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Projects Abroad

My experience with Projects Abroad in Mexico was great! It gave me the opportunity to met likeminded people from all over the world and make friends for life. Projects Abroad set me up with an amazing host family. They were so welcoming and taught me about Mexican Culture while improving my Spanish.

The Projects Abroad staff was very helpful during my time there. They showed me around the city, organized group activities and were there to answer all my questions.

For my project I worked with a local organization that promoted community rights. Here I was able to learn about local issues as well as use my skills to help their projects. The project was everything I was looking for!

Overall I loved my time with Projects Abroad and in Mexico!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Mexico
Posted: Apr 18, 2016
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
8

Global Crossroad

Our experience in Guatemala was incredible and so impactful! We had the opportunity to work in an 'orphanage' (truly a shelter for girls) with teenage moms and their babies - victims of rape or abuse. We held babies, changed babies' diapers, consoled mothers and in all ways helped these young women with their babies. They needed our help and we greatly appreciated the opportunity to be of assistance. The second week we made 2 cookstoves for two impoverished families who now can cook safely for their families. (One family was cooking all meals in the rim of a wheel and had previously scarred/burned a child from the cooking method). The work was very labor intensive and involved mixing cement, laying bricks and cement and filling the cookstove with dirt and adobe bricks under the direction and with the help of a local contractor/coordinator. While in Guatemala, Global Crossroad also placed us with a host family and we had the opportunity to 'live like a local' and see firsthand what the living conditions are in Guatemala (this is not a shack like some Guatemalans live in, but a home with electricity and water and a family who provided us with meals in addition to our rooms). Global Crossroad also provided us with immersion spanish lessons for two hours each day which greatly helped us communicate while working on our projects. Global Crossroad was great to work with as we prepared for the trip (Kim and Customer Service) and was very helpful in identifying and lining up options for excursions over the weekend (we hiked a volcano and went to a hot springs). Oscar, the in country coordinator, was also very critical in organizing our activities and providing us with all the opportunities to make a difference.
This is not the 'volunteer tourism' that many people worry isn't really helping others - it is truly volunteering that makes a difference in the lives of the people in Guatemala. They NEED your help and while this is a 3rd world country and you will sacrifice the comforts of home in order to participate, it is affordable and the work you do will make a difference. I highly recommend Global Crossroad. I also appreciate that there were no hidden fees or additional costs sprung upon us once we got to Guatemala. We felt and were safe the entire time we were in the country. We had free time in the evenings and were able to take advantage of modern options (i.e., McDonalds) near the main central park in order to have wifi and share pictures with our family/friends back home.
The office is located close to the host family and projects and we were able to safely walk between most activities which further enabled us to see the people and the culture and further enriched our experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Apr 16, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I participated in a week long project in Tenerife, more specifically the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Project hosted by the company Frontier. I had an amazing time throughout this entire project, not only did I learn a lot of valuable information about the cetaceans that occupy the waters of Tenerife, I also gained a lot of knowledge about the Island itself. I found the volunteering and the tasks I had to participate in very enjoyable, definitely a memorable experience. The accommodation was excellent and I found the hosts very professional and accommodating. This is an excellent project overall, and very good value for money. This was the first time I have ever volunteered abroad and it definitely will not be the last. If you are thinking about volunteering or undergoing a similar project, I cannot recommend Frontier highly enough.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Apr 16, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I want to go into conservation and came here to gain experience before starting my degree. This project is amazing! I have had so much support and have learnt so many methods and strategies in conservation. The staff made presentations for me and sat down with me, going through some of my questions or teaching me what they know, like identification of species or statistics. The food is also surprisingly nice and the people are ace! Would definitely recommend this to anyone!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Apr 16, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

This was my first volunteer trip therefore I was very nervous and had no clue what to expect. The program set everything up very well and I had no issues. While volunteering, I had an incredible time building a stove in Xela, Guatemala, and helping out at risk kids. I am so thankful for this program. It was an awesome catalyst for helping me help others! I had a great experience thanks to this program!!

Program:
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Apr 14, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

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