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Frontier

I chose to participate in the Frontier Madagascar forest project, and overall my experience has been amazing so far! I absolutely love trekking through the forest surveying for all the different animals. You get trained in how to ID lots of different species (you get really good with latin names!), before taking part in surveying in the different habitat types in the forest. There is a really varied programme, doing active searches along transects for reptiles, birds, butterflies, and lemurs, as well as helping out with staff personal projects that mix things up a bit, like searching for snakes or insects. It's hard work walking through the jungle, but you soon get used to the heat and the mozzies, and it's ultimately really rewarding, especially if you see something really rare like a Langaha! (leaf-nosed snake). If you're willing to learn and work hard you find it really rewarding, as then you can be much more involved. I absolutely love doing Active searches at night for reptiles, especially in primary forest, you see so many cool animals!
Camp life is great, everyone is really friendly and I have made loads of friends since coming here. There is also a marine programme based on camp, so everyone is busy doing different things, and then socialising mainly in the evenings, and partying on Friday nights in the village and on camp. Camp life is basic, like wood fires, and longdrops rather than toilets, no electricity, and food is simple rice and beans mostly, but surprisingly delicious! You also have the option many days of paying a little bit extra in the village or on camp for different food, like Vola's on Tuesdays and Fridays, or you can take part in STEAK NIGHT every Thursday (or veggie night!). I would definitely recommend to bring a bit of extra cash for this, and for little extras you can buy in town on the weekend, like jam or peanut butter for the sebeda (rice porridge), but its always optional.
I'd definitely suggest bringing some sauces like HP, or some marmite to share with camp, you'll be loved for it! And maybe also some card games or something like that for when you have some down time.
I'd definitely recommend Frontier Madagascar, and you should consider staying for at least a month or more as a minimum, to learn everything and get the most out of the surveying. It's definitely worth it in my opinion.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Dec 31, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Involvement Volunteers International

I participated in the Fiji nutrition project because I am interested in public health, health promotion, nutrition, and health education. I have studied a Bachelor of Health Sciences with majors in Nutrition and Exercise Science

I wanted to take part in an experience that would help me to grow as a practitioner in the future and give me good insight into the work of health promotion and education.

Living and working in Fiji for a month is a really exciting. Getting to know a local family and community, and working with these individuals to teach them about good nutrition and the importance of adopting a healthier lifestyle was very fulfilling.

I like to be hands-on when I do anything, so this project was the perfect style for me to gain the most, but also to give the most. It was also very affordable compared to other organizations I researched and the quality was excellent.

My time in Fiji was so good! I learnt more than I could have hoped for, and the experiences I had will be so beneficial for me in the long run. I was very lucky with the program and have to give a big thanks as I know it was difficult at times to make sure there was enough work for me for the entire 4 weeks. You realise once you are over there that things just don't always go to plan, as we all know "Fiji time". Overall, it was a great experience, Masi and his family were lovely and so hospitable.

I would definitely recommend volunteering in Fiji with IVI especially for nutrition and naturopathy students who want to gain quality experience. There is a serious need in Fiji in this area. Here is the link to the program I was involved with
www.volunteering.org.au/diabetes-and-nutrition-projects-fiji.html

Matia Floyd - Australia, 2014

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Dec 30, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Involvement Volunteers International

Ok I have some time , so I volunteered in Cambodia through IVI www.volunteering.org.au in Nov 2014 and really liked it! I got to see a few different cities in my time there, which is a bit of a challenge with only being able to travel on weekends, but I made it work. It's drenched in the history of the Khmer rouge and it feels like such a young country because of that.

Oddar meanchey I think especially is still somewhat reeling from its occupation as the last stronghold with samraong being at its centre.

The Volunteer project is really great, everything runs quite smoothly. The volunteer housing is nice, able to house quite a number of volunteers comfortably. Typically it's 4 to a room (2 bunk beds), but I was only very with one other boy (2 for the last week) so I had a lot of space and there was never any issues having to wait for 3 other people to use the bathroom.

