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Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I had the time of my life volunteering in the 2 week Ghana children for Africa program. This hands on program and direct work teaching children really indulged me into the Krobo culture mentally and physically. This program was also very safe and I highly recommend it to any other teens in high school whom want a unique experience away from home. I made friends there that I will hold close to my heart forever and share the common interest of service work. I learned the true value of thankfulness of all I have and came home appreciating my teachers and living conditions so much more. Thank you GLA.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Jan 5, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

From June - July, 2016 I volunteered with the Diving and Marine Conservation Project with Projects Abroad for four weeks. I had an incredibly welcoming and fun experience from the moment I stepped off the plane and met one of the staff members to the moment I left the project to continue my travels across SE Asia. I was instantly made comfortable in a country that was foreign to me, from the drive to the placement by talking with the staff member and having all of my questions answered. When I arrived at the placement, I met the other volunteers, was shown my room, and was introduced to the everything on site. On my first day, the volunteers and I went kayaking through the mangroves, a little drive away from our placement, which was such a fun experience and allowed me to get to know some of the other volunteers better. Over the weekend, some of the volunteers and I went hiking in town and did some other adventurous activities such as zip-lining. Since I arrived on a Friday, I received my official induction into the program on the Monday with another staff member that showed the other new volunteer and I around town, and it gave us the opportunity to purchase anything we may have needed, in addition to having lunch at a local restaurant. During my time in Thailand, I had the opportunity to learn how to scuba dive according to the PADI regulations, which then allowed me to learn how to survey the coral reefs we were studying. In addition, we learned how to properly identify various fish and marine life and how to differentiate coral, all while cleaning up the Andaman Sea by collecting any debris, nets, and garbage floating in the waters. 3/5 of our volunteer days comprised of diving, either at the Phi Phi islands or at local islands, with the other volunteer days engaging in other activities such as conducting shoreline cleanups, educating students at local schools, transplanting mangroves trees, planting trees, etc. Each day we were fed delicious and plentiful meals by the staff at the placement and everyone highly enjoyed the food! On our weekends, we often embarked on day trips within the local area to sight-see, and participate in various excursions, such as attending a Thai cooking school, visiting the famous Railay Beach, and hiking the steps of Tiger Cave Temple for example. Overall, I had an amazing experience with Projects Abroad. From the friendly and welcoming staff, to the volunteers I met and became friends with from around the world, to the meaningful and fulfilling volunteer work we engaged in, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I'm incredibly thankful to have learned as much as I did and to have met the staff and volunteers I volunteered with in Thailand, and now have memories to last a lifetime!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Jan 4, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

My volunteering work at an orphanage in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala through Institute for Field Research Expeditions was an enriching, smooth and amazing experience. The demeanor of the personnel at IFRE from the first point of contact to the completion of the program was very professional and good.

I was working at an orphanage that had around 27 babies and kids and was accountable for taking care of the kids by organizing games, teaching them songs, playing with them, etc. IFRE gave utmost care to my comfort in settling into a new responsibility and made sure that their personnel (Carla, in my case) was there with me all the time to help out in my interactions and work. The place was very safe and a brief orientation given at the beginning of the program went a long way in acquainting myself with the culture and practices of the country.

Special accolades to Oscar Gomez, the IFRE counterpart in Guatemala. He is a thorough gentleman who meticulously planned my pick-up, accommodation, placement and subsequent follow-ups. There was an instance where the banks in Quetzaltenango would not exchange USDs for Quetzals. Oscar went out of his way to help me out in the dire situation.

I will highly recommend the IFRE volunteering program not only to US citizens but to everybody across the globe.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Jan 4, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I signed up in September and actually began my volunteering experience in November 2016 through December 2016. I flew from Boston, MA to Nairobi, Kenya and was picked up by the In-Country Coordinator, Barnabas and his friend, Jackson. The two brought me to Barnabas' house to meet his family and welcome me to Kenya. I spent the next few days with Barnabas and Jackson visiting an orphanage and school that Barnabas oversees and then going on a 3-day safari in the Masai Mara that Barnabas arranged. The safari was terrific, staying with locals and seeing some amazing wildlife. When that ended I spent another evening at Barnabas' home and was then driven to a bus station where I took a bus to Voi and was picked up by by the Park Rangers from Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary where I was to stay fro the next month, helping rangers with their duties monitoring the game preserve. Over the next month I became close with all of the rangers, each who lived in the sanctuary with their families and children. I spend days learning the local culture, working with the rangers to remove poaching traps and herding private cattle off the preserve. I ate what they ate, slept where they slept and generally assimilated into their daily routine. Each ranger was unique and welcoming and all were supportive and helpful. I was pleased to find that during my time in Kenya, everywhere I went I had quality cell phone coverage. I brought my T-Mobile service with me and I was connected to both voice and data almost 24/7. I never once found myself concerned about security or safety and I never experienced any illnesses or discomfort from food that I ate or water that I bathed in or drank. When my program ended I was picked up in Voi by Barnabas and Jackson who then drove me back to Nairobi where I stayed again at Barnabas' home for a few nights until I returned to the U.S. Overall, without any doubt, all the people involved in this program were exceptional, kind, helpful and honest. I can't recommend enough IFRE, Barnabas, Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary and Kenya in general. I'd be happy to provide advice and references to anyone interested in going.

- Chris Macheras

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Jan 3, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I went on the Children of Africa 3 week trip in Ghana! There is so much to say! GLA gave me an opportunity I never thought I could have at this young of an age. I was able to make a difference in peoples lives, at the age of 16! Like anyone would be, I was nervous at first! I mean who wouldn't be, but as soon as i stepped foot into Ghana i was overcome with excitement! Me and the other students on my flight were welcomed right away at the gate by mentors from GLA! Throughout the first few days we were introduced to all our fellow students and our mentors we would be living with for the next 3 weeks! Then things really got started! I started brick making! And teaching! and going on excursions! it was beyond amazing! I fell in love with it all! The people who i lived with, that the first day i called strangers, I now called family. Everyday i got to meet new people, try new things, and learn new amazing things! Because of this trip, I am a better person, I try new things, and i view things with a different, more positive eye. I would not trade this trip for anything and because of this trip it made me realize i want to volunteer in my future more.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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