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Original Volunteers Morocco Marrakesh Review March/April 2017:

Things to note:
1) Make sure you have correct accommadation address and moroccon project advisor contact number as you will be required to fill in a disembarkment form on arrival and customs/passport control officers are very by the book.

2) The queue on arrival to passport control can be upto 2 hours at Marrakesh Airport so bear this in mind.

3) Once you are through customs, exchange some money at the bueru du change.

4) Then go to the Maroc Telecom and buy a Moroccan sim card. Cost roughly 150Dirham around £15 for 6.5gb of data 40 mins international calls and 1 hour of moroocan calls.

5) Then once actived head out of the arrivals and exit airport.

6) The driver might be there but if not you will need to contact the moroccon project advisor who will orginise taxi for you to djamma el-fna in Marrakesh from the airport.

7) The driver will drop you near the accommadation and it is a 5 min walk with the project advisor.

The above steps is what myself and a friend have learned with our trip we learned through trial and error as we were at the airport for quite some time due to passport control being very thorough. Please don't let that put you off just be prepared before you leave the UK make sure you have all the accommadation and contact details.

The trip overall was a fantastic experience and was well organised visiting the baby orphanage and feeding the homeless were the stand out activaties. Most of the travel is done via walking and taxi's. Marrakesh is very nice be prepared to haggle though when buying things from the markets. The jus'dorange stalls are good number 49 stall is the man to go to always gave us extra juice and different juices to taste.
The project advisors are great and are very friendly, they'll help you out a lot. Foodwise cafe babooshka is nice and there is a kfc near the kootbia mosque.
On our trip there were 10 other volunteers but by the end of the week that wittled down to 4 as some people come and go. The weekend was pretty much free to chill and do as you please and since it was just myself and my friend in the house now, we decided to book a couple of hotels for the weekend with aquaparks to have a bit of fun before we left morocco. I would highly recommend the morocco marrakesh trip as it balances both the volunteering and having fun really well. Don't worry about it just go ahead and book it :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Apr 18, 2017
Overall:
5
Support:
5
Value:
4

Projects Abroad

I volunteered in Vietnam as an Occupational Therapy student over a period of four weeks during my summer break. I was recommended Projects Abroad by a friend, and after doing some more research and making contact with the team who answered all the questions that I had, I decided to head to Vietnam for my placement. The Projects Abroad team in Vietnam really know what they're doing, and are good what they do. They understand and have a vision of what it looks like to facilitate sustainable placements that are of benefit to the host organisation.

I volunteered at Hanoi Friendship Village, home to 120 children and 60 veterans all affected by the Vietnam war. The village provides medical care, therapy and both educational and vocational classes for its inhabitants. I spent the majority of our time there in the therapy room providing occupational therapy focused therapy for children and adults that came in daily.

Personally, I gained so much out of this experience. I became a lot more independent, found that I was a lot more resilient than I initially thought, and I really opened up to new experiences and meeting new people. I think that through this experience, I have also become a more globally conscious individual. The Projects team made it clear that there were only ever a call away, and they not only looked after us on placement, but ensured that we were immersed in the Vietnamese way of life. They organised activities with other volunteers including Vietnamese cooking class and pottery making. I stayed at one of the volunteer houses with fellow volunteers from different countries around the world. On the weekends, we explored and visited many of the attractions of Hanoi together, and spend many a night sitting on low plastic stools and tables eating food on the footpath with the locals as motorbikes and cars rushed by beside us. Vietnam is a beautiful country, rich with history, and being able to make a small positive contribution to the lives of the Vietnamese people through this volunteer experience is something I will always hold close to my heart.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Vietnam
Posted: Apr 15, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
7

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My experience with Global Leadership Adventures has been one I'll remember forever. The program that I was a part of (Galapagos) was very well structured. We got to kayak, snorkel, climb volcanoes, and more. We were always busy and had a great itinerary full of service and adventures. There was never a moment when we were bored. We cleared out invasive species, talked to the locals and the children, and played a ton of soccer which I made a fool of myself doing so, but it was all part of the fun!
The food was amazing and the housing conditions were rustic but an adventure. The staff was great - they were all so fun and relatable but were able to be great role models as well.
My parents were very reluctant to let me go on this trip when I proposed the idea. They had never sent one of their kids to a foreign country alone before. However, they became much more comfortable with the idea after talking to the welcoming and assuring staff who were more than happy to explain everything about the trip, from safety to fun.
I still miss this trip- one of the best experiences ever of my life. Would definitely recommend!! GLA offers such a friendly environment.

