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Global Vision International (GVI)

I couldn't have been more impressed with GVI. A change in life circumstance saw me doing a google search on making a difference and volunteering overseas. Less than 2 months later I was in Kochi in Kerela, India. The two weeks were so incredible rewarding. I've lived and worked overseas and loved integrating into society not just sitting on the sidelines. For me, this program ticked all the boxes and we really integrated. I was teaching and we prepared for and celebrated Xmas with the teacher and the kids in the slum. I was particularly impressed with how well the programs were run and that they create real sustainable change.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Mar 20, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
7

The Love Company (TLC) Nepal

Childhome with so much love - The Love Company in Pokhara

In January my bpyfriend and I started our volunteer in Nepal at The Love Company. After a long flight we arrived in Kathmandu where we had one night before we took the bus to Pokhara where the orphanage is located. Krishan the manager of the Love Company arranged a pick up from the airport and the accommodation. Everything was really good planned and organised. After one night in Kathmandu took the bus to Pokhara.

After around 7 hours bus drive we arrived well and were friendly welcomed from Krishan, the manager and owner of the orphonage. He brought us to the guesthouse where we stayed for our volunteer time. The guesthouse was good located, only 5 minutes from the lakeside and Krishans home and 15 minutes to the childrenshome. Breakfast we always had at Krishans home and dinner at the orphanage. After some instructions we finalls went to the childrenshome. From the beginning the kids were very very lovely, nice and open minded. After a few minutes we already felt in love with them. They are all very happy, healthy and thankful for living at the orphanage.

Our tasks were bringing kids to school in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon, helping them with homework and enjoying freetime together with different games. Moreover we prepared the garden for growing their own vegetables and supported other upcoming works at the orphonage. It was always a good a atmosphere between the kids and the staff and we enjoyed every second with these lovelies. We laughed a lot and had a really great and unforgetable time together. All kids are so happy and healthy and that is the most important point.

It was a wonderful experience for which we are very very thankful. We really can recommend volunteering at this place. We also think about to repeat it. Thanks to Krishan, the staff and the kids for this unforgetable time.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Mar 19, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

Getting to the island was so scary. I was put on a bus with no other English speakers and told my trip would be 3 hours long, 8 hours later with no food we got to a beach where I was told to get out and ushered onto a small wooden boat that looked like it would sink. Luckily I survived the trip to the island.
The accommodation and bathrooms were so unhygienic I got sick almost immediately. There's no septic system so you have to put all of your used toilet paper in a opened bin beside the toilet which is in the same room as the shower facilities. There's nowhere to wash your hands and to flush the toilet your pour water down the bowl.
I also have a pre-existing medical condition that I was told I would be able to manage over there until I arrived and found the medical facilities on the island were very basic and almost non existent. I was apparently not the first person worried about this as diving is a dangerous activity and can require medical attention. I was also worried when I found out not one staff member knew first aid.
The staff are very friendly at first then become immediately standoffish on the second day. The only time they lighten up is when they are drinking which is most nights.
I'm a young person and enjoy a drink or few but not every night. I also felt very out of place because some of the people in charge were younger than I was and were almost only interested in sleeping with the volunteers. Even though most of the volunteers were already sleeping together or had done in the past.
There are posters all over the accommodation that state no drugs on the program. This couldn't be further from the truth. Almost every volunteer was smoking marijuana and taking pills every day and would come back to the house out of their brains. Not to mention certain staff felt it okay to supply the volunteers with drugs and were happy to do it with them.
There was also very little conservation work happening at all. Volunteers could work on their "own projects" which mostly consisted of us watching movies or reading each other's books. Only a few volunteers had actually collected any relevant data while most of them had not even researched anything, we just tagged along on the dives.
I also didn't even see a seahorse in my time on the island. I was told they'd seen 4 seahorses but I find that hard to believe.
The food was very mediocre to poor quality. If you don't like rice, don't go. That's what I survived on and occasionally ate fish. The chicken was disgusting and pork often still had skin and hair attached as well as parts of bones. There were so many times when no one even knew what the meat was. There are so restaurants on the island that do amazing food though so I recommend those.
There is no interaction with the community other than the children saying hello every time you walk by. I was advertised that we would be teaching and interacting with children as well as teaching them about conservation only to find this was never a part of the program.
When I left not one person from projects abroad contacted me or even saw me to the airport. I was simply put in a taxi and dropped off.
Two weeks after I returned home the project manager emailed me and asked how I was as they hadn't heard from me, they weren't even aware that I had returned home.
For the amount of money you pay it's definitely not worth it. Apparently a girl left before I got there, she changed her flights home. I wish I was fortunate enough to do that because I would have gotten out of there in the first week.

On the plus side:
I made some amazing friends who were equally as disgusted as I was at the organisation and overall let down of the program.
I also enjoyed the experience of seeing another country and culture.

I would not however recommend this to anyone unless they are into 'cheap drugs and alcohol' and watching movies every day and going for the occasional dive.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Mar 18, 2015
Overall:
2
Support:
1
Value:
1

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered in the slum teaching program. The program was very well organized. I was picked up from the airport by a member of the local IVHQ staff. The host family and housing was very comfortable and the staff was very helpful through out the program. The school seemed to really need our help and the volunteers that were teaching were put to good use in each of the classrooms. We were needed to teach grades kindergarten through fourth, we were able to make lesson plans and really felt like we were contributing to the school and to the students. The staff at the school were also very kind and helpful during our project. The project here with IVHQ is very safe and comfortable for anyone wanting to do volunteer work abroad, and makes traveling alone much safer.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Mar 14, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

The Love Company (TLC) Nepal

Dear readers, I came a cross to this website Abroad Review and would like to mention few things about The Love Company Orphanage. I have volunteered here for one and half month in October to middle of November, children at the orphanage were amazing, healthy, good behaved and with lots of smiles. I have volunteered in many other orphanages to there is lots of children rights taken care of, there is lots of need for the children due to lake of big organization connection to support children. This organization runs and depends on volunteers programs fees. so please if anyone is interested to volunteer in Nepal it will the best place to volunteer.
Happy

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Mar 14, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

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