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I volunteered with Projects Abroad with a position as a teacher in Costa Rica for four weeks. Those four weeks I spent in Costa Rica were remarkable! To elaborate, this trip was the most significant trip I have taken thus far. Spending four weeks in a public school where I had the opportunity to teach English and Math to 3rd, 4th, and 6th graders was an experience that I encourage all future Educators to pursue. Being able to see the difference between the Education system in Costa Rica and the United States, seeing the difference between student’s eagerness in school, and the extracurricular activities offered in the schools was an eye opener.

At my placement in Escuela Cubujuqui I got so much support from the teachers I was working with as well as from the Project’s Abroad Program staff. Whenever I needed something or had questions there was always someone communicating with me in a prompt-timely manner. I also got weekly visit from the Project Abroad Staff at my placement, which I really enjoyed because they were able to address and answer any concerns I had at that moment. Furthermore, the staff always asked me how was everything and if I was enjoying and learning at my placement which showed their concerns about my comfortability and learning.

As for housing accommodations, I was fortunate enough to be hosted by an incredible family who lived in San Joaquin de Flores. My host family was very welcoming and attentive to all of the volunteers. My host family took me out to their dinners, took me to the activities they participated in such as cooking class, bible talk, and hosted a potluck for all of the volunteers in Costa Rica. Living with a host family granted me the opportunity to really learn more about the Costa Rican culture and experience it firsthand.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 24, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My name is Jan and I participated in a Medical Internship program for Projects Abroad, Overall it was an incredible experience. Let me begin with talking about staff support. The staff was very friendly and was available to answer any of your questions no matter what time of the day it was. They were also very helpful in getting you comfortable with traveling around the city by yourself. Another great thing that they did was hold volunteer activities every week. In these gatherings, all of the volunteers would come together and participate in a fun activity such as volleyball, Salsa lessons, or music lessons. This really help on get to know the other volunteers and build a close friend group.
The volunteer community is great. Everyone is very friendly and willing to explore. On the weekends we would travel and get to know the country. It was great that I was able to travel and explore with other people.
The other great part about his project was the host family placement. I was placed with a host mom that was very loving and caring. She cooked, watched telenovellas, and laughed with me. I felt very comfortable.
Overall, it was an extraordinary experience. I learned a lot about the country and myself.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Bolivia
Posted: Aug 24, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
7

Frontier

I thoroughly enjoyed my 6 weeks on Nosy-Be in Madagascar volunteering in the community. The teaching aspect of the project was well organised and I really felt that I was making a difference to the lives of all of the students varying in age from primary school to adults. I was able to really integrate myself into the Malagasy culture both in the town and also in a more rural sense when I stayed on the Frontier camp in Ambadahonko. The staff were all really friendly and made everyone feel at ease, in fact most of the time you could not tell the staff apart from volunteers as everyone built great friendships and the sense of community was massive. I would recommend the community project in Madagacar to anyone looking to make a real difference.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Aug 24, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Frontier

Had an amazing three weeks here at the frontier camp in Utende, mafia island. The kids are great and the vibrant locals have never failed to show a friendly and welcoming attitude. The staff here were awesome, each one of them a maverick in their own special way, except for olly, olly is just THE olly, and has currently set himself up as a God among the worshipping locals. life here is very chilled out and I will definetley return in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Aug 24, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Frontier

An absolutely amazing experience volunteering for Whale and Dolphin conservation in Tenerife. Extremely well organised project which completely surpassed all my expectations. I would recommend this project highly and will with a doubt be joining more Frontier projects in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Aug 22, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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