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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteer in Argentina and Brazil with IVHQ for a total of 7 weeks. This is an honest review of my experiences there.

One of the first things I was told in the orientation with IVHQ Argentina was that if I had a good review of them to write it on facebook and if I had a bad one to e-mail it to them! Depending on what project you are looking to do don’t expect to spend much of your time doing that! I applied for childcare and only spent 3 hours per day with children, an hour of that getting to and from the project. If you want to spend more time volunteering and actually feel like you’re doing something worthwhile you have to take it upon yourself and look for another project to volunteer on.
You definitely need more than basic Spanish to get by and the Spanish lessons there are overpriced, a waste of time and not useful!
The showers are a dribble of luke warm water. While the showers are low on my list of what I look for in accommodation when volunteering (and I have done a lot of volunteering abroad) after a while you do start to think where does my money actually go because it is not on the up keep of the accommodation!

My project in Brazil more than made up for Argentina, even with a 30 min walk, 1 hour bus ride and over 200 step journey! I started a brand new project on my first day and felt appreciated, supported and needed by the staff from the start even with the language barrier!
The house manager in Rio was NEVER there! We a lovely lady that helped with breakfast in the mornings but other then take items out of the fridge and put them on the table I can’t see what else she was needed from! The accommodation had cold water and barely any light. Again these things are low on my list as I’m there first and foremost to volunteer but comparing the price with what you get I can’t help but feel is it really worth it??

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Aug 29, 2014
Overall:
4
Support:
6
Value:
1

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteer in Argentina and Brazil with IVHQ for a total of 7 weeks. This is an honest review of my experiences there.

One of the first things I was told in the orientation with IVHQ Argentina was that if I had a good review of them to write it on facebook and if I had a bad one to e-mail it to them! Depending on what project you are looking to do don’t expect to spend much of your time doing that! I applied for childcare and only spent 3 hours per day with children, an hour of that getting to and from the project. If you want to spend more time volunteering and actually feel like you’re doing something worthwhile you have to take it upon yourself and look for another project to volunteer on.
You definitely need more than basic Spanish to get by and the Spanish lessons there are overpriced, a waste of time and not useful!
The showers are a dribble of luke warm water. While the showers are low on my list of what I look for in accommodation when volunteering (and I have done a lot of volunteering abroad) after a while you do start to think where does my money actually go because it is not on the up keep of the accommodation!

My project in Brazil more than made up for Argentina, even with a 30 min walk, 1 hour bus ride and over 200 step journey! I started a brand new project on my first day and felt appreciated, supported and needed by the staff from the start even with the language barrier!
The house manager in Rio was NEVER there! We a lovely lady that helped with breakfast in the mornings but other then take items out of the fridge and put them on the table I can’t see what else she was needed from! The accommodation had cold water and barely any light. Again these things are low on my list as I’m there first and foremost to volunteer but comparing the price with what you get I can’t help but feel is it really worth it??

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Aug 29, 2014
Overall:
4
Support:
6
Value:
1

RCDP Nepal

I have been in Kampala, Uganda for 1 week volunteering at an Orphanage and living with a host family.

First of all, the reason 'Support' is rated lower than the others is due to the start of our week. Although it was no bodies fault, some wires were crossed and we were still sat in a hotel in the middle of Kampala at lunch time on Monday (the day we were supposed to start) and we hadn't heard from RCDP or our host family. This was no bodies fault but I was disappointed in RCDP's reaction, or lack of one, as it is now Friday and we still haven't heard from them despite repetitive calling and emailing all of Monday morning.

However, this has been made up for by our host family who have been very supportive and welcoming, we have well and truly been part of the family this week and it will be very hard to leave.

We have been working from about 9:00-14:00 at the Orphanage each day, mainly working with infants from 0-3 months. It hasn't been all cuddles though, we have been doing a lot of general work to help the running of the Orphanage, which I have enjoyed because I feel as though I am actually being a help not a hindrance.

Once we have finished for the day we are free to do as we please, we've spent a lot of time in Kampala and our weekends at Jinja. Both amazing, busy places with great atmospheres.

Over all we have had a great week.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Aug 29, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
6
Value:
8

Frontier

Though my stay was only a short one (2 weeks), I had one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Madagascar is a country with much to offer and the frontier staff on location manage the projects with great ease and experience. I got to do a wide range of community work, from teaching to construction. A good balance between volunteering and a little free time also enabled me to discover others corners of Nosy Be. I would absolutely recommend this project to anybody looking for new experiences, is open minded and flexible. Madagascar is full of surprises, and Frontier will make sure you don't miss any of them!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Aug 29, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9

The Intern Group

Overall the InternLondon group was super supportive, friendly and caring and I felt somebody was there for me all the time. From the airport pick up to the social activities everything is done with great care for the interns and on their best interest, you can just tell by the smiles on the girls of the team's faces. And it's nice you can share that feeling, it doesn't feel you are just "a job" for them, on the contrary.

Also I would like to highlight the support I got previous to my travel; with VISA info, and other doubts, they were always in the best disposition, super helpful and quick in response.

I think what makes this program different and good is the people that work for it. They make you feel comfortable and at home.

I was very satisfied. To improve maybe organize a few small parties through the year? Haha but I think you did when I left so that's covered :)

Program: Study Abroad
Location: England
Posted: Aug 28, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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