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Active Internationals

Yo soy Neville de México. Llegué a la India con el objetivo de servir a la comunidad en mi programa de voluntariado. Todos mis objetivos estaban satisfechos con ActiveInternationals y me complace recmmend ellos.

He participado en el Programa de Voluntarios de Jaipur y realmente aprecio el proyecto de enseñanza de informática enseñar los niños pequeños los conceptos básicos de las computadoras.

Para mi imaginación, que nos obsequiaron con computadoras de calidad muy resistentes y buenos. Los niños les encantó la experiencia y en los últimos 10 minutos de nuestra clase que utilizan para ver películas de dibujos animados en el PC.

I un muy feliz con mi contribución y la ayuda por ActiveInternationals.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Apr 24, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

It was an amazing experience in India. Sankalp is organized an keeps track of the needs of the volunteers. I've helped in the orphanage and it was great.
I strongly recommend the experience and the organization.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Apr 22, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

Going abroad to LPB in Laos was a great experience and I really enjoyed being able to get to know the people and the culture of southeast Asia.

I would recommend going for at at least a month to get the full experience, and in order to give the people you are interacting with a better chance at getting to know you. Also, I would plan to allot more money than you think you need initially since you will want to travel while there. Also, it is nice to be in Laos not during the heavy tourist season.

Overall it was a fantastic experience and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about the way of life over there. However it is a bit of a culture shock so going into it I would say that you should keep an open mind and be patient. Definitely a worth while experience. Also the program that I did had to do with teaching English and the teaching is very legitimate and important, so if you don't think you would like actually teaching a class I would pick a different program.

Program: TEFL
Location: Laos
Posted: Apr 22, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
6
Value:
7

Active Internationals

I participated in the volunteer and travel program for 11 days with two of my friends. We were joined by four participants from different countries.

Our program started in Delhi and concluded there, which made it so convenient for us to book the flights from Amsterdam. The weather was absolutely fine and the arrangements were just the best for what we paid.

The best moment was definitely to see the Taj Mahal, but there was so much more to do every day. We really enjoyed a great exchange of ideas with fellow travelers and the people we met on our course. I specially enjoyed my volunteer activities in Pushkar and found it a very suitable place to spend more time.

The activities, food and workshops made the whole experience so different. Last year I was in Thailand for a similar program, but hardly had an opportunity to mingle with the local community. This one by Active was absolutely brilliant.

Way to go!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Apr 22, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

AFS

Sadly I did not adequately vet the organization before choosing a host service. I am sure experiences may vary but my yearlong hosting experience has been terrible. Had I been diligent I would have discovered the poor reviews of the organization here prior to hosting a foreign exchange student through them. I was eager and willing to open my home to a traveling student but as the year progressed it became clear that it would be riddles with "gotchas" in which we were put in the difficult position of creating a good hosting experience and paying out of pocket for many expenses that were to be covered by the organization due to misinformation provided to the host student (and their family) prior to arrival. In the end, I have ended up picking up the tab for many many additional things after stating quite clearly before hosting that although I would be happy to feed and house a student and even take them on vacation with us to destinations throughout the US, I could not pay for items such as "cell phone" and AFS sponsored trips. I was assured that I would only be required to pay for room and board, but this was not to be the case. When I inquired about this, ultimately the representative would say "although other families choose to provide this you are in no means required too" but at this point we had all eyes pointing to us including the student and her parents explaining that they were informed otherwise. I have, of course, reluctantly covered the additional expenses not wanting the students experience to be impacted as thy have continued to mount throughout the year. To make matters worse, as others have mentioned, AFS poorly plans expensive trips throughout the year that are not covered by the exorbitant cost paid initially by the student to the organization. In most cases, again, these expenses have fallen upon us when we were told otherwise! This leaves myself and other host families to speculate as to what exactly "after airfare" are the thousands of dollars paid by the student and their family going to? Some host parents I have spoken with in regards to this have relayed thoughts that perhaps it is the AFS office in NYC, or executive and worker salaries? I will let you be the judge only relating my experience in the hopes that it will inform others before deciding on an organization. The ratings here do not misrepresent, in my humble opinion.

Program:
Location: USA
Posted: Apr 21, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

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