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RCDP Nepal

I stayed in Nepal for 4 and a half months and I loved my time here!!! RCDP organized everything very well. Espacially during the "Fun program" (Rafting, Trekking, National Park) at the beginning, we were always surprised that all the times and in all places there was someone to take care of us and tell us where to go.
And everything is much more flexible than I expected from what my german organization told, which is nice! I was volunteering in the school Spring Valley Academy and when I asked for the possibility to go for a trip during the 8 days of Exam it was no problem at all.
I felt very comfortable with my host family, the teachers and especially the students (I only had some problems with the school`s principal but that`s not the fault of RCDP) that I`m sure I will miss everyone very much when I get get back home! And I got very easily used to Nepalese habits and the way of living that I will probably get a culture shock by returning to Germany!
The only thing which could be improved in my eyes is the cooperation with the partner organizations abroad. Some facts that my german organization told me (for example that a single bed room in the accomodation is guaranteed) are basically not true according to the national habits and I think a better communication would avoid some misundestandings.
But all in all I can only recommend Nepal for a volunteer stay to everyone because it`s beautiful landscape, the lovely people and the different way of live are fascinating in every way!!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Feb 25, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

Michael and his family were very helpful and inviting from the moment I arrived at their home. Before arriving in Galle, Sri Lanka he answered all my questions about what to expect and any other info I needed very promptly via email. I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and my experience at the orphanage. There have been a few other foreigners volunteering during my 5 week stay as well which has been nice. Michael's home where I stayed is a great location too, right across from the beach and only a 10 minute walk into Galle Fort area. His family have made me feel very welcome in their home and his wife has looked after me well with all her cooking.

I would very much recommend coming to Sri Lanka and experiencing this beautiful country and people whilst doing a bit of volunteering

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Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Feb 24, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

In January 2017, I took off on a trip of a lifetime to volunteer in Philippines for 3 weeks with Projects Abroad. This was my first time travelling by myself and my first time volunteering, so I was so pleased that I chose Projects Abroad who provided me with continual support from the moment I applied up until a week after I arrived home.

I volunteered in the Occupational Therapy (OT) program in San Remegio, Cebu at a small rehabilitation centre. The rehab centre is reliant on local physiotherapy (PT) interns and PT or OT volunteers to provide therapy to local people with disabilities. Being the first OT to volunteer in San Remigio, it was a truly rewarding experience being able to make a difference to the lives of individuals who can not afford allied health services.

During my time in San Remigio, I stayed with a beautiful host family who lived only a few minutes from the beach. My family was so welcoming and I truly could not believe how hospitable they were. I had my own room (which is a luxury in the Philippines) with a comfy bed, a fan, and a wardrobe to keep my belongings. I was cooked 3 meals a day by either my host mum or my host family had a small restaurant next door where I generally ate lunch. My host family made me feel part of the family straight away and I joined them for birthday celebrations, BBQs on the beach, karaoke and weekend road trips to the city.

The best part about volunteering with Projects Abroad is all the wonderful people you meet - not only did I have the pleasure of working with the wonderful Projects Abroad staff and my host family, but I also was able to meet other volunteers in my area at organised social events and during my spare time.

Volunteering with Projects Abroad allowed me to develop new skills, see new places, experience a different culture, meet lifetime friends and make a small difference to the world!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Australia
Posted: Feb 23, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I went on the Initiative for Children in Costa Rica last summer and I loved it! I had done lots of service before, but this was my first time going abroad for service. I wasn't disappointed. People warned me that a lot of times these programs are more for just having fun and not actually helping out people, but we had a total of 17 work days and 4 "play" days, which I think is a very healthy balance. It also felt much more like a community-helping-community experience than a foreigners-helping-under privileged because GLA so actively involved the entire community in our project. The community led out project and gathered the materials and supplies, and it was up to them after we left to maintain the park - we just helped build it. I met so many amazing people and I'm so glad I went with GLA because they made my summer of 2016 one that I can never forget.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Feb 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I am Johnny from China now studying in Australia. Michael is a very nice man and I have a great time living his home for one week in Sri Lanka. He always offers me reasonable advice and gives me immediate help. I hope to live in his home again next time.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Feb 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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