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When I first left for Cusco, I was honestly really nervous. I was traveling alone to a new city, country, and continent. However, when I arrived, my worries went away because I felt safe, welcomed, and at peace with my coordinator, host family. My coordinator here in cusco took me on a tour of the city and showed me where I was going to work for the next couple of weeks. During the morning, I worked in the Unidad de Quemados at the hospital, and during the afternoon I worked in emergency at the Clinic. Working in the hospital was amazing because I was getting hands-on experience treating and working with burned patients. I saw many different kinds of burns with varying intensities, and I think that seeing these harsh realities will help me in my future career as a nurse. In the clinic, I was not able to do much. I mostly spent my time following the nurses and observing them as they gave medications to patients, because Im a prenurse I was not allowed to have so much hands-on in the Clinic. Overall, I had an amazing experience traveling and working here in Cusco.
My host family was spectacular. They gave me everything I needed and more. I had three delicious meals per day, a large room with a comfy bed, and the freedom to do what I wanted. The family was very friendly and welcoming, and theymade me feel safe and calm. The house was a short bus ride away from the hospital and clinic that I worked in, and it was veru easy to find my way around.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 21, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

From the moment I decided to come to Madagascar I have had the support of the Frontier staff whether it was from London or Nosy Be. The first time I found myself needing to be advised from a member of staff was before I even arrived at camp: this was of course the dreaded Air Madagascar. Fortunately, all my miscommunications and troubles that I had with the airline was swiftly sorted out by the calm and collected Chris Sainsbury. The sound of his mellow voice was turned into the sight of a rather large hairy british man meeting me at the airport. On my arrival I found myself being taken to the main camp on a very slow yet incredibly beautiful boat trip, in which you pass around the exclusive Lokobe Nature Reserve.

During my time in Madagascar I was scheduled to spend one week foresting, one week teaching and one week diving although once I ventured into the community house that would change.

Upon entering the community house I was greeted by all of the volunteers and the very jolly Staff member Lindsey and then swiftly taken away with them to the school. At the school one is swarmed by the kids and prevented from entering until every individual has had the opportunity to give you a high five. Once I entered the school I was given the opportunity to lead the class in which the kids where of varying age and ability. As I got to know the kids better I found myself growing an enormous respect for them as they were learning a third language at the age of 10 in conditions which were by no means ideal.

As time progressed I became more attached to the country and the people of Nosy Be. Overall the culture and the kindness of the people was amazing, yet a couple of experiences stand out. After playing and referring a football match with the kids in the afternoon a professional football team started playing on the pitch, and to my surprise they asked me and a couple of other volunteers to join in. I had no chance, by the time I had realised who was on what team, I came to the conclusion that there was no way I was going to come close to tackling one of these incredibly quick men. After a couple of minutes I took a break and allowed another volunteer to take my place and sitting there in a the court yard it took me a couple of minutes to realise where I actually was. To the front of me was an Australian attempting to kick a football, then there were two english nationals playing Duck Duck Goose with 10 year olds whilst local women were cooking some food in the corner and an Italian was painting a mural on hygiene. It must have been one of the most peculiar atmospheres yet I felt completely at home.

Another highlight of my trip was being able to talk and help out in Youth Club. Youth Club was a forum in which older kids of age 16 to 22 attended and we would talk about topic in which we would help improve their English or try to educate them on something we deem appropriate. Throughout the numerous sessions I found myself knowing some of them by their first name s and even having chats on the street if I bumped into them. (By the end I had the nickname Chris Brown which made no sense to me.)More to the point I was able to pass on some knowledge that I have although they seemed to be teaching me more then I could ever teach them, which really took me back.

Throughout my trip I have made amazing friends for life and have generated a memory that will last forever.

By Felix Grant-Rennick, Teaching Volunteer

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Aug 21, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

RCDP Nepal

I spent six weeks in Rampur, Chitwan, working at an orphanage. All in all, I made a great and unforgettable experience. I stayed with a local host family who lives only a few minutes away from the orphanage. The family was lovely, they let me participate in their daily life in a very welcoming and heartly way. This was a beautiful way to experience the Nepali culture and family life.

The work at the orphanage was interesting, even though the children were older than I had expected, so they didn`t need that much support from volunteers anymore. Therefore, it was sometimes hard to find out what to do there. Also, I didn`t really get any instructions by the people who are responsible for the children, so I simply had to figure out what to do by myself.
Furthermore,I often felt like a guest at the orphanage, because the time I actually spent there during the day was quite short. For that reason, it might be better to stay directly at the orphanage than with a host family to really build up a relationship with the children.
Apart from that, I really liked my project and I would recommend it to others.
All was organised really well by RCDP, there was always someone to talk to when there were any questions or problems, they really care for the volunteers and are very flexible concerning any wishes or changes of the program, and all the transportation from Kathmandu to the project etc. was organised perfectly.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 21, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Amazing experience, met the most amazing people and carried out extremely worthwhile work. I always felt safe and their was always someone to contact out there if I needed help, the staff were incredible and I wish I could go back already.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Aug 21, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

Global Crossroad

I volunteered in Tanzania through Global Crossroad in September 2013. This was my second trip to Tanzania, but my first time visiting as a volunteer. Working with Global Crossroad, I coordinated this trip for 5 other volunteers from my hometown. The staff in the Global Crossroad office in Texas, USA were very helpful, responsive and informative as I prepared for the trip. I especially appreciated Tracey's promptness to respond to questions and Mohan's wealth of information. Mohan has visited Tanzania and Kenya many times and his inside tips were invaluable in the planning of our trip. His passion for helping people in this part of the world is obvious, as he has shared with me on multiple occasions the projects he is involved with in East Africa. He helped us make decisions on travel and coordinated everything for us beginning with our landing in Nairobi, including a mini tour of Nairobi before heading on to Moshi, Tanzania to begin our projects.

Home base was not fancy, but was charming and clean. There were two sweet local young ladies who helped oversee things at home base. They were pleasant and prepared 2 meals a day for us. I enjoyed the local meals they prepared very much. Deo was our on site coordinator. He helped us immensely during our stay and our whole team thinks very highly of him. He has a wonderful personality. An added bonus of staying at home base, meeting other volunteers from around the world and making new friends!

Now for the best part, the kids!!! We loved spending time with the children at Upendo Orphanage and Msamaria Center for Street Children. Most of our time was spent just giving the children the individualized attention they need. With the younger children, this included helping with meal times, play time, and nap time. For the older children, we helped with conversational English, some math, and art. We were able to donate many items to the programs and go out and buy food locally to donate to both places as well. (I highly recommend this if possible! Both places really appreciated this.) The cultural exchange was one of the best experiences of my life. I was blessed in these interactions and hope I was able to bless them as well.

Deo and local friends helped coordinate a weekend safari and a few day trips to nearby tourist highlights. Tanzania landscape is almost as beautiful as the people, so I highly recommend getting out and seeing some of these amazing places.

We did run into to a few situations that were beyond anyone's control while we were away. Global Crossroad staff helped in these situations and overall, our team was satisfied with how things were handled. People have asked me if I would recommend Global Crossroad or if I would volunteer with one of their programs again. To answer that question: I will be volunteering with Global Crossroad in South Africa in two months.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Aug 21, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
9

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