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A Broader View Volunteers Corp

The trip to Quito and volunteering at the clinic was eye opening. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to visit a different culture and meet new people. The clinic and the children touched my heart. Seeing the everyday struggles that the special needs children face allows for true appreciation for life. The children were beautiful and lively. My host family treated me as one and I became good friends with the fellow volunteers. I travelled Ecuador and saw many beautiful sites such as the equator and the Amazon. It was a beautiful experience.
The most difficult was seeing and working with the special needs children. It is difficult to watch the struggle that they face in doing simple tasks. It really set me back and made me appreciate being able to help. The children were beautiful and fun to be around. They need much more help and guidance than other children.


Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Jul 30, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

The Frontier organization offered a vast array of travel and project options so that the volunteer programme that I finally chose had all the aspects of a programme that I had been looking for, such as a focus on community healthcare and the opportunity to work with children.

In Madagascar I was supported throughout by an excellent staff, who were constantly working so that each volunteer made the most of their stay in Africa. I was particularly impressed at how they coordinated different projects that took place simultaneously, in this case the Teacher project, childcare project and healthcare project. This said, I have one suggestion that could improve the staff further, that all staff members speak the local language in order to facilitate organization and in-country travel arrangements.

As for the daily activities I enjoyed being in different environments nearly every day. Going from a rural orphanage for disabled children to a more wealthy primary school in the center of town I was able to fully understand the social situation of Madagascar and thereby appreciate the diversity in economic status that its inhabitants had. Madagascar, being a third world country, ran at its own pace with lessons cancelled and with some schools having no schedule. To counteract this disadvantage a suggestion would be of having an on-going community project that volunteers could partake in, in the case of there being nothing to do for a mishap in local organization.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Jul 29, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
2

International Humanity Foundation

While I was thinking about applying for a volunteer experience with International Humanity Foundation, I went through a YouTube video about IHF, and in one of the comments there was written: “Don’t hesitate to apply”. I’m now nearly at the end of my experience with IHF here in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, and would really like to thank the guy who wrote that comment, because it made me more confident about applying.
So now I want to give the same advice to whoever is reading: if you’re staring at this testimonial now, trying to figure out whether it is a good choice leaving your country and spend two weeks, one month or more, volunteering in one of IHF’s centers: stop thinking! Don’t hesitate anymore and send the application form! Volunteering with IHF is an absolutely unique and incredibly enriching experience. You will have the possibility to pass your knowledge to students, who are extremely eager to learn, but also to get to know a different culture in a deep way, to experience what real travel is. I met incredibly welcoming and nice local and international volunteers, and had the possibility to work in an international and highly stimulating atmosphere. Also getting to know, from the inside, how an international NGO works.
Often teachers says that teaching is a two way process, in which the teacher also learns from his students: this has been specifically true in my experience! In fact, working with IHF largely widens your perspective about the world and gives you the possibility to get to know cultures, ways of life and traditions different from yours. This experience will leave me life-lasting memories.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Jul 29, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I spent 3 weeks of July 2014 volunteering on Frontier's Forest Conservation project and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The project was relevant to me as I currently am studying for a Biology degree at Nottingham and am interested in pursuing a career in conservation in the future. The project enabled me to gain experience in the area and gain an insight into what it would be like working in such an environment long term.
Sufficient information was provided pre-departure by the headquarters in London and Project Manager Chris was quick and efficient at responding to queries regarding the project via Facebook. A group Facebook page was organised for volunteers pre-departure in order to exchange travel information and correspond with one another beforehand. I found this particularly useful as I met people to travel with. This was something I felt was important having not traveled so far alone before!
On arrival at Nosy be we were warmly welcomed by Frontier staff and then escorted to Hellville and then onto the beach camp. Again we were met by more staff and volunteers who helped us get our bags inside and showed us around the camp. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and we soon got to know one another. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the facilities on the camp. Having being told that conditions would be basic, I was surprised to find sleeping arrangements were spacious, there were running showers and there was often other options to rice and beans including pancakes, steak night and the opportunity to eat out in the village twice a week.
A typical day was busy, often with 3-4 walks around various sites in the forest each day. Once our bird and reptile ID tests as well as lemur observation tests were passed we were then able to begin taking data. Every day was different with so much spectacular wildlife to see. The staff were enthusiastic and knowledgeable about what they were doing and were extremely helpful throughout the trip. Evenings were spent doing night walks, eating out in the nearby village or around camp with Friday night being party night! Free time during the trip could be spent snorkeling or relaxing and Saturday (day off) could be spent going into Hellville or once in a while visiting other nearby islands such as Nosy Komba or Tanikely.
Overall, I could not recommend choosing Frontier's projects strongly enough. Fellow volunteers were passionate about the work carried out and all the staff were helpful, cheerful and enthusiastic throughout the time I was there. I would certainly consider doing such a project again in the future (for a longer duration!) and will look to pursue a career in conservation in the future.Thank you to all the staff at Frontier Madagascar who made this trip such a great experience!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Jul 29, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Frontier Madagascar enabled me to kick start my primatology career after six months of working with them and my project on Black Lemurs. The opportunities I got to take in regards to my research allowed me to take it to places beyond what an honors degree would allow and further into the realms of practicing actual conservation. The people I got to work with were always keen to participate in helping me with my research and embark on all related missions with amazing passion which inspired me to want to push myself further into more conservation and research goals. If you are excited about reptiles, birds, amphibians. lemurs or even insects I would thoroughly recommend you embark on a journey much like mine and see how much of a changed and more experienced person you come out as in the end.

Program:
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Jul 29, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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