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Frontier

I have been the Principal investigator in the Costa Rica Forest Programme for 6 months now and during this time I have experienced many adventures, met many interesting people and worked with the local community, but most importantly I have been the leader of a real conservation programme. 
Every day is different here in the rain forest; some days we work with turtles releasing babies from the hatchery that we have previously saved form instable parts of the beach, other days we look for wildcat tracks. There is nothing more exciting than finding an ocelot, puma and even an jaguar track on the beautiful trails or on the beach. Looking for otter scat along the rivers, encountering birds and primates or trapping amazing colourful butterflies, there is something for all tastes at this programme. One of my favourite days was the Turtle Awareness Day in which we joined other organisations in the area to educate the locals about the importance of saving and conserving these ancient animals. 
Living in such a remote place and in basic conditions puts back into perspective what is really important and necessary to be happy in your daily life. I think sometimes we get lost in so much technology and forget about the importance of real relationships. I am really looking forward to spending the next 6 months in such a beautiful and biologically diverse place, living the Pura Vida (Pure Life) as it was always intended to be.
 
Program:
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Nov 16, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Frontier

I have been on the Big Cat, Primates and Turtle project for 5 weeks as a Conservation Apprentice. It has proven to be a fantastic opportunity to gain firsthand experience with a well established NGO and to work on a long-term project in a tropical climate. I have already seen a vast array of exotic species and look forward to the many encounters I am sure to have with rare and beautiful animals endemic to Costa Rica and the Osa Peninsula.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Nov 15, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

African Impact

My experience with African Impact was nothing short of incredible. A few well chosen words cannot do justice to the kindness I experienced in Zambia and working with African Impact. It started upon arrival and being introduced to the staff, fellow volunteers and my accommodations for the next few weeks. I felt at home immediately. The individuals I was fortunate enough to meet in the community have genuinely impacted my entire perspective on how we view our peers. The students refer to their fellow classmates as 'friends'. In referring to others as your friend, almost instantly your world becomes so much larger. I felt welcomed and I welcomed every moment I had to spend with these friends I've made. I can't think of a moment working in the schools where I wasn't smiling, laughing, or learning something new about the locals.
I took part in a sports development project for 2 weeks. It almost isn't fair how much fun was had; and how much I learned as well. Walking around Livingstone and I was sure to see someone that I had played football the day before with, or tag rugby; anything! Everything was so well organized by the staff. The relationship African Impact has with the community is one that ought to be recognized and reflected back here at home. I can't wait to go back!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: Nov 14, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Dear Volunteer, Thank you so much for this great review and very positive affirmation of the kind of volunteer experience and contribution we're trying to make in Livingstone. We're so pleased you had such an amazing time on project and can't wait to welcome you back soon! Sincerely, The African Impact Team

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

From the moment we arrived in Cusco, and we met our coordinator Beatriz at the airport, we received ongoing, wonderful support. Beatriz shared her wealth of knowledge about the history and culture of Cusco with us whenever the opportunity arose. She helped us to settle in (banking, telephone services, where to find a laundromat, and the list goes on) Throughout our time in Cusco, we had regular contact with her. She invited the two of us and other volunteers to her home to experience a wonderful Peruvian meal. Beatriz was diligent about asking how things were going at the volunteer sites, at the host family's home, if we felt well, etc. she helped us to shop for donations for different organizations.
I truly enjoyed my time in Cusco. I volunteered at two sites and found the children to be open and loving. The whole experience was very rewarding and I would recommend volunteering abroad as something everyone should consider.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 14, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I came to Sri Lanka for 3 weeks after volunteering for a few weeks in India first. I loved Sri Lanka. The staff at Projects Abroad was super helpful and made me feel very welcome and comfortable at my placement for volunteering, and host family's house. I had to change my flight and the Projects Abroad staff was more than willing to make those accommodations for me.
 
My host family was incredible. I stayed with Arjuna and Manori, along with their 3 kids, and house maid. They food they made was delicious. If you like lots of bread, spicy curry, and fresh fruit grown in the backyard, definitely choose Sri Lanka! If you didn't like something, they were more than willing to accommodate with you with different food. The kids were great. They loved to play and have you help them with their homework when Arjuna and Manori were at work at the hospital.
 
My placement was at Panadura Base Hospital. I met other volunteers there, along with incredible doctors and nurses who were always willing to teach me new things about surgery and physical therapy. Every day one of the nurses made tea for us, which was always delicious! The volunteers you will meet at your placement or host families will most definitely be special friendships, especially after traveling around Sri Lanka on the weekends and experiencing some amazing places and cultures that are not so common in your own country.
Program:
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Nov 14, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
7

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