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RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

I highly recommend using this company to volunteer abroad. Their staff are really respectful and comprehensive. Since the first e-mail that I sent, until a year after of my experience, they seemed to care about me and were always there to help me.
All the family members of the house that I stayed where really nice; food, internet and comfort would always be available and I had no issues with them since day 1. Maria, my "Peruvian mom" was like a real mom to the whole house, she would have dinner with us and we all got sad when we had to leave her. She was really careful with our stuff and would always be there to help us with questions or necessities.
The coordinators in the city would always be present as well, making possible to even create a friendship with them.
Our orphanage just like any other, really needed assistance and our presence there was essential for the kids. They would become happier once we were there.
RCDP will definitely have me again to volunteer in another country.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: May 23, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I spent four weeks on the Frontier Madagascar Forest Program and had one of the best times of my life! The people I met there, both staff and volunteers, were super friendly and helpful in answering all my questions. The social side of the program was a lot of fun and I know I have made friends for life! The diet and living situation took a bit of getting used to, as I am definitely a city girl at heart, but in the end I really enjoyed the simple way of life. The best part though, by far, was the animals! The species I saw on the island of Nosy-Be really ignited my passion for conservation. I hope one day to return to Madagascar and I recommend anyone looking for a good experience to get on board with Frontier!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: May 23, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

AFS

A total nightmare of an experience with this organization. Better screening needs to be done, regulations need to be followed, and the only type of support that host families receive is "damage control". If you want to be used, abused and totally taken advantage of with no support whatsoever with who is sent to your family - go for it. Our family will never forget our experience and the damage it has done on many levels.

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Posted: May 23, 2016
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

Volunteered at an orphanage for teen moms and their children. Really felt like we were needed and appreciated as volunteers, and we're making a difference for the moms.

RCDP provided excellent support throughout, including when I was ill and admitted to hospital.

The price was very reasonable and the majority went to the orphanage.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: May 21, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

The monastery i stayed at was not prepared to accept guests or necessarily kind to us. I was there by myself for 3 days and than another man came so we managed the situation together but the monastery hadnt seen to cleaning the living areas we had for some time and they did not really welcome us. We lived without water in our part of the compound for five days and had to ration what water we did have. I dont believe this monastery should be considered as a host location for future volunteers. The especially didnt want women there at all. This is no reflection on the volunteer staff that i worked with, they were very supportive of my journey, it was all the monastery.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: May 20, 2016
Overall:
4
Support:
10
Value:
3

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