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Habitat for Humanity

I have done 8 trips with Global Village-Habitat for Humanity. They have been the best experiences of my life. The trick about doing a build in 3rd world countries is flexibility. One has to realize that they (the affiliate, the team working in the host country) may have different priorities than the North American person, in some cultures it is more important to treat us with honor and respect than to get a house built. In other countries getting the supplies to build the house is not always guaranteed (you may waste a day waiting for sand to be delivered). Don't expect to get a house completely built when you are there, you may do foundations on a number of houses or build outhouses or do renovations on a number of houses. Expect the unexpected is my moto and go with the flow. If you can do that then building in third world countries is amazing. On most of my trips the family of the house being built was involved and that is an amazing thing, to see their smiling faces and their gratitude will make you cry. The other great thing is that you will make new friends for life. I stay in touch with about 80% of the team mates (from all over the world) that I have worked with and know that I could visit them any time. It is very true that the team leader makes a big difference. My first trip was with young inexperienced leaders, who did not know what they were doing. I know that if I thought that is how all trips were I would not have signed up again. But I gave it a second chance and I am so thankful I did. I know I have "Habititize" it is contagious so beware you may end up doing 8 trips. The only negative thing that I have is that the price of participating on these trips has risen since I started doing them. It appears to be much more expensive to participate now and I hope it doesn't deter people from joining. I have two more trips planned in the next year. Can't wait.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Aug 18, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Comments

Much appreciation for sharing your experience and thoughts since first timer really has no idea how it will turn out and what to expect. Reading past experience is a great peak at how the trip might/will turn out. You are absolutely right about the trip fee.. i think that is what stops people from joining.. a trip to Asia during the summer easily exceeds 3000k and people will say no...is that worth 9 days of the trip?

Global Crossroad

My daughter and I volunteered at the Asna Orphanage in Nepal. Every step of the way from our time at the orphanage to the trek through the Himalayas we were taken care of by the Global Crossroad staff. Our adventures outside of the orphanage were well organized by a staff of professional, competant and wonderfully pleasant people. I would use Global Crossroad again and will recommend this company in the future. Thanks to all of the Global Crossroad staff for making this an unforgettable trip for my daughter and I.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 18, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

A lot of these reviews for this company seem fake! The English is terrible and I agree it looks like the local staff are writing reviews themselves. Did you go on one of the programs? I would love to hear more as I was consdering this company but have heard a lot of horror stories since I started looking at their reviews. Not just on here but online in general.
This Is a fake, I know for a fact through an incompetent member of staff that they are requested to write fake reviews by senior members of staff. Its terrible!

Global Crossroad

This has been a truly amazing experience! The staff is very flexible and helpful. There were times where I wanted to change my schedule around, and it was very easy to do so with no hassle. The staff is very welcoming and made me feel home from the beginning.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 18, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Habitat for Humanity

I had an amazing time both planning and participating in a Habitat for Humanity (HFH)Global Village trip to Costa Rica in 2008. Because HFH send so many teams to Costa Rica the planning was smooth and very easy to do. The Costa Rica HFH was a little more challenging to work with only because of the language barrier and lack of resources. Overall I would lead another team to Costa Rica in a heartbeat.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 17, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
7
Value:
9

Road2Argentina

Overall, I had an amazing experience in Buenos Aires, and especially with Road2Argentina. I worked at an NGO devoted to helping small and medium sized businesses in Buenos Aires start or expand their involvement abroad. Road2Argentina worked closely with us to ensure that we were happy with our internships, and is very flexible with changing to a volunteer or study program if you are not satisfied.
The staff was not only highly professional, but also went above and beyond to make sure that we were well-oriented the very first day, kept tabs on us, provided plenty of opportunities to do activities and meet other Roadies, and helped with any troubleshooting that was needed. I was especially grateful for their help when I stayed in Buenos Aires independently AFTER my program ended.
The student residence is really nice, kind of like a huge townhouse that has been remade, and is in a really nice part of the city. I've heard that the shared apartments are also really fun because you get to live with locals that are your age.
The staff was also extremely warm, and I made friends really quickly with them - I still keep in touch with them now, over a year later. The staff are all really young and fun - if you do end up going, try to hang out with them as much as possible!
I highly, highly recommend Road2Argentina for a trip, just because they were super accommodating of me. They will seriously cater to all your needs and wants, and just know that if you go to Argentina with Road2Argentina, you will be well taken care of.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Aug 17, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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