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Volunteering Solutions

I traveled to Uganda, to volunteer with Volunteering Solutions for 2 weeks.

So the first thing I can say is that always apply for more weeks, if you really want to experience the Ugandan culture, and also to enjoy what Uganda has to offer.

It was the best experience I have had in my life so far. My experience was very authentic and valuable to my profession as medical student.

I at some point stayed with other volunteers at the Volunteers’ house but most of the time stayed with a sweet host family in Gayaza. The Country Manager, Isaac was so incredibly warm and welcoming.

Although I didn’t see him often, but he was always available, when we needed him, he knows every bit of his culture and he is a good resource.

The truth is nobody is prepared to come to Uganda until you come but believe me, after you are ready for everything and you will never want to leave!

I am incredibly grateful to the entire Ugandan team and Volunteering Solutions for making my experience so rich. Overall, this was a very humbling and realistic way to experience Uganda and the rural culture and healthcare system.

Thank you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Dec 23, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

CHILDCARE VOLUNTEER PROJECT WITH PROJECTS ABROAD

Being a volunteer in Costa Rica with childhood is a rewarding experience and there is always so much to do, from spending time in the school or special needs center, to getting involved in the wider community. Placements can last from just a couple of weeks to lengthier stays to suit your and the project’s needs. Volunteers are accommodated in comfortable homes and when you volunteer in Costa Rica, you also can take time out to go at weekends and discover the most beautiful places like waterfalls, volcanos, beaches, etc.
To make this experience possible I chose the enterprise Projects Abroad because it was safe and reliable and the organization of the experience was very clear from the very beginning until the end.
Another aspect I really valued was staying at the host family. The host family that I stayed with was incredible! They treated me as if I had been one of them from the day that I got there. They were able to help me with any questions/concern that I had not only with my project, but also with the culture in general. My experience would not have been the same if I had not stayed at a host family’s home. This opportunity also gave me the chance to meet other volunteers that were staying near the family house with me. In the short time that I was there I was able to make some new friends.
I hope this little review might be helpful for you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 23, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I gained so much hands on experience and saw so many medical cases during my pre-med program in Honduras. The doctors were more than happy to show us how to do sutures, catheters, vaccines and more. I did see cases and diseases I could only read about at home. At the hospital, I got to watch so many surgeries, deliveries and met so many different types of doctors. It is amazing how well they do with what they can with such little and limited resources. We also gave pets vaccinations and went to schools to educated people with an outreach healthcare program. I am so very thankful for the opportunities and all that I have learn. I could never have gotten this kind of experience at home (Canada), and this truly reinforced my path in the medical field. The Spanish lessons were good and very helpful. The neighborhood we lived in was very safe. They have two security guards that are circulating in the neighborhood 24/7. The house was located near the mall and a taxi anywhere in town was only 25lps (1.50USD). I did met so many amazing ABV volunteers from all over the world during my stay

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Dec 22, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I went on the beachside service adventure program in Costa Rica this summer, and it was an amazing experience. I was assigned to a service project that involved helping a community build a bridge so the children's walk to school would be more than cut in half, as the river we helped build a bridge over swelled up in the rainy season. The trip changed my perspective, and I went without knowing anyone else, so it really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I got to play basketball with local teenagers, take dance lessons, go swimming in the ocean at sunset, make new friends, try to make costa Rican style art, visit an animal sanctuary, a natural hot springs, and so much more. Everyone on the staff was so kind, on one of the last nights they all shared personal stories about how they ended up volunteering abroad, and they were all so inspiring.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 22, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

Completing an internship on the Elephant Reintroduction programme is one of my proudest achievements to date. It was a complete honour to have had the chance to experience the real authentic Thai culture, whilst living with my host family and being immersed into the community.
It was always a pleasure to hike and see the elephants every day, and completely mesmerizing to see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.
There was always plenty of activities to get involved in on a daily basis, and I learnt more than I anticipated. The friends I made from around the world, during my time on project, I shall remember for the rest of my life. The elephants, mahouts (elephant keepers), villagers, staff and volunteers made my experience unforgettable and I am so thankful to have participated in the project.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Dec 20, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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