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Mente Argentina

I took a private intensive wine course for 6 days (3 hours per day, totaling 18 hours) with “Mente Argentina.” The Resident Director, David Rosenfeld, was very helpful in arranging the program for me with many options in order to fit my schedule. The course itself took place at an EAV wine school, which is one of the three wine schools in Buenos Aires approved by the Sommelier Association International. The instructor, George Bourdieu, is a very knowledgeable sommelier who is not only passionate about wines, but also about teaching. As such, I enjoyed his course very much, which was very well organized and well delivered. I learned a lot from him despite the short duration of the course. For example, I learned how to distinguish the smells and the tastes of various wines, the wine production processes, the wine regions in Argentina, the main characteristics of various grapes (both for red and white wines), the defects of wines, and the systematic approach to wine tasting. I’d like to recommend this wine course to those who are interested in learning about wines!

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Location: Argentina
Posted: May 24, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Leave Ur Mark

I've had a crazy obsession with Bollywood movies when I was a little girl, so India was always a country on my bucket list to travel to. That dream came to past last year when I decided to intern with Leave Ur Mark. I have done many volunteer work in other countries before, but I can honestly say that I have had my greatest experience volunteering aboard with Leave Ur Mark. From meeting other interns from different parts of this earth, to the bus rides to work. Every day was an exciting adventure.

Leave Ur Mark works with you to help find the right project that would best fit you, so that your experience in India can be a meaningful one; which would allow you to have fun working on your project while immersing yourself into the culture. I did a women's development internship on menstruation health, putting the project together was a lot of work, but visiting schools in the slums and seeing how excited the girls were to learn about menstruation and allowing it to not exclude them from the social and cultural aspects of life allows you to take a step back to find your self and also helps you to realize the things that you take for granted, things as simple as a toilet.

My advice to future interns, stay longer than a month and make use of all the freedom you have to explore the rich and diverse country of India. Thank you Leave Ur Mark for this amazing opportunity and I cannot wait to travel back to India!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: May 24, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

I highly recommend using this company to volunteer abroad. Their staff are really respectful and comprehensive. Since the first e-mail that I sent, until a year after of my experience, they seemed to care about me and were always there to help me.
All the family members of the house that I stayed where really nice; food, internet and comfort would always be available and I had no issues with them since day 1. Maria, my "Peruvian mom" was like a real mom to the whole house, she would have dinner with us and we all got sad when we had to leave her. She was really careful with our stuff and would always be there to help us with questions or necessities.
The coordinators in the city would always be present as well, making possible to even create a friendship with them.
Our orphanage just like any other, really needed assistance and our presence there was essential for the kids. They would become happier once we were there.
RCDP will definitely have me again to volunteer in another country.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: May 23, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I spent four weeks on the Frontier Madagascar Forest Program and had one of the best times of my life! The people I met there, both staff and volunteers, were super friendly and helpful in answering all my questions. The social side of the program was a lot of fun and I know I have made friends for life! The diet and living situation took a bit of getting used to, as I am definitely a city girl at heart, but in the end I really enjoyed the simple way of life. The best part though, by far, was the animals! The species I saw on the island of Nosy-Be really ignited my passion for conservation. I hope one day to return to Madagascar and I recommend anyone looking for a good experience to get on board with Frontier!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: May 23, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

AFS

A total nightmare of an experience with this organization. Better screening needs to be done, regulations need to be followed, and the only type of support that host families receive is "damage control". If you want to be used, abused and totally taken advantage of with no support whatsoever with who is sent to your family - go for it. Our family will never forget our experience and the damage it has done on many levels.

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Location:
Posted: May 23, 2016
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

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