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9.7 / 10 after 174 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings

We arrange short-term international mission trips and long term volunteer projects in South America, Africa and Asia. Designed with flexibility and customized attention with volunteer options in African orphanages, teaching English, medical and dental volunteering, HIV awareness projects, conservation in national parks, animal welfare, environmental and community development.

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I was lucky to be placed with a very nice host family. The father is 90 years old and in very good health. His wife too is in very good health. They are both very cheerful and fun to be around. Their two daughters, one of them is our host mother are extremely pleasant. They know amazing English and help us with anything we need.
I wish I had bought a nice gift for the host family. Also if you are planning to teach, bring your material or simple English books as material in English is hard to find here.
The orphanage was well run by teachers, volunteers and administrators. The girls were being taken care very well with all round development. I saw girls begin given music lessons, painting lessons, pottery, stitching, cooking etc.
The local coordinator, Beatrice, was a very nice person with great support for any needs. She took us around the first day and showed us the important landmarks as well as grocery store, laundry, supermarket, money exchange place etc which was very useful.

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Posted: August 15, 2014
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10
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10
Value:
10
By: Anshu
Age:
43

The trip to Quito and volunteering at the clinic was eye opening. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to visit a different culture and meet new people. The clinic and the children touched my heart. Seeing the everyday struggles that the special needs children face allows for true appreciation for life. The children were beautiful and lively. My host family treated me as one and I became good friends with the fellow volunteers. I travelled Ecuador and saw many beautiful sites such as the equator and the Amazon. It was a beautiful experience.
The most difficult was seeing and working with the special needs children. It is difficult to watch the struggle that they face in doing simple tasks. It really set me back and made me appreciate being able to help. The children were beautiful and fun to be around. They need much more help and guidance than other children.


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Posted: July 30, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
24

The first couple of days are quite difficult because you are adjusting to all new things. It is helpful that there are other volunteers there that have been through the process and are already adjusted to the Nepali lifestyle and ready to help, but you really have no idea what to expect even after reading about the trip, so it was hard to adjust to everything right in the beginning. Once you get the hang of it, time flies so quickly but the first few days are quite slow and a little confusing.
One of my favorite memories of the trip was watching a Caesarian section take place. I've shadowed an OBGYN in the States saw a normal delivery but watching this surgery was a completely different experience. Going into surgeries you already have to be open minded because third world medicine is completely different from what we are accustomed to. Then, the doctor warned us that this would be a difficult birth because the woman was overweight and the baby was on the bigger side. As we were watching the birth, it seemed like the baby would never come out, they were pulling the head and pushing the feet and nothing was working. Finally they pulled out birthing forceps and seemed to be yanking the baby out. I genuinely thought that the baby was not going to come out alive. It was so harsh that the volunteer that had come with me to watch the surgery with me almost fainted. Then finally watching the baby girl come out and hearing her scream as they were cleaning her off made the whole surgery worth it. She was the sweetest little girl. Her skin was pink and wrinkly and had a very loud strong cry. We came back from the surgery and were gushing about the whole experience to everyone in the volunteer house.
Although I was warned to wear modest clothing, I didn't realize how hot it would be. I came in the summer monsoon season and I had bought some pants and capris, but I think the best type of clothing for this trip would be light cotton and loose clothing. I bought some of the Nepali pants, also known as Harem pants, there that I would wear almost every day and the boys bought a lot of cotton light shirts. Also, it rained a couple of times so I would definitely bring a good raincoat, because it rains quite heavily during monsoon season.
There is a grocery store right by the house where you can by almost anything you need. If you are into hiking, there are some amazing hikes in Nepal that you can do, and you should definitely leave some time for that. Another place I recommend is Chitwan, they have a national park there that serves as an elephant reserve. It's a wonderful experience.
The coordinator helped with anything we needed and was present for any help we required. The girls that live at the house are so extremely helpful and kind. They take care of all your needs and treat you like a part of their family.
Overall, I really enjoyed my trip to Nepal and would definitely recommend it to anyone that is looking for a trip to combine sightseeing and volunteering. Working with the Clinic is a shadowing program and you don't get to do any hands on work, but there are other opportunities to work at the farm owned or to go to a more rural city and do some more hands on work. The shadowing at the clinic is great because you get to have a front row seat during some extremely interesting surgeries.

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Posted: July 28, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Nepheli
Age:
22

When I first arrived in Quito I was completely surprised. It was my first time out of the country and I literally knew no one in Quito and my Spanish was not that great. I felt lonely for the first week or two but after I got to know the other volunteers things totally changed. We would hang out multiple times per week outside of volunteering, and we also met volunteers from other organizations. The social life in Quito was great! The volunteering was also very eye-opening. The medical center is so much different from one in the United States and it was incredible to be able to volunteer there and gain a broader view of the world.
The accomodation was great. Three meals were prepared every day so I did not have to worry about cooking. I lived in two places. The first was with a single older lady and she was a great host. The second was a family and they were one of the nicest families I have ever met! I could not have asked for better accommodations.
My favorite memory of the medical center is when two interns and I walked around the neighborhood looking for children who had not been vaccinated. If we found children without the necessary vaccinations we would do it right there in the street. From traveling, my favorite memory is going to montanita and puerto lopez with two other volunteers and an Ecuadorian. We surfed in montanita, watched the world cup final and then headed to puerto lopez to do a tour of Isla de la Plata.
There are a few things that really surprised me. First, the people here generally have less money than people from the United States, but they seem to be happier in general. Second, the people here are incredibly nice. Multiple times when I needed help, I would ask a random person and they would go completely out of their way to help me. At the health center, patient confidentiality is not very strict which was interesting. Histories were taken in the presence of other people which would never happen in the United States.
The local coordinator was fantastic! She made it very clear that if I ever needed anything, all I had to do was ask. She did everything she could to make sure that I had everything that I needed. She also made sure that I was happy in my project. For the first three weeks, I did not really enjoy my project so she let me change to the health center. When I first arrived I did not live with her, but with another lady. About halfway through the project it was just me and the host mom in the house. I asked to switch locations to be closer to the other volunteers and she happily let me move to her house. She was great!

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Posted: July 28, 2014
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
By: Steven
Age:
24

I have a new appreciation for everything in my life, yet am inspired to help make the world a better place. I loved experiencing the welcoming and bright energy from the people of Nepal. They made me feel so welcomed and were so appreciative for my help.
My local coordinator was extremely helpful and always willing to answer my questions.

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Posted: July 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
22

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