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Frontier

I volunteered abroad for Frontier in Costa Rica in March and loved absolutely every second of it. I did things that I have never done before, saw tons of animals that I never would have had the opportunity of seeing in the wild, and saw breath taking views of Costa Rica. The staff were awesome and made me feel very comfortable and at home. The only thing that I didn't like about the project was that I signed up for the Climate Change Project and I didn't really do anything related to climate change. If I knew that that was how it would be, I would have just signed up for the big cats, primates, and turtles project (which is essentially what I did). Nonetheless, I had an amazing experience volunteering abroad with Frontier, which I was I was looking for overall. DEFINITELY CHOOSE ANY COSTA RICA PROJECT OFFERED.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Apr 8, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

This trip was absolutely far beyond what I would have imagined. My experience was very hands on and I learned everything from cast molding to sutures. The staff in the hospital was very helpful. Volunteering at the hospital gave me a whole bunch of trauma related surprises on a daily basis. At the clinic I was treating infected wounds, diabetic ulcers, taking out sutures, ear irrigations, and abbess draining. Seeing such a wide variety of patients was defiantly mind blowing. At the hospital, the Emergency department was defiantly busy and I had the opportunity to learn how to suture, treat and manage gunshot wounds, fractures, and triage. I was fortunate enough to visit labor and delivery for a small rotation and was allowed to participate in a delivery. Also, I found a lot of the interns to be around my age and got along with them very well. I even found myself hanging out with them outside of the hospital. A lot of the interns spoke English as well which I saw to be helpful to the other volunteers who did not speak Spanish. There was one weekend where we were a part of a medical brigade in Sambo Creek. This was another great experience where we were providing care to people who could not make it out to the city. Here I assisted dentists in tooth extractions, and again found everyone to be very open to teaching in informative.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Apr 7, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I went with this program to Jaipur, India the summer of 2014 where I volunteered in an orphanage 5 days a week for two weeks and traveled around to see the Taj Mahal, Dharamshala, the Pakistani border and other sites we really couldn't miss. At the time, I was fifteen, a few years younger than their standard age limit, but I was able to assured them of my maturity and get in to the program with a 17 year-old friend of mine. Both our parents were nervous to send their teenage daughters half-way around the world to India, but we found Sankalp to be really safe and enlightening. The volunteering was very rewarding and authentic, it was unlike anything else I'd ever experienced. The children are in such need of simple care and love, it was incredible to feel like I was making a difference in someone's life every day. Sankalp provided transportation to and from volunteer locations every day for each of the programs in Jaipur. In the afternoons and weekends, we were free to discover Jaipur and its surroundings for ourselves as long as we were back at the house by curfew (9 pm on weekdays). This allowed for exploration of the Bazaars, nearby temples, and forts. The other volunteers were all very friendly and I made several long lasting friendships. The volunteer housing was comfortable, we slept in bunk beds and shared bathrooms with 3 other volunteers. There was air conditioning at night, a kitchen and a living room/lounge area. We had two authentic Indian meals a day cooked for us and were told where to go for groceries to make ourselves breakfast. The travel week at the end of my stay was also very comfortable, we were always well accommodated and stayed in safe, clean locations. One of the program directors, Pranay, goes with volunteers for this portion of the trip. We spent a few days hiking in the Himalayas which was beautiful and refreshing while not too challenging. My family is very active so I had no problem with the hike and volunteers less prepared than I all made it to the camp at the end of our hike. That said, it wasn't easy, but it's nothing to worry about. My friend and I had unusual flights home and had to travel separately from the other volunteers to the airport but Sankalp took initiative to arrange safe transport and help us get to our flight home on time. Overall it was a priceless experience. I never felt unsafe, abandoned or babied. My only regret was that I didn't stay longer.
If you're thinking about volunteering in India, I encourage you to choose Sankalp and if you do send my love to the kids at the orphanage, Puni, Pranay and Anita.
Feel free to email me with any questions,
Clio

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Apr 7, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

For everyone who's thinking about volunteering with them, DON'T DO IT!!! They stole my money!!

They force you to pay everything in advance and advertise on their website that they will give you back a refund when you don't use all your days/weeks. THIS IS A LIE! They owe me so much money and never gave it back to me. I've been emailing them lots of times and I keep getting the same response. When I call them there's no anwser. And my money? I don't think I will ever see it again.

All I can recommend you is to not volunteer with them because they are thieves and they don't have any integrity at all!!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Apr 7, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I attended the 10 day Beach-Side Service Adventure in the Dominican Republic last summer with Global Leadership Adventures. We stayed in a rustic lodge built by locals. We had running water and home cooked meals three times a day. There was a pool at home base, and we were also right across the street from the ocean. Each day, we took a private bus to different service sites or daytime excursions, and each night we had a leadership discussion.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Apr 6, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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