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International Humanity Foundation

My name is Yanyi and I’m from Shanghai, China. I’m currently spending 4 weeks in total at IHF Jakarta center. My main local task is to teach English to first to fourth grade. Since teaching small children can be very hard for beginners like me, the staff here has been incredibly helpful. And when you see the children giving their efforts to learn and making progress, it’d be eventually worth it. Plus, the children are really cute :) I first came to Jakarta partly because I wanted to see Indonesia’s culture and local life, which would be new and exciting for me. But now I’m here, the more impressive thing I’ve found is how warm the people in Jakarta are, even though it’s such a big city. I have learned a lot from my colleagues, students as well as the local people and I’m very glad that I made the choice to come here.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Jul 26, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

CAPA International Education

I have nothing but praises for the CAPA International Education program and especially Rachelle Douillard-Proulx and Colin Speakman. As an admittedly over-protective mother, I was very concerned about the safety of my daughter and going to Beijing to study abroad. CAPA could not have been more responsive and helpful in providing information to allay my fears and concerns. While there, my daughter enjoyed learning about the Chinese culture, going to school, and doing an internship with a local business. Lastly, I can’t say enough about how Rachelle and Colin went above and beyond in assisting us in celebrating my daughter’s 21st birthday while in China. I could not have asked for a more personalized, safe, overall amazing experience, for all of us, especially my daughter Jennie. Thank you CAPA!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Jul 25, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI)

When I chose to volunteer with AFAWI I was looking for a hands-on development field work experience with a local NGO. Working with AFAWI not only fulfilled this goal, but taught me more than I could have imagined about working in African development.

I stayed with AFAWI for two months, focusing on the Livelihood microfinance project. Working day in and day out in local communities gave me a far more visceral understanding of poverty alleviation than I had ever learned from a textbook or sitting in a university lecture.

In no way did AFAWI dictate the terms and objectives of the project I worked on. Instead, I was given far more responsibility than I had ever had in previous jobs and internships.

From the start, myself and the other volunteers were allowed the space to make key decisions, lead financial training seminars, carry out business data analysis, and undertake monitoring and evaluation in the field.

In addition to the invaluable field-work experience, I learned about the inner workings of a local NGO and how to work productively alongside colleagues from countries as diverse as Bosnia, UK, Mexico, China, and Ghana.

In sum, AFAWI affords its volunteers a cooperative environment fostering project creativity and a unique balance of support and autonomy to coordinate effective and hands-on development projects.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 25, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
9

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Dany's A+ Turtle Review!!!

I really enjoyed so much about being here, even if it didnt seem like it when i was in the sun. Night Survey was super interesting, working so close to turtles in the wild. Morning survey too, especially when i relocated a nest. The environment here is amazing, how the only things that matter are the turtles and what im going to do in my hammock is in the sun. The evenings were so fun, with the games and parties that were thrown. Every staff member and volunteer has been so nice and helpful and awesome to be around.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Greece
Posted: Jul 25, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

My name is Sophia, i am from Germany and i took part in a monastery project in Nepal, Kathmandu via the organisation RCDP Nepal. I stayed for 6 weeks in the project. To come to Nepal and the monastery was the best decision in my whole life. I stayed with a lovely and wonderful host family really close to the project. They are a sherpa family and take care of you with all their heart. The teaching at the monastery is every day one hour. The monastery is located at a wonderful place in Kathmandu - it is next to the famous "Monkey Temple". So you can enjoy fresh air up the hill and have a hundred monkeys around you every day. The monks you have to teach are between 5 and 13 years. They are the sweetest and funniest small boys i have ever meet. It is so much fun to teach them and play with them. They are also really thankful that you spent their time with them and give them attention. After the teaching hour i spent every day my whole day at the monastery. You can take part in the activities in the monastery like puja, meditation and so on. I also spent my time with the older monks: went for lunch, go to the movies or just chatting. They love to get in touch with foreigners. All in all i can really recommend this organisation, the project, the stay with the host family and of course the monastery and the lovely monks. If you want to make a really really special experience come to Nepal and join this wonderful project!!!! If you have any questions just ask me or RCDP Nepal, they will love to help you and answer all your questions :-)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Jul 25, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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