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Healthyouth

I was a volunteer intern on the Heathyouth Clinical Medicine and Public Health program in Peru (Summer '13). In a word, the experience was life-changing. This program not only offers its interns an incredible opportunity to actively participate in the operations of local clinics and hospitals, but also the chance to design and lead health education programs. I worked in a small clinic in Huari with several other volunteers, and there we had the chance to assist with the daily demands of the clinic, tour the local schools for vaccination campaigns, and even lead an anti-parasite program to take action against the endemic infections that plague the area.

Outside of the clinic, our group of about 20 volunteers were split into local homes, hosted by wonderful families. Even now, I am still in touch with my host brother and sister. The main family, Eli and Neto, are equally wonderful, and very supportive of the volunteers and their work. They provide daily Spanish lessons for all volunteers (divided by level) and also plan several cultural trips for the group to the Peruvian jungle (not the Amazon), an Andean glacier, and several other fascinating sites in the Altiplano region.

Finally, I can not say enough about the wonderful time I had working with my fellow volunteers and the trip coordinator. Everything was well-run and organized, and I never felt unsafe or poorly taken care of. Our group grew exceptionally close over our 5 weeks together, and we are all still in touch today. After completing my internship, I came home knowing that my experience had undoubtedly changed my perspective of medicine and health, and that it would surely leave a lasting impact my professional development.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 29, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Healthyouth

Healthyouth is a unique program that allowed me to be culturally immersed in Peruvian life by living with host families, contribute to local communities for medical and educational purposes, and visit historical and natural landmarks....all at an incredibly affordable rate. What I loved most about working at a medical clinic in Huari, an impoverished sector of Peru, was that I was able to witness medical care firsthand and be involved with educational health programs for young children and their families. Healthyouth also arranged some incredible trips during our down time, including excursions in the jungle, a glacier hike, and visits to ruins. Although I have traveled to other Latin American countries, the amount of activities and lessons that Healthyouth provided is unmatchable by any other program.

Program:
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 29, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Frontier

I can't speak highly enough of this project. The staff are excellent, the facilities are excellent, the food is excellent, and the volunteer work that you do is broad, exciting, and helpful for the local Khmer community that lives on the island. From looking after some of the new born puppies and kittens to surveying reef sites around the paradise island in the beautiful cambodian waters there are so many different things to do to aid and research the wildlife along with educate the community.
I have been travelling and volunteering for nearly 4 months now and my time with frontier in cambodia was definitely one of the best. Even though i was there in the middle of the wet season i was still able to learn all the fish, substrate, and invertebrates along with help survey every transect in House Reef. We also had the chance to have a few beach bonfires, swim on a clear night in bioluminescent waters, aid with the construction of the school playground, conduct daily bech/reef cleans and even explore different parts of the island on our days off.

overall 10/10, cant complain.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Sep 28, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

I would suggest not going with any preconceived ideas, as i did. My Project was teaching English at Ripa Siddhi Sangathan Monastery just outside of Pharping, which is approximately 25mins drive into the mountains from Kathmandu.
My stay at the Monastery was not what i expected, however I believe i got more out of the project than i gave.
I went for 5 weeks but it took a couple of weeks to settle into the routine. Be prepared for very basic plain meals of rice, dhaal and one seasonal vegetable with breakfast consisting of beans and bread. The Monastery itself was approximately a 25min walk to Pharping. The area is beautiful and the local people friendly. The staff at the Monastery, as well as the young monks are Nepalese, so the language coarse at the hostel would be an advantage. Classes in English were Monday to Wednesday, which gives you four days to organize site-seeing or trips into Kathmandu, with buses leaving regularly from Pharping. Be prepared for a lot of free time. The area has lots of temples and lots of walking opportunities and Pharping has cafes with WiFi and an internet place if you don't have your own computer. Be aware that your WiFi and internet depends on power, which often went off and apparently is worse in winter.

Staying at the hostel was also a great experience. The diversity of young people from all parts of the world was great and the staff were very accommodating and helpful. Don't hesitate to ask plenty of questions, as when you get here you will have plenty more you didn't consider.
If you are interested in this project feel free to contact me for more details.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Sep 27, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I truly had a great experience while in Ecuador. I love everything about the family, the culture, the country, and the city, and I am very sad to leave. I hope I can return some day to volunteer and/or live here, because it has been a great experience. It’s great to see how your efforts volunteering can make such a difference in others’ lives, and how far your support can extend. 

Accommodation was great. Each volunteer has their own room, the apartment has internet and wifi access, and the meals and security were great. I never felt unsafe for one minute while in Ecuador. The food is all natural and fresh and the fruit is incredible. I am definitely going to miss the fruit and the daily soups at lunch the most!
. The family is some of the most caring, kind, and genuine people I have ever met. They truly make you feel that their home is yours, and they are willing to do everything possible to make you happy and comfortable. It has been a blessing getting to know this wonderful family and I am sad to leave them. I hope to return some day! Laura and family were always willing to do whatever needed to be done to make sure the project runs smoothly and happily.

Even though I had checked the weather, I wasn’t prepared for the climate. It gets really cold at night. I would have bought more long sleeve shirts and less short sleeve shirts, because it gets to almost freezing temperatures at night.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Sep 26, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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