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I volunteered at three different locations: at an orphanage, a temple, and a preschool. At the orphanage, I had the opportunity to run around with a group of 3~5-year-olds. Even though they have very caring employees who live with the kids, I sensed that the kids were deprived of love. I felt this way on the first day I volunteered there—most of the kids asked for a hug in spite of the fact that we have just met for the first time. My interactions with the kids convinced me that the kids need as much attention and love as possible. I was fortunate enough to be able to give a small amount of attention and love, but I believe that each kid needs more care and love, which can only be provided by people.
At a temple, I taught English to monks of different ages. I faced some challenged since I did not speak sufficient Sinhala and they had different English fluency. My program coordinator asked me to mainly have some conversations with them in English, so that they can practice speaking. At first, they were shy, but eventually they started speaking to me in English. I would not say that it was the most productive English class, but I still cherish the time I spent with the monks.
Lastly, I also volunteered at a preschool. The kids there were very well-behaved. My job mainly consisted of playing with them and teaching them different colors in English. I do not remember any struggles with these kids. I had a very pleasant experience just interacting with them and communicating with the teachers.

What I described above is just a glimpse of my time in Sri Lanka. The more I immersed myself deeper into the Sinhala culture, the more meaningful experience I had. Also, words cannot possibly describe how kindly my host family, the Ferreira family, treated me over the course of my volunteering. My sincere and huge appreciation goes to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, the kids and teachers who allowed me to volunteer with them, and the warm Ferreira family.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Aug 4, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Involvement Volunteers International

Thanks heaps!
Highlights;
Working in a rural community and helping out the school and meeting some great people both local and other travellers.

Team, food and accommodation;
Everyone was friendly and helpful and they answered any questions that were asked. It was great to talk about the current project and the direction of where the school was heading.

The food was good, understanding it was a rural town there wasn’t too big of an expectation. All the food was tasty and filling.

The accommodation was perfect, clean and in a good area away from noise. It helped being with other respectful volunteers.

I think the program that is being run is good and keeps everyone busy, very happy with my time there.

Kind Regards

Jarrad Lawrence

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Aug 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

NGO Abroad

I found the team at NGO Abroad to be excellent - they were professional, and also patient and personable. They had a wealth of knowledge about various programs in various countries (and a wealth of patience with me while I chose) - and when I did choose, a wealth of knowledge about everything from necessary vaccinations, travelling, and what to expect from day to day life when I arrived.

I volunteered on a cervical cancer awareness-raising programme that was being newly implemented. My role was to develop and help deliver sensitisations in rural communities, with visual aids either hand-made by myself and other staff, or kindly shared with us by other local sexual health services. Later, my role also involved helping to arrange the provision of free screenings by visiting and speaking with other local organisations with the resources to provide this service. As all these activities are all funding-dependent, a portion of my role also involved helping to complete funding applications. At the time of my departure, the organisation was planning to continue conducting sensitisations, but the provision of more screenings to members of rural communities was on brief hiatus until more funding was available.

My host home was safe and welcoming, as of course were the staff at the NGO where I volunteered, who ensured I knew my way around, and checked in with me regularly to see that I was doing ok. I felt very well looked after,and am so grateful to have had the opportunity to lend my efforts to their work, and experience their beautiful country and culture.

I am hugely grateful to the team at NGO Abroad for providing such a personalised, thorough and affordable service, and for their patience and generosity of spirit. They will be my first port of call when I next intend to volunteer abroad. Thank you guys so much!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Jul 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Involvement Volunteers International

Thank you. This was an amazing trip and probably the most rewarding experience of my life. I really enjoyed every aspect of it. Here is my feedback:

Highlights of the trip:

The cultural experience and being able to live with locals and having the opportunity to experience the local life style. I also really enjoyed my teaching project. My highlight was teaching my grade 6 class and being able to notice an improvement in their English during my 2 weeks. This really made me happy to see that I have made a difference.

Comments on the team, food and accommodation:

The coordinators at Green Lion were very friendly and always helpful if I needed help with something. Some of the coordinators’ English wasn’t that good but communicating with them was still no issue. The food was mostly at high standards. I enjoy Indonesian food so this was no problem for me, I only would have liked more choice for breakfast. The accommodation was overall good, the bedroom was cleaned regularly and the bathroom was in good condition.

Any improvements to help us be better:

Overall my whole experience was always reaching my expectations and I would not have changed anything. However, I there was an issue at the airport pick up as I was waiting for 5 hours until my driver arrived, even though the coordinators were there when I arrived, and they even told me to come at 2pm. That was not the best start for me but when I got to Lovina everything was fine.

I would also suggest that the coordinators should give more guidelines to the volunteers as others and I were sometimes lost. But in the end we always figured it out.

I hope this helps, I would again like to say that this was an amazing and mind-opening experience. I have learnt a lot from the locals, fellow volunteers and also the kids that I was teaching. I will never forget this and I am looking forward to volunteering again, perhaps in a different country next time.

Best regards,

Alicia Hartung

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Jul 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

The Intern Group

Since the moment I applied to when I arrived everything has worked as It suppose and better, I mean in 2 weeks after I applied the Staff was telling me that there was a company that fit my interest very well, and in a few weeks later every detail was set up for me arriving here. The process is very easy to follow, and you feel you have someone to ask about any step you are doubtful to take.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Chile
Posted: Jul 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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