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Global Crossroad

First, the accommodation was nice (especially for how cheap the program is compared to most volunteer programs). The meals were amazing: breakfast often included eggs with toast and sometimes they made us crepes! Lunch and dinner usually was the local Nepali food called Dalbat: rice with side dish: super yummy: they would switch up the side dish and spices. On average, you eat this twice a day but sometimes they would make chow mein and fries. The hostel rooms are alright: it is a little dirty, no hot water and no AC. The electricity goes out every once in a while, but it is liveable and does the job. The families who live in the hostel are extremely accommodating and nice and I truly loved living with them and playing with their kids a little in my free time. I did not take the language and culture course but I feel like that is what I learned the most about. Orientation was good; they showed me where the hospital was (about a 10 min walk from the hostel). The airport pickup could be better. They weren't there when I arrived, but Nepali people are super nice and called my driver for me and he soon arrived. Response and cooperation of the staff in the USA as well as in Nepal was great!! They were extremely supportive and the flexible: you could switch project within the country if you were unhappy or you could go tour other cities or go trekking and take days off to go do this and they would make it super easy for you and would set everything up for you. I really appreciated this. As for the hospital project, it is not hands on at all although I am sure you could try to take vitals (the nurses just automatically do it). They don't need help in the hospital and thus, you are only there for your own personal benefit. It's what you make of it: I asked lots of questions and learned a lot. Although, other projects are more organized than Global crossroad, I really liked how cheap and flexible it was. It was a great deal!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Jul 31, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

In June 2015 I volunteered for Frontier on their Big Cats, Primate and Turtle project in Costa Rica.

From the moment I arrived at the main Jungle camp situated in the lush forest at Piro, I knew that this project would be an unforgettable experience. The camp itself is quite simple yet blends in harmoniously with the jungle which gives it a tranquility that quickly struck me as I settled in to camp life. Although I had some knowledge of the wildlife of the area before my arrival, the density and array of creatures that surrounded me during my stay was stunning. From playful squirrel monkeys swinging from the canopy to delicate, brightly coloured butterflies and all manner of wildlife in between, I was constantly in awe of this vibrant tropical forest. The weekends were spent at the nearest town, Puerto Jimenez, located an hour’s drive from the main camp. This was a great opportunity to find out more about the area’s culture and lifestyle as well to enjoy the energetic nightlife alongside new friends and locals. One of the highlights for me was the dolphin tour, where we explored the beautiful Golfo Dulce. Snorkeling in the warm tropical water, exploring a mangrove swamp and driving alongside a pod of dolphins was one of the most unforgettable experiences of the trip. Overall the project was an invaluable learning experience and I will definitely be returning to Costa Rica...two weeks was not enough!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 31, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I recently went on Projects Abroad's 2-week High School Special Care and Community program in Jamaica to volunteer at a summer camp for children 4-17 years old at a local primary school. It was everything they described on the "project info" page on their website and much more. My volunteer advisor, travel team advisor, and other Projects Abroad administration officers were very helpful with answering my pre-departure questions and getting me ready for the trip. The Projects Abroad taxi drivers, staff, and host family were all so wonderful. The Jamaica staff did everything to make sure all the high school volunteers from all the different programs present had enough food and water, materials and supplies at our placements, and felt comfortable at our host family's home and our placement. They made us feel very safe and kept an eye on us wherever we went. The staff came up with fun and creative activities for us to do with the children every day from arts and crafts to scavenger and treasure hunts to quiz competitions to acting. We all had so much fun at the daily social events for volunteers at the Projects Abroad office after working with the children... whether it's cooking class, reggae dance class, games evening, or supervised free time. It was so great to get to learn about such a beautiful country, help unprivileged children, and meet and become close to people from all over the world. I felt very welcomed from the moment I arrived to the moment I departed. I definitely recommend Projects Abroad!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location:
Posted: Jul 29, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I just completed the 4-week high school medicine special in Panadura, Sri Lanka. I got the chance to work at three different hospitals, attend multiple medical seminars, and get immersed in Sri Lankan culture. It was an amazing adventure that I would love to share about.

Before I left, the support that I got from Projects Abroad was very impressive. My parents and I had countless questions and they were always answered very quickly and very thoroughly. Part of my story volunteering with Projects Abroad was that I was actually supposed to go to Nepal until the 2015 earthquake happened there. The support I recieved in trying to make a decision between staying in Nepal or switching to Sri Lanka was very helpful and allowed me and my parents to make the decision to switch projects.

I went to my host family right after arriving in Colombo. My host family provided three meals a day, and were accomodating to whatever times we had to wake up or when we had to be out late for something. The language barrier was sometimes challenging but one of our supervisors was an amazing translation help! They were extremely generous and gave me a very good glimpse into what Sri Lankan life truly is.

Working at the three different hospitals allowed me to see a very wide range of the Sri Lankan medical scenario and allowed me to compare/contrast it to my own country. It made me even more interested in medicine than I already was. I also loved being able to work with people from all around the world and get to learn about their cultures. We became lifelong friends and we got a very deep experience together.

I would very highly recommend any project with Projects Abroad. My parents were very interested in how high school students would be handled in a foreign country, and I can honestly say that I felt safe at all times. We were supervised at all times when we weren't at home, and we were never allowed to go anywhere by ourselves. I was nervous to be so far away from home for so long, but the support that I received from the Projects Abroad staff was so helpful that it made it very easy for me to get used to life there and thrive throughout the project. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Jul 29, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

My name is Laetitia and I am half French half Sri Lankan, but I am at university in Newcastle in the UK. My stay here has been exceptional. I have experienced some things that I will never forget. I stayed with a host family, (Michael) who were beyond welcoming and friendly. Their food was amazing and the whole family was very close and had a great sense of humour! At first, I thought I would be the only one staying with this host family, but turns out there were several other volunteers from all over the world. I met some amazing people whom I shared unforgettable memories with. Regarding the orphanage, it was a lot of hard work but it was very rewarding to know that we were helping them out a lot. I grew very attached to certain kids and the whole experience really opened my eyes as to how lucky I am. I strongly recommend individuals, no matter what age, to try such an experience at least once in their life. Weekends were free to us and so I was able to travel to nearby places just for a little break along with the other people I had met. All in all, this is something that will stay in my heart and I would already like to come back to see how the kids have grown and changed throughout the year.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Jul 28, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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