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RCDP Nepal

Hi There!

My name is Sam and I'm from Minnesota, USA. My girlfriend and I decided to come to Sri Lanka to do some volunteering through RCDP because they had great reviews and it was rather affordable.

Planning for the trip was quick and relatively easy. RCDP lined us up with our host family and the communication we had with them was great. Our host was Michael and his family. Michael told us exactly what we needed for our trip and had a ride pick us up at the airport. Easy, easy, easy.

Michael has a beautiful home right on the beach in Galle. The house can become a bit full with other volunteers, but if you are social and willing to meet new people this will not be an issue for you. All of the other volunteers we stayed with were very warm, funny, and outgoing.

We are provided with three meals a day. I was a bit nervous about the food at first because I have never traveled overseas, but Michael's wife is a phenomenal cook and all of the meals were plentiful and delicious.

Lot's of things to do near Michaels, and the most popular would be the beaches or the Fort. Michael does, however, have a 10pm curfew. Some see this as an issue, but most of us are very tired by 10pm so the curfew doesn't matter at all. If you want to stay out on weekends, hostels are cheap and also add to the experience.

We spent two weeks at the children's orphanage. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it was very fun and rewarding. The kids, although they can be difficult at times, are so full of energy and life that it's impossible not to fall in love with each and every one of them. Remember, this is their culture, and it may be different from yours. Respect their rules and their way of doing things. The Teacher at the orphanage is great, but some of the assistants may come off as a little harsh to the children, but, again, they are in charge. They are definitely open to suggestions and new games/songs/ etc., so don't be afraid to speak up, but also don't be discouraged if your ideas are shot down.

Transportation is rather easy and Michael will line things up for you. The cost can add up, however, so don't be afraid to bargain. The cost of a Tuk Tuk should be right around 30-50 rupees for a mile or 1km. Bargaining is very fun, so do it! (150 rupees from the fort to michaels.)

Michael's family works very hard for all of the volunteers. It was an amazing two weeks and I highly recommend this place to everyone. We have become good friends with Michael and his family, and we will surely miss them!

Sri Lanka is amazing, go visit!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Jul 26, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Humanity Foundation

My name is Yanyi and I’m from Shanghai, China. I’m currently spending 4 weeks in total at IHF Jakarta center. My main local task is to teach English to first to fourth grade. Since teaching small children can be very hard for beginners like me, the staff here has been incredibly helpful. And when you see the children giving their efforts to learn and making progress, it’d be eventually worth it. Plus, the children are really cute :) I first came to Jakarta partly because I wanted to see Indonesia’s culture and local life, which would be new and exciting for me. But now I’m here, the more impressive thing I’ve found is how warm the people in Jakarta are, even though it’s such a big city. I have learned a lot from my colleagues, students as well as the local people and I’m very glad that I made the choice to come here.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Jul 26, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

CAPA International Education

I have nothing but praises for the CAPA International Education program and especially Rachelle Douillard-Proulx and Colin Speakman. As an admittedly over-protective mother, I was very concerned about the safety of my daughter and going to Beijing to study abroad. CAPA could not have been more responsive and helpful in providing information to allay my fears and concerns. While there, my daughter enjoyed learning about the Chinese culture, going to school, and doing an internship with a local business. Lastly, I can’t say enough about how Rachelle and Colin went above and beyond in assisting us in celebrating my daughter’s 21st birthday while in China. I could not have asked for a more personalized, safe, overall amazing experience, for all of us, especially my daughter Jennie. Thank you CAPA!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Jul 25, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI)

When I chose to volunteer with AFAWI I was looking for a hands-on development field work experience with a local NGO. Working with AFAWI not only fulfilled this goal, but taught me more than I could have imagined about working in African development.

I stayed with AFAWI for two months, focusing on the Livelihood microfinance project. Working day in and day out in local communities gave me a far more visceral understanding of poverty alleviation than I had ever learned from a textbook or sitting in a university lecture.

In no way did AFAWI dictate the terms and objectives of the project I worked on. Instead, I was given far more responsibility than I had ever had in previous jobs and internships.

From the start, myself and the other volunteers were allowed the space to make key decisions, lead financial training seminars, carry out business data analysis, and undertake monitoring and evaluation in the field.

In addition to the invaluable field-work experience, I learned about the inner workings of a local NGO and how to work productively alongside colleagues from countries as diverse as Bosnia, UK, Mexico, China, and Ghana.

In sum, AFAWI affords its volunteers a cooperative environment fostering project creativity and a unique balance of support and autonomy to coordinate effective and hands-on development projects.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 25, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
9

Frontier

Dany's A+ Turtle Review!!!

I really enjoyed so much about being here, even if it didnt seem like it when i was in the sun. Night Survey was super interesting, working so close to turtles in the wild. Morning survey too, especially when i relocated a nest. The environment here is amazing, how the only things that matter are the turtles and what im going to do in my hammock is in the sun. The evenings were so fun, with the games and parties that were thrown. Every staff member and volunteer has been so nice and helpful and awesome to be around.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Greece
Posted: Jul 25, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
10

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