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Projects Abroad

My time in Thailand with Projects Abroad was truly memorable for a number of reasons. From the in country volunteer communicator who answered any and all questions prior to my arrival, to the welcoming dive staff, I will hold Thailand closely to my heart because of this incredible experience. The organization of the project was probably the most spectacular thing to witness since you saw several people working around the clock to provide you with a comfortable, rewarding, and novel experience. Although the marine conservation was rewarding, the staff was friendly, and the food was delicious at the accomadation; the price was steep. I appreciate all the organization of the trip and it didn't go unnoticed, but a similar trip organized on your own could cost much less. With that said, I am still happy with my decision and recommend that everybody try out a volunteer trip with Projects Abroad!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Sep 10, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
7

RCDP Nepal

The first days in Nepal I was totally shocked because it is very different to Germany. There are no traffic lights and everybody is honking all the time. After a few days you get used to it. On Monday we started with the orientation week and the language course. Due to the fact that I traveled to my host family already on Thursday I didn't have that much time for learning the language. During my project I worked in the nursery and sometimes I went to the orphanage. The work was very hard but it felt good to do it. My host family was very nice like all Nepalese people. Everybody is friendly and want to talk to you. I stayed in Rampur during my project time. It was very hot but the countryside is amazing. After two weeks I had to leave the host family for going back to Kathmandu. It was an amazing trip and I will never forget the time. I could contact the local coordinators all the time when I had problems. The support was very good and everyone tried to help me. Everyone who think about volunteering abroad, especially in Nepal, should do it. You will never forget this experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Sep 9, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

I regularly do volunteer projects overseas, with a focus on wildlife/conservation.
This project was the best I’ve done, and I’ve worked in Tonga, Indonesia, China, Thailand and this was my 4th trip to Africa. The framework was well set-up, the facilities way better than I’ve experienced before and it was ethically focused and not on income generated from the volunteers. I felt very appreciated, respected and included. The coordinators were outstanding and that can make or break it in my view. Their passion was contagious! Great organisation and a good blend of activities. I learned heaps! 10 out of 10! Makes it hard to consider doing anything else really! Lots of great sightings of wildlife, absolutely outstanding.

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Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: New Zealand
Posted: Sep 5, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was an amazing experience I wouldn't change for anything. From the first moment I decided to volunteer abroad, their staff was in contact with me 24/7. They booked my flights, organized my placement, and gave me my own personal travel advisor. My travel advisor answered all my questions about what to bring and where to go once I landed. It was especially beneficial to call her and talk about any questions I had.
Arriving in a new country alone can be a bit overwhelming. However, the staff knew just where to find us volunteers. They take you straight to the hotel, where all the food and water you desire is included. In the morning another staff member meets you and goes over everything you need to know: your volunteer placement, host family accommodations, and where to get a SIM card so you can make local calls. I especially love the cultural education you receive immediately (appropriate gestures, customs, etc.).
Volunteering was wonderful. The hospital was very welcoming to its volunteers. The only downfall I'd say is the lack communication between Projects Abroad and the volunteer placement; there was only one medical coordinator for all the physical therapy/medical volunteers within Kathmandu. Although the coordinator was very busy, she did make time to check on all the volunteers in our placement regularly. We even participated in a few educational workshops during our time there.
Overall, I think Projects Abroad is fantastic for first-time travelers and people interested in volunteering across the world.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Sep 4, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Vina Volunteer Service

Ms Xuan is the host of Home Stay # 1 in the village of Ban Luc 2, where I stayed for two weeks. You could not ask for a more generous and hospitable host.

With Ms Xuan guidance, I participated in the daily routine of “Thai Community Life” gaining a first hand and intimate experience of the Thai Culture.

Mai Chau is a truly tranquil and peaceful setting guaranteed to help you relax, slow down and connect with nature. The Thai people are very happy, peaceful and contented, welcoming you into their homes with offers of green tea or rice wine depending on the time of day.

Highlights for me were:

Working in the fields: cutting grass for buffalo – weeding corn – harvesting rice

Collecting snails – fishing

Learning and cooking Thai food

Tending buffalo

Exploring the community by bike

Learning more about Thai Culture at the local museum

Checking out the local and surrounding markets

Exploring the Limestone Cave

Practicing English/Vietnamese with girls from Hoa Ban (neighbors 2 doors down, weaving and embroidery of traditional Thai patterns and clothing)

David from Vina Volunteer Service did a fantastic job organising my entire trip, introducing me to the community, organising all transportation and was topped off with 2 day trip to Halong Bay at the end.

I can not recommend an organic farming project in Mai Chau enough, this is one of the unique places in the world where you can come to recharge your soul.

Alexander Taulelei

Samoa – New Zealand

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Vietnam
Posted: Sep 2, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9

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