Latest Program Reviews

Over 300 Programs and more than 3,000 Reviews

The Love Company (TLC) Nepal

The love company orphanage has given me an unforgettable and inspiring time in Nepal, although I originally intended to do the English teaching project through rcdp I ended up at the love company orphanage and wouldn't have wanted it any other way! I was very warmly welcomed by the orphanage's founder Krishna Pokhrel and his wife Parvati, and really enjoyed spending breakfast with them every day. I learnt a lot about Nepal and got great advice on what to do with things outside of my project such as trekking. They are passionate about the orphanage and the children and very loving, open and transparent. Every morning we would walk the children to school though the rice paddies and pick them up in the afternoon before playing with them and helping with homework. I've enjoyed and cherish every second I've spent with these 14 wonderful children, all so unique and different and with such spirit and personality. I felt like I was making a difference by giving them individual attention both playing and with homework, which they off course lack in the daily orphanage environment.
Cannot wait to come back in the future, thankyou so much for this experience, would recommend coming here to anyone!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Dec 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Projects Abroad

As part of my gap semester, I spent two months on the environmental conservation project in Costa Rica through Projects Abroad. I absolutely loved it and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in this type of experience.
Projects Abroad does a wonderful job planning out the volunteer schedule to make sure everyone is engaged in worthwhile work and having a fabulous time. The volunteers take part in various projects at Barra Honda National Park, all of which support the park and help build strong bonds between the staff members and volunteers. My favorite projects were the bat projects and bird surveys, but I also really enjoyed implementing the other conservation programs in the park, such as building bio-gardens for the local schools or working in the nursery garden.
The Projects Abroad staff members are so friendly and were always ready to help. From the beginning, I had a contact person who helped me plan my trip and who was very good about answering my many questions about what the experience would entail. The staff members on site in Costa Rica are truly incredible. I think I speak for many volunteers when I say that the whole Barra Honda community is really a family; everyone grows close together very quickly! The park is a place in which people come from all over the world with the common interest of protecting our planet, but along the way everyone shares their languages, cultures and stories. These interactions gave me a much more global outlook on life and the people I met in the park are now some of my best friends, whom I will treasure for years to come.
Projects Abroad did a fantastic job creating an environment where I felt extremely safe and loved. I had originally planned on a 5 week trip, but I ended up staying 2 months because I enjoyed the experience so much.
If you have the chance to go to Costa Rica with Projects Abroad, I definitely would not pass up the opportunity. Every day there is such a treasure. PURA VIDA!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Frontier

I spent two weeks on the Forest project in Madagascar and it was amazing. I really wish I could have stayed longer. The staff were really helpful especially as had a bit of trouble with getting my bag. They did everything they could to track my bag down and were really helpful in getting me the stuff i needed in the meantime.
In the project itself you get to take part in a lot of the surveying that goes on and you go on 2 or 3 walks a day to different locations. All the staff know what they are talking about and you learn and see so much on the walks. Just in the two weeks got to see loads of lemurs and reptiles including a Tree Boa and best of all a really tiny chameleon (Brookesia minima).
The camp itself is quite basic but you got used to it really quickly and it made the camp feel quite laid back and relaxed. The camp and the village are right on the beach but surrounding them is the forest. Being so close to the forest means that wildlife comes on to camp which was really cool. There were lizards everywhere on camp including the communal table, so you really lived alongside the wildlife. The camp is right next to the village meaning you really felt like a part of their community. The villagers were friendly and welcoming and one of the villagers, Victor, and his wife cook a meal for the volunteers, for a small fee, on a Tuesday and a Friday. I wish i'd gone for longer and i definitely recommend project.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Dec 15, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Language House TEFL - Prague

This is an amazing program with amazing instructors. My wife and I both did this program, and they made us feel comfortable from day one. They were available to answer all of our questions before, during, and after the course. The staff is knowledgable, funny, and really push you to your full potential. My wife and I both taught Elementary and Middle School in America, and we were blown away by the methodology and general teaching strategies. Not only did we learn how to become successful TEFL teachers living abroad, but we learned how to be better teachers in any setting. Their job assistance was also extremely helpful - we both had jobs by the third week of the course. We recommend this to everyone!

Program: TEFL
Location: Czech Republic
Posted: Dec 15, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

When I first touched down in Accra and walked out of the airport I did not know what to expect or what the next 2 weeks would hold for me. I can honestly say in the short period of time I was able to get to spend time with a large amount of the children from the home, go out and really observe yet experience what the Ghanaian culture had to offer in Kpando and Accra. I went on this mission trip with the intentions on touching those I met but in reality they touched me in ways I could never describe. The experience was extremely humbling and it was amazing to compare a country that had very little but were the happiest in comparison to mine that is quite fortunate yet unappreciative and stressful. I enjoyed being careless and living life day by day. They taught me to appreciate all of my blessings and look at my glass as half full and never empty.
The host family was great. Mary did the best she could to accommodate our meals that were always very much on time (ironically) for 12pm lunch and 6pm dinner. I personally brought bars which I brought for breakfast and snacking. I felt very safe in my environment even when walking along at night I never feared for my safety in Kpando walking from the children's home to the host home.
The local ABV Coordinator was great as far as a volunteer and I enjoyed their company. The coordinator is a very passionate man and I admire how he puts his heart and soul into what he does. He is usually busy running around trying to keep all of their projects running as well with helping the locals in his community.
I was surprised the most with how approachable the people in the community were. Coming from Boston where people go about their day without greeting strangers which was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed the kids in the neighborhood most. They were so happy to see new faces and would randomly go up to me to hug me or greet me while I was walking and I love it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 14, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Pages