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Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jul 24, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I attended a volunteer abroad program with Projects Abroad last summer and it was a truly unforgettable experience! Although it was expensive I believe it was well worth it because of the plethora of activities and encounters I made there that could never have been seen anywhere else! I volunteered with the medicine 2 week special so the entire group was almost 45 students large! We split up into smaller groups to part-take in the activities but by the end of our trip everyone knew each other and we all stayed in close touch!

My first week was spent attending various 1 day excursions: some included a leprosy centre, hospice, mental health institute, and Aryuveda clinic where we listened and part-took in various small scale lectures on the types of treatments being done for those patients. At night there were various cultural activities the students did such as learning to cook India cuisine and learning a Bollywood dance! We also had a weekend trip to this tropical part of India on a high mountain where there were safari's and conservation parks everywhere!

However the highlight of the trip and what made me so eager to go was the surgeries. The prospect of seeing even one actual operation was enough to get me to sign up. But what i got to see was much more...8 different surgeries! Most notably I saw a Cesarean Section and Cranioplasty live up and in person! This was a once in a life time experience and I encourage all those who can to take this opportunity, the events are well organized and very well maintained.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jul 24, 2013
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

Projects Abroad

I volunteered in Madurai, India at an Ashram through Projects Abroad. The cultural experience was very eye opening. Overall the Projects abroad team made me feel safe and offered to assist me at any time. I was sick in the hospital for a few days, and the woman taking care of me stayed with me throughout my entire time in the hospital and ensured that I had food and water. The project coordinator also came to see me when I wasn't feeling well and even cut 3 coconuts down for me from a tree! A few days into my volunteer placement, the project coordinator also came to assess that I was getting food and drinking water. I highly recommend Projects Abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jul 13, 2013
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I had an amazing 4 weeks in Jaipur. Sankalp definitely exceeded my expectations. Volunteering in the orphanage was an experience that has changed my life. Although it is emotionally difficult to see the conditions of the children, it was rewarding to give them much needed love and attention. I will never forget those adorable children and am so grateful that I had the opportunity to spend time with them. The staff at Sankalp, Amita, Pranay, and Punima (the cook and housekeeper) were extremely helpful and made my stay at the volunteer house feel like home. The volunteers have plenty of time to explore Jaipur during the week and the weekends are free to travel around Rajasthan. I feel that the program was run perfectly and am very thankful for this experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jul 12, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

My name is Susan Moskowitz. My husband and I live in Atlanta, GA. We have a 20 yr. old daughter, Carly, who is a sophomore at the University of Ga. She is interested in participating in the Sankalp volunteer program this upcoming summer. While we would love for her to do volunteer work in India, as parents we are looking for assurances of her safety. We have SO many questions and would be SO appreciative if you could tell us a little about your experience. I realize you don't know us, but we are just loving parents who want to know our daughter will be safe. If you could email me, I would be very appreciative. My email address is susanCM2000@aol.com.

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

A beyond epic experience! I would highly recommend this to anyone! I made the decision to come alone to India after finishing a placement year at University and it was one of the best decisions of my life!

I was part of the Street Kids program for 6 weeks. The program is a fantastic experience! Teaching children between the ages 3 - 12 English and Maths which is extremely rewarding! I had a small group of children and in 6 weeks saw a big chance in the children. The school teacher Asher is extremely helpful and friendly. The children always greet you with enthusiasm and have so much energy! I also played cricket with the boys in break times which was great! The kids are fantastic and appreciate all your time, love and affection!

The house is also fantastic. Located near local shops, shopping mall and tourist attractions. It's very safe and looked after fantastically by Punima! She really makes you feel at home, making amazing local Indian food. It's so good that you barely miss home food! She, Amita and Pranay are always on hand to help you out. To help advise you on your travels or what to do in your free time, they always help you out! Jaipur is also close to other cities in Rajasthan such as Agra (Taj Mahal), Pushkar and Jodpur that make for great weekend trips!

All in all this is a life changing experience! You get to experience a completely different country and culture. You get the chance to appreciate how lucky you are to have basic things! You will no doubt meet some amazing people! It's value for money and I would encourage anybody to make a life changing decision!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jul 11, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I have been in India on the Frontier medical project for 4 weeks now. I am really loving India a lot and it has been a great experience overall. It is very busy at times but this is one of the reasons I have come here. The coordinator is a great guy, always ready to help. I am starting my university this year and this trip with Frontier has been helpful as training and as experience for my education and career and also I have really had a lot of fun and seen a new country.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jul 11, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

I travelled to the India schools project with a friend from university last summer. As we were both inexperienced travellers the challenge was a very daunting one, however, the team at Original Volunteers were very supportive in their pre-travel advice and without their airport pick-up service, I'm quite sure I would still be in Chennai airport!

