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Global Crossroad

I thought the house was a great home base. I felt at home since day one. We had a nice room and it was always clean. Only concern I had was my mosquito the first night had visible large holes at the top. Would have been nice to have had an intact one to start, after I replaced it all was fine. Food was great.
The staff was absolutely wonderful. The staff are all amazing at what they do and so welcoming. I felt like I’d known them longer than I actually did. Great group. Franklin also was clear with project placement and changes. Open communication, all was appreciated.
I was placed at TT clinic. I thought the time spent there was great. I learned a lot, though because of my short time there, I did not really get too many hands on time, but was expecting that beforehand. The staff was friendly and I’m walking away with a much better understanding of rural healthcare in Ghana. just wished I could have been a bit more involved to leave them something in return. Longer placement at clinic would be most beneficial.
I’m pleased with the set up provided. I have done many volunteer programs over the years and would definitely do another through Global Crossroad. Only thing I would have liked to have would be the orientation that the start to get an idea of how much things cost, language, sites etc. regardless I will recommend this program to others.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 22, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I felt very comfortable here and also felt very safe. The staffs were so wonderful and I will really miss them. I always felt like I was coming home when I walked inside and I loved all of the new food that I got to try. The staff was great. I felt like they became my friends. There was always food and water for us and the house was always kept clean. They were all ready to help out and show us surrounding areas. They are all very warm and loving people.
I was assigned to Good Shepherd orphanage where I taught Form 1&2 in the junior high school. I enjoyed teaching them very much. However, I think they need to organize their volunteers a bit better. Teachers seemed to leave or stop teaching once volunteers were there. This defeats the purpose of having extra help.
It was everything I expected. I was given a comfortable place to stay with a project. The project description was misleading but it worked out regardless

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 22, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

The home base was very comfortable. I felt like I was always home from the minute I walked in. the rooms were nice and clean. The food was amazing. I always felt safe and that I was welcome. Also it was convenient that the house was close to anything I needed. All within walking distance.
The staff was amazing! Anything I needed they were always there to provide it. The family is very very caring and loving of all volunteers. I felt like they were my family and had known them for a very long time. I’m so sad to be leaving my family in Ghana. They are great.
My project experience was nice. I was in the K-D 1&2(nursery and pre-school) classes at countryside. From my understanding I was working at an orphanage but when I arrived, it was more like a school. I wish I would have known this because then I would have been able to provide them with school materials rather than orphanage needs. Also the teacher left the school 6 of the 10 days I was there. She was very un-concerned with her students and me teaching there. That defeats the purpose of volunteering to help. The kids were fantastic and so willing to learn.
I would recommend anyone who wants to do volunteer work to go with IFRE. They provided everything they said they would and made the trip very easy and stress-free. I think some of the information on IFRE’s website needs to be updated like the week of travel for example but for most part it was very straight forward. The project placement could be explained better and should be updated especially that you will be teaching the whole day rather than 1-2 hrs. Misleading but was still a great experience. The kids in my classroom at countryside were awesome.
Great organization

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 22, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

New Hope Volunteers

When we arrived in Ghana, I was so curious what to expect. I actually thought that we maybe had to shower with a bucket with water etc. when we arrived at Kasoa, It looked a bit poor and then when we finally came by the house where we were going to stay for 3 weeks I thought ‘waww” this is so much better than I expected. It was big, clean and the rooms were simple but clean and nice! I immediately felt very comfortable and safe! The food was also very good, maybe too little vegetables (sometimes) but it was very special and nice food.
With the staff,It felt like a family, all of them were so nice! They always make me so happy! They showed us nice places in the city and village (Kasoa) so that we amuse and enjoy as much as possible in Ghana. Everything we needed was there!
We actually don’t have much information about what our plan exactly was so we were very curious about what our plan should be for our 3 weeks! When we came to the orphanage,expected to do work in the orphanage but it changed to working at the Good Shepherd school. We actually thought that it may be hard for us but when we started it was so nice. It was possible to learn from the children a lot of things. But sometimes I thought “ Is this really the school who really needs our help?” After two weeks we went to another school in Bentum. They said this school needs some help and was poor. When we came there, we were surprised. We didn’t expect it to be so poor and different from Good Shepherd. It was a school with one teacher to do everything, cook, and teach 50 children etc. it was impossible we thought. So here I felt more that I can do something that is really needed. We also tried to get more volunteers with us. So with 3 volunteers, it was possible to every class one teacher and David was able to cook etc. it was a very special and beautiful experience for me.
It wasn’t without miscommunications but after that I can really say that I think it is a perfect organization . you can choose from many countries and programs. So you can find a perfect. Also I think the pricing was good. The organization does not ask for much money like other organizations. Also it was a perfect house for us to stay; near to the market and also by our schools
Thank you family for everything. I really liked you all and I’m honestly gonna miss you all.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 22, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

New Hope Volunteers

When we decided to go to Africa to volunteer, I expected we were going to stay in a very unprivileged place, like I did not expect we would be able to have a shower every day, change our phones, have internet around the corner etc. So I loved staying in your house! It was very comfortable and there is enough space for all the family members and volunteers. And food was delicious every day! The house exceeded my expectations.
The staff? More like family! I thought I was going to be home sick since 3 weeks is the longest I’d ever had to miss my family. But I only felt a little homesick when I didn’t feel well one day. So the family (staff) was AMAZING! I felt free to ask for anything I needed and they were all so sweet.
At first we thought we would be helping at the orphanage with cooking, cleaning and taking care of really young children. It turned out we were working at the school which was also great! The first two weeks at Good Shepherd were interesting. I learned a lot about school in general in Ghana but I did not feel like I was contributing very much… I am happy we worked at the school in Bentum the last week because we were actually needed there! So I think more volunteers should be placed at Bentum or be able to choose between Good Shepherd or Bentum or countryside.
One thing I dislike about the project was the way we got to give our donations at Good Shepherd, more than half of it was already gone when we wanted to give it and the kids did not even know that we gave it to them…Also I wish we gave everything to God’s Vision School because Good Shepherd did not really need it.
Well with a few miscommunications the week before, we felt we got very anxious whether the organization even existed. But after I talked to Franklin on the phone we felt reassured and when we saw Franklin and Josephine at the airport we were so happy! Our experience here the last 3 weeks was AMAZING! I loved teaching, living in a house full of good and sweet people and I will miss everyone!
Franklin, Josephine, Marie, Mary-Ann thank you so much for everything. I had an amazing time here better than I ever expected!!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 22, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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