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Beacon of Hope Uganda

Uganda is a beautiful country in all aspects - the people, the landscape, and the rich culture all made our month there the most amazing experience. Although technically a very small organization, there are many diverse volunteer projects with Beacon of Hope Uganda scattered across the country. My volunteering experience in Mukono at the construction site was exceptional! The opportunity to get to know and work with the others on the team was a pleasure. We did a lot, in just a short period of time, Isaac is an inspiring young man in just mid-twenties but very creative and hard-working. He is very smart and committed to total development of his country and I was more than satisfied with all aspects of my time there.

I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and that goal was definitely met!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Dec 19, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Beacon of Hope Uganda

I wanted to travel, experience, and learn about a developing country through the eyes of a volunteer. I wanted to travel somewhere and have an experience abroad that was meaningful. I didn't want to be a tourist, but be someone who could bring something to a community in need and gain something from the local community members as well.

I soon decided that Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, was where I needed to go as a volunteer. Beacon of Hope Uganda was the perfect organization to go with and it was indeed. My experience volunteering at the orphanage with Beacon of Hope Uganda was wonderful.

On my first day as a volunteer I was taken to an orphanage which is part of Beacon of Hope Uganda. As we pulled up to the orphanage, all the children ran out to greet me, fighting to hold my hand. I spent some time playing and interacting with the children and then spoke with the Director of the Orphanage Robert. I learned that most of the children were found on the street or in garbage dumps and brought to the orphanage. The woman who cares for all the orphans, Aunt Ritah, is a wonderful woman and she has beautiful heart. I was both happy and sad after I left the orphanage as I saw both happiness and sadness in the eyes of the children. My mind was flooded with a mix of emotions. When I came back home, I felt nothing but pure happiness. Thank you Beacon of Hope Uganda for this great experience and can’t wait to see the children again.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Dec 19, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I spent 3 weeks volunteering at the costa rica wildlife sanctuary and while my time at the actual sanctuary was unforgettable, i was deeply upset with frontier, so first let me just walk you through my time. I arrived in San Jose very early in the morning the airport was small and easy to navigate ( thank god i hate flying) a very nice older lady was waiting to pick me up she had a sign with my name on it, she spoke little to no english which was fine we waited to pick up a young man that was also going to be going with me to the sanctuary. we ended up having to pay for 2 taxies and a bus to get there which in the costa rica felid debrief it only mentions one taxi and one bus ride. Once we arrived to the sanctuary we were welcomed be the volunteer coordinator, she was my age but very nice and helpful she showed me where i would be staying and made sure i was comfortable. The daily routine at the sanctuary is breakfast at 7 lunch is at 12 and dinner is at 6 with that being said we have morning chores and afternoon chores and night time feeding which only requires about 3 people. our chores get assigned to us and all the chores take about an hour to complete if not shorter so that means YOU HAVE ALOT OF SPARE TIME ON YOUR HANDS please keep that in mind i was lucky and made an amazing group of friends we were able to go swimming when weather aloud and play card games or go hangout with the animals and once or twice a week we are aloud to into town and shop and get food and WIFI, wifi was a huge deal to everyone lol ( they do have wifi at the sanctuary but it never works) . the food is beyond basic i hope you like rice and beans for every meal because thats what you get but the ladies in the kitchen are beyond sweet i recommend you get to know them if you go! So where i became disappointed with frontier is while at the there i became so attached to the animals and workers i mean they were my life for about a month and when i herd how much money frontier actual gives this animal rescue i was crushed they dont even give them enough money to cover the total cost of my food , i then emailed frontier about this respectfully saying i was upset and they danced around my question saying they give what they can to the animal sanctuary so all in all the animal sanctuary is an awesome place i highly recommend it i just recommend you go through a different company i was there with 4 other people from frontier and we were all upset with them 2 of the girls didn't even get picked up from the airport and had to find there own way to the rescue center. So some recommendations if your thinking about this trip, 1. bring clothes you can get dirty ( the monkeys WILL poop on you) 2. bring extra cash you get free days go do something fun 3.if your bored ask about making toys for the animals or treats ( you have to ask ) 4. if you dont know spanish i recommend you try and learn some few people know english 5. HAVE FUN make new friends push yourself out of your comfort zone this was the best time of my life!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 18, 2014
Overall:
7
Support:
6
Value:
5

Comments

ALSO if you go directly through the animal sanctuary and talk to bernal you can stay and do the same things FOR ALOT CHEAPER and ALL OF THE MONEY goes straight to the rescue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

uVolunteer

My experiences with uVolunteer were great. From the first minute I was in Africa I enjoyed it. I was teaching at a school. The children were really nice and I loved to teach there.
My arrival and pick up was good. All the things I did here were so amazing. My family here were so great and I would love to see them again. The house where I stayed is really good and the people are so nice and took really good care of me. The project had just started so they don't have yet a lot of material. I did what I can and hopefully the children enjoyed it. I also hope that in the future there will be more material for them and a good organized schedule. I enjoyed it there so much.

On one Tuesday they had: our day. I didn't know what the meaning of it was, but it was a nice day. The children brought food with them and the children were really happy. I experienced so many different things here! And all the people there are nice. I was very quickly used to the way of living there, and I liked it so much. Kokrobite is a real nice place. It's a so different than the Netherlands but now I'm used to the way of living there.
I have seen a lot in Ghana. I traveled to Cape Coast and Kumasi and other places. I had a great time.

It is definitely a life time experience. When somebody is hesitating to come to Africa for holiday or better for volunteering, the only thing I can say: just do it! You will never feel regret, I'm sure.

Charlotte

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 18, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

uVolunteer

Before arriving in costa rica I was very nervous and even though I was given a great amount of helpful information I couldn't help but be a little bit apprehensive.

Once I arrived it became clear that I was definitely not alone and help would be there for me all along whenever I needed it. The first weekend I became very familiar with the town and costa ricans themselves and their 'pura vida' lifestyle.

I was lucky enough to go zip lining the second day I arrived and it was an experience I know I will never forget! I was very excited to start working and going to bajo tijares the first day was a bit of a culture shock for me and it really impacted me because I was never familiar with people living like that.
The children were so loving and kind I could tell that they really enjoyed me being there. Over the course of the first week it was tough to connect with a few of the kids.

Some never even connected with me at all, but the ones that did really opened up and were so happy and bright despite their situations.
Some of them reminded me of my own younger cousins and I know I will never forget about them. I'm so thankful that uVolunteer gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in the costa rican culture and be able to meet some amazing kids.

I hope that I made a positive impact on them because they definitely had a positive impact on me.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 18, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

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