Latest Program Reviews

Over 200 Programs and more than 2,000 Reviews

Frontier

Had an amazing time in Madagascar on the Marine programme.

The staff in camp were brilliant, they were passionate about their role, extremely knowledgeable and always went out of their way to help. Having this support really made the project enjoyable, as there weren't any questions left unanswered.

Although I was only on the programme for a short 2 weeks I was able to take part in the surveying and learn the skills required for the conservation work we were partaking in on-site.

The Frontier camp was lovely and not as basic as I was expecting. The volunteers are always kept busy and the staff even arrange activities for the days off meaning that I was able to dive some amazing sites when not surveying or revising.

On a slightly negative note; I think my complaint would be the inefficiency of the Head office staff. I was incorrectly overcharged for my project which only came to light when I was pointing out that they had already put me down for the incorrect time period of 4 weeks and not 2.

I also had a few problems with the flight booking that I made through the partner company (GYT) where they had failed to put luggage onto one of my connecting flights even though I had specifically asked about my allowance. This cost me extra when I was in the airport.

Overall I would definitely recommend this project as although I experienced issues with Frontier Head Office and the flight company, I had no problems with the staff in-country once I had arrived.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
6

Comments

Hi Emily, Very glad to hear that you had such a great time in Madagascar, and that you found the project enjoyable and rewarding despite the short duration! It is a shame that there were certain aspects of your experience with Frontier that you feel could have been improved. Mishaps with luggage are an unfortunate but inevitable part of travelling, especially when there are multiple connecting flights involved. I do wish this was something that we had more control over, but I’m afraid this is generally down to individual airlines as well as airport staff. With regards to your duration issue, I believe this was down to the issue of PADI dive training. We have a minimum duration for all dive projects where the volunteers in question require dive training. As you had no training at the point of your consultation, we had to deploy you for the 4 week minimum, which I believe was explained to you at the time. As you planned to gain your qualifications before your departure, we were awaiting communication from you to let us know that you had achieved these qualifications. I believe that your volunteer coordinator contacted you regarding this about a month before your departure, and upon being informed that you had gained these qualifications re-deployed you promptly for your chosen duration. It is essential for us here at headquarters to ensure that communication lines between ourselves and volunteers are kept as open and regular as possible, in order to provide the type of helpful and efficient service that we strive for. Thanks again for your feedback, and we’re very glad to hear that you had such a wonderful time. Another success story for the Frontier Madagascar team!

Frontier

Had an amazing time in Fiji, met some amazing people and have some brilliant memories to take back.

The project was fantastic, really practical and managed to get loads of stories published, the homestay family will do anything in their power to make you feel comfortable and at home.

Definitely recommend this trip to anybody who's looking for valuable experience whilst also getting to experience a different culture and an amazing country!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

My name is Daniel and I from America. My experience in Sri Lanka was very unique and I will remember it for the rest of my life. I taught English to Buddhist Monks at a temple. The class size was very small which was very positive in relation to the learning process. I met lots of great people from all over the world. I suggest this program for anyone looking to travel and volunteer at the same time. My host family was very nice and the head of the household, Michael, was extremely helpful with everything that I asked for and needed.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Apr 15, 2014
Overall:
5
Support:
5
Value:
8

A Broader View (ABV)

Before the trip even began, I felt supported by my country coordinator, she through emails and knew I would have the safety of her assistance waiting for me when I arrived in Xela. Throughout my time in Guatemala, she answered every question promptly, and always made time to meet with me, take me to the doctor, address any problems that arose, and assist me in my projects when needed. She made time to bring the volunteers together so we could meet one another and was excellent to work with.
The most surprising thing I experienced was how open the projects were to the assistance of the volunteers. I was welcomed immediately and put to task with several jobs and every day was different depending on the need of the project. I have rarely encountered persons so trustworthy and genuine as those with whom I worked at the project, and was surprised at how open and receptive they were to my assistance and presence in their workplace.
The most difficult thing to experience was processing the emotions of the stories, and daily battles I encountered at my projects and even sometimes speaking with someone in public. It is one thing to hear these stories or see these peoples’ emotional strife, but the difficulty was overcoming the sensation that I do not have the power to “fix” any of these issues. My greatest strength, I finally learned, was simply to listen and lend kind words of support when I could.
Don’t overpack! You’ll find you need less clothes than you think you do (a weeks worth is fine). Bringing your own toiletries is quite helpful and once you’ve used them, it leaves you spare room in your suitcase to take home any gifts or souvenirs you might have gathered. Try to ask friends and family for funds that you can bring with you to your project. You may have a vision of what your project needs, but asking them face-to-face, or through ABV is much more efficient for your project and will more helpfully distribute your funds!
I have traveled many times throughout the world, but never quite in the manner as organized by ABV. I was quickly made to feel a part of the community surrounding me, and I was introduced to other volunteers and to my program, making me very much feel at home. Then without realizing it, Xela became my home, those with whom I worked and lived became my family, and my project was the highlight of every day.Working with children, and then adolescents at my projects, I had the fortune of gaining insight into the pain and yet the universal joy that exists within young minds. This joy allowed me to be energized when around the young persons even when my health began to fail towards the end of my 3 months.
ABV has a great way of not directing you, but working with you to accomplish tasks at projects. Never did I feel alone or without support from the ABV team as I dove into work at the projects, or interacted with the cultural community of Guatemala.I have been changed for the better because my mind flourished, and heart expanded, and my worldview broadened.
Living with my wonderful host family quickly became very comfortable, and routine. I recognized my host mother’s rules and traditions and respected her customs, and I became friends with her family. My room had two beds, was quite comfortable and roomy, with enough space for all of my things. I had a drawer with a key that I kept with me that my host mother gave me for locking up valuables, passport, etc. Every meal was delicious, although I am not too picky, I always felt safe in my home, and when I had two-weeks of two other ABV volunteer roommates, I greatly enjoyed their company.
Prior to traveling, ABV support was great. My account on the website kept me up to date with my progress in my application process, and then my placement process. I always knew who to email with any questions and felt regularly updated on travel arrangements and plans. I also felt that the website offered me ample information to allow me to make an informed decision that ABV was the right organization for me.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Apr 15, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Being a relative newbie to environmental conservation I was rather nervous before embarking on The Big Cats, Primates and Turtles project in Costa Rica and quickly discovered there was much to be learnt! However, since being on camp I have found the expansive knowledge of the staff to be exciting and they are more than willing to share their expertise and answer any and every question I have with endless patience and grace. In addition to my growing knowledge, I’ve found camp couldn’t be better. It’s wonderfully run and a fantastic location. Thus far I feel three and a half months might not be long enough! The extensive biodiversity of Costa Rica creates a wonderful ‘hands-on’ learning environment and I couldn’t ask for better teachers. Now it’s just up to me to learn as much as I can before my time is up!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Apr 14, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Pages