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Projects Abroad

This summer, I went to Córdoba, Argentina, for a two-week Care and Spanish special with Projects Abroad. I was a little nervous before going just because it was a foreign country and I didn't know what to expect, but the trip was more amazing than I ever could have imagined. The PA staff were super welcoming and kind, and my host family (the Treboux family) made me feel like I was part of the family from the first day. In the mornings, I had a two-hour Spanish class, and would then go home to eat with my family. (The food was absolutely delicious at every meal.) I was really comfortable with my class because we had taken a level test before being placed, and I felt the class was challenging but not too difficult. It was conversation-based and I was learning new things–vocabulary, grammar, and cultural things–every single day.
In the afternoons, my group and I went to a place called El Vagón, which was kind of like a daycare center for kids in the neighborhood, with kids from ages 4 to 14 (while I was there). There were about 20 kids there on any given day. I remember clearly from the first day of volunteering getting off the bus and walking down the street, seeing a bunch of kids running toward us. We were confused until we realized they were the kids from El Vagón, coming to greet us with hugs and kisses. We played games (especially fútbol), did arts and crafts, and ate snacks with them every afternoon. The kids really seemed to appreciate us and I think it was as hard for us to leave at the end as it was for them. Some evenings, Projects Abroad hosted activities for us, like bowling, a bus tour of the city, and even a tango lesson!
The entire experience was the best part of my summer. Although Córdoba is a big city, I never felt scared or in danger because we were almost always with a leader from Projects or with our host mom/dad. Projects was always helpful when we needed something–a call to our parents, help with our flight details, etc. I really couldn't have asked for a better trip. :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Nov 3, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I have loved working with Global Crossroads. This is my second year working with them and I hope to continue working with them in the future. Both times I have worked with them, everything was excellent. I have felt welcomed by the people of Cusco and have felt like we have made a positive impact on them. The project that I have been a part of is building an orphanage in Cusco, Peru. The current orphanages are overcrowded and ill equipped. In building this new one, we will offer them a spacious facility that will offer them a healthier environment to grow up in. When we arrived at the work site, the orphans welcomed us with cheers and signs. It is amazing to see how excited they are to see us. On top of feeling effective, the entire trip was more than comfortable. We were treated like royalty. The food was great and the lodging was clean. The Peruvian people are some of the most hospitable people I have ever met. I would absolutely recommend my friends to work with Global Crossroads in the future. The people in this organization are quality people determined to make this world a place of hope and opportunity for the hurting and poor.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 3, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I had a great expirence they were very helpful and the best around I participated two times with them the food was great and the hostel was great. The staff was great we built an orphanage and spent time going to visit other orphanages and to see the impact on the kids was life changing.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 2, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

New Hope Volunteers

I really enjoyed my time in Sri Lanka. Michael and his family made me feel safe, the other volunteers were really nice and the food was delicious. The work at the orphanage was quite hard but we had loads of free time in the afternoons for example to go to the beach. Volunteering in Sri Lanka was a good experience!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Nov 2, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

IVHQ Ghana Turquoise Orphanage Program 8 weeks

My experience with IVHQ Ghana has been amazing!! I had never traveled abroad before and I chose to do so alone, so it was an intimidating thing at first... but the nerves go away as soon as you land and meet the IVHQ Ghana staff member there to pick you up. The staff were incredible, every single one of them! The most friendly, welcoming, kind, helpful and fun people ive ever met! All the volunteers and myself were all having a great time before we even got to our various programs. You are taken such good care of at the volunteer house, any question you could possibly have or any worry ANYTHING you need is all taken care of by the IVHQ Ghana staff.
Prepare to be overwhelmed when you get to your program! Every single kid bolts over to welcome you... its a welcome you will never forget and never get tired of...and its a welcome you will always get from Ghanains. Mr Seth and his wife Vivian were the host family, they become your family... they are very very sweet, very caring and SO much fun... Seth is the most easy going guy on the planet and will do anything for his volunteers to make sure you are happy and comfortable, I never felt home sick for one moment, their incredible people. The kids are so much fun, your first week with the kids can also be very overwhelming, every kid wants your attention and there are over 40 so you have to learn how to manage them lol. You will fall in love with the kids so quickly... everyone does. There is so much to do at Turquoise... so many ways you can help, and you feel so appreciated, the work can be hard especially in Ghana's hot sun, but it is so rewarding and fun. The placement is beautiful at turquoise, you have an awesome view of the ocean. Weekends are free to do as you please, so we always took advantage of that and traveled every weekend... There are SO many beautiful and fun places to visit! You'll want to visit them again and again. Each program has a IVHQ Ghana staff member who always comes to visit to see how things are, if you are happy, if there are any changes that could be made, if you have any questions... their also a phone call or a text away... so between Seth and Vivian, Gideon (IVHQ staff member for turquoise) and the other volunteers you will be with, you have a huge support team. These people go up and above for you.
You will end up making life long friends and memories you will never ever forget. I think the kids will teach you more than you teach them.. its a life changing experience. It has been the best decision Ive ever made to go through IVHQ and come to Ghana, and I would recommend it to EVERYONE...
Leaving is awful! The last few days you have are too hard, the last day is a bad day... everyone would agree leaving is the worst. You make such good friends, and become so close with the kids, seth and vivian and the IVHQ staff... The only thing that will make you feel better is knowing you will be back... and everyone says they will be back.
I wish everyone could do this or something like this atleast once in their life time. Ghana is beautiful, Ghanians are beautiful, the most friendly people I know... If you are thinking of it.. stop thinking and just do it! You will not regret it, no way.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Nov 1, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Hi Ashley, What a review, thanks for sharing your experience volunteering on our Childcare project in Ghana :) It’s absolutely awesome to read that you felt so supported throughout your time in Ghana. We hope to have you back soon!

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