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Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

Very good!
Hibiscus travels was the best!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Our daughter went on the GLA trip to Ecuador, Galapagos in July 2016. It was truly a remarkable fun-filled adventure that enriched her leadership and social skills and provided an acute awareness of our fragile environment. Snorkeling amongst the sea lions, turtles, climbing volcanoes and learning about exotic species such as the giant tortoise were just some of the highlights. The program attracts outstanding, intellectual students from around the globe whom our daughter still stays in touch with.

As a parent, I was particularly impressed with GLA's organization and caliper of their trip leaders. We felt safe and secure on trip arrangements and it was comforting to receive daily briefings and photos from the students.

The GLA program is second to none on their organization, adventure and mentorship.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Mar 18, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered with IVHQ for 2 weeks in Ubud, Bali. The support from IVHQ is great, they check in to see how you're doing and are happy to help with any changes or info needed. The accomodation was amazing! I stayed in Moming house and quickly learnt it had the best community feel to it. We played cards every night together and became great friends. There was room for 18 people but there was usually less than 10 people there. The house was located at the back of a family's compound, so we got to know the family as well (who were so lovely).
The first week was orientation, which enabled us to get a grip on the culture, the surrounding area, the food, and also to get to know the volunteers also starting that week.
My second week was spent doing construction and renovation. We reconstructed a wall at a nearby school. We spent about 4 hours each day on our projects.
The food was great and served at a canteen not far from our accomodation. The canteen was a great place to see and meet other volunteers.
All in all, the experience was one of the most enjoyable things I've done in my life and I'd endlessly recommend it to anyone. I can't wait to go back!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Mar 18, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Discover Corps

My 23 year old daughter and I just returned from the Thailand Elephant Conservation Expedition. It was an amazing experience! Our guides, Mai and Joon, were wonderful! We visited several temples, conversed with a monk, sampled local culture and foods at the Market before heading to the Thai Elephant Home. I could have stayed here for the entire trip! The location was so peaceful and beautiful. Providing hands-on care for the elephants, working with the Mahouts, and even riding an elephant are activities I will never forget! Visits to a Long-Neck and Karin village topped off the trip. I would recommend this experience to everyone. I know it sounds trite, but it was life-changing.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Mar 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I decided to volunteer with Projects Abroad for their new "Refugee Project" in Italy. This was a life changing experience. Every step of the way I felt comfortable and confident in my placement and the support of the program. I had the opportunity to work with newly arrived minor refugees to build relationships with them and help teach them basic business skills. During my stay we also had a boat of over 800 refugees arrive. Working along side the red cross and helping the new refugees feel confident we are there to help was life changing in every way possible. I highly recommend this project to anyone who wants to no longer sit and watch the refugee crisis from your TV and actually make an impact

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Mar 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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