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RCDP Nepal

I spent six weeks in Rampur, Chitwan, working at an orphanage. All in all, I made a great and unforgettable experience. I stayed with a local host family who lives only a few minutes away from the orphanage. The family was lovely, they let me participate in their daily life in a very welcoming and heartly way. This was a beautiful way to experience the Nepali culture and family life.

The work at the orphanage was interesting, even though the children were older than I had expected, so they didn`t need that much support from volunteers anymore. Therefore, it was sometimes hard to find out what to do there. Also, I didn`t really get any instructions by the people who are responsible for the children, so I simply had to figure out what to do by myself.
Furthermore,I often felt like a guest at the orphanage, because the time I actually spent there during the day was quite short. For that reason, it might be better to stay directly at the orphanage than with a host family to really build up a relationship with the children.
Apart from that, I really liked my project and I would recommend it to others.
All was organised really well by RCDP, there was always someone to talk to when there were any questions or problems, they really care for the volunteers and are very flexible concerning any wishes or changes of the program, and all the transportation from Kathmandu to the project etc. was organised perfectly.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 21, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Amazing experience, met the most amazing people and carried out extremely worthwhile work. I always felt safe and their was always someone to contact out there if I needed help, the staff were incredible and I wish I could go back already.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Aug 21, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

Global Crossroad

I volunteered in Tanzania through Global Crossroad in September 2013. This was my second trip to Tanzania, but my first time visiting as a volunteer. Working with Global Crossroad, I coordinated this trip for 5 other volunteers from my hometown. The staff in the Global Crossroad office in Texas, USA were very helpful, responsive and informative as I prepared for the trip. I especially appreciated Tracey's promptness to respond to questions and Mohan's wealth of information. Mohan has visited Tanzania and Kenya many times and his inside tips were invaluable in the planning of our trip. His passion for helping people in this part of the world is obvious, as he has shared with me on multiple occasions the projects he is involved with in East Africa. He helped us make decisions on travel and coordinated everything for us beginning with our landing in Nairobi, including a mini tour of Nairobi before heading on to Moshi, Tanzania to begin our projects.

Home base was not fancy, but was charming and clean. There were two sweet local young ladies who helped oversee things at home base. They were pleasant and prepared 2 meals a day for us. I enjoyed the local meals they prepared very much. Deo was our on site coordinator. He helped us immensely during our stay and our whole team thinks very highly of him. He has a wonderful personality. An added bonus of staying at home base, meeting other volunteers from around the world and making new friends!

Now for the best part, the kids!!! We loved spending time with the children at Upendo Orphanage and Msamaria Center for Street Children. Most of our time was spent just giving the children the individualized attention they need. With the younger children, this included helping with meal times, play time, and nap time. For the older children, we helped with conversational English, some math, and art. We were able to donate many items to the programs and go out and buy food locally to donate to both places as well. (I highly recommend this if possible! Both places really appreciated this.) The cultural exchange was one of the best experiences of my life. I was blessed in these interactions and hope I was able to bless them as well.

Deo and local friends helped coordinate a weekend safari and a few day trips to nearby tourist highlights. Tanzania landscape is almost as beautiful as the people, so I highly recommend getting out and seeing some of these amazing places.

We did run into to a few situations that were beyond anyone's control while we were away. Global Crossroad staff helped in these situations and overall, our team was satisfied with how things were handled. People have asked me if I would recommend Global Crossroad or if I would volunteer with one of their programs again. To answer that question: I will be volunteering with Global Crossroad in South Africa in two months.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Aug 21, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
9

Frontier

This was the most amazing trip i have ever been on. I learned so much and everyone there was extremely helpful and welcoming. I could not have had a better experience on my first volunteer trip. The entire staff was well coordinated and took every possible precaution. I felt safe, challenged, and very welcomed. This program is absolutely amazing and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 21, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
8

The Intern Group

I approached Thalassa and the Intern Group with a somewhat peculiar situation, as I was already in Europe and looking for a way to stay, get a job and enjoy the Spanish culture. Within a few weeks (2) Thalassa had placed me in an incredible internship! Although my circumstance is not applicable to most interns/applicants, this attests to their flexibility, attentiveness and hard work in accommodating anyone's specific needs.

My internship placement could not have been more fun. Not only did the position fit my personality and professional interests, but my employers were incredibly helpful in recommending fun activities, places to eat, and trips to take around Spain. They truly understand that while you are there to work and gain working experience, this is also an opportunity for you to explore the culture and have fun! I found a great balance of work and play, which is exactly what I wanted.

Housing...at first, I had a brief issue with an overbearing landlord who decided it was perfectly okay to enter my apartment without warning, or even without me home, I expressed my concerns with Thalassa she sprung into action! Within 24 hours she had found me the most incredible flat in what quickly became my favorite neighborhood in Madrid--without a crazy landlord. She did so with no questions asked, simply concerned with my happiness and well-being. This set the tone for the rest of my program, encouraging me to approach her with any issues I may have had. This woman is amazing at what she does--I swear she never rests!

Don't worry about making friends--Intern Group goes out of their way to ensure friendships are made between interns and staff alike with Friday Tapas nights, movie nights, trips to Toledo, and just the normal-day "hey let's grab drinks after work!" Or, if learning Spanish is on your to-do list, Thalassa quickly found me an amazing Spanish tutor that I'm still in touch with!

I have, and will continue to, recommend this program to friends. And I cannot wait to return to Madrid and see the city I love, as well as the friends I made while there!

Program:
Location: Spain
Posted: Aug 20, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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