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Forum Nexus

Forum-Nexus was one of the best experiences I could ask for. Not only did I get to travel to wondrous destinations in one month, but I also met forever friends, became more culturally aware, and learned many valuable lessons. I would do it again in a heartbeat!!

Program: Study Abroad
Location:
Posted: Sep 28, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

In May of 2016, I spent 4 weeks in Ghana with Projects Abroad. My project was being a veterinary intern at La Veterinary Hospital in Accra, Ghana. Overall, my experience was a fantastic one and I wish I could’ve stayed longer.

All of the people I had the pleasure of meeting from my host family to the other volunteers to the people I worked with through Projects Abroad and the hospital were extraordinary. The people really do make all the difference in a good trip and a great one. Be sure to make the most out of the time you have with them because it goes by so quickly and before you know your time abroad will be over. The projects abroad team members are very invested in what they do and I was surprised to find how often that they check in with you and make sure everything is going okay. Not only do they help with any issues that could come up with your project or your accommodation, but they organize fun activities such as language lessons, dance lessons or even just getting the group to have a nice meal together. So not only do you get to volunteer in an incredible place and gain experience like no other but you leave having new lifelong friends and endless stories to tell. Not to mention these friends that you make are from all over the world and learning about their culture as well as the culture of the country that you are in, is a learning experience that you would never be able to have in a classroom.

My project, like I said, was a veterinary intern at La Veterinary Hospital. The veterinary technicians and veterinarians were amazing. It was definitely an eye-opening experience coming from America where we are a bit spoiled when it comes to the resources that we have available to us. Innovation is extremely vital to success in places such as Ghana whose resources are not as abundant as other wealthier places. The only thing about my particular project that was a little misleading was what animals I would be working with while there. From the website and My Project webpage, I was under the impression that I would be working with domestic pets, livestock, and visiting zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. However, while I was there it was predominately dogs, a few cats, and a few small farm animals like goats and chickens. We did make one short visit to a resort that had some wildlife and exotic animals which was extremely cool! I basically just thought we would be doing more of things like that, so it was slightly disappointing. But besides that I have no complaints! The people were great and I learned a lot about the veterinary profession from the cases I assisted with while there.

You just can’t put into words how this kind of experience impacts your life and your future. And you also can’t put a price on this kind of adventure. If you are looking to volunteer and make a difference while meeting extraordinary people along the way, I highly recommend traveling with Projects Abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Sep 26, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Adelante Abroad

Hello readers! If you are reading this review then you are probably interested in interning/studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Well, let me begin by telling you that you do not need to look any further if you are interested in an astonishing international experience. Barcelona is an excellent destination filled with marvelous architecture, alluring beaches, delectable dishes, diverse groups of people all with colorful personalities, and an absolutely dynamic nightlife. The question isn't where do I want to travel; the question is what program is best for me to use to get there? Well in this review I will tell you about my experience with Adelante Abroad.

Let's first start off with the price. I want to mention that if you travel, prepare for it to be costly period. However, Adelante Abroad does stand by their word when they advertise that they are affordable. Affordable meaning that the price is fair not a steal nor is it a rip off. I think it is accurately priced for what you get. So the price is actually a good value.

Next I want to mention the staff. The Adelante Abroad staff gives you phenomenal service! They make the application process very smooth and easy for candidates. They are also quick and very receptive to any question and concerns before, during, and after your program. Not to mention, they are very friendly, understanding, and extremely considerate. While abroad, they make sure that everything is going well and even send you links to events or helpful tools used to adapt to your new surroundings. For customer service, the staff gets a definite 10 out of 10.

Next would the inclusive Spanish courses you will take the first 2 weeks there. The classes were held at Kingsbrook. Kingsbrook has very engaging classes for language learning. My teacher was very enthusiastic and gravitating. However the lesson plans could have more structure. It seemed as though the lessons that were covered did not flow. Although for the second part of Spanish lessons, it was taught by a different instructor. This instructor was brilliant. He handed us worksheets and also had group activities to where the whole class was involved which was very fun. Two weeks of Spanish lesson was not enough. This is one of the flaws of the program but I am sure that if you ask for more Spanish lessons then they would accommodate.

Housing would be my next topic. The housing was lavish compared to some of the other apartments that I visited there in Barcelona. You get your own room and also there is a housekeeper that cleans the apartment and also washes your laundry. I did not need anyone doing my laundry but it was nice I guess. Also with my apartment it was in a great location as well. It was not far from the mall, the beach, and the metro/bus station. The apartment itself was small, but honestly everything in Europe will be that way, so you just will have to get use to it. Other than that housing was great. The pictures they have online can be a little misleading but not completely false. Online it looked much bigger but the apartment still had a nice layout. The apartment had a terrace, polished floors, and everything you need is supplied for you. I loved my apartment!

Last, but of course, the most important element would be the internship. Wow, I have much to say about my internship but I will try to be concise. My internship was not bad but it had much room for improvement. During my internship I felt as though I was just an extra and I was not part of the bigger picture. The interns at my job placement did not have much rank or responsibility. Yes, we had duties but I could not help but feel like I was a pawn. I basically did all the dirty work that the others did not want to do. I do want to mention that this does come with the territory if you apply to be an intern so I really could not complain. However, the internship itself was not entirely dreadful. There were more hits than misses. I did enjoy the staff at the two locations I worked and also I did learn much when it came to becoming a professional in my industry. I could go on forever about the pluses and minuses about the internship but overall I think that it I something that you will enjoy but also be prepared for the moments that are not really hands on with your internship experience.

I hope this review helps you your internship program search. I think just like all programs, Adelante has much potential but at the same time not perfect. I would still recommend this program to a friend. Good luck. Adios!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Sep 26, 2016
Overall:
7
Support:
10
Value:
8

RCDP Nepal

I volunteered as an English teacher at the Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery for 1 month.My experience there was very positive and if one is interested in Buddhism i can only recommend this program. The monks are very kind, open and respectful and will do anything so one feels at home. Personally after a month i felt like part of the family which is not always the case for volunteers according to the monks. You have to be willing to share your most personal experiences because the monks do so too and if you do they will take you in and teach you more than you can ever teach them.
The monastery is clean but quiet poor. The kids rejoice over the smallest gestures like giving them a pen, book or even just a plastic bottle that we regard as trash so for future volunteers I think it is important to keep this in mind and maybe bring a couple of presents. Even though they do not own anything all they do is give and you need to appreciate every gesture.

I will definitely return to this monastery and do my best to somehow support them over the year. It is important to help those monks as there only wish is to help and give to other people, they just do not have the resources or the language skills.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Sep 26, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

I was volunteering at a school in Kibera slums, teaching English, arts and sports. It was a beneficial experience for me as a volunteer, for the host family and for the school I volunteered at. Personally, I developed my teaching and communication skills. For the host family it was beneficial to encounter different cultures in their home, and for the school - to get support. Volunteers live the African life, while exchanging intercultural experiences with the hosts. I was welcomed by the host Barnabas and his wife Millar, they made me feel like I was at home. Highly recommend it for the future volunteers, who would like to live the African way like the locals do and do their contribution for their well-being.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Sep 25, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

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