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A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Through this program, I have been able to experience a once in a life time opportunity. Not only to help those in Nepal, which included women, children, and those in the villages and in the city of Kathmandu, but to also have a time to explore this incredible country. ABV brought me together with wonderful, open minded people that allowed us to explore ways for us to help the community in their schools, on the farm, and through the medical clinics in both villages. I found myself engrossed in the ways of the Nepali women, and enjoyed everything, from de-licing children to helping teachers improve their English so they can better teach the Nepali children. The 8 weeks I was there, I would like to think I made an improvement, no matter how small, and that I had an impact on the women there. I hope they always remain as strong as I remember them, and I hope to go back again with ABV's help to do more work in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Feb 3, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Since arriving on Mafia Island in September last year, my time has gone so fast and I'm not ready to go home. The people who have become my friends out here, staff locals and volunteers, have made it a truly great experience and I am thankful to have met everyone. The locals are very welcoming and the children in the village hold your hand and follow you around. Although it is tempting on days off to lie on the beach, there are many small islands, lagoons and villages to visit to waste your time like that. Six out of seven days a week I am out surveying all kinds of animals and plants from hippo's to mangroves and it has taught me so much. The work out here that we do can have a real benefit on the local fauna and flora and you can see the progress that each day is having on the scientific data.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Feb 3, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

It was an unbelievable experience to go to Zambia and work in an organisation that has a clear vision on how to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youths. I just hope I was able to contribute something towards them achieving change down the track. There is certainly a lot of lobbying of policy makers to be done so that is the coordinator's vision can be realised. I also really enjoyed getting to know the locals and fitting in to daily life there. It certainly was not nearly as rough as TV sometimes makes out. I will hopefully get back to visit soon.
I loved the time I went to Church and being amongst all of the gospel singing and dancing. I was the only fool wearing shorts and no doubt the only person in the room that couldn't move my hips but it was still probably the coolest moment of the trip. If Church was a little more like that at home I'm sure I'd attend more often.
It was surprising how readily available anything I needed or wanted was. I was not expecting to frequent huge supermarkets, great steakhouses or gourmet thai restaurants when travelling to Lusaka. The city is a lot more advanced than what I was expecting, but there is also a huge discrepancy in wealth distribution and the gap between rich and poor is far more prevalent than what I'd experienced before.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: Feb 1, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Almost two years ago, I decided that I wanted to do some sort of volunteer work in a foreign country. At the time, I was a pre-med student, so I settled on a medical internship. That was the easy part. After I decided what I wanted to do, I had to choose a program and a country. I googled something like "volunteering abroad," and one of the first sites to pop up was Projects Abroad. After exploring the site and reading reviews, I decided that the program was perfect for me! At this point, I had the two of the three parts needed to start my trip. I looked at the Projects Abroad map, and looked for the country that was farthest away from my home. That's how I settled on Nepal as my temporary home for a month.

I landed in Kathmandu, Nepal with an information packet and a list of contact numbers. My airport pick-up was arranged by Projects Abroad through the hotel that I would be staying at for the next couple of days. The next morning, I was met by one of the Projects Abroad coordinators, who went over my information packet with me and answered my questions. The coordinator was incredibly helpful and made me feel very comfortable.

The next morning, I boarded a bus to Chitwan, a small, rural town four hours away from Kathmandu. I was escorted by a Nepalese man employed by Projects Abroad. I was shocked when the bus finally stopped in the middle of nowhere--which turned out to be my final destination. I have to say I absolutely LOVED Chitwan, which was largely due to the amazing host family I stayed with. My host family consisted of a husband, wife, and their two sons. They were all so welcoming and helped me get used to my new surroundings.

Every morning, I walked about 8 minutes to a tuk tuk (rickshaw) stop, and rode it to the equivalent of main street in Chitwan. I then walked a short distance to the hospital where I had to opportunity to be assigned to a variety of departments. I learned a lot about how medicine is performed in Nepal and I even got to observe a few surgeries. I had an absolutely priceless and life-changing experience and I never once felt unsafe while in Nepal. Projects Abroad provided some amazing coordinators and staff who were on site to help guide me and the other amazing volunteers.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Feb 1, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
8

RCDP Nepal

This was the first time I traveled abroad to volunteer, and overall, it was a great experience.
Because our flight landed quite late in Guatemala City, the in-country coordinator arranged for us a night with a host family in Guatemala City before actually taking the bus the next day to Xela, where the project was located. The service with the host family in Guatemala City was excellent. The meals were great, the shelter was also great, and the family was very welcoming.
Our host family in Xela also provided us with amazing service. They made me feel very comfortable at their house.
As for the volunteering project itself, it was a little hard at the beginning to interact with the children at the orphanage because there was no staff to guide us through our volunteer work, and also the language barrier made it more difficult. However, after a few days, we started feeling more comfortable at the orphanage. The children there were very nice to us the volunteers and they were also happy to see us.
Because the volunteering project only lasted a couple hours per day, we had time to visit Xela.
The only thing I have to reproach was the slow communication before the departure, but I still received all the information I needed in time.
I recommend RCDP-Nepal to other future volunteers!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Feb 1, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
8

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