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International Humanity Foundation

I stayed at IHF for one month in Medan. I had a great time playing with the children at the centers and teaching them English. One of my highlights was doing some new student recruitment where we had to walk through the streets and hand out fliers. The children in the community were very excited to see foreigners and wanted to talk with us. People in Medan are very friendly and will often talk to me when I am walking around. It is a great cultural learning experience talking to people and if you want to learn Indonesian there are ample opportunities. The center accommodation was better than I expected for a developing country, but it was often a bit dirty. People in Medan have basic necessities and other things such as mobile phones. The country is advancing very rapidly. It is interesting to observe this. Medan has all the basic facilities one needs and is close to really cool places like Lake Toba and areas where Orangutans live. The local volunteers and students are all very friendly and the place feels quite homely.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Aug 20, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

After traveling two summers with Abroaderview, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I have had two amazing experiences and have been able to see two different parts of the world that have truly helped me in my life's journey. I felt safe, cared for, and empowered to meet new people and learn about myself! I believe each project will bring its different challenges, but the people in country really care about their work and helping the city and people around them. While this is considered a volunteer trip, it was truly me who gained knowledge and life experiences from this trip.
The apartment was huge and I had my own bedroom and shared a bathroom with only one other girl. The food was delicious and always plenty. The cook always accommodated to our preferences and made food that she knew we liked. The building had a security guard as well as a secure entrance. I always felt extremely safe at the apartment and in Quito in general. 

When the family and all of the volunteers traveled together to Quilotoa and Otavolo. It was such an amazing trip. We laughed, listened to music all together, and enjoyed each others company. We also truly felt like we got to understand the culture of some of the people that lived in Quilotoa as we had tea and cheese at a family's house! I will never forget that experience. 


I was surprised at how quickly all of the volunteers became friends. We were like a family at the volunteer house. The Cordovas even took us on a trip to Quilotoa and Otavalo one weekend. It was amazing to have a group of supportive people to live with while away from my own home. Even without other volunteers present, I knew I would feel at home with the Cordovas because they always say that their house is my house and they really mean it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Aug 19, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Visions Service Adventures

Before leaving for the British Virgin Islands with Visions Service Adventure, I was pretty nervous because I wasn't certain as to what I was expecting. I was leaving home to go to a new country with complete strangers! It was quite nerve wracking... But once I got there and met everyone, it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life! We helped out people from the community, we got to experience things that tourist wouldn't even think of doing and we had fun while doing this all. At first I thought 3 weeks would be a long time, but now I wish I had never left. I got so used to getting up with a house full of friends and having a blast getting up and ready at 7 in the morning to get the day started (something I thought I'd never say before)! The day would start of with a typical daily breakfast and packing a lunch and then it was off to the work sites to start of the day of non stop activities. But, even after a days full of work, you would still get back to a planned activity to keep busy. It sounds like a lot, but actually is perfect. You got to give to the community and also take in the breath taking BVI and do stuff that you couldn't even think were possible to do whilst on vacation. We got to go coconut carving with a local farmer, we got to play amazing race in one the national parks as a group, we went to beaches that were unknown to the tourist and even unknown to some locals, we even got the chance to go to church and learn about their culture. Nevertheless, my favorite part of the week was homebass day. Homebass was a day during the working that you get off and away from the work site with some of the other team mates and did the chores around the living area and went out to do stuff, it was like a day off from the work sites and you still got to do the afternoon activities. My experience with Visions was a once in a life time adventure and I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone thinking of joining in on the fun! I've even already started saving up to go to Alaska with them next year!

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Posted: Aug 19, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

This was a great experience from the moment I was interested the staff helped me with all i needed. I loved the project. Working closely with the monks teaching English was amazing, and the views and pathways through the woods were breathtaking.

I would like to come back again,and bring more people with me.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 19, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

This past June I went to Ghana with Projects Abroad. I researched a few companies and chose Projects Abroad due to the price and reviews that I read. I am happy I selected this program for my big trip. There was a staff member helping me from the moment I signed up for the program until I arrived safely back at home. I knew that if I had a question about anything that they were available to me. The steps on the website were very clear and helpful in getting my Visa, application, the vaccinations needed, and packing for my trip. When I arrived in Ghana, I had staff waiting for me at the airport who took me directly to my host family after showing me around the city I would be living in, helping me exchange currency, showing me how to use public transportation, and much more. The staff members were so personable I felt safe and welcomed during my entire stay. I was homesick for a few days and the staff members tremendously helped me through it by taking me on different adventures, meeting up with me, and simply just listening to me. Going to a different country all alone sounds terrifying yet exciting but the staff at Projects Abroad truly made the experience a positive one for me through their support.

i would recommend this organization to anyone-- first time travelers and even experienced travelers!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Aug 19, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

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