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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I have volunteered twice with IVHQ and would whole heartedly recommend them to anyone considering volunteering.
Not only are they incredibly helpful in your decision making process, always responding to emails within 24 hours, they genuinely take the time to ensure the programme is right for you, rather than pushing for the sell.
All the pre-registration and registration information is invaluable and gives you a real insight into what to expect from your project. This support is added to by knoweldgeable and genuine advisors who have visited the project and have impressive knowledge of what to expect.
Both projects I have completed have been great. (Huancayo in Peru in 2008 and Kenya in 2009). Kenya in particularly was extremely well organised with a robust orientation welcome meeting to outline the projects and comprehensive in country information. All pick ups were on time and people were extremely friendly and welcoming.
The actual projects are well selected to ensure your help is definitley needed and logistics including transport was well thought out.
Compared to several other volunteering organisations I have spoken to, IVHQ stand out a mile for their first class service, ethical prices and outstanding organisation skills.
Highly recommended and I am already planning the next trip with them!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya, Peru
Posted: Apr 20, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

what kind of volunteer work did you in peru?
That sounds wonderful. Just out of curiosity, what specific organization or program does IVHQ match you in Kenya? I'm just curious to see more details on safety of the organization in Kenya as well as if it matches my interests. Thanks for your help!!
It's good to hear all these positive reviews, as I'm planning on heading to rural Kenya for the teaching program in 1 month. Because you were just there, I'd love to connect with you more about your experiences, and what exactly you did there. Any insight/feedback/advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
A friend of mine is getting ready to go to Peru with the same organization. She is on the same trip you went on in 2008. Should I have any safety concerns? What are the health care facilities like in the area?

Friends for Asia

I was a volunteer in Chaing Mai, where I worked with Buddhist monks. Before my experience, I was very unfamiliar with Thailand and Buddhism completely, and this experience taught me a lot. It was a little scary flying to a far away place I'd never been before, not knowing the language or customs. However, Friends for Asia, and the coordinator, Todd, were very helpful and supportive, and I had a wonderful time. I learned so much about Thailand and the Thai people that it astonished me. I wish I could have stayed longer, and I would recommend this adventure to anyone!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Apr 19, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Amy, I'm considering Freinds for Asia in Thailand in Jan 2010. Can you give me any insight regarding the program via e-mail (mjb1357@live.com)? reviews are scarce. thank you, MB

Global Crossroad

Although most of these organizations are expensive, I think that GC is very. I paid for 12 weeks of teaching English in 2008 when I should have paid for 2 and then continued to pay my host family directly for the next 10 weeks. Your paying for a connection to a host family and insurance and that is all; there is no support. My host family found the schools for me to teach in because GC did not do it themselves. The schools didn't even know I was coming until the day I got there. The contact/coordinator in Ecuador could not help anyone who had problems. I was supposed to live in a house with a host family but ended up living with a host family plus 7 other volunteers. I was told I would be the only volunteer in the village. However, the trip was great. GC - Not reccommended.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Apr 19, 2009
Overall:
5
Support:
2
Value:
3

Comments

my suggestion, pls talk with volunteers who have just returned. you can ask for reference as global crossroad seems working hard to offer affordable program for students and I also read many great feedbacks
Hello, I am supposed to be going to Ecuador with Global Crossroad this summer. Should I back out? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, please email me at zedanlau@msu.edu. Thanks!

Escuela Montalban

Nice small school, centrally located, with really helpful admin staff. Good teachers, fun lessons and a wide variety of ability levels. Good choice of extra-curricular activities on offer. A really good learning experience all round - would recommend to anyone looking to learn Spanish in Granada.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Apr 11, 2009
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Frontier

I completed 2 projects with them. The communication between London and the field was really really bad. For example we were told to pay diving deposites in pounds by the london office, but when we arrived in the field they wanted them in dollars.
When I arrived in Livingstone, Zambia where I was meant to be met at the airport and transfered by frontier staff to Namibia no one was there. I was left at the airport with no idea where I was meant to go and ended up staying in a backpackers hostel for 3 days (which I had to pay for myself) before I heard from Frontier field staff (and only then because my parents in the UK were phoning their London office several times a day for me).
Most of the project cost money I paid didn't make it into the host contry - for the Fiji marine project we worked out as a volunteer group we had paid over £85k to be there and yet the project staff said the budget for our time there that they had been given from London HQ was only £5k. They claim to be non profit but effectivly they are not as they pay loads to another company (thats for profit) owned by the same people as Frontier for marketing services. See the facebook group: "Frontier Charity? No." for links to some websites questioning their status.
There were many other problems I experienced with them. Such as the compressor wasn't maintained and broke twice so we lost almost 2 weeks of diving as we couldn't fill the tanks.
DO NOT GO WITH THEM. There are far better organisations that run projects similar to frontier out there.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji, Namibia
Posted: Apr 10, 2009
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

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