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International Humanity Foundation

My name is Jing from Beijing and I’ve been working here at IHF Bali center for 3 weeks now. Before coming here, I had worked as an English teacher at a secondary school for 3 years, and the experience helped me quickly blend into the work vibe at IHF Bali, especially when it comes to working with the young.
Here at IHF Bali, we offer supplementary classes to underprivileged students from primary to senior high school. Almost all the courses are taught by helpful volunteers from all over the world. Apart from the knowledge we try to share, it’s also the abundant care, love and joy we bring that the kids cherish dearly.
One would be naïve to think that we are here only to give and teach. The fact, however, is we ourselves are undergoing a process of self-reflection and transformation. By spending time with the local, getting to know the culture and trying to see things both through their lenses and ours, we are learning, day by day, and gaining understandings about a once unfamiliar land, which we now feel connected with. Isn’t it one of the marvels of life?

Program:
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Oct 25, 2014
Overall:
7
Support:
7
Value:
7

Institute for Global Studies

Institute for Global Studies was a great choice to use for my internship. As an editorial intern for the premier Wellington, New Zealand Political Newspaper the primary focus of my job was covering the national elections in New Zealand and the United States. As a journalism student at Arizona State University, I was eager to understand the structure of a news organization in another country. The paper specializes in providing the public with news directly from the source — publishing press releases from various organizations. They also host live video and audio feeds of Parliament. While taping legislative hearings, I was struck by the intimacy of my access to New Zealand’s government. I also traveled extensively around the North and South islands. One cultural highlight was my stop at Rotorua, a town several hours north of Wellington. I visited a Maori village and learned about their historical way of life. These cultural explorations were equally important in rounding out my overall experience.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: New Zealand
Posted: Oct 24, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Frontier

Here I am, on Mafia Island Tanzania. Diving in an incredibly beautiful place, surrounded by new friends that feel as though they will last a lifetime.
As the Assistant Dive Officer, being in the water is how I spend my day-to-day life on Frontier camp. Although they’re always is time for a mangrove walk and a bird survey or a walk into the village for chai and fresh doughnuts. The environment is beautiful, the local community it welcoming and helpful, and our Frontier family is fantastic.
As a scuba diver instructor on paper and at heart, I came to Mafia knowing about the underwater world, but was continuing on my way to understand the vast world that lives below the surface. Since arriving on camp I have not stopped learning. Learning about the local marine life, the aquatic environment as a whole and about how I can assist in the fight to save our oceans.
Our supportive staff, both local and international, bring vast quantities of diverse knowledge and experience to create an inspiring team of individuals that have formed together to create a working ‘conservation machine’. Whale Sharks outings, turtle hatching, environmental days with the local children and conservation lessons in the local schools.
The varying diversity of daily experiences have helped me concrete my goal to continue my professional career in marine conservation. Taking my love and new knowledge for the oceans and passing these lessons onto my students.
I want to pass on a huge thank you to all our camp members who have helped me learn more about myself and the underwater world, which is were I feel most at home.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 23, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I have spent the past 3 months voluteering at Excel Orphanage home and school in Uganda. The organization worked well to help sort out any questions that I had before I came, and any problems I had while I was here. Once you arrive in the country you can easily ask the country coordinator or the host for help with anything you need. The time I spent at the orphanage and teaching has been an amazing experience, it has truly changed my life, and I love each of the children. The hosts, workers, and the other teachers there are extremely nice, and were amazing, hard working people. However, I have to say that living at Excel is not for everyone. There are still many difficulties that they have there, as it is located in a small villiage called Kyenda which is 25 minutes outside of th town Mubende. For me, I was able to be flexible and became used to the difficult situations there, but I know that there have been others who could not. This has been a priceless experience, and I would reccommend it to anyone who thinks that they can manage difficult situations.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
My email is 14kperilli@gmail.com

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Oct 22, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I have just spent 6 weeks doing the forest programme in Madagascar. I can honestly say that it was some of the best weeks I have ever spent. The staff were great, they were all passionate about each project. The camp was like something you wouldn't have imagine but surprisingly homely, although it was basic everything was accounted for and the atmosphere was truly amazing.
Having not studied science at a degree level I didn't feel like I was out of place during the project. I learnt so much about different aspects of science and found myself leaving with a much larger interest in thing that I wouldn't have thought I would have enjoyed so much. Madagascar is a truly beautiful and unique place and I'm so glad that I got to experience it with the guidance of the Frontier team, they really made my time amazing and would recommend to anyone to do the same as I did, no matter how long you are thinking of going for you are will be made to feel like part of the frontier family.

Program:
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Oct 17, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

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