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I had an amazing time on the WLS programme in Vietnam. I found the program extremely well structured and really enjoyed the variety offered by completing different projects, I think by offering volunteers the chance to work across different projects it adds a huge amount to the program, particularly when staying there for a longer period. I found each of the projects I visited really engaging and very enjoyable; at each of the projects the staff were extremely welcoming and helpful which made me feel really comfortable in working with them. To comment on the WLS coordinator, I think it perhaps goes without saying that she is a most fabulous coordinator, I have nothing other than praise for her. She made you feel very welcome in a foreign country, supported you through any problem, and allowed you to enjoy the very full program on offer. The best thing about the program is that you get a fantastic overall experience, meet some fabulous people, learn some amazing skills, whilst making an clearly positive contribution.

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Posted: September 24, 2011
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10
By: Stella
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Volunteering in Cambodia with WLS International was one of the greatest experiences of my life to date. I taught English there for a time, but it seems that the children taught me a few things also, they taught me the true meaning of life & love, & what it is to be human. I will remember those kids & their lessons for the rest of my life. I strongly recommend WLS services, they looked after me from day one. Thanks a million!

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Posted: July 30, 2011
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10
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By: jmartin
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I was very excited when I found WLS as the price was good and it offered the program I wanted at a good price. So I applied and was excepted - received an email to pay the deposit.....

However that was the last time I heard from them... I send an email asking about more details on the program and received no response. I tried calling them everyday for a week, but was only put through to voicemail. Even my voicemail message was not returned. This gave me no confidence in them. How can I expect them to respond to any problem when I'm abroad if I can not even get through to them before signing up?

I do hope this is a misunderstanding as I can see that they have received many good reviews, but I have now decided to go with a different company. Although this other company is more expensive, but it give me and my family more confident that I will be looked after.

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Posted: July 1, 2011
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5
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By: nausicaa
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hey, i was going to go with WLS international but i am worried about many reviews saying that they have ignored people when asking for more details. What company are you going with now? Hope to here from you soon. Stephanie Thomson
Stephanie, hi i just went back from a trip to Nepal via WLS, it was amazing the only regret i have is that i didn't stay longer. the partner organization in Nepal was lovely . Very professional and supportive. Go give it a try.
Hello Stefanie , I'm worried too about WLS, what did you do finally ? Did you found some good informations to feel you more confidence ?

I joined the WLS Programs in Cambodia and Vietnam and the experience was just wonderful. The WLS staff and the WLS coordinators in Cambodia and Vietnam were very helpful and helped make this a very amazing and fulfilling experience. WLS International is the only organization that enables you to volunteer at different projects during your program. Really worth doing and I can recommend WLS International for your volunteering experience, they are great!.
Peter

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Posted: April 9, 2011
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10
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10
By: peterf
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They arent the only organisation that allows you to volunteer at different projects during your program - I have volunteered with 2 other organisations that allow this
Hello Peter, I'm a french student and i'm going to do the Cambodia program with WLS and my departure is in few days... but i'm really worried about the serious of the association. What can you say to me to feel better ? How was the name of your coordinator in Siem Reap ? Do you live in the family of your coordinator ? And with some other people of WLS too ? Thank you for your answer. Aude
Bonjour Aude, cela fait déjà trois ans que tu as posté ce message mais j'espere que tu auras le mien. Je m'appelle Julie j'ai 21ans et je voudrais partir avec WLS au Cambodge mais tu les messages que je vois m'inquiètent un peu. Si tu as ce message pourrais tu me donner des informations sur ce que tu as fais, ou vivais tu et tout simplement comment cela s'est passé ? Merci d'avance ! Julie
Bonjour Julie ! Je ne sais pas si tu as reçu une réponse d'Aude, mais je recherche aussi des infos sur WLS au Cambodge. Es-tu finalement partie dans cette association ? Si oui, comment cela s'est passé ? Merci d'avance ! Céline

I volunteered in India and Nepal through WLS and, although I had an amazing time in my placements, I was not at all happy with WLS. The communication between WLS and the local partner organisations, and WLS and its volunteers, is absolutely terrible – not one of my placments was in the city that I had been told it would be in. In Nepal I was told I would be in Kathmando and ended up in Bhaktapur, in northern India I was told I would be in Delhi and ended up in Faridabad, and in southern India I was told Mysore and got Madikeri. Apparently WLS had been told about the switch from Mysore to Madikeri about a month before I arrived, but WLS certainly hadnt told me. The details of my airport pickups, orientation and training were generally wrong. The emergency contact details I was given for my placement in the south were completely wrong, which caused a major problem when my pickup didnt arrive. Much of the information about my placements in the documents I received was out of date or simply wrong.
On the other hand, WLS offers placements which are considerably cheaper than other organisations, even organisations that use the same local partners. If you do decide to volunteer with them I would recommend asking for the names and contact details of the local partner organisations before you decide to book. Check reviews of the local partners and ask for information about the placments directly from them to make sure you know what your signing up for. I didnt do this and the palcements I got were very different to what WLS said they would be. Since the placements are run entirely by local organisations, NOT WLS they will vary from place to place – some of the placements WLS offers are great, others are terrible - so if your thinking about volunteering dont just research WLS – research the individual placements you are interested in. Quest, the partner in Nepal, and the Green Lion,the partner in southern India, were excellent, but the partner in northern India was absolutely terrible – I had no orientation, no training and no information before I was dropped at my host family. I flew into Delhi late at night and the next morning I was working at the project. No one told me I wasnt going to Delhi until I arrived in Faridabad. I then didnt see or speak to anyone from the organisation until the day before I left.
So, WLS has terrible communication but offers some good placements, and is relatively inexpensive. If your thinking of volunteering with them do some research!

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Posted: April 4, 2011
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3
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3
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7
By: Geneya
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