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Volunteering Solutions

We had the time of our life. Sahil the person at their office was there to help me and my son always and made a perfect trip for us all through. We are already planning another trip with them!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Feb 6, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Do NOT travel with Frontier! They are absolutely dreadful and it's a waste of your money. I taught in Tanzania and whilst the experience itself was amazing, and I will definitely go back at some point, Frontier let me (and the other volunteers) down big time.
It's hard to summarise, but let's give it a go. Only after paying the full £895 were we told that the school was closed for summer holidays for the entire month we were there. We had no field staff member as promised in the original contract and had to rely on once a week visits from staff at the marine camp.
Frontier kept piling on the costs once we'd paid (such as £160 for internal flights), and on landing on our island we were told that we weren't staying in town as we'd been told all along, but actually living at the school.
They barely provided enough money for food (£6/7 per week) and made no donation to the school - leaving me wondering where £600-700 of my money disappeared to.
Just don't travel with them whatever you do.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Feb 6, 2009
Overall:
1
Support:
0
Value:
2

Quest Overseas

Quest overseas was by far the most amazing experience of my life. Within only three months we visited a huge amount of country and did some incredibly amazing things. The people i met on the trip were absolutely brilliant and our leaders were both highly motivated, resourceful, friendly and exciting to be around. The reason i choose Quest overseas for my gap year was its project, we spent 6 weeks working on a building project in Tanzania on the slopes of kilimanjaro, this was incredibly rewarding as it was a well researched project that was actually something the local community wanted and were committed to the development of. While working it felt like we worked with the community as integrated members rather than being a group of outsiders stuffed on a site for a brief period of time.
The expedition part of the trip was absolutely amazing!! it literally felt like we did something incredible everyday, bunjee jumping, walking safaris, trekking, scuba diving, camping in the Botswana delta, tubing, bridge swinging etc. Although Quest is expensive i would definitely say it was worth the money, the reason its so expensive is that everything is included apart from flights, i barley spent any money while i was actually on the trip and a huge part of the cost is a massive donation to the project, without this donation the project is not possible as it pays for materials and wages etc.
I would not hesitate in recommending this trip to anyone who wants to travel widely, volunteer or just escape for a few months!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Feb 6, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

CEA - Cultural Experiences Abroad

My son signed up to study abroad in Prague.He is in a very small apartment with 5 other students, all are 6 feet tall and close to 190 pounds. What was described as a spacious apartment is in reality a closet with 6 kids. The full kitchen is in actuality a refrigerator that that you would set up in a dorm room. There is no place to hang clothes and the apartment is a sh**hole as all 6 kids describe it. All the kids were actually locked out of the building the first night and had to wait 30 minutes for a response. When called at their corporate headquarters in Tempe,AZ. I had to leave numerous messages to get a return phone call which resulted in nothing but indifference on CEA's part. The second in command there was also left a2 messages and has not returned the phone calls. I also called the director in Prague to try to rectify the situation, but again, I was met with indifference. To any who choose to use CEA after this review, I can only say BEWARE! They are very nice when taking your money, but once they have it they are absolutely no help!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Czech Republic
Posted: Feb 5, 2009
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Comments

I guess the old adage is true: you get what you pay for.

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

My trip to Peru with A Broader View Volunteers was absolutely amazing, it was so much more enriching than I thought it would be. My time spent with my host family was some of my favorite, they were so warm and welcoming and really made me feel at home. Cusco is a great city to just wander around and think. There is so much history and mystery behind each and every stone. Despite the poverty people are in such high spirits that it really makes one appreciate everything this world has to offer, especially beyond the material things. I have met some amazing people along my journey, some I know I will keep in touch with throughout my life. Thanks to A Broader View!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Feb 3, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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