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I had a wonderful experience from the beginning to the end with ABV in Cusco, Peru, as well as with support in the United States. I am very grateful for my experience here and wouldn’t change one thing about it. My host house truly felt like home. Everyone was kind and willing to help me in my host family and at the clinic.
The advice I received from the director was invaluable and helped me adjust to life in Cusco. While here I enjoyed going on weekend trips with other volunteers to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. In addition, we enjoyed taking free salsa dancing lessons arranged by the ABV coordinator and exploring Cusco.
The house I stayed in was nice. I had a room to myself and there was a shower with warm water. The meals were delicious. Peruvian food is much different than American food, but I was always able to find something that I liked.
While in Cusco and the surrounding areas I was continually surprised by how friendly everyone was, even just the people I sat next to on the bus. In the clinic everyone was very nice. They always took the time to say hi to me and ask me how I was doing.
One of the things I was nervous about was my safety in the country. After arriving my director gave me some tips to stay safe and after getting used to being in Cusco for a few days I felt just as safe here as I do in the United States. Overall I felt like everything was really well organized.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jul 6, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

After graduating college with a degree in communications, I was still unsure of the direction I wanted to head in with my career. After talking with a friend of mine who volunteered with Projects Abroad, I just knew I had to take some time off and volunteer abroad. I contacted Projects Abroad, still unsure of what my future would hold, and they helped me sort through the details seamlessly. I was able to decide where and when I wanted to volunteer with complete flexibility, and they supported me in my choices 100% (unlike some other companies that require rigid time periods/destinations). I decided that I would volunteer in Costa Rica for one month. They soon provided me with all of my host family information and location prior to leaving, as well as dates for orientation and information booklets on the country I was going to live in.

Once I got to my new home in Costa Rica, the staff supported me from day one. On top of transporting me to my host family, introducing me to my fellow volunteers, and giving me an orientation of the program, they also took me around the city and showed me helpful locations (banks, restaurants, bus stations, etc). Also, they came to my placement with me the first day of volunteering to make sure everything was okay. Knowing that you have an organization behind you full of support and information makes the entire transition much more comfortable and enjoyable.

My host family was great and welcomed me with open arms, including me in their family traditions and get-togethers. Since I was also living with another volunteer, the two of us would spend time with our host family but also explore Costa Rica on our own. I had as much independence from the company as I wanted, knowing that I could reach out if I had questions or concerns, but also explore the country, have fun, and experience things on my own. I was able to travel the country and also create new projects at my placement (repainting chairs, etc.) I loved my experience with Projects Abroad so much, that it actually led to me teaching English and living abroad for another year and a half in other countries. I am now back home getting my Master’s in Social Work, but I owe all of my experiences and future goals to that first step I took with Projects Abroad! It really changed my life!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 6, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Global Crossroad

Like many before me (looking at reviews) Global persist in adding unwanted extras without informing the customer. In my case they added insurance at $190. I have adequate insurance at a much better price. Eventually they agreed to re invoice, taking the cost off HOWEVER 6 weeks later and having several assurances that a revised invoice has been sent I am still waiting. I just know that when I get to Nepal I will be given a bill!! as others have been.

I asked for my deposit back but my e mails have been ignored.

I will now make my own way in Nepal. I have found non profit making organisations there who have been brilliant over the last week. Any one wanting info e mail rjccoop@gmail.com

Good luck

Richard

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Jul 6, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

RCDP Nepal

Program:
Location: USA
Posted: Jul 6, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Having spent the last couple of months on this project I can honestly say it has been one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. The location of the project is fantastic, a remote Fijian Island covered in rainforest and surrounded by beautiful beaches and mangrove forests, the chance to mix with the locals and get a real feel for Fijian culture. The camp life is basic but is a welcome relief from city life and is what traveling and project work like this is all about. Getting to eat local food direct from the land was fantastic and being able to cook as a group was great and a real bonding activity. The people you live with on this camp become your best friends and you get to experience so much together.

The project itself if fantastic, the team are working really hard to survey the reefs in the area to see how healthy they are and are working with loads of important scientists and the local community to actually put their findings to good use. Diving on the reefs and helping to collect this data was so rewarding, knowing you're contributing to such a great cause. The actual diving was amazing, the water is so clear, the coral was so colourful and covered the sea floor and the fish were out of this world, 1000's of them, all different colours, shapes and sizes! Learning to dive in on the project was great and I cant wait to carry it on when I get back home. We also saw many sharks and even a turtle on the project and got the chance to collect data to help in their conservation, the great Fiji shark count was also going on while I was there and our sightings of the sharks were going towards this project as well.

I can't recommend this project enough and look forward to coming back again soon! If you want to experience real Fijian culture, dive some of the mot amazing sites in Fiji, make friends for life and contribute to a project that is really helping marine life and the environment then you should chose this one!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jul 5, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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