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Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad is one of the best international development organizations that I have ever volunteered for and I truly believe that! I spent five weeks volunteering in a care placement in Chisinau, Moldova and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I was nervous at first going to the poorest country in Europe and due to its close proximity to the Ukraine conflict, but the staff at Projects Abroad Moldova quickly put me at ease. They were 100% prepared for my placement and actually even went way beyond what I had expected when going there. They mad sure that every aspect of transportation was planned and confirmed, that I had adequate housing and food at my home stay and that everything went smooth on a day to day basis. Not only did they take me on multiple tours of the city, but they made sure I was confident getting around and going to work alone everyday by myself. They really made me feel appreciated that I was there to help. The Projects Abroad staff's preparedness and hospitality left a memorable place in my mind and heart. I remember that I was sick one day and the Projects Abroad Office Manager personally called me to make sure everything was ok and to see if I needed a doctor to visit the home. They even planned cultural and social outings on the weekend so that we could be in contact and make friends with all of the other volunteers in Moldova at that time. They went beyond any expectation that I could think of and I am truly honored to have worked with all of them. Everything went well and I had no problems; this they made sure of. I would definitely recommend Projects Abroad to anyone wanting to volunteer abroad and make a difference in the lives of other around the world.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Moldova
Posted: Sep 19, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I had a great time with IFRE and they were helpful every step of the way!

Program: Gap Year
Location: India
Posted: Sep 18, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I really enjoyed working in the clinic. The doctors, nurses and nursing students were all very welcoming and helpful. I learned quite a few skills that are out of my scope of practice back home and I felt that the experience reaffirmed my design to nursing.
The clinic always needs gloves, medical tape, catheters, a lot of which is cheaper to by here, Gloves are really important though; we’ve run out a few times during the middle of the day. As far as meds, pretty much anything, antibiotics, anti parasites, anti-fungal medications, metformin, malaria meds, and acetaminophen for children and adult too.
The host family I stayed with was very welcoming and went out of their way to make sure myself and the other volunteers had what we needed.
My favorite place was Utila, Its beautiful, full of backpackers from all over the world and a great place to learn to scuba dive. Cayos Cochinos is amazing as well. Check out with water rafting in Pico Bonito and Zip ling out in Sambo Creek.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Sep 18, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

Thailand, how do even begin to describe this adventure of a lifetime? I can sum up Thailand in 4 words, "the land of smiles". I can safely say i have never felt so welcomed in any country before. It was a very pleasant surprise to see these little kids sitting outside their houses waving and shouting hello to us.
They would do this whilst you walk down the street to the local shops and restaurants. Overall GVI was very well respected within the community which made for me feeling at home faster than i anticipated.
Initially I was worried about making friends but the people at the GVI base introduce themselves, give you tips and they ask you about yourself. Those GVI volunteers and staff become your family away from home and i can safely say i don't know what i would of done without them.

Onto the programme, I was lucky enough to embark on a 6 week Marine Coastal Expedition where we did everything from clean turtles to teach adults English. I had an extremely varied trip and i was even lucky enough to visit the local orphange and take part in the community centre's weekly sports day!
I would trek into the rainforest and see all manner of beauty in the flora and fauna. So many species so be admired and observed, as well as respect. Taking part in the leadership course also meant i had a days experience being a project leader which was an eye opener to say the least.

Overall i had a trip of a lifetime where i experienced homesickness, actual sickness, pure laughter and some brilliant weekends away. I saw the beauty of local villages and the tourist areas like Krabi each with their own distinct feel and impact.

Five Stars!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Sep 18, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Greenheart Travel

I had a fantastic experience! My host family placement was absolutely perfect, they were the sweetest people. My school was great and everyone was super friendly. Greenheart takes care of everything from booking the plane ticket, to screening and finding a host family, to registering you in school. All you have to do is apply, pack and jump on the plane. The Greenheart staff are super helpful and extremely patient. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a safe, fun way to travel and learn along the way.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: France
Posted: Sep 18, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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