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Volunteering Solutions

I and a few others arranged a dental elective with volunteering solutions.... would recommend people really look around before committing to this program. We had limited exposure to patients. Went to schools where they could clearly afford toothbrushes and toothpastes and delivered OHI there. We also distributed the samples we took with us there. And have no idea what our money actually bought us there other than average accommodation in one of the dentists house and meals which even if we decided to pay for ourselves would have been dirt cheap and this is coming from someone who is off Indian descent and fluent in the language. When we tried expressing our dissatisfaction with the so called organiser there, he turned very hostile. If you want better value for your money and to see it put to good use, so not do a dental elective worry volunteering solutions in India. That's all I can say. Good luck.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Aug 16, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
2
Value:
1

China Study Abroad

CSA is fantastic and I cannot recommend them enough!

The journey starts when you are greeted and picked up at the airport by a friendly and enthusiastic staff member. Everyone at CSA is absolutely thrilled to be in China, and it's hard for the feeling to not rub off! The staff will take you directly to your accommodations and make sure you are settled in properly. The best part about CSA is the people. They really take the time and energy to make sure you are comfortable and enjoying your stay.

Also, they are really good about hosting group events and connecting CSA students, so you will already have a group of friends as soon as you arrive. And if you decide to not participate in the group activities, that's fine too, but they are always there as a nice option!

From the airport pickup, to dealing with admissions and housing, to getting my phone working, booking train tickets, etc. etc. - CSA was there to help every step of the way. I actually can't image going to China without them. This is a highly professional and reliable group, yet still fun and easygoing. I would recommend CSA to anyone planning on making a trip to China!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Aug 16, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

Sorry for my English.
I slept very well (sometimes too much), i took good showers(short time and refreshing). in Spain, people always take long showers, i learnt that water is a very important and needed resource. i have learnt to appreciate it. (same with power/electricity). the fans help so much during the hot moments and the rooms are very nice. I love the volunteers room, a place to find inspiration, to read something, to play, to share things... i regret not having taken some books and magazines and games to feed the room.
i know i wasn't an easy volunteer because of my communication difficulties, because when i am not with my friends and family i feel like strange because sometimes i could be shy or different. in spite of everything, since the very first day, i understood i was the same with the family just being the way i am. this strong and powerful feeling of love and equality made me feel like home, even better(respect,love,faith and help).
My experience at countryside was improving from worst to best. at the beginning, it was very hard. it was difficult to find my role and sometimes i believed that i was not being useful. Then i realized that African kids are the way they are, teachers and education system are the way they are and you cannot change it, you are just a volunteer. it is all about adapting yourself and giving your best then you are helping but if you try to change it or avoid punishment, you will be angry and you will be making a mistake. i miss my kids so much. i will always remember their names and their faces. i know they will also remember me, my jokes, the football games, the Spanish lessons,the magic tricks... and also my teacher and her daughter. I am writing this at 9.56pm. i have been with malaria for the whole week, i feel very weak and tired. i am sorry i wrote this fast but i really want to go and sleep. How ever i know we will be in touch and probably see each other again(in a different way). the only thing i want to say is THANK YOU for everything. And especially for making me born again. i will always remember the speech of Franklin in the room. It made me feel feel different, full of joy to start again, to give real meaning to my life. I am in debt to you. i really don't know how to say it but i appreciate it with all my heart. Thank you so much.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Aug 15, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

The house is LOVELY. it is way more than i expected to have. Running water, fans,etc. i slept very well every night and awoke to
a delicious breakfast waiting. the shower is lovely. it never bothered me that it was cold. i loved having Captain and Adom and all the cats to see every day. i have nothing bed to say about the accommodation here in Ghana.
Everybody here was wonderful! Kristy is great at cooking(so is Mary( and she is willing to make you something special if you don't like it. All of the girls are helpful, kind and fun to be around. They've taken us to the market and the beach and have been more than willing to visit the dress shop with us on the daily.
Franklin is helpful,full of advice and has lots of connections. He put a lot of thought into helping us run a secondary project with the schools in town and without him it couldn't have happened. Every one definitely made it feel like a big family. i haven't felt home sick at all in these 4 weeks, thanks to the loving support of my entire Ghana family!
i was assigned to work at both Margo Maternity Home and an HIV/AIDS orphanage/clinic in Accra. Throughout the 4 weeks, i never had the chance to visit the HIV/AIDS clinic. Part was due to the secondary project developed by another volunteer and myself. however, I am disappointed to not have experienced it. I signed up for the HIV/AIDS program so i really could work with support and disease management for HIV patients. Though that is not to say i didn't really enjoy the projects i was doing. at the Margo clinic, i got to work in the laboratory which was great! i also developed a good relationship with the public health nurse,Mavis. She took me out to the villages with her to educate mothers and vaccinate babies. i also got to watch a few births. Mama Lu and the majority of the nurses are very nice and welcoming. the clinic got boring every so often so another volunteer and i started teaching sexual education to J.H.S students. Teenage pregnancy and STD s are very common in Ghana. This project was wonderful and extremely rewarding. Most of the students were very receptive and excited to learn. We are trying to De-stigmatize the discussion of sex. i think it has been very helpful. we reached 7 schools(almost 500 students).
i have had a great time in Ghana. it has been eye opening,rewarding, and lovely. i will miss everybody so much. the friends i have made here will never be forgotten. I love you all so much.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Aug 15, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sol Education Abroad

Studying abroad in Costa Rica through SOL was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life! The support I received leading up to, throughout, and prior to studying abroad was incredible. The directors, Janiva and Jessenia, are so accommodating, helpful, and caring toward each and every student in the program. They helped us to see beyond the tourist attractions in order to learn about all of the rich culture and interact with locals. They did a wonderful job of placing us with host families as well as roommates. My host family was amazing! My host mom helped my roommate and I to learn as much Spanish as we could, and she was so patient! She even took us to her hometown and introduced us to her whole family. The food was superb. Not a complaint there! The excursions were all so comprehensive and enriching! My favorite excursion was when we went to a sustainable living community for a weekend. It was such an enlightening and rewarding experience! I learned so much about Costa Rica, the world, and myself through this program. I am so lucky to have found SOL!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 15, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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