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Mente Argentina

I spent 5 months with Mente Argentina (MA) in Buenos Aires, and my programme was actually made up of two 10 week internships. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience as a whole and for the most part I think that this is a great organisation that I would recommend to others, in particular those who are in Argentina for the first time, as I was. There is a very large variety of different internships available, and the staff are helpful in helping you find the one which is right for you - I really enjoyed both of mine and gained highly valuable work experience from them. The apartment I was put in was also great - great location and size, comfortable and well matched- I shared it with two other participants of the programme with whom I soon became close friends. The gym for which we had our membership included was also close by. I found the MA staff friendly, attentive and approachable, and enjoyed attending several of the activities they provided to participants...although a little more variety of these perhaps could would have been desirable! However they provided a great opportunity to meet the other participants on the programme and to make friends. You just might have to think outside the box a little, however, if you'd like to befriend some locals too!
Overall I definitely would recommend this organisation, as well as the city of Buenos Aires in general - its pretty, energetic and you definitely will never be short of things to do there!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Sep 9, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
7

uVolunteer

The first project was hardworking, strenuous and not necessarily what i thought it would be. But this has nothing to do with Ligia, Alicia or Mario. I merely think the project is better suited to different types of people. Doing this project and a conservation project has reinforced my desire to work with people and do an orphanage project. All I have to do now is learn Spanish!! The people I have met on the projects have been brilliant. I have met some fantastic people in both projects and hopefully I will see them again. I have realized I like to keep busy and be around lots of people and go out and have evening activities to keep me entertained, which ligia, Mario and Alicia have all provided fantastically.
I recommend the turtle project to those who are happy to do night work which could be a maximum of 6 hours at night and 6 hours in the day. Additionally I recommend it to people who like remote places, who are happy to stay in one location and not go out in the evenings. The conservation project is ideal for those who like quiet, calmness and thrive on nature and animals.
I have enjoyed my stay with uVolunteers and Alicia, Ligia and Mario. I feel like they have been more than simply tour guides but good friends to me whilst I have been here. They have all helped me tremendously. All three of them and Dona Isabel have been fun and I have enjoyed my time very much with them whilst I have been in Costa Rica.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Sep 8, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

uVolunteer

The little expectations I did have were definitely exceeded when I arrived and met the staff and settled in. Everyone was extremely warm and friendly from the moment I was picked up at the airport. The weekend was busy exploring Koforidua and getting familiar with the Ghanaian food and culture .After seeing how people lived in the town I was relieved to find our dorms very comfortable and clean.
Before we began camp at the Orphanage, we were brought to the orphanage to meet the staff and children. Sunday night we spent planning how we would execute the English and Sports camp for the next two weeks. I was glad to find that Nat and the team had already done some basic lesson planning for the week so I felt prepared. Mon-Thurs we worked from about 9am-3pm at the orphanage. The days were well organized and it was comforting to have local staff and teachers there to help us as well. I was pleased that there were other volunteers with me during the program so I could not only make new friends but also have co-teachers to plan with. Even though I am a teacher, the work was challenging but extremely fun. Coming from teaching in West Philadelphia, I was blown away by how well behaved, well-mannered and respectful the children were. They were eager to learn and try new things and their excitement for us being there was incredibly rewarding.
On the weekend, Nat accompanied our group on a trip to the Cape Coast and was an excellent tour guide. At the end of the two weeks, I could have never imagined how upset I would be to leave the children. The children are amazing and really make everything about working at the camp completely worthwhile, in just two weeks I felt a developed a really strong bond with my entire group of kids.
Overall, my experience is exactly what I was looking for in a volunteer program. I made sure to stay open-minded and patient the entire trip. At times, when I wanted to feel frustrated with some of the ways of the culture, I reminded myself that it was part of the whole learning experience. I would not have done anything differently and I am completely satisfied with the program. I felt by having the opportunity to immerse myself in the culture I was able to come away with a life changing experience that I will surely never forget.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Sep 8, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I spent 4 weeks in Ghana this summer volunteering at a children's home on the Pink Program. I originally chose IVHQ because their program fees were the cheapest by far compared to other well-known volunteer companies and they seemed to have excellent reviews from previous volunteers. I had a fantastic experience and wouldn't hesitate to recommend IVHQ to anyone interested in volunteering with children in Ghana. There was a diverse mix of people volunteering there, from lots of different countries and ages ranging from 18-45. I was really happy to be placed with a group that were all around the same age as me. The program is very flexible, it's up to you how many hours you put in and you're free to travel at the weekends. Fortunately, we didn't have any major issues, but any concerns that we had were dealt with promptly by IVHQ staff, and our program coordinator visited us on a weekly basis. All the staff that I met (Benedict, Gideon, Elvis etc) were all extremely helpful and approachable. The meals that were provided were filling and varied and we felt safe and looked after in our accommodation which was basic but perfectly adequate and clean. I learnt a lot about a whole new culture, made some great friends, met some beautiful and inspiring children and overall had an incredible experience. The more you put into it, the more you get out, but IVHQ were certainly big part in making the trip such a great success.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Sep 8, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

It is great to hear that your experience in Ghana was incredible. Thank you for the feedback and we hope to have you volunteer with IVHQ again in the future.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered in Argentina for a month this summer (2014).

My experience in Argentina was truly amazing. The support once in country was excellent. There was always someone to help out and answer questions. I felt very safe and supported during my entire trip. The house managers were always there to be sure we had what we needed. The other volunteers were accepting and nonjudgmental of each other, and especially me, being quite a bit older than the rest of them. We all had a great time together; I miss them all! We had a wonderful experience and I would do it again in a minute!! .

The Spanish lessons were very good; spoken all in Spanish which really helped me a lot. The instructor tailored her lessons when students asked for a different format (dialogue/discussion, specific phrases, etc. shorter or longer lessons).

The house was great. Big living room and kitchen, dorm style and private rooms upstairs. Remember you are visiting an under-developed country so things will not be as they are at home; it's all part of the experience. I worked in the soup kitchen every day. If you want to do more than one project all you have to do is ask. My advice is to come with an open heart and an open mind, give all you can to the experience and seek the always-available advice of the volunteer team if you need it.

I had plenty of time on the weekends to travel to Buenos Aires and Igauzu Falls as well as Cordoba which was a bus ride away.

Please consider Argentina for your volunteer adventure, no matter what age you are! You won't be disappointed!

Thank you to Julio, Guillermo, Agustina, Ariel, Jose and Gisela for everything. You all helped to make my trip to Argentina unforgettable!!!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Sep 8, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Hi Carol, Thank you for volunteering with IVHQ in Argentina. It is great to hear that your 4 weeks volunteering in Argentina was amazing. It is also fantastic to hear that you were able to make the most of your experience in Argentina by traveling further afield on the weekends. Thanks for your feedback and we hope to have you volunteer with us again in the future.

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