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Projects Abroad

I came to Sri Lanka for 3 weeks after volunteering for a few weeks in India first. I loved Sri Lanka. The staff at Projects Abroad was super helpful and made me feel very welcome and comfortable at my placement for volunteering, and host family's house. I had to change my flight and the Projects Abroad staff was more than willing to make those accommodations for me.
 
My host family was incredible. I stayed with Arjuna and Manori, along with their 3 kids, and house maid. They food they made was delicious. If you like lots of bread, spicy curry, and fresh fruit grown in the backyard, definitely choose Sri Lanka! If you didn't like something, they were more than willing to accommodate with you with different food. The kids were great. They loved to play and have you help them with their homework when Arjuna and Manori were at work at the hospital.
 
My placement was at Panadura Base Hospital. I met other volunteers there, along with incredible doctors and nurses who were always willing to teach me new things about surgery and physical therapy. Every day one of the nurses made tea for us, which was always delicious! The volunteers you will meet at your placement or host families will most definitely be special friendships, especially after traveling around Sri Lanka on the weekends and experiencing some amazing places and cultures that are not so common in your own country.
Program:
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Nov 14, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
7

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I spent 6 weeks volunteering in Ghana, Africa with International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ) at the beginning of this year and it changed my life forever. It was an absolutely amazing experience and I owe it all to the ease of the program getting me prepared for the trip, picking me up from the airport, transitioning us from arriving in Ghana to our program placement, and all throughout the length of my stay I saw an IVHQ employee at least once a week if not more who just came to check up on us and see how we were doing. IVHQ really cares about their volunteers and their experience. I had the misfortune to end up in the hospital for a few days due to an infection and my IVHQ placement guide was by my side within hours, he came to sit with me, to see how I was doing, communicated with my family back home, they really care about your wellbeing and safety. I felt so comfortable volunteering with IVHQ and extremely cared for and protected. I fell in love with the amazing children I got to spend my 6 weeks in Africa with and I long for the day that I can see their sweet faces again. I highly recommend IVHQ volunteering!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Nov 14, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

My name is Ross Adams. I am a 32 year old male from Australia. I spent 5 weeks volunteering through RCDP International in Galle, Sri Lanka.
I have had a completely wonderful experience, I would recommend this to everyone.
I stayed in Galle with a very friendly and kind local family. They made me feel very welcome and looked after me like I was part of the family. Michael (my host) showed me around the town and taught me about Sri Lankan history and culture. His wife Pushpa prepared delicious local food for myself and the other volunteers every day and made sure that we had everything we needed, and Michael's daughter taught me some of the local language. Sinhalese.
Each morning I waled to the local Buddhist temple where I would teach a group of young monks English. These boys are very kind and sweet and willing to learn. It was my first teaching experience, and it was very satisfying and fun to teach these boys. They also taught me a lot about their customs and beliefs. I was able to be involved in the temple ceremonies, including the large Poya Day (full moon) celebration.
All in all, I have been made to feel very, very welcome and treated so kindly by everyone here. I am sad to leave. I hope to return again soon.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Nov 14, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Elective International

Our medical degree concludes with a four week elective placement that can be undertaken anywhere in the world. A friend and I decided we were keen to go to India for an adventure and to gain an appreciation for medicine in the developing world. Around a year before departure after a lot of research we decided on Elective International (EI) being impressed by their website and initial contact with us.

This was when the problems started. We weren't assured of a location until the week before departure. Our university found it very difficult to make contact with them in order to sign insurance requirements etc.

Although the website still advertises New Delhi and Trivandrum, we were placed in Chandigarh. This was despite being told to obtain visas and flights for Mumbai. I was looking forward to being placed in such a large diverse city but it was not to be. Regardless we had paid out money and hoped for the best when we set out from Australia.

On arriving in Chandigarh we were at first relieved to find we were being looked after by a pleasant young girl who seemed very enthusiastic. It wasn't until the next day we realised we were in Panchkula, not Chandigarh, and had not been reassured by the company that they had any idea where we were.

The next day we were told we had to "meet" the Director of health. This meeting was actually our application being viewed for the first time. The result was humiliating and we were asked to lie and say our guide was our "friend" and we came "for our own interest".

On raising concerns with the company, we were told not to focus on the administrative errors and look forward to the clinical experience. Our concerns were made to seem petty.

Another aspect of the EI program is being able to undertake a program in a certain speciality. I had picked O&G and my friend had picked surgery. As we were pretending to be there "unofficially" the gynae doctors were understandably suspicious and not that keen for me to participate.

The next week we met another doctor who organised a rotating timetable for us and I had hoped that things were looking up. The next week was better but only through our pereseverance. We gave up on pretending to be friends with our guide and were able to explain to most doctors that we have paid to be here. Regardless most do not understand why we are here as we are at a small, non teaching hospital that doesn't normally take Indian students let alone international!

EI has been a nightmare to deal with and I could not suggest them to anyone. India is fantastic and I recommend travelling here any time!

Program:
Location: India
Posted: Nov 12, 2014
Overall:
3
Support:
3
Value:
2

Language House TEFL - Prague

This program was very benificial. I will say it was very intense though! It is not for the weak. You are in a new country and taking a college level course that has been condensed down into one month. After that warning I would still reccomended that if you contemplating this course you should do it. The staff are supportive and helpful. The teachers and observers help you fine tune your teaching skills. There is a large community of support. After you take the course here in Prague you can go almost anywhere in the world and find fellow Language House grads to connect with. I was not a teacher before I came here but I feel I am able to go out and teach English as a foreign language now.

Program: TEFL
Location: Czech Republic
Posted: Nov 11, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

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