CUTS was wholly owned and operated by the Canadian Federation of Students. This is a not-for-profit organization that is comprised of almost every student government in Canada. BaseCamp simply provides training, accommodation and support on the ground. Your comments seem odd given that we are a hostel and a language school. Of course we are a for-profit. Just like most other hostels in the world.... If you have any questions please just give us a call. Our number is 613-541-7862 (866-646-4693 from North America).
I completely agree with you. BaseCamp overcharges for their 'hostel and food' charge. They are bs. I would NOT recommend going with them. Their employees told me their pay and it is shit. They don't even do sustainable change. Don't volunteer with them - I don't recommend it. I had a crappy experience with them and feel that I lost my money.
I´ve been working at BaseCamp for almost 4 years and the feedback you are providing as Anonymous and Stacy are not correct. During all this time I have been supported by the organization and they have helped me to grow as a person and employee. We all as staff have very good communication, we have regular training and motivation meetings and we receive incentives very often as a result of our work. Our payment is always on time and sometimes we receive it in advance and our wages are always over the minimum wage required by each country. You can also check out program fees and they are the most affordable as a result of not including the costs of maintaining a retail partner that we do not have. Volunteer can contact us directly and we will provide the support needed from the pre-departure to the country where we run our programs. People can check what we have done over the last 17 years of running a volunteer programs through the testimonials, photos and videos we have at our social media pages and it also allows future volunteers to interact with past participants and ask about their experiences.