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Frontier

I've done a lot of travelling in the past few years, and I must say if I ever imagined island life than Caye Caulker is definitely a perfect representative. The village on the south island is small enough to get around in a jiffy, while still having secluded spots on the beach where you can read a book. The locals are all familiar with one another, and I've made quite the contact list of my own along the way! At camp on the north island, you get a feel for the true nature of Belize - quite literally! There are trails to walk, activities on site which of course include snorkeling off the pier, in addition to PADI training and surveys. At the end of a long day my favorite thing to do is to chill in a hammock, and enjoy the breeze.
I sill have quite a while to be here, but I'm sure I will enjoy it and learn so much more than I have already!

Program:
Location: Belize
Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I was only there in their volunteer house in Jaipur for a short stay of two weeks - wish I could've been there longer! It was long enough though to see the main tourist attractions and travel to other places on the weekends. However I would recommend going for longer. There was still alt on Rajastan I would have liked to explore and wanted to spend longer with the kids (who without a doubt I grew attached to in such a short time). I went for the teaching street kids programme but there are other programmes eg orphanage and woman empowerment which would have been nice to try if I were their for longer as well.

The accommodation is really nice with rooms of 4 each sharing their own bathroom. The set up is great so that you can have some alone time but the communal areas are good for socialising with the other volunteers. There is a cook to serve delicious food for lunch and dinner - breakfast provided yourself. There is a 9pm curfew for all volunteers which was not an issue during my stay. However some volunteers who had been there for 4 months were finding it hard to live by near the end. Alcohol was also not allowed in the house and you were not allowed to join local clubs or classes during the stay - again only an issue for those who were there for a long time. However the rules were for our safety and everyone would agree that they felt safe and protected during the stay, given that we were the only foreigners in the local area.

The actual volunteering experience was amazing. The kids are so cute and cheerful and wanting to make friends with you from the moment you arrive. There are four classes ranging in age from 2 to 12 and the day is structured by 1.5 hours English, 0.5 hour break, 1 hour maths. There was a slight communication issue since I only spoke English and they mainly spoke Hindi. It made it hard to explain new things to them but not impossible - there is a full time teacher there who you can call for help if you're struggling.

Overall I had an amazing time and an hoping to go back for a longer stay in the next couple of years!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Had an amazing time in Madagascar on the Marine programme.

The staff in camp were brilliant, they were passionate about their role, extremely knowledgeable and always went out of their way to help. Having this support really made the project enjoyable, as there weren't any questions left unanswered.

Although I was only on the programme for a short 2 weeks I was able to take part in the surveying and learn the skills required for the conservation work we were partaking in on-site.

The Frontier camp was lovely and not as basic as I was expecting. The volunteers are always kept busy and the staff even arrange activities for the days off meaning that I was able to dive some amazing sites when not surveying or revising.

On a slightly negative note; I think my complaint would be the inefficiency of the Head office staff. I was incorrectly overcharged for my project which only came to light when I was pointing out that they had already put me down for the incorrect time period of 4 weeks and not 2.

I also had a few problems with the flight booking that I made through the partner company (GYT) where they had failed to put luggage onto one of my connecting flights even though I had specifically asked about my allowance. This cost me extra when I was in the airport.

Overall I would definitely recommend this project as although I experienced issues with Frontier Head Office and the flight company, I had no problems with the staff in-country once I had arrived.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
6

Frontier

Had an amazing time in Fiji, met some amazing people and have some brilliant memories to take back.

The project was fantastic, really practical and managed to get loads of stories published, the homestay family will do anything in their power to make you feel comfortable and at home.

Definitely recommend this trip to anybody who's looking for valuable experience whilst also getting to experience a different culture and an amazing country!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

My name is Daniel and I from America. My experience in Sri Lanka was very unique and I will remember it for the rest of my life. I taught English to Buddhist Monks at a temple. The class size was very small which was very positive in relation to the learning process. I met lots of great people from all over the world. I suggest this program for anyone looking to travel and volunteer at the same time. My host family was very nice and the head of the household, Michael, was extremely helpful with everything that I asked for and needed.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Apr 15, 2014
Overall:
5
Support:
5
Value:
8

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