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Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I went on the Children of Africa 3 week trip in Ghana! There is so much to say! GLA gave me an opportunity I never thought I could have at this young of an age. I was able to make a difference in peoples lives, at the age of 16! Like anyone would be, I was nervous at first! I mean who wouldn't be, but as soon as i stepped foot into Ghana i was overcome with excitement! Me and the other students on my flight were welcomed right away at the gate by mentors from GLA! Throughout the first few days we were introduced to all our fellow students and our mentors we would be living with for the next 3 weeks! Then things really got started! I started brick making! And teaching! and going on excursions! it was beyond amazing! I fell in love with it all! The people who i lived with, that the first day i called strangers, I now called family. Everyday i got to meet new people, try new things, and learn new amazing things! Because of this trip, I am a better person, I try new things, and i view things with a different, more positive eye. I would not trade this trip for anything and because of this trip it made me realize i want to volunteer in my future more.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Last summer I went on GLA's Galapagos 2-week summer program. It was an amazing life-changing experience! During our time on the islands, we worked together to clear invasive species off areas of the islands so the endemic plant and animal species can reclaim their lost land. Through this trip I have learned the importance of environmental conservation and many different ways I can make an impact on the world. I highly recommend this program to any student looking to better the environment and themselves through challenging yet rewarding and fun community service work. This was truly a trip of a lifetime!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Dec 30, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

This is Rehani from United Kingdom. I joined a Volunteer programme through Global Crossroad in Sri Lanka in a orphanage at Galle. The programme was based on creating games and activities to children from 9 months to 6 years. It has been an emotional and important experience, in particular lloking at the smiles of the children when I used to arrive in the morning in order to be ready to play with them.
During the programme, I stayed at Michael's house near the orphanage. The family had been very friendly and helpful during my stay. They provided me with meals based on local cuisine, very tasty!They,also, suggested us the places to visit during our free time and planned a trip to Yala National Park and Mirissa for a week end.
I really suggest this experience in Sri Lanka!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Dec 30, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

My experience with IVHQ New Delhi, India has been a very memorable and incredible experience thanks to the hospitality of my host family Mohit and Chandni who provide a very clean, comfortable and welcoming home. I stayed with them for 3 weeks out of my 4 weeks in India. They are helpful with anything from weekend travel tips to where to do some shopping locally or in other cities,etc. I felt very at home and I am so grateful that i was placed in the best house in IVHQ India! They were there for me 24/7 with support and they interact with all the volunteers who come through the house.

My experience at the projects was very interesting everyday. We planned lessons to teach the children and we got the freedom of creativity to teach them different insightful lessons. I am so happy I had chosen the Slum Teaching program. It has been such a fun and rewarding last 3 weeks. I felt very comfortable with the children and the staff at school. It was within walking distance from my homestay and I loved being able to walk there and be able to walk the streets which are safe.

I came across many IVHQ staff members during my month here. They all were friendly and hospitable. I did orientation week and I am so glad that I did! It made it easy for me to get around and see the sights of Delhi without having to navigate myself, so I would highly recommend that.
I had done research with other volunteer companies and I'm sure every one would agree with me that, IVHQ provides the most affordable fees. Once i got into the country on day one they explain where the fees go and how they benefit the people within the company, locally and abroad. I feel that my time here was well spent and its definitely something that i will always recommend other people to do.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Dec 30, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

I was teaching English in a primary school and helping in an orphanage in Chitwan. The work in the orphanage included helping kids with homework, weeding in the garden and helping in the kitchen. Overall, the experience was very positive. While teaching in the school is far from easy (kids and disobedient), you can feel it is valuable for them: local teachers don't teach English well. Helping orphans with homework also requires some patience but in return you can feel their love.

In the evenings I organized computer classes for kids using my small laptop. And the best memories are from doing handicrafts from paper with them on Christmas Eve.

The host family was from middle or even upper-middle class with good facilities. They were super friendly and treated my like their own daughter. Very tasty food. Only small disadvantages were frequent electricity outages, absence of hot shower and quite low temperatures in the room at night, but those are realities of Nepalese life.

The only improvement points for RCDP are to improve communication with the local school. The teaching hours were not from 10 to 4pm as RCDP told me but from 10 to 1pm. Also, I wasn't informed the school would have 10 days of exams and holidays during my stay, when I wasn't needed and had to do gardening work instead of teaching.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Dec 29, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
9

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