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Globalteer

Great project, lots of support and the Helping Hands project was fantastic. Lots to do and Siem Reap is such a wonderful place to volunteer. We worked as assistants to the Cambodian teachers in English classes but there was loads of things to do with the kids. The project is in the countryside and you can tell how important it is to the kids and community. Globalteer have a big office in Siem Reap next to the hotel so we always had support and help. The hotel was really nice and even had a pool. I would definitely recommend this project and will be back!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Nov 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteers Network (IVN)

I spent 2 weeks in a secondary school in Naples Italy.
I am a retired teacher.I didn’t realize how much I miss
students until I met the staff and students in Italy.
The students were so enthusiastic and inquisitive.
They had many questions about America and my life there
I had brought pen pal letters from my granddaughters,
cousins and friends.It was a big hit.I have the Italian
students’ replies. We hope to continue our new friendships

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Nov 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I had the great opportunity to be as a volunteer in Cusco, Peru. I was part of a group of 10 volunteers that went together throu the company we work for. It has been one of the most greatful experience I'd have.
At the beginning, Projects Abroad assistant was essential, they gave us the information we need to have everything prepared and ready for the trip. Step by step, they'd help us with our doubts and gave us advice. We'd know what type of clothing we'd need, the weather conditions in that period of the year, the coinage, traditions, type of food, among others; so we'd bring with us the stuff we actually need during the trip.
We arrived at Cusco, Peru at early morning, and Projects Abroad staff was already waiting for us with our transportation ready, they took us with our host families with a quick city tour included. The houses we're in, were comfortable, clean and safe, families were very kind, they'd always try to help us with our basic needs and give us some recommendations about the town and places to know.
During our volunteer activities we had the chance to be in primary level schools, where we'd help the teachers with some projects, do some teaching of our country of origin and interchange ideas about our cultures; kids were very happy to know about us and the activities we did with them, they'd participate actively and had great attitude. At the end of the week, it was hard to say good bye to them. We also visited a special school, where we spend time with different groups of students and do some art activities, kids were very emotional and they received us with their open arms. We had the chance to visit a nursing home too, helped with kitchen and cleaning duties and chat and interact with elderly people; this was a very heartwarming experience, we really appreciated it.
At the end of each day, we'd get together with our friends of Projects Abroad to review our journey, prepare next day material requirements and do some feedback about our volunteer experience. Projects Abroad members were always ahead of us, by planning, preparing and coordinating every activity, they demostrated how profesional they are, and how much they are committed to their job. I personally have a great opinion of this organization and its people.
Therefore, I'd recommend you to consider a Projects Abroad volunteer program, since they have many options worldwide, in many varieties of áreas (care, sports, medicine, archeology, teaching and more); I encourage you to live a volunteer trip, it will be definitevly a one life time experience. Have fun!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 16, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This summer I went to China with a group of 24 students. Originally when searching for programs I found that none of them were even close to my price range as they were all too expensive. At first, I selected Global Leadership Adventures because of its affordable price and its service component. But it turned out to be so much more than that! GLA was an experience through which I learned to be more independent and confident. When out in the streets with other students we had to use our language skills to communicate which took a lot of brain power but also a lot of confidence. Making friends while on the China program was not hard at all. All the kids on my program were ambitious and they cared about making a difference. Since I found kids similar to me on the program it was really easy to make friends. Even though it's been a while since this summer we still have our group chat going strong and I even regularly meet up with two of the kids who live close to me. I definitely recommend GLA for other students because it really was a life changing experience for me and I think everyone should experience this great adventure!

The language aspect of this program could be greatly improved. The language classes were extremely informal and I don't feel like I really learned any new Mandarin.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Nov 16, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
6

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I was in Arusha, Tanzania for two weeks with IVHQ and was one of the best trips of my life. At first, I was hesitant going to Africa by myself, but as soon as I left the Kilimanjaro Airport, I was greeted by an energetic IVHQ staff member, who carried my bags, had a large water bottle and gave me information to read about my specific placement. He and the driver pointed out places along the way from the airport and from then on, I knew this was going to be amazing. My accommodation was great; there was plenty of space to unpack into, a large porch, common area, kitchen, etc. It was so much fun to come back from placement and hear about everyone's days, play games, listen to music or just sit outside and read.I also loved the social aspects of the program -- every Thursday night, everyone in the program comes together for a "social night" so you get to meet people from other accommodations; everyone is so passonate about their placement and it was great to be included in such a warm, fun, happy, loving community. The school that I worked with was incredible, and even though I was only there for two weeks, I felt like I could make a strong relationship with the teachers as well as the students. During my time I was able to go on a weekend safari and the guide IVHQ uses could not have been more amazing, never met anyone so kind who knew more about animals, culture and African ecosystems. I also feel like I got to know Arusha as a city, and was immersed in the culture. I felt safe the whole time I was there and everyone from Tanzania was so welcoming. Time flew by too quickly, it was hard to say goodbye, and I could not recommend this program more! Thank you IVHQ!!

Program:
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Nov 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

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