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Global Crossroad

The monastery where I stayed was awesome. The monks were great and treated you with great respect. I would recommend this opportunity to all men regardless of the age. I am 66 and did not have a difficult time fitting in.
The supporting staff were attentive and I really found the language program beneficial. I'm convince that these people really want to make a difference.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Nov 14, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Go Abroad China (GAC) ***Warning Fake Reviews***

I went to Beijing to do a Business internship, which I applied via Go Abroad China (GAC). My experience was fairly positive. The internship itself was alright, it was in an import-export company. My advise for anyone thinking about interning in Chins is to focus on the job roles, from my experience, it is very important to clear that right from the start. I was only in Beijing for a month, which just a short internship but I also had to keep in mind my small budget, but I must say GAC really tried to fit me. It was a good plan to arrange an internship together with accommodation, personally those two points were the most important ones. As for accommodation, try not to expect anything luxurious not unless you are willing to pay for it, plus Chinese apartments are a bit small actually. Good luck!

Program: Gap Year
Location: China
Posted: Nov 13, 2016
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Loop Abroad

This past summer I did the 2 week college vet program through Loop Abroad. It was the best experience of my life! I was highly impressed that they had vets that were there just to teach students. Usually as a student I have gotten to follow a vet around and try to learn as I frantically try not to get in the way. With Loop Abroad we all have a checklist of skills we have to master such as drawing blood, placing IV catheters, and even assisting in surgery, I felt like I was really making a difference in the lives of these animals.. The vets had classroom sessions with us, which I initially though were going to be a bore but in the end they were fun and exciting and really helped me get the most out of my experience. Working with elephants was definitely the highlight of my trip with them, and I'm even thinking of doing their semester program next year since I can get credit through my school for it. It is a bit pricey and unless you make your own group of 8, you are stuck with people you may not necessary mesh well with. This being said I did make life long friends and learned so much I feel like I'm a step ahead of the other pre-vet students and have a leg up when it comes to applying to vet school.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Nov 12, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I spent 6 weeks volunteering with the Slum Teaching program in India and it was an amazing experience that I will never forget. From the beginning to the very end you are supported and looked after. I was so nervous arriving in India alone but once I was met by the IVHQ staff at the airport all my worries disappeared. Definitely do the week long orientation, you get to see so much of India plus you will establish life long friendships with the other volunteers during this week. It also helps you to immerse yourself in the Indian culture so you won't be faced with culture shock once you start volunteering! The Hindi language lessons are fun and you'll learn the basics to make communication a little easier with the kids.
The kids at the school are so amazing! They are kind, caring, funny and sweet and despite not having much they always have a smile on their faces. They are eager to learn and it is so rewarding working with them. They will probably teach you as much as you will teach them!
A great feature of this program is having your afternoons and weekends to explore India. I did trips away every weekend and managed to see so much of this beautiful country in my spare time.
The host family you stay with are so welcoming and will help you with anything you need- directions, advice, translating, booking weekends away, nothing is too much for them. You really feel like part of the family and now I have a second home in India.
This really is a once in a lifetime experience and I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to make a difference while being fully immersed in the Indian culture. Come with an open mind and treasure every moment!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Nov 11, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

NGO Abroad

I wanted to do some volunteering work for my year abroad as part of my university degree. I decided on the Mujer a Mujer programme via NGOabroad and I couldn't recommend them enough.
Ann is very helpful and willing to answer all of your questions. This is a real company, because I questioned it at first, but it's just very good and worth the money.
The project has been very good for me; eye opening and totally beneficial. This was the perfect programme for me and that's why NGOabroad is so good because they help you choose what's so well suited to you.
My one issue is that I'm a big worrier and I like to do my research and before you pay any money the information that is given to you is very limitied. Eventually it all worked out but that was my one reservation with this company.
Overall, I had a great experience and I'm so happy that I did it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Nov 9, 2016
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
8

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