Peru

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Coming to Cusco, I didn't know what to expect. A new country. A New Year. A new experience. What I didn't expect was a new me. Being in this city you are surrounded by culture, fellow travelers, and the most beautiful sights your eyes can see. You leave all your troubles & problems behind. Here you help people and better yourself. If you are in need of an awakening, to appreciate what you have, to realize whats important, to refuel your passion in life and meet people... Cusco is where you need to be. One thing I love about experiencing health care outside the States is how appreciative people can be for your service. And at the end of the day, they inspire you. If you feel a calling, come. Come to the city. Help the people. Rejuvenate your soul...& bring a rain jacket ;)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Apr 3, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

We just completed a volunteering program proposed by Global Crossroad in Peru.
We subscribed for a 213$ program per person as advertised on their website. after paying the 99$ initial registration fees, we received an invoice that mentions
- 293$ program fees, 28% more than advertised in the brochure
- 25$ per person for the transfer from the airport where it costs locally no more than 3$ to take a cab.
- Spanish classes that we did not ask for (and hopefully we noticed it, where other volunteers did not and where charged)
- mandatory travel insurance we did not ask for and for which we had no details.
- 5% surcharge when paying by credit card

We asked to remove the non-requested Spanish classes and the travel insurance as we had ours anyway. It took us 3 months to remove the travel insurance fees from the invoice.

But we missed noticing the increase in program fees and exaggerated transfer fees. indeed they are