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Frontier

I have just spent 6 weeks doing the forest programme in Madagascar. I can honestly say that it was some of the best weeks I have ever spent. The staff were great, they were all passionate about each project. The camp was like something you wouldn't have imagine but surprisingly homely, although it was basic everything was accounted for and the atmosphere was truly amazing.
Having not studied science at a degree level I didn't feel like I was out of place during the project. I learnt so much about different aspects of science and found myself leaving with a much larger interest in thing that I wouldn't have thought I would have enjoyed so much. Madagascar is a truly beautiful and unique place and I'm so glad that I got to experience it with the guidance of the Frontier team, they really made my time amazing and would recommend to anyone to do the same as I did, no matter how long you are thinking of going for you are will be made to feel like part of the frontier family.

Program:
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Oct 17, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

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International Humanity Foundation

My name is Esther Manzanera and I am a Work-Study Volunteer in IHF Bali. I have been here for already two months and I could say that this experience has changed my life so I would recommend it to anyone! Since the day that I left my hometown in Spain and I arrived at the center I could see how easy was to help the children most in need. I have enjoyed the happiness of the kids, which is the most grateful thing that you could have. They do not worry about material things, about having the best PlayStation or iPhone, they don´t need those things to be happy, they will be smiling every day even living on the most basic conditions. The life in IHF shows you a different way to understand the world where you learn to value the most simple things.

In the Bali Center we have around 200 children registered so there is always a lot of work to do here, so I would like to encorauge everybody to come here to see the life through our balinese children's eyes. Living with their culture, learning about their families, traditions, religions, costumes, and appreciate a different way to live.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Oct 17, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I volunteered with CCS in Costa Rica for two weeks, working in an orphanage in Cartago for both weeks. The information that CCS provided in advance when I was preparing for my trip was very thorough and I could access it on demand via the website at times that were convenient for me. I felt as well-informed as I could be before arriving in Costa Rica. The in-country orientation after arrival was more specific to my assignment and other local matters and was exceptionally comprehensive. CCS made resources available such as tip sheets from previous volunteers as well as access to local CCS employees with direct knowledge of the orphanage. The CCS staff in Cartago all were amazing, from the driver who greeted me at the airport all the way up to the country director. They made me feel welcome and made it easy to assimilate quickly and get ready for my first day of volunteer work. They could answer every question and someone was always available to lend a hand. The housing is basic as you might expect but comfortable and safe. There was round the clock security, and plenty of snacks and beverages available at all times, not to mention comfortable hammocks for lounging time. The cultural activities available to volunteers were diverse so there was something for everyone -- seeing local sights, taking dance lessons, or learning to make homemade tortillas, among other things. My experience at the orphanage will have a lasting impact on me. The children there don't normally have the opportunity to get the kind of attention that we as volunteers are able to provide to them while we are there. Even on tiring days when there are a lot of kids present, you know that it matters that you came. All in all this experience was both fulfilling and fun. I would volunteer with CCS again in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Oct 17, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Volunteering with CCS in Costa Rica for 3 months was the best idea I have ever had. I was a recent college graduate looking for something to do to fill my time between job searching and figuring out life as a post grad. This was exactly the experience I needed in my life. I volunteered for 4 weeks in a Special Education School, then another 4 weeks in an Orphanage, and my last 4 weeks I was in a Regular School teaching English. The intrinsic rewards I took away from each placement was unbelievable. The sense of gratification that while I was only in each placement for 4 weeks at a time these kids had such a huge impact on my life and outlook on life!

The cultural learning activities that the staff takes you on was always fun. I saw so much during the work week. The rain forest, coffee plantation, Irazu volcano, and the butterfly house were among my favorites. The staff was absolutely amazing. Everyone is friendly and willing to do whatever it is to make you feel comfortable. It was comforting as someone who only knew basic Spanish that the staff spoke English. The living conditions are clean and safe. The night guard was friendly and very alert of activity outside the gates.

As a CCS alum I can not wait to continue doing my part with this organization and continue to explore the world while making an impact in the lives of those in need of a helping hand.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Oct 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Rustic Volunteer and Travel

After spending almost five weeks in Sri Lanka, I know I definitely want to come back. I have been volunteering teaching Buddhist monks in a local monastery, and it has been an amazing experience. Even though there was a huge range of English speaking abilities at the monastery, I still was able to hopefully teach them some. But most important was what I learned from the monks. Their way of life is so different from mine, growing up in a large city. Also, the host family I stayed with in Galle, was beyond kind. They have been very hospitable and fed me some of the most delicious Sri Lankan cuisine. I highly recommend volunteering here.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Oct 16, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
8

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