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A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I had an excellent experience working with this program in La Serena. When first arriving at the orphanage I was surprised at how much the children and tias immediately trusted us. It took some times for us to adjust to the way things were run especially since Sam and I did not have experience working with young kids. Though we knew it would be no means be an easy job working at the orphanage, we were definitely taken a back by some of things we saw. That being said this has been a life-changing experience and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.Throughout the past three weeks I have learned a great deal about the Chilean culture and about myself all while being able to contribute something to the wonderful kids and workers at the orphanage.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Chile
Posted: Oct 4, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Frontier Madagascar was easily the best thing I could have done since leaving school. From the second you arrive everyone is so kind and willing to give you any tips that make adjusting to life there that much easier. From all of the amazing animals i saw to the great people i met i would recommend this for anyone looking to get outside their comfort zone. This was a truly once in lifetime experience that was worth every penny.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Oct 2, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Volunteer Network (GVN)

I volunteered on the GVN Brazil Program this September and it was by far the most rewarding, eye opening and heartwarming experience I've ever had. GVN supported me before, during and after my trip and is always there to answer any questions you may have.

During my stay in Rocinha, I was working and living with wonderful volunteers from all over the world. I did the Teaching Program so I got to teach smart and enthusiastic kids every afternoon, as well as equally amazing adults some days of the week. At night we got to do some locals classes which was a lot of fun as well, I've never met more welcoming and friendly people than the ones in Rocinha!

The children running up to you yelling "Teacher!", grabbing your hands and hugging you, will put a smile on your face every single day. The lessons are great because the kids are genuinely happy to be there and eager to learn, especially when you put in the effort to make everything interesting for them (singing songs, playing games, reading stories, letting them act things out and draw, asking people to come up front to point things out etc.).

Arriving in a favela by yourself is daunting of course, especially when you don't speak Portuguese. All I can say is that it's SO worth it to jump in head first and go for it, you will not regret it. Sure, it won't always be easy but that just makes you a stronger, more independent person. The people you meet, the experiences you have, the things you visit in Rio will stay with you forever. My main advice: stay as long as you can!! I was only there for a couple of weeks and I so wish I could have stayed longer.

Thanks to GVN and the local Brazil Program, I can't wait to come back some day!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Brazil
Posted: Oct 2, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

International Humanity Foundation

This is the second time I come to Bali center, I never thought about that I will come back. But now I’m here.
I’ll stay Bali center for 5 months at this time. I’m very glad that many children know me by name. I also remember these children: Icha, Goga, Putu, Meri, Melinda……I miss them very much. And I also happy I can see Hanna and Gregor again, I adapted to the center’s life soon in Hanna’s help.
Everything of center gets in order. The children have some change happening, Some kids are very quiet, some kids are very lively, but they are not shy any more.
Now I’d taken the class for four weeks. I really hope that my time don’t walk so fast.

I teach SD1 to SD5, although the course is easy, but also it’s not lightly in class. I will ask students to repeat the word after me. Especially for the sd1
SD1’s kids can’t speak any English I teach them simple word, and teach them to read again and again. Sometimes I pointed to a book, table, desk or eye, nose, hair, let them to speak out the English word.
Sd3’s kids are most naughty. They always like jumping and yelling at the class. It’s not easy to let them listen carefully.
In Sd4, every children’s English level are different, every time I will to teach based on their level., some kids can recite a essay in half hour, but some kids have reading problem. I need to teach them from simply phrase.
There are all girl were came to class in sd5, they are sensible clever girl. It’s easy to teach them.
Sometimes I will give them sticker when they have good performance, they will super happy for this.

Program:
Location: none
Posted: Oct 2, 2014
Overall:
7
Support:
7
Value:
7

Frontier

I spent three and half months working as the Assistant Teaching Coordinator with Frontier Madagascar. I had a really wonderful experience becoming a part of the community. Nosy-be is such a beautiful island, and being able to live and work there was a once in a lifetime experience. One of my favorite things about traveling is being able to immerse myself in a culture as much as possible, therefore I love walking down the street and seeing multiple people I know often stopping to have quick conversations. Almost every person I met was very excited with the work that Frontier is doing in the community, which makes the job extremely worthwhile. The wide range of projects that are offered allowed for many volunteers to come with different skill sets, and I met some very interesting people from many different countries. The rest of the staff is very welcoming and made myself and other newcomers feel right at home. I have also gained so many new skills and knowledge about community development in just a few short months. I would suggest Frontier Madagascar to anyone who is interested in gaining some experience in community development, volunteer management, and/or conservation.

Program:
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Oct 2, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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