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Projects Abroad

My experience with Projects Abroad in San Pedro was overall amazing. I learned so much and had such an impactful time, especially living with my host family. This was one of the best parts of the trip. Learning all about my host family, their traditions and culture was so unique and made my trip so special. I loved getting to know them and they really became a key component of my time on the island. I was in the public health placement and the staff were overall pretty accommodating. Sometimes things were not done in the most efficient way, however it was a busy time with lots of volunteers and the staff is quite small. In my placement I got to assist in mobile clinics and start a community garden. Things on the island tend to be a little slower than I am used to at home, which made certain situations become frustrating, however you learn to cope with “island time.” Getting things done was not always the easiest even though all of the volunteers were very motivated. It was sometimes difficult to get the staff to let us move forward with certain projects, however we did manage to do it. I was there for a month which I think was the perfect amount of time. It takes about a week to get settled and learn everything about your placement, then you are ready to go and jump into everything for a good 3 weeks. This also allows for a good amount of weekends to explore the island and do some fun trips while you are there too. I had an amazing time learning and living in San Pedro and I would recommend taking this opportunity as the community there is so inspiring and I learned so much living amongst the incredible people of the island.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Belize
Posted: Jul 25, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
8

Projects Abroad

After recently returning home from teaching English in the Galapagos Islands, I have had some time to reflect on my experience. What stands out the most aside from the beautiful location, the beaches, the wide life, and the perfect temperature, has to be the people. There are so many friendships I have created from the island of San Cristobal and so many outstanding human beings that I have come into contact with. The Ecuadorian culture seems to be very laid back and friendly. This was the case not only for the excellent support staff that I worked with, my host family, and the children I taught, but also from simple strangers on the street. It is so true that you feel safe there no matter what time of the day it is, and it is because everyone looks out for each other.

I would strongly recommend this project to anyone, and hope that I can return one day to this place that I have called home.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Jul 23, 2017
Overall:
7
Support:
8
Value:
7

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

Hello

I am Vanessa and I am from France. I am doing a volunteer program in srilanka . I have picked the teaching Buddhist monks program . I am staying at Michael's family house in Mahamodara , Michael is a very kind person and always helpful if you need anything he will help you , his house is really nice, comfortable and clean . His wife is a very good chef, you will be happy to eat her cuisine. Overall i am very grateful to have met Michael and his family, I could not thank them enough for having me over and make my stay enjoyable.

If you want to volunteer in the future I would recommend to do the teaching Buddhist monks program , it is very interesting, and the Buddhism culture will keep you on your toes . People in srilanka are so nice, polite and very kind . I have learnt a lot during my stay and I feel really rich inside . What a beautiful experience!

In the end I will definitely come back to Srilanka to travel around the country and of course to visit Michael and his family .

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Jul 20, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

CADIP

On May 3rd I began a journey from Halifax N.S. to Iceland through CADIP. I didn’t realize how life changing the experience would be. I always knew I wanted to visit the land of ice and fire and fortunately my experience through the volunteer organization helped me to realize my goal earlier than expected. At 18 I was new at travelling on my own. I had already visited many different countries throughout my lifetime but had always been part of a family or organized group with people I knew. CADIP helped me to feel at ease and answered any questions I had early on during the planning phase. They assured me I would be well looked after once I arrived at the planned destination and that I would enjoy my time. They were not mistaken. I left my home, alone and initially overwhelmed by the task at hand. I would transfer airports, arrive in Iceland knowing no-one, get money, make my way to Reykjavik, find my guest-house, spend a day and a night alone, completely alone, and then make my way to the meeting point where I would begin my two week volunteering experience alongside others I had never met. I didn’t know what to expect and it terrified me. I am an introvert by nature and I knew that this journey would be an important first step towards learning more about my strengths and abilities. I had to rely on myself and step outside my comfort zone. On the morning of the 5th of May I ordered a taxi and made my way to the meeting point. CADIP and the affiliated volunteer office in Iceland had organized several excursions for us to join and the first of three amazing tours was combined with making our way to the Hveragerdi where I would spend the next two weeks. It was a great introduction to a place that had already captivated me from landing. The landscape was exhilarating and more dramatic than I ever imagined. I arrived in Hveragerdi after a day that put me completely at ease in my new surroundings hoping that the workcamp would be a peaceful place where I could learn and explore and breathe after an exhausting first year of university. It was more. I was given my own basic room in a dorm or what I like to call cabin of sorts. I love my sleeping bag so I felt right at home and comfortable once I was settled in. Ours was a small group; Canadian, French, German, Latvian, Korean and Italian. I was the youngest and initially I was a little worried about how I would fit in. I shouldn’t have been. It was the best experience. I met the most wonderful, dynamic, interesting people who have inspired me to continue travelling, alone, discovering all the wonders that the world has to offer including unique friendships with strangers. The countryside was beautiful with every angle and view postcard perfect. I love the outdoors and Iceland is definitely the ultimate outdoor enthusiasts paradise. We hiked, we rested in the hot springs, we travelled to new places every weekend, we enjoyed the sights and tastes that our small town had to offer and oh yes, we worked and learned a great deal. Our primary role was to help in the greenhouses and on the NLFI grounds. I thoroughly enjoyed all the interesting and helpful information that was bestowed on us everyday. I have brought my new found knowledge home and use it for our family vegetable garden. I will never forget what I learned or the kindness and patience of the environment in which it was taught. I have to admit the very best part of the adventure, aside from the people, sights, excursions, pools, hot springs, bakery, glaciers, colours, sheep, horses, work, earth-quake and Icelandic air to name only a few, was the food. I am a foody. A vegetarian foody and I love to eat. I enjoyed, no I celebrated, every meal. I have never eaten as healthy or as well (sorry mom). I loved the food so much I would cut short any outings just so I could be back and sitting at the table for meal time. Thank you to the wonderful chefs who put together the meals that sustained me and brought me such joy. Initially I thought that my days in Iceland would drag, that I would be constantly wishing away the time until I was back with the familiar in Halifax. On May 3rd I left my family and home with tears and on May 19th I left new friends and Iceland with tears. I will never forget my journey or the life changing lessons I learned while overcoming my apprehension. Can I make it on my own? Yes I definitely can. Thank you CADIP for offering me the opportunity to realize this.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Iceland
Posted: Jul 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

I really enjoyed Ghana. People are really nice and welcoming, sometimes a bit too much. I genuinely really enjoyed the people and the country. My host Franklin was extremely welcoming. I felt at home from the moment i arrived. the whole family was very nice. the room in which i slept was perfect, it was spacious, the bed was comfortable and i wasn't hot. The house was very convenient too. the food was good but a little bit repetitive and we had too much food to eat for breakfast sometimes. We taught kids in Countryside orphanage. We gave them French, Maths, Science, English and Art lessons We also taught songs to the children in Kindergarten. Outside of school hours we played with the kids and they followed us everywhere. The weekends we went on excursions to canopy walk and slave castle in Cape Coast, went to the beach and also rested at home. We were constantly supported at home. We were never left on our own and the same thing in the orphanage. However if we wanted to go somewhere on our own during the day we were free to do so. I would recommend this experience a million times. It was such a wonderful out of the ordinary and enriching experience. it also gives the opportunity to discover a whole different culture and country in a total immersion due to staying with local people

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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