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AFS

A total nightmare of an experience with this organization. Better screening needs to be done, regulations need to be followed, and the only type of support that host families receive is "damage control". If you want to be used, abused and totally taken advantage of with no support whatsoever with who is sent to your family - go for it. Our family will never forget our experience and the damage it has done on many levels.

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Posted: May 23, 2016
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

Volunteered at an orphanage for teen moms and their children. Really felt like we were needed and appreciated as volunteers, and we're making a difference for the moms.

RCDP provided excellent support throughout, including when I was ill and admitted to hospital.

The price was very reasonable and the majority went to the orphanage.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: May 21, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

The monastery i stayed at was not prepared to accept guests or necessarily kind to us. I was there by myself for 3 days and than another man came so we managed the situation together but the monastery hadnt seen to cleaning the living areas we had for some time and they did not really welcome us. We lived without water in our part of the compound for five days and had to ration what water we did have. I dont believe this monastery should be considered as a host location for future volunteers. The especially didnt want women there at all. This is no reflection on the volunteer staff that i worked with, they were very supportive of my journey, it was all the monastery.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: May 20, 2016
Overall:
4
Support:
10
Value:
3

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I had the pleasure of volunteering at a medical clinic in Costa Rica with IFRE for 2 weeks! It was an amazing experience and I would recommend it to people that are interested in experiencing a different culture and being exposed to medicine! The more Spanish you know, the more you will get out of the program because everyone speaks Spanish here. The volunteer house immerses you in the culture of the country. The house mom is amazing and cooks great food! On the weekends you can go out and travel the country if you want! The buses are very cheap to get around by. I feel like the volunteer house is the perfect setup because you are able to get an authentic experience while still living with other volunteers. I am sad to be leaving this program and hope to be able to do something similar again in the future!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: May 20, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I volunteered in Jamaica, Mandeville with Projects Abroad for one month. I volunteered in a children's home for the first two weeks and in construction for the last two weeks of my trip. At the children's home, I assisted the staff with their daily care routines for 25-30 babies and young children. Working in construction, I assisted in a local building project by mixing cement, painting, and stacking bricks. My living accommodations were with a host family in the area and they were very nice welcoming. I learned about the Jamaican culture through the Projects Abroad office and often ate traditional Jamaican food in my home stay which was always delicious. Two other volunteers girls lived with me in the same host family and I met other volunteers at lunchtime in the town or through the Projects Abroad office. On our weekends off, the volunteers and I often went away to visit other parts of Jamaica with permission of the Projects Abroad office. Overall, my experience with Projects Abroad was positive as the staff was always helpful, I made great friendships with other volunteers and I learned valuable lessons on my work placements.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Jamaica
Posted: May 19, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

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