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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

Global Crossroad

I spent almost three weeks in Costa Rica working in two programs. My first week was on the Osa Peninsula in Playa Blanca working with endangered Sea Turtles. I had a blast! After a longggggggg bus ride down from San Jose, we got to the project site. I spend a week learning about the turtles and the surrounding threats to their survival. Each day we had different tasks and responsibilities that enhanced the surrounding area/environments of the turtles as well as capturing turtles to record data (and set them free) in one week I saw two turtles which was awesome- wish we caught more, but that's nature! The staff was great, flexible, knowledgeable and friendly. By the end of the week it felt more like working with my friends as a unit, rather then volunteers taking orders from the research assistants. We ended up spending the weekend together as well.

I loved the diversity of each day- doing something new, learning about another aspect of the environment and the turtles and leaving time for fun and many dips in the ocean! Another highlight was the host family I stayed with. Warm, sweet, and respectful- and I ate like a king for three meals a day! I only wish every volunteer could stay with the family we did. Areas I think could have been a bit better: Although Spansih is not a requirement I HIGHLY suggest you coming down with some baseline knowledge. No one speaks Spanish that far from any major city (upside is you have no choice but to learn!) also, the heat and the bugs put a damper on my trip. Bring a ton of repellent, sunscreen, after bite cream, and citronella candles. The host family will provide a net to sleep with. I would also suggest (to the program) getting a cooler for the RAs and volunteers to keep cold drinks cold throughout the day.

My second project was in Puntarenas working in an Orphanage. It was a beautiful facility- all the children were amazing, loving and smiling and just wanting some attention and to play. (also is very sad, of course) I wish there was more structure with this program so that I could feel like I was accomplishing and helping more. Also, language barrier was much harder there- no one speaks a lick of English. I didn't like this project as much as the first, but still an enriching experience. Overall, any language base and tools (books with pictures to point at etc) I think would really help anyone considering coming to Costa Rica.

On a final note- if you are trying to figure out which Latin country to come to for your project- look no further. Come to Costa Rica!!! The people are friendly and helpful, I always felt safe and there is so much to do and see!! I did a bit of traveling here to Arenal's volcano and rain forest, ziplining, scuba diving in Osa, and went to some breathtaking beaches- and there is still SO much I wanted to do There is wildlife everywhere your eye wanders to. I love Costa Rica and can't wait to come back!

Global Crossroads set up a very personalized experience for me. Kim was great- quick and helpful (I was planning last minute) I am really grateful for the fact that I was able to do exactly what I was looking for in such a short amount of time. There was flexibility throughout my trip as well since things changed and the staff was very open and flexible with me which took any pressure off there. I would have liked to have had a lot more organization and structure in setting up my itinerary and important addresses, names, numbers, transportation, etc more in advance in order to plan better. A lot of it felt very last minute and disorganized which made me very nervous at times being in a new country not speaking the language. But it all worked out which at the end is what really matters. Thanks Global Crossing for getting me here and living the dream!

Julie

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jan 13, 2016
Overall:
8
Support:
5
Value:
8

Discover Corps

Since college, I have had it on my bucket list to take my family on a humanitarian vacation. This year we were finally able to realize that dream. I have six children- the youngest is five and the oldest is 17. We used our holiday break to go to the Dominican republic on their next step travel program. It was an amazing experience for all. We had some concerns. Number one: some of our children were Very young and none of them had done any real travel abroad. One of my sons has some major food aversions. None of us knew the language Beyond a couple of years of high school Spanish. But we set our worries aside and jumped in and I will always treasure the things that we learned and the fun that we had on this trip.

All of my teenagers came home so grateful for the experience. They learned a lot about what life is like in other cultures and in poverty. They learned more about the environment, more about hard work, more about service, more about friendship. The language barrier did not stop any of them from building friendships while they were there. One of my fondest memories of the trip is watching my five-year-old jabber 1,000,000 miles an hour to a little girl who understood not a word. They still joined hands and spent the day coloring together while we worked on one of the school projects. Another precious moment was celebrating New Year's eve with some of the local families near the eco-lodge. My girls We danced the merengue with a young deaf man who worked at the little "store"- it was a true delight!

All of the people with Discover Corps were amazing. From booking the trip, making payments, filling out forms, actual traveling, the meal preparation, the room service, the bus driving, the outings and especially the work projects- every step of the way was tended to perfectly. All of them took special care to make it a great experience for my children.

I cannot say enough about the value of the Trip and what a priceless experience it was for our family!!

Program:
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Jan 13, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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