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Sol Education Abroad

I went to Costa Rica seeking adventure and found it in many more places than I anticipated. Not only did I get to experience the natural beauty the country offers through excursions provided by Sol and personal travel, but I fell in love with the culture. My host family provided me with support, the most delicious food, and eventually became a second family. My directors were more than helpful and were my most trusted teachers. Other students on my program became my closest friends. Costa Rica has more to offer than just volcanoes and gorgeous beaches - and Sol will teach you how to be more than a tourist: how to be a traveler.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: May 24, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I opted for the program, 'Teaching Monks spoken English'. The local coordinator (Michael Noel Ferreira, noelmf@sltnet.lk) personally contacted me 10 days before my departure date and sent me details on email and pictures, to ensure I had advance knowledge of the program. I had never been to Srilanka, but the Local Hosts (again, Michael Ferreira), made me feel right at home and most welcomed. He made sure to brief me on how to proceed with the different levels of Monks, and basically also how to run a class room. Additonally, Michael made sure I was comfortable walking in the beachsise locality and gave excellent advise on how to spend my free time (tourist expeditions). My trip to Srilanka was not just made memorable, it was also made honorable with the help of this program. Srilanka has proven to be one of the most friendliest places to visit, and I would highly recommend the volunteerig and local-living experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: May 23, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I had a fantastic experience during my time in Mandeville, Jamaica. I volunteered on the Alternative Spring Break program this year for one week. Although it wasn't long, it was extremely useful and benefited the program. I was put on a building site to start building bathrooms for children at a primary school in rural Mandeville. Their current bathrooms have no running water and are infectious, so there's a 6 month project to build them bathrooms with running water that are much more sanitary. We also had an outreach day where we went to a man's house (one room, no electricity, no running water) and refurbished it. We put in new roof covers, painted the walls, and redid the floors. All of the volunteers also bought the man a brand new mattress. My host family was incredible and they introduced me to a lot of Jamaican culture and food which was amazing! We also had a bit of downtime and were able to see the beautiful scenery Jamaica has to offer. It was the best spring break I've ever been on and I would love to have the experience with Projects Abroad again, hopefully for longer than a week!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Jamaica
Posted: May 13, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I went on Global Leadership Adventures' Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley trip over the summer of 2014. I had an amazing time and I believe that the experiences I had there were truly unique. My group was able to see firsthand how hard work and dedication pays off, as our service project focused on building the foundation to a greenhouse that would be used by a village outside of Cusco. The work was definitely challenging, but I feel that it shaped us as people and bettered our work ethic, and I could feel a transformation among my group members as the trip progressed. We also visited the village's school every day to spend time with the schoolchildren there, and at the end of our trip we had the amazing opportunity to watch them preform beautiful traditional Peruvian dances. Along with all the hard work we did, we also learned so much about Peru's history and culture. Global Leadership Adventures organized speakers to come in almost daily to teach us more about Peru and the things that makes it unique. I especially enjoyed taking Quechua classes because it made me feel more connected to the people there. The Peru programs, along with all of the other programs offered by Global Leadership Adventures, are filled with amazing experiences that will inspire and influence students to continue making a change, I definitely recommend this organization, and I encourage finding their Facebook page or visiting their website to learn more about their programs.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: May 13, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I loved the health care program in Cusco, exceeded all my expectations. I enjoyed the experience of staying with a host family, becoming more confident in my Spanish with the private Spanish lessons, and learning so much in an ambulatory care setting at the clinic. It was amazing to enjoy all the culture and history Peru had to offer.
The prior traveling and local support could not have been better. Any questions and concern were Immediately addressed, and the volunteer coordinator Beatriz was able to take me to several historical sites, tours of the city, and assistance with the volunteering at the clinic.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: May 11, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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