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Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I truly wish there were words to adequately describe just how incredible my 3 week trip on the Ghana : Children of Africa program. It was without a doubt the best 21 days of my life. The experience will change students more than they could ever imagine and they will without a doubt never be the same.

My expectations going into the trip were extremely high, but they were more than surpassed. Everything about it was seemingly perfect - the service (teaching & building bricks), cultural activities, housing, food, and workshops. The relationships built are lifelong relationships- the mentors were insightful and more personable than I can describe and the bonds formed with them and especially with the other students are unique in the best way possible. Our group became a family very quickly and to this day they are still some of my greatest friends.

I cannot emphasize enough how highly I would recommend a Global Leadership Adventures trip. The growth that takes place inside of every single person is unimaginable until one actually experiences it. Every high school student NEEDS this experience (although they might not realize it beforehand).

Check out this video I made from my trip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPxi4mRNVWk

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 16, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I am a college student and I wanted to do some kind of service project during my winter break. It was easy to find a project that pertained to my interest areas on Project Abroad's website. I knew I wanted to do something with general care, and I speak Spanish, so going somewhere in South America seemed like a great option! I decided on a care project in Cochabamba, Bolivia where I would volunteer in an orphanage for children with various disabilities. Once I had chosen my project, Projects Abroad staff immediately contacted me about the next steps in booking my trip! After various emails, there were clear and detailed instructions on booking flights, applying for a VISA, getting a criminal background check, etc., which was all necessary before my departure. All of these steps were fairly easy as everything was essentially laid out for me, which was great! I even had the Projects Abroad travel agent book my flights based on the schedule I requested, so that was something else I didn't have to worry about.
When the time for my departure came, every detail about the work I would be doing at my placement, as well as, the family I would be staying with was all on my Projects Abroad website. It made me feel more secure about my trip and I felt relieved knowing what to expect. Once I got to Cochabamba, a staff from the team there greeted me at the airport. It was very easy for us to find each other and I had no issue waiting around. He then took me to my home and I met my family. I was given two days rest to adjust to the new culture and lifestyle and get to know the family I would be staying with for two weeks. After those two days, the staff member who greeted me at the airport showed me around the city and I was able to change money, get to know other volunteers, and the route I would be taking to and from my placement.
The first day volunteering at the orphanage was pretty crazy! The staff member from Projects Abroad seemed to know the site and its staff pretty well, and he stayed with me for an hour or so until I got used to the environment. From then on I was on my own! It was incredible seeing how fast the children warmed up to me and how much they enjoyed my presence. I loved playing with them, and doing some kinds of coloring activities. It was sad that I could only stay for such a short time, and I wish I can go back to Cochabamba and continue my work with the orphanage or another Projects Abroad assignment! It was an experience I will never forget.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Bolivia
Posted: Jan 15, 2016
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

Approaching the end of my college career, I wanted to do something exciting and volunteer abroad. Choosing Projects Abroad was the best decision I have made in my life. The people of Ghana were truly warm and welcoming and helping those in need has changed my life forever. I volunteered at orphanages, leprosy camps, hospitals and community out reaches. The work you are doing for them will pay off once you hear how grateful they are. They truly give you all their blessings for doing simple medical check ups and it is a real eye opener. I will for surely be returning within a few years with the same organization.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 14, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I was in Arusha, Tanzania for ten days. While the trip was roughly short due to my school starting so soon Projects Abroad was so incredibly helpful! They oriented me to the city my first full day in Arusha and provided support before I left. They helped me obtain a visa, a work permit, vaccinations, and placed me with a wonderful host family! My host family was so incredible as well as my placement in the labor ward at Mount Meru Hospital. I got to assist with many births and had a wonderful time learning new things from the doctors, nurses, and students that were in their residency program there.
I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Projects Abroad. They were so supportive and checked in every day to make sure I felt comfortable with my host family as well as my hospital placement. I highly recommend volunteering abroad with Projects Abroad, and of course I recommend going to Arusha for the beautiful people and the beautiful scenery!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Jan 13, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Island TEFL Thailand

My advice is to avoid Island TEFL at all costs. The TEFL certification course falls well short of the 120 hours advertised and has almost no real Thai students to practice on. You will be disappointed. The standard of teaching is poor too. The placement programs are also complete rip-offs. You pay about $500 or even more for just a few days of cultural orientation. Meanwhile, there are loads of placement agencies who give orientation courses for free, because they get payment direct from the school that hires you. Philip Dunne is the guy who runs the courses, and he specialises in insulting and threatening people who give him any kind of problem. Philip Dunne also runs Camp Thailand using the name Philip Roy Crabb. Philip Crabb and Philip Dunne are the same person, and the TEFL courses offered by Camp Thailand are the Island TEFL ones. Court is still out on the actual camp experience for Thai students, but definitely avoid the TEFL courses and placement programs.

Program: TEFL
Location: Thailand
Posted: Jan 13, 2016
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

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