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International Humanity Foundation

My name is Beatrix, I am currently volunteering at IHF's Chiang Rai Center. This center has a great potential to expand and I hope someday IHF Chiang Rai can reach out to other children. The children here are so full of life. They have such a bright futures ahead of them thanks to IHF. It saddens my heart to think what their lives would be like without IHF. I can just picture these beautiful faces with tears in their eyes because they don't have a choice but to work in horrible conditions. When I think about this, one word struck my heart. Trafficking. Trafficking is such a huge part of Thailand now and it makes my blood boil to think these children, MY children can be trafficked. But I know that IHF have played such an important role in their lives. IHF have given these children the opportunity to escape these horrible cycles and give them a better future. I wanted to volunteer because I want to help those who are in need. God has always put this in heart since I was little. Getting to know the children here in Chiang Rai has been a big blessing to me. Seeing their smiles and hearing their laughs makes my heart smile. Whenever I think about what IHF have given these children so generously, I stop and thank God for IHF and my time here with these beautiful children!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: May 11, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
5
Value:
10

Beacon of Hope Uganda

PRE DEPARTURE: I was very nervous because I had never traveled alone before and have not done much traveling outside of the US. Isaac was so helpful and made me feel as comfortable as I could. He had me call the volunteer house at night so that I could speak to volunteers who were already there and he gave me emails of others who had recently returned from volunteering. This helped so much.

PLACEMENT: Excellent. I was placed at New Hope Junior School & Homeland Secondary school which is a half hour walk from the house. I chose to walk because the scenery is beautiful and the local people are very friendly (most of them are parents of the students at New Hope and Homeland. These are schools that need a lot of help but have amazing students and teachers who only want the best for each other. They are looking forward to having more volunteers.

HOST FAMILY AND MEALS: Amazing. It really felt like I was at home and that I was part of the family. Scovia really takes care of us and you can tell that she really cares. When I was on safari for four days I actually felt homesick and missed Scovia, Happiness, Diana and Helen. Safety was a big issue for me and I always felt very safe here. The meals were great. Scovia is a very good cook and everything tastes very fresh. It is also great to eat local food.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PLACEMENT: The people I met in my placement and the interactions I had with them was the best part for me. They were so interested in learning about America and I loved learning about how they do things here. Through there interaction, I think we all changed the way we look at the world. They have changed my life more than they will ever know.
My unique experience: My favorite part of this program was meeting other volunteers. It is amazing to spend time and get to know people who are interested in the exact same things like you. Karin and I were together for a week before more volunteers came and it was during this time that she became one of my best friends. We plan to stay in touch after this experience.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FUTURE VOLUNTEERS?: Yes - very much. This experience has changed me as a person FOREVER. It is a little tough at first because everything is new and the culture shock... But once I got used to it, I felt I could do anything. The project itself makes you very appreciative of what you have. It is a very humbling experience.

COMMENTS: Isaac is a very honest and professional coordinator, I really appreciated his work in Uganda, I actually I admired his creativity. He is very young energetic and very innovative.
I also think if a person is debating whether to go alone or with a friend then go alone. The experience is more meaningful and powerful because you are forced to leave your old life behind and are free to be opening mind and soak up everything around you.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: May 10, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

The depth of knowledge, enthusiasm and passion were inspirational moments throughout my stay. Both Katie and Ed demonstrated leadership qualities that really formed the glue for a teamwork atmosphere. The education I received here with regards to conservation has really opened my eyes to the utmost need for sustainability for both the wildlife and the ecosystem they inhabit. Being a part of all the projects was engaging and informative and gave you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. I highly recommend the program. Be prepared to “embrace the bush” as Katie would say! Thanks for an amazing experience guys!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Apr 30, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My summer spent with Projects Abroad in Southern Africa is one that I will never forget. I stumbled upon their website inquiry form late one night while researching internship opportunities in Cape Town and was blown away by how supportive and helpful their staff was right from the get go. Within hours of submitting my request for more information I was connected with a volunteer coordinator who was able to answer all of my questions and help me get the ball rolling. This support was only intensified once I arrived in country. The entire staff at the Journalism Project (and head office) in Cape Town was always willing to share advice about great local activities, day trips, and sometimes, just a friendly face when you were feeling a bit homesick. A trip with Projects immerses you in the local culture immediately upon arrival. By living with local host families you get to experience the country in a way that you simply wouldn't as a tourist. Not only was my host mom a blast to be around, but she took care of us when we got sick. was always interested in how our day went, and would give us the inside scoop on amazing local places to check out. I felt so welcomed by her that the overwhelming stress of being jet lagged in a foreign country was gone right after she gave me a tour of the house, joined me for lunch, and helped me get settled. The Journalism project was a great experience and our editor in chief made it a point to get us out of the office and away from our computers and into the city. We attended other projects, were able to sit in on local Press Club luncheons, and got to hit the pavement and explore all of the different stories Cape Town had to offer. She also was incredibly flexible and helpful when it came to my college credit requirements. Filling out a pile of paperwork and surveys for me without even batting an eye. Down time was spent exploring with the other volunteers who quickly formed a close knit community even though people were coming and going quite literally every single day. Overall this trip was enlightening, exciting, and fulfilling in more ways that I could have ever imagined. I would recommend Projects Abroad to anybody looking to have an authentic work experience abroad with a safe and reliable company (who still know how to have a good time!)

Program: Study Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Apr 28, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
7

Beacon of Hope Uganda

As expected, I learned more than I taught. This experience has been transitioning into adulthood. I have been a student so long now and I know I am successful at that. Sometimes I think I doubt my capacities in other ways though, and that is why this time in Uganda has been so empowering- it made me start thinking realistically about my abilities and what I can share with others to help them or contribute to their cause. I got a rush from teaching. I also loved just sitting there, listening to people tell me their worries and their dreams.

I am walking away with their conviction that in whatever I choose to do from here, I want to work directly with other people towards a shared vision, to build on the sense of collective efficiency that Ugandans have so forcefully demonstrated to me. My experience with Beacon of Hope Uganda was so incredible that it’s hard to find words to give justice to everything I gained from working with the people in Mukono. I had a myriad of experiences while volunteering with BoHU that were very touching for me.

The most significant change was that my purpose and understanding of my role in life became clearer. I no longer saw myself as someone with restrictions or limitations. I realized that I am a change maker not just in my country but in this world. Being in Uganda made me realize this and that is why I knew I must return. Thank you team BoHU and I will always keep in touch with you guys.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Apr 28, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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