Parent Review:
Global Leadership Adventures was very professional and thorough in covering all the necessary things to ensure a safe program. They were very good with communicating with us (the parents) with what was going on. They made me feel very comfortable that they had a lot of experience and they knew all the ins and outs of what needed to be done to make it a very safe and enjoyable program for all the students involved. My daughter got a lot out of it and had a great experience. She wrote about her trip which she was encouraged to do by the staff. I feel that she gained very valuable experience, particularly in things that she could not get anywhere else. She made great contacts there and continues to meet up with friends she made on the trip. The GLA trips reflect great value and purpose. She and her peers from the trip were really engaged in the service. We were not able to sign up for the trip until just a few months before, but they were very accommodating in helping us obtain a passport and all of the necessities for the trip which reflects their experience and professionalism in organizing their programs.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Apr 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

This is the 2nd time I was have volunteered with IFRE. I was in Nepal for 2 months and had 3 different volunteer projects. It is a fabulous organization!!! IFRE staff are great and very supportive in assisting with everything which began when I began organizing my trip in the states (USA) until I left on the plane from Nepal. They served as a travel guide assisting me in various places to go along with getting me great discounts at various tourist places (actually was able to enter the National park for free due to volunteering); educationally by telling me about the customs but mostly they provide a family like presence of acceptance and genuine love,. They go out of their way to make one feel at home. I
Darleen Kildow
WA, USA

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Apr 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Gi2C China Internship

Gi2c is an expensive fraud that also now operates under 4 other names (alias operations) that include WiseWay Global Education, Laowai Career Center, and Getin2China and according to China's Tax Bureau and Busines License Agency (SAIC) non of them are legally registered to do business in China except Getin2China which they said was shut down by the police in 2014 for "visa fraud".

I only lost a $300 deposit because I learned about the scam early when I noticed that my "career counselor" Mary (who speaks fluent English) also worked as a "consultant" in the other-other 4 alias companies and she denied it when I asked here about it even after I played her voice that I recorded when I called the other numbers and asked for her. (There is a shared office on Zhongguancun Street in Haidian District of Beijing).

I eventually found my own job in China and no longer needed an internship. So when I got to China I went to get my $300 "refundable deposit" back at the above address which the police strangely know about. I met two other victims of Gi2c who said no to Gi2c but "yes" to Laowai Career Center (not knowing they were the same scam wearing different clothes).

Both of them and myself were threatened by the Russiam owner that if we made any problems for him after he return our money, he would get expelled from China because he had "connections with the cops". This may be true because when I went to the they already knew about this company and even referred to "Yuri" and then one of the young woman police officers followed me outside when I left and handed me this link written on a piece of paper and said "Wai guo ren Yuri fei chang bu hao ma fan" (Translation: This foreigner Yuri is bad trouble). Anyway, here is the link she gave me https://www.scam.com/entry.php?6418-Beware-of-China-s-many-Legal-Scams-l....

I found out one of the other victims got a full refund because they threatened to bring a CCTV news reporter to Yuri's office. So I did the same thing and he paid me 2,000 rmb within 15 minutes but demanded that I sign a paper saying I had no problems with Gi2c and Laowai Career Center. I scribbled what he thought was my signature to get the money i my hands. What I wrote was "You R Afraud". This morning my colleague showed me this link, and it motivated me to make this review to help warn others. http://www.opnlttr.com/letter/laowai-career-center-189-other-black-scam-...

BTW... there is a man in his office named Stefan who is one of his employees that writes fake blogs under the name of "Stephanie" and he was arguing with Yuri that he was cheated on his pay by 3,000 and he was threatening to quit and "blog the truth to everyone". When he saw that I was trying to video the argument with my phone he blew a fuse and slammed the door. I guess this guy cheats a lot of people - even his own employees.

Program: TEFL
Location: China
Posted: Apr 12, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

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