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Projects Abroad

I travelled with Projects Abroad to Thailand for a month on their Diving and Marine Conservation project. This was my first time travelling abroad by myself, so something like Projects Abroad where pretty much everything was organised for me made things much easier.

As soon as I landed in the airport, there was a friendly staff member to drive me to my accommodation, and who would later take the time to show me around the area. This put my mind at ease, as all my questions were answered.

Projects Abroad organised my PADI dive qualification, and I had my certification in less than a week. We dived three days a week (with two dives on each day), and I got to experience the vibrant underwater world. I did surveying of coral and anemone, whilst also collecting any debris that we found. Diving was the highlight of the program for me; I got to learn about a whole new underwater world. We also did some other activities, including beach clean-up and transferring mangroves which were equally rewarding.

Our accommodation was nice, with air conditioning and running hot water. There was also a pool that we could use. There was a cook who provided us with three meals a day, all of which was delicious! I stayed with two other volunteers, who were very friendly and instantly made me feel welcome.

We had nights and weekends free, and there was plenty to see and do. The beach was just minutes away, and there were plenty of attractions, such as bungee jumping, kayaking, go karting and more.

This program was a great way to learning about the environment, do scuba diving and meet people from around the world.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Feb 4, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
7

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I spent 3 weeks interning in Bangalore with LUM this past January. I was working with deaf children at Sheila Khotavala Institute for the Deaf.

Volunteering review: The children were amazing and made every day volunteering worthwhile. They are both deaf and hard of hearing and it broke my heart to see them have to go without hearing aids since their parents/school couldn't afford it. Funds are definitely needed to get the children on equal footing with other countries. I shadowed a teacher who was sometimes a bit strict with children and sometimes didn't know what to do with me as a volunteer. However, I made my connection directly with the children and they would come to me with questions, try sign language, and try communicating. Focus on the children--not the teachers. The school can feel like its going in many different directions at times. Long term volunteers can really make a stronger impact here. The work hours usually end at around 2 PM so it's nice to be able to fill your evenings with relaxation, reading, exploring the city.

Housing review: LUM didn't set up my housing...I set up my own. I stayed at a hostel near to the school with a lot of international travelers that were coming and going. This was fun and social but the rooms..sometimes with 5 girls at a time felt cramped. However, if you have a bigger budget you should go for private rooms.

LUM review: this is not a program for those volunteers that can't be independent. I liked the idea of being supported prior to my trip and upon arrival but after that, LUM staff mostly lets you be and you have to solve your own problems. It is therefore a volunteer placement agency. It's great for those that want to settle into India and have guaranteed work and some guidance. It's not great for those that need to be handheld everyday. Only use LUM if you are a savvy traveler looking for a 20% guided, 80% independent experience. For me it was perfect as I wanted to make friends with locals and I loved designing my own free time. I would recommend it to anyone looking to get some quick and easy way to work in India.

India review: India is incredible. The people, the food, the weather and the fact that something is always happening has made me feel like I can live here for longer and I plan to return next year.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Feb 3, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

This winter, I had the privilege of spending two weeks volunteering through Projects Abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico. As a student pursuing a career in medicine, I knew I wanted to do medically-related volunteer work abroad. After looking at what felt like hundreds of different programs, I decided to go with Projects Abroad. As my first solo international trip, I was a little nervous about accommodations and safety. The Projects Abroad staff were incredibly helpful and kind, and eased any worries my parents and I had.

Once I arrived in Mexico, a Projects Abroad staff member met me at the airport and took me directly to my host-family's house. The second I walked in the door, I felt like I was home. The next day, a staff member showed me around my work site (one of the hospitals in the city) and introduced me to the workers in the hospital. Then I was shown how to use the bus system and how to get to the city center, along with some of the popular sights of the city.

In the hospital, I shadowed the medical interns and doctors in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department. Though I had originally intended to work in Pediatrics, I found a new love in "Gine". Through general care and surgery, my eyes were opened to just how different healthcare is abroad.

Volunteering with Projects Abroad was an amazing opportunity and one that I will never forget!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Mexico
Posted: Feb 3, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

Concordia Volunteers

The program offered by Concordia Volunteers are amazing, I got the chance to discover an anarchic independent community in the periphery of Rome (an amazing city adding to that). The camp was based in the participation of all in the community activities, including cleaning and cooking. In addition we helped to organise a screen-printing and comics festival (which was the main goal of the camp at the beginning). I got to meet amazing and open-minded people, that welcomed our team in their fort for 2 weeks and learned very interesting story about the place and the people.The artists of the festival were amazing as well.
The fact that Concordia provides such opportunities is incredible, it pushes young people to open themselves to the world. This program taught me to be more independent, autonomous and understanding.
The only issue I had during those 2 weeks were the other volunteers on the team, most were amazing obviously and we had a lot of fun, including with the local people of the fort and the artists. However, some were just not motivated enough about the goal of the camp which was to discover an amazing community and help them set their festival up. I think Concordia should be more selective in the future.
Still, I would recommend this organisation to anyone willing to have an unique experience abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Jan 31, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
7

Global Crossroad

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Location: Peru
Posted: Jan 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

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