Once we arrived at the school, three miles from Chennai, we were given an extremely warm welcome from Bala and Buna at the school. The school campus was extremely over crowded with volunteers which put a strain on the resources of the area but Bala and Buna did their best with what they could. There appeared to be a lack of communication between Bala at the school and the Original Volunteers team, however this is understandable as the project was in its early stages at the time.

The compact accommodation helped to create a good rapport among the other like-minded volunteers (who we went on to travel with following on from the trip - and are still in contact with a year on!).Having previous experience teaching in schools in the United Kingdom and Ireland I was fascinated to see how the education system worked in India - and to take the opportunity to experience the drastically different lifestyle and cultures there. My experience with the children was unbelievable. They were such adorable, intelligent and responsive children with a genuine desire to learn everything about you.

The area itself boasts extremely friendly locals and is a bus ride away from many facilities such as a swimming pool, grocery shop and multiple restaurants in Villupuram and another bus ride away from the magnificent seaside resorts of Pondicherry and Mahabalapuram.

Overall, I would thoroughly recommend the Original Volunteers India School project to anyone who wishes to challenge themselves outside of their comfort zone and make new friends from all walks of life.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jul 2, 2013
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

The India School Project is situated in a remote village around three hours away from Chennai. I set out there on my own and, although it was scary at times, I loved every second of the experience. It was fantastic to interact with the children, who were energetic and enthusiastic about the education they were receiving. It was especially rewarding to see them understanding and using the knowledge I taught them. Furthermore they were always happy and willing to learn which helped me fit in to life at school straight away.
On top of this, I was a little worried about leaving for India on my own but when I arrived all the volunteers were really accommodating and I made many friends in just the first few days, some of which I traveled with after working at the school. We were also allowed to travel to nearby tourist destinations at the weekend which was a good way to chill and chat with the other volunteers. I would recommend OV's and the India School Project to anyone who is thinking about volunteering as it was an interesting and rewarding experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jul 1, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
7
Value:
9

Leave Ur Mark

Overall, Leave Ur Mark was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone who wants to step outside of their comfort zone and experience a foreign culture firsthand. Though I didn't spend as much time here as I would've liked to, I went from being terrified in India and having no idea what to do, to comfortably getting around and communicating with locals. Leave Ur Mark offers internships for everyone's interests and provides valuable resources for traveling and fun activities around Bangalore.

My favorite aspects of Leave Ur Mark were the people. I loved all the interns I lived with and will remain in touch with as many of them as I can. Additionally, my coordinator(s), coworkers, and caretaker all made me feel so welcome and comfortable. The weekend trips were also incredible and I really wish I could have gone on more but I'll always remember the memories and experiences I gained. Our coordinator made that all possible; she planned everything and made the best of the short time we had, and found us cheap, good deals everywhere.

My only qualms with Leave Ur Mark were about my personal experience with my internship, and the transparency of it. I came to India knowing virtually nothing about what I'd be doing, and I ended up doing nothing that I expected. I worked for ARF (Animal Rights Fund), and I expected to work at an animal shelter (and even got rabies shots for it) because I was told that that would be possible and I read about it on their website. In reality, I just worked in an office, pretty much spending my whole day on a computer. I wouldn't say it was an entirely unique internship that I couldn't have found in the U.S., but my wonderful coworkers made the long day worth it. In the future, I think Leave Ur Mark could be more transparent about exactly what interns will be doing to make them feel more comfortable and informed as they're going in and to see if they really want to do it in the first place. other than that, I absolutely loved my experience and will be coming back to India as soon as I can!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jun 29, 2013
Overall:
7
Support:
9
Value:
9

Global Vision International (GVI)

I went to Kerala, India for only two weeks on August, but those few days felt like ages. I had the time of my life, where I saw a beautiful country and met wonderful people.
Working at the local school was a great experience and the children were fantastic. I recommend this project to everyone who likes to travel and meet new people, I wiah I could go back to India everyday and I will never forget it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: May 31, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
6
Value:
8

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