I was surprised to find that I was staying much longer than anyone else with 6 weeks, typically it seems most people stay 2-4 weeks at most, with the rare person staying longer. It's certainly seems more of a tourism placement than India appears to be. The volunteers were mostly younger too, 20-25 years old.

The culture week was ok, good introduction to getting used to the town and staying at the home stay. The school was the best part though, it's so nice there. It's a pleasant 15min ride from the homestay on the bikes, which we did 4 times a day, nothing too strenuous. The kids are great, there's 5 levels of which I had the top level, being the only native English speaker there so it made the most sense. The oldest they get its about 12-13 with the occasional older kid.

There isn't really any structure to what you teach, you're essentially allowed to do whatever you want. Which is daunting at first but after a few days it feels natural, and you get to know the kids quickly. Then it's all just kinda routine, get up at 7, eat, ride to school for 8, teach until 11, ride home, eat at 12, rest for 2 hours, ride back to school at 2, teach until 5, ride home, eat dinner at 6, talk, sleep, repeat. It's nice.

The Cambodian teachers are very helpful when you need to explain something but in general I had no problems with the kids. We played a lot of football which was good haha.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Dec 30, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

International Humanity Foundation

My Name is Vijay and I was an IT Professional. Now I am changing my career to Teaching English after completing the TESOL Course.

After having completed the TESOL Course in Bali, Indonesia, I was privileged to spend a month of quality time at IHF, Bali among the children and volunteer's of IHF.

I had the opportunity to be an hands-on English Teacher for Young Learners and Teenagers from the age of 8 to 16. It was very educational, and I learned alot of teaching knowledge from the time I spent here. Mainly, the different ways the Kids interact and the enthusiasm for learning.

There is so much satisfaction teaching kids and nothing can surpass the joy of helping others. Its great volunteering at IHF, Bali. I was really touched by the kindness of the kids, and I also had a chance to give back to the community in a meaningful way.

IHF in Bali gave me a opportunity to volunteer in the education center, to teach English classes to different ages of students as the students get to learn only a minimal English at the School. The friends I made at this center will surely live in my heart for a long time. The experience has been a very good experience in my life. Anyone looking to make a difference in the world, help children, the community and make great memories with some amazing people should join IHF.

This experience is a very good memory which will always remain throughout my life. All the volunteer's at IHF helped me very much at making this experience a success and also very educational.

IHF provides good meals and housing. The living conditions were suitable for any person from any part of the world since there were volunteer's from almost all parts of the world.

As a work-study volunteer, you get to be part of a team and complete tasks assigned by the respective Team Director. This is helpful for every volunteer to work as a team and communicate with other team members for a real life work experience.

At IHF, I had managed a class with around 4 students to a class with more than 20 students. Its a satisfying experience in my life. Through volunteering in IHF, around the most underprivileged families, you can become down to earth and also know the amount of facilities that the underprivileged families have. I highly recommend IHF to all who want to make a difference in their life and give back to the community and be selfless.

It's a experience that I will always cherish for the rest of my life and will do the same in your life too.

Wish you all a very Happy New Year 2015.

Best Wishes
Vijay

Program: TEFL
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Dec 26, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Last year, I spent two months volunteering at Mwanayamala Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. There, I rotated through the different departments of the hospital, bandaging wounds, growing lab samples, observing surgeries, and conversing with doctors. The doctors at Mwanayamala Hospital were incredibly friendly and taught me a lot about medicine, infectious disease, and Tanzania. Several of them even took the volunteers out for lunch a couple times. Outside of my time at the hospital, I was also able to visit breathtaking beaches and waterfalls, and go on a safari with other volunteers. Although I didn't always feel safe in Dar es Salaam, because it is a large city with a certain amount of crime, the support provided by Projects Abroad was amazing. They gave me a tour of the city on my first day, made sure I knew how to make my way around town, and they were very easily accessible for any sort of assistance throughout my stay. Volunteering with Projects Abroad also helped me become comfortable with travel abroad and helped me discover my passion for service and for public health. Although Projects Abroad is quite pricy, the memories I gained and the friendships I've formed are priceless.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Dec 25, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
7

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