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Overall I found that I did not seem to get my moneys worth from the programme. The host hospital did not seem to really know what to do with me and I hardly felt like my time was worthwhile, which I was very upset about. The programme gains points as the representative on the ground was quite apologetic about the lack of arrangements and the host family I stayed with were lovely. So I did gain a good experience from the time I spent in Africa, it just seemed fairly pointless and a waste of money organising it through travellers worldwide unfortunately.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 28, 2009
Overall:
2
Support:
5
Value:
0

Global Volunteer Network (GVN)

I volunteered with GVN in Cuzco, Peru and was really let down. GVN works with an organization in Cuzco that was great but GVN itself did nothing but charge me way too much money. I would not have minded paying so much to volunteer if they donated some of the money or really offered something special to volunteers but, unfortunately, it was clear that GVN was in it just for my money.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jul 28, 2009
Overall:
3
Support:
3
Value:
0

Comments

Hi There, Who would you advise volunteering with?
this is written by the agent of volunteer head quater
i was there too recently (i do not want to leave my name or even leave an actual comment because it has my email on it) but i feel the same way. I really enjoyed myself but wished I'd gone through maximo directly (or actually ivhq who were the cheapest option but got exactly what we were getting). gvn were fine but it is just hard to stomach when you meet so many other volunteers paying less but getting the same. my advice to future volunteers is look at a lot of volunteer companies and do not think that highest price means best service as a lot of the cheapest companies seemed to be the most popular.
I feel the exact same way you do.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I had a wonderful time living and volunteering in Lima. I had the greatest host family, so kind and caring, who had tons of extra rooms in their house and were able to house many volunteers--at one point, I lived with 17 other volunteers! It was great that way. It was fun and there were always other people to talk to and do things with. The volunteering was worthwhile and life-changing. We had a lot of choice in what we wanted to do. I liked how everything was flexible, so, at any time, people could take trips. For example, I went with a group to Cusco and Machu Picchu. Almost every volunteer I met did that at some point or another. Overall I had a great experience and would recommend the program 100%!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jul 26, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

i want to go to cusco, peru with IVHQ as well. i'm a doctor and wanted to find out if anyone or yourself knew about the medical placements there? thanks for your help.
My daughter is considering going to Lima for 2 weeks. She is 22 and wants to work with children. Would you be able to expand on your trip and how it went as far as safety. Were you given any contacts before you went as to any others joining you on the same trip?any info would be appreciated. Mary

Volunteering Solutions

The programs across the 3 countries that I travelled were great! The staff were so nice and welcoming in all locations. Sahil was very helpful to me before I left for my trip and was always in touch if I wanted some info. I found that the program offers everything tahat you pay for including travel Insurance! which is amazing as it's prices are very reasonable as such..
I would definately be travelling with them next summer to South America.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Jul 23, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

This information are written by Volunteering Solutions staffs. I did not travel with them in 3 countries. They are trying to fool
another site where the reviews are all written by the same person (the positive ones.) notice that they are all written by someone that is not very literate in English. also, there are consistent mistakes. please look into this one also.

Global Volunteers

My mother was a volunteer teacher with GV. She LOVED the students and the people she got to know in China. However, on her second trip with them, she experienced a serious medical emergency and had to be hospitalized. The people "on the ground" in China were wonderful. But the stateside staff of GV were non-communicative and unhelpful.
First of all, they don't provide ANY medical insurance to participants, so be very aware of that. Fortunately, my mother had excellent insurance, so that wasn't the main issue.
In my Mom's case, it was the ineptitude of the CEO and other key stateside staff that nearly cost my mother's life. During the crisis (the first 24 hours of the medical emergency), they were unresponsive to phone calls and emails and they withheld medical reports and other crucial information that could have helped the family to make decisions. Ultimately, there was a 3-day delay in getting appropriate medical care for my Mom.
We believe they were "stalling" in order to avoid paying for an air ambulance (which they ultimately did pay for, thanks to the intervention of the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu---God Bless the U.S.A!!). My Mom survived this, but only because we HOUNDED them to evacuate her, and only because we got the U.S. Consulate involved (after the GV staff told us not to---they said, "it will only make the Chinese dig in their heels and become more uncooperative").
The only uncooperative people in this situation were the stateside staff of GV. Beware of this company. Their only care is their bottom line.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Jul 22, 2009
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Comments

This was indeed an especially complicated emergency evacuation, because the volunteer lost consciousness immediately following a stroke in her hotel room and was unable to direct her own care. In this case, while Global Volunteers’ Chinese staff attended to the volunteer on site, Global Volunteers’ CEO personally notified the volunteer’s designated emergency contact to provide hospital information, to report the facts of the incident, and to explain the emergency evacuation procedure. It was at this point the designated emergency contact became the custodial decision-maker for the unconscious patient and coordinated the evacuation with Chinese medical personnel through the insurance provider. Global Volunteers fully cooperates with the insurer’s emergency medical evacuation procedures, and strictly follows all pertinent local and U.S. laws in evacuation cases. We take special care to honor family and volunteer requests within our legal limitations, but recognize that family members are not always unified in their desires during emergencies. Both the CEO and Vice President for International Operations maintained phone contact with Chinese staff, Global Volunteers’ medical evacuation insurance providers (local and international) and the volunteer’s designated emergency contact. Questions by other family members were referred to the volunteer’s designated emergency contact, who was asked to coordinate family information requests. Emergency evacuation provisions as specified in the insurance plan were observed and followed at all times. Global Volunteers monitored the evacuation throughout the entire process, and was recognized and warmly thanked by the volunteer’s designated emergency contact for our responsiveness and personal attention to the volunteer. I’m satisfied we provided exceptional service to this volunteer under extremely difficult circumstances.

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