Global Crossroad

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My kids and I went to Atenas, Costa Rica to volunteer at the organic coffee farm, El Toledo. The program was a good value compared to others we found and the experience in Costa Rica was priceless. We felt we provided valuable assistance to the farmer and his farm and these types of programs offer an opportunity to directly see positive results. The host family was wonderful and we feel like we made lifelong friends in a short time. There was a bit of confusion over the fees as we have our own insurance and the transportation cost was not necessary for our situation. However, the coordinators worked with us and we were not charged unnecessarily. The only critique I have is, I would like to see the host families who do the most support making this type of program possible, receive more compensation and benefit from the fees. This would increase the program's credibility and further the cause of global good.
Overall, I would recommend the program to those who can't spend a fortune but want to volunteer abroad and make a difference in the world and in their lives.

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Posted: August 17, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
9
Age:
49

I volunteered at three different locations: at an orphanage, a temple, and a preschool. At the orphanage, I had the opportunity to run around with a group of 3~5-year-olds. Even though they have very caring employees who live with the kids, I sensed that the kids were deprived of love. I felt this way on the first day I volunteered there—most of the kids asked for a hug in spite of the fact that we have just met for the first time. My interactions with the kids convinced me that the kids need as much attention and love as possible. I was fortunate enough to be able to give a small amount of attention and love, but I believe that each kid needs more care and love, which can only be provided by people.
At a temple, I taught English to monks of different ages. I faced some challenged since I did not speak sufficient Sinhala and they had different English fluency. My program coordinator asked me to mainly have some conversations with them in English, so that they can practice speaking. At first, they were shy, but eventually they started speaking to me in English. I would not say that it was the most productive English class, but I still cherish the time I spent with the monks.
Lastly, I also volunteered at a preschool. The kids there were very well-behaved. My job mainly consisted of playing with them and teaching them different colors in English. I do not remember any struggles with these kids. I had a very pleasant experience just interacting with them and communicating with the teachers.

What I described above is just a glimpse of my time in Sri Lanka. The more I immersed myself deeper into the Sinhala culture, the more meaningful experience I had. Also, words cannot possibly describe how kindly my host family, the Ferreira family, treated me over the course of my volunteering. My sincere and huge appreciation goes to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, the kids and teachers who allowed me to volunteer with them, and the warm Ferreira family.

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Posted: August 4, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9
By: hakai
Age:
21

I had been hoping to volunteer for quite some time, but it took me ages to find a cheap program that accepted people under 18. Then I stumbled upon GC and I am really glad I did.
This has been one of the best life experiences I've had, the projects were amazing and fun, the host family was great( and they nade some really great food) and I learned so much.
My coordinator Jonathan was great and helpful as was my host family.
There was however an incident in which they tried to charge us more money than what us advertised, but the people at the main offices were glad to help and the issue was resolved.
I would really recommend this because the projects are incredible and GC is totally legit. Also volunteering is probably the best thing anyone could ever do.Getting to experience a different way of life and help out, makes you a better person in more ways than one. I had the best time and everything was awesome!!!!

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Posted: July 28, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
7
Value:
9
By: dwaiz
Age:
16

I enjoyed my project teaching English, but I think there could've been more communication and clarity about the program before it started. Some information wasn't clear and other items overlapped. For example, there was much confusion and miscommunication about the Spanish classes offered. What was written in the paper versus what was received was not what was expected at all and that was unfortunate. However, I had an overall amazing experience with my project and I found it to be very rewarding as well as educational for myself.

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Posted: July 15, 2017
Overall:
6
Support:
4
Value:
5
Age:
20

After many days of research to find a reasonably priced volunteer abroad program, I stumbled upon global crossroads. The reviews that people left were both reasonable and unreasonable. The reviews all said that they are a company that rip people off but I was not aware of how much they rip people off. I decided to go through this company because it looked like the cheapest company to go through, but in the end I might as well have gone through any other company that was just a expensive. They sent me an invoice of about $3,000 which at that time I figured was a bit much for one month but they told me everything was paid for and that after this I wouldn't have to spend another dime. This company is so disorganized because they sent me this invoice 2 times because I had to call them to adjust it. When they claimed they sent me the right invoice I sent my cashiers check to them. I ended up overnighting the check because it was way too much money to not keep track of. So the next day I look at fed ex and they tell me that the address is undeliverable. As soon as I saw that I called global crossroads and they told me that they put the wrong address on the invoice. For a company that claims years of experience, they didn't have their things together. At this point I am furious because that's three thousand dollars just floating around. Thank goodness there was a guy on the team that I went to everything for, his name was Casey and I was notified later that he quit. I have no doubt it was because he worked for a horrible company. Casey told me he was going to take time out of his day to go and pick it up at the FedEx office for me and call me when he picks it up. I stayed with the company because Casey was so helpful and once I sent that check there was no going back. After I sent the check I got an invoice from the person they work with in Costa Rica with a bill for housing. At this point I am so unbelievably confused because when I spoke with global crossroads they told me that a host family was no longer an option for volunteers because they only had a volunteer house. So when I sent the 3 thousand dollars I expected my housing to be paid for because to my understanding there weren't any host families. So when I saw the invoice from her I called global crossroads and asked them to break the bill down for me and once I asked for that they told me that I didn't have to pay for the housing bill she sent me. Still till this day not exactly sure what I actually paid for with them. Casey decided to honor my word and call their connection and said that they won't charge me for the housing. That meant though that most likely their connecting person in Costa Rica most likely didn't get any money for Global crossroads mistakes. So with all that said, to those who are thinking about going through global crossroads please please be very careful when paying them. They are so disorganized and you need to stay on top of everything they do. If you want and honest and reliable company I wouldn't go through this organization. I wouldn't go through them ever again, I learned my lesson.

On the other hand Costa Rica is absolutely amazing and beyond beautiful. The girl that actually manages HIBISCUS TRAVEL (their connection in Costa Rica). Had us in a beautiful beach house with a pool and an amazing cook. Once I got to Costa Rica my experience was unforgettable. I would highly recommend volunteering abroad just not through frontal crossroads I would go through the local volunteer program.

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Posted: July 3, 2017
Overall:
2
Support:
2
Value:
1
Age:
24

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