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Traveling to Nepal was one of the best choices I have made. While the trip challenged me in many ways, I grew to be more self sufficient and confident in my abilities. The hospital was an interesting experience that opened my eyes to how different medicine looks around the world.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Apr 16, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Concordia Volunteers

I wanted to volunteer abroad and I came across Concordia's website offering a variety of volunteering programmes with low cost fees, so it was affordable for me as a student!! I then had the trouble of actually picking which country I wanted to go to, there were so much choice, I eventually chose Taiwan, I was nervous at first as this was my first time abroad - not knowing anyone, not speaking the language, travelling by myself, do I have enough money? How do I get to the meeting point? But Concordia reassured and prepared me enough for me to feel comfortable about going! Both the training and the helpful, friendly Concordia team have been amazing, making sure I have everything with me, giving me instructions and directions on how to get to the meeting point, what to expect, asking me how the experience was after I finished, constantly taking care of you all the way!!

Once I got to Taiwan, the staff there were so welcoming and lovely, they treated you with so much respect and cared for you, I had the best 2 weeks there!

If I hadn't volunteered with Concordia I wouldn't have made international friends for life or had the confidence to get out of my comfort zone and do things that I wouldn't necessarily do. Challenge yourself, learn new skills, meet lovely people and just go for it! Now, I love volunteering and Concordia has given me that passion!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Taiwan, Tajikstan, Tanzania, Thailand
Posted: Apr 16, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Concordia Volunteers

I wanted to volunteer abroad and I came across Concordia's website offering a variety of volunteering programmes with low cost fees, so it was affordable for me as a student!! I then had the trouble of actually picking which country I wanted to go to, there were so much choice, I eventually chose Taiwan, I was nervous at first as this was my first time abroad - not knowing anyone, not speaking the language, travelling by myself, do I have enough money? How do I get to the meeting point? But Concordia reassured and prepared me enough for me to feel comfortable about going! Both the training and the helpful, friendly Concordia team have been amazing, making sure I have everything with me, giving me instructions and directions on how to get to the meeting point, what to expect, asking me how the experience was after I finished, constantly taking care of you all the way!!

Once I got to Taiwan, the staff there were so welcoming and lovely, they treated you with so much respect and cared for you, I had the best 2 weeks there!

If I hadn't volunteered with Concordia I wouldn't have made international friends for life or had the confidence to get out of my comfort zone and do things that I wouldn't necessarily do. Challenge yourself, learn new skills, meet lovely people and just go for it! Now, I love volunteering and Concordia has given me that passion!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Taiwan, Tajikstan, Tanzania, Thailand
Posted: Apr 16, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

My volunteer experience was better than I could have ever anticipated. IVHQ works with you from beginning to end to ensure that you are not only prepared but happy, comfortable, and adapting well in country. Before my departure, the main staff were always eager to answer my questions to their fullest capability and ease my nerves. Once I landed in India, the staff was waiting for me at the airport to take me to the volunteer house for orientation. Every person and host i encountered was friendly and welcoming. It made the culture shock bearable and the new experiences exciting!

You are constantly in touch with IVHQ staff. By the time I went to my home stay I was already well connected with the staff and they continued to stop by every project twice a week. You always have someone to ask questions to, to help with any problems, or simply to feel connected and not alone in a new place.

Besides their mentoring, everything about my placement and experience was just simply fantastic. I taught a school where I fell in love with the kids, was constantly welcomed with open arms by the other teachers, and met so many different people from different places.

If anybody wants to volunteer overseas IVHQ is the absolute best option and best deal for your money! It's the cheapest and most amazing program out there. :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Apr 14, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Overall this project was great. The other volunteers were fantastic, the staff and children at my school were amazing. My coordinator ensured I was working in a class with older children since I would be going on to teach at a secondary school when I returned to the UK, which was lovely.

There were however some issues. There were some ongoing issues with members of staff which created a bit of tension. Our coordinator did not appear to enjoy being in Fiji or working for Frontier. Moreover, the field brief for the project was completely inaccurate and I ended up wasting money on supplies I did not need. The visa situation needs to be emphasized - I came on the wrong visa, as has happened to volunteers in the past, and had to go to New Zealand for a week. I was no reimbursed for that week of my project. It was apparent that communication between London and the project itself was poor, and there is little understanding of what the project needs, although I know they are trying to correct this.

Whilst there were the issues I have mentioned above, I cannot stress enough how wonderful the homestay was, how welcoming my Fijian family were, and how much I loved my time in the school. It was an amazing experience, but I did feel I should mention Frontier's organizational problems.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Apr 14, 2015
Overall:
7
Support:
5
Value:
5

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