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Global Crossroad

For 10 days I joined a 10 day volunteer trip to Chitwan, Nepal. While there we worked in a local orphanage and school, helping the children primarily by contributing to their academic success. In order to to this we contributed to the local economy, by buying 2 years worth of journals and writing materials, colour printers including scanning functions. The school really valued this contribution. Furthermore, the group was active in conservation projects around the Rampur community, specifically in planting tree saplings to provide shade for schools in the hot seasons. Learning about botany and gardening from experienced locals was both enlightening and helpful for my own personal life. The greatest part of the trip was, however, staying at a Nepalese host family for 6 days, becoming fully immersed in the culture, through learning the language, food, and living in the same conditions. Sometimes, I had to get way out of my comfort zone, yet this is what makes these experiences so worthwhile. Being welcomed by people who I had never met before and experiencing such hospitality was amazing and I am thankful for the GlobalCrossroad team that they had organized this. All in all, the trip ran very smoothly and I am very blessed to have been a part of it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Oct 8, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

Our trip to Nepal was the most enjoyable trip I have ever been on. Our trip to Nepal was part of a school service project for 9 days. It was a small group of 9 students and 2 teachers, which meant that as a group we bonded well which added to the enjoyment of the trip. We helped in a small village in Chitwan where we planted trees saplings, filled soil bags for the growth of said trees, helped out at a local primary school and spent some time at an orphanage. We all left Nepal have felt part of something bigger and that we had done something to help in a less fortunate community. We bought a 2 years supply of school supplies such as pencils, books and more for the school were they had less than enough for the students attending. We also stocked a newly built library with books at the orphanage. We also planted around 200 trees in the community and community forest to help the locals. It was really great how the Global Crossroads program looked after us and really guided us through the trip. We were also helped and supported through the trip. The team were always putting extra time and effort into making our trip brilliant and it was exactly that. The trip was great and I can't wait to go back next year if the possibility is open.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Oct 8, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

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Location: Nepal
Posted: Oct 8, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I went to Nepal with my school for 9 days. We were with Global Crossroads the whole time and it was lovely. The people were really nice and welcoming. I really liked how we got to stay with host families. I feel like it helped make us aware of Nepali life and their culture. The families were really nice. I also liked how they didn't just have us work with people. We also got to work with the environment by digging holes and planting trees for schools around the area. I would highly recommend Global Crossroads to anyone.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Oct 8, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sol Education Abroad

After a while I felt comfortable walking around in the city alone and exploring, I even had favorite spot in the city to eat and relax. I love paella now. I was able to try foods different from home, even though I live in a spanish speaking household. There were some foods that did not sit well with me, but for the most part everything was good. I had a roommate from the states and a host family. Everyone was nice, but I enjoy having space to myself sometimes and I thought it was going to be me and the host family. However, it turned out better than I expected because I had another person going through the same living experience that I was! As for SOL - German was super responsive to any concerns I had regarding my academics or more places to go around the city! A.K.A cheap and fun! SOL was the most affordable and had so much to offer! A tip I would have is to talk to your host family in the native language. They know you are not fluent and that you are there to learn so practice with them. Especially during dinner! Talk to your other friends or people you meet in your program in the native language regardless if they respond in english, you are there to better your skills!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Oct 7, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

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