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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Slum teaching with IVHQ has been amazing! I volunteered in the little angels school right in the middle of Faridabad, Delhi for 3 weeks and it has been such a rewarding experience.
It has been a real hands on project and we helped the children with English and maths in the mornings the had freedom in the afternoon to decide yourself what activities that you would like to do with the children, which was so much fun! It is emotionally challenging and working with these children who have so little yet are so happy and eager to learn really pulls on the heartstrings, but i felt so privileged to be there and to actually have the opportunity to work with those who appreciate and need our help.

The IVHQ staff have been brilliant and are contactable 24/7 for anything you need help with or any questions you have no matter how small. One member of staff even personally took me to the doctors when I wasn't feeling too good. They really feel like an extended family rather than staff! So warm and friendly! Orientation week was so much fun and I would definitely recommend it to other volunteers who are thinking of doing the project. Its a great way to meet other volunteers from around the world and we spent the next three weekends together going on trips to Pushkar, Varanasi and Dharamsala.

Living with a host family was one of the best parts of the project, they were so welcoming and we really felt at home living with them. The accommodation was perfect and our host mum is a seriously good cook! We enjoyed so many delicious traditional indian meals. She even let us help prepare them with her to learn how to make them when we wanted.

All in all this project has been everything I had hoped for and more, I am happy I chose IVHQ to do it with. Other volunteer projects are so expensive in comparison which is one of the main reasons I chose IVHQ and there was definitely no compromising! They even explained to us exactly where all of the money goes and what percentages are spent on what.
10/10 for this project! would definitely recommend and I'll be looking into what other projects I can do next! Thank you IVHQ!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Mar 30, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Active Internationals

Active Internationals will always remain on top of all the lists of organisations I ever recommend. I am really happy that I participate in their program.

I booked for an 8 week animal rescue program in Jaipur, where I was aligned to an amazing place for working with animals.
I got hands on experience in animal care, and animal rescue. I was also the store-keeper for the medicines.

By he time I was in my 5th week of volunteering all the animals, specially the small rabbits became great friends.

At the volunteer house I made many international friends, who were from many different countries and backgrounds. The whole experience of living in such an international environment was great.

We went through a lot of workshops and activities. The staff was also very helpful. I will miss them all.

Not to forget - I am bowled over by the Indian food. Even after coming back home I try some recipes.

Love,
Malsyhka

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Mar 30, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Concordia Volunteers

Concordia volunteers are a great organisation. I went to Nepal through them in 2011. Since then I have volunteered with them in the UK and am going to South Korea this year through them. The staff are so supportive and everyone volunteering in a developing country must go on a training day to ensure that they are fully briefed on their experience before going. The staff cannot do enough to help volunteers and work so hard to make sure that volunteering overseas is ethical, safe and meaningful. The projects are very affordable and as they are a charity you know that all the fees are going back into improving the service. Going to Nepal was an amazing experience and Concordia made sure I was fully prepared including making sure I had a hostel booked when I arrived and was picked up from the airport. I lived and volunteered in an orphanage in the Himalayas and can honestly say that it was a life changing and amazing experience. I would recommend overseas volunteering and Concordia volunteers to everyone.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Mar 29, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Give a Heart To Africa

This is a review of my three weeks volunteering with Give Your Heart To Africa [GHTA] in Moshi Tanzania.

It was an excellent volunteer experience from the beginning to end. I was met at the Kilimanjaro Airport by the founder and coordinator Monika Fox. The 10 month program itself is for women wanting further education in order to set up a business and become independent. The program has three aspects - English, Vocational Training and Business. It is very well organized with excellent teaching/learning resources. I was involved in teaching English. The woman are enthusiastic, hard working and a joy to teach.

The classes are taught on-site in the mornings from Monday to Thursday. The accommodation for the six volunteers is good and secure. In terms of meals - volunteers are responsible for preparing breakfast and lunch while dinner is prepared every evening.

Overall the founder and coordinator, Monika Fox ensures a well organized and smooth running non-profit volunteer experience.
I would highly recommend GHTA as a meaningful and excellent volunteer experience in Tanzania

Program: TEFL
Location: Africa
Posted: Mar 27, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I’m very glad that I chose this program in Honduras with A Broader View, the location, and to go over Spring Break. A Broader View was a great choice because of large amount of support and information given to me before and during my stay. The location was good because it was close (a short plane trip), good weather, friendly people, and very impactful with its culture and economy. The short time period was a good choice because it allowed me to have enough time to adjust but also ensure that if I did not like the program (since it was my first time traveling abroad for medical volunteering), I would return home soon. I learned a lot in how imperative it is to be able to improvise, think on the spot, communicate in a profession, understand and become integrated within a culture, and analyze a situation to find the underlying problems. I plan to do more of this kind of work once I improve my Spanish and experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: USA
Posted: Mar 27, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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