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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

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I spent 10 weeks in Ghana this past summer and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. IVHQ offered awesome in-country support and provided regular visits to be sure that volunteers were settling in nicely. Both the orphanage and clinic I worked in were very welcoming. The entire staff of IVHQ Ghana was so helpful and friendly. I made great friends from all around the world this summer and I truly felt like we were able to make a difference in the community. I fell in love with Ghana all over again; It was the greatest experience in my life to date!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Oct 1, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Hi Sarah, we are so glad to read that volunteering in Ghana on our Medical project was such a rewarding experience for you. We hope to welcome you onto another IVHQ program again in the future.

Forum Nexus

My month abroad in Europe with Forum Nexus made for the most memorable summer of my life! Studying abroad had always been at the top of my “must-dos” list for college. In five weeks I was able to travel through five different countries and eleven enchanting cities (optional weekend trips). This was my very first trip out of the United States and I couldn’t imagine traveling with a better group of people. Forum Nexus had the most professional, friendly, and knowledgeable staff and professors, and the other students were so interesting and culturally diverse. It was an amazing feeling to be surrounded by others who were as passionate to travel as much as myself. Overall every single country was amazing and had something beautiful and unique to offer each person. I learned so much about Europe, it only fueled my desire to learn and travel more. I made great friends who I still keep in touch with and will carry these memories for a lifetime! I absolutely recommend Forum-Nexus to any college student looking to travel, learn about other cultures, and have an incredible fun and enriching summer!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Europe
Posted: Oct 1, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

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