Global Crossroad

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I volunteered at a local clinic. I had a great time and Global Crossroad left me satisfied. I feel as though I had a great experience and learned a lot. I met many different volunteers and left with new friends all over the world. The country coordinators were more than nice and helped me whenever I needed it. I would volunteer with them again.

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Posted: August 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Dennis76
Age:
65

Traveled to Peru in August. The volunteer session was great - working in a hospital, with their clinical staff. Working with Global Crossroad was the issue. First, their fees were confusing. The registration fee online is $99, but it's really not, it's really $299 which they have in their website. Then they try to sell you different packages, Spanish classes, health insurance, travel insurance, excursions. Don't do it!! The Spanish lessons were great but you could probably do that on your own once you get there for like 1/3 of the cost they are charging. And the excursions are way overpriced like 5 times what it costs if you bought the tickets when you got there. And Global Crossroad is very disorganized itself. I signed up for one site and was moved to another when I arrived. I thought I was getting one type of housing and was put on a site a couple miles from my work-site so I had to trek it there while others in my program were right nearby, in nicer housing. I was told that one person who spoke English would be at the airport to pick me up and then another person who didn't speak any English was there. The excursion was also a disaster. I paid a lot of money and didn't get tickets to half the tour - it was very disorganized. I would tell anyone to not go through Global Crossroad and if you already paid through them I would tell you to make sure you have agreement on (a) the site, (b) housing, (c) what you will be doing, (d) who is picking you up, (e) where you will be living and what type of living arrangements they are, and most of all (f) don't sign up for the excursions.

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Posted: August 25, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1
Age:
51

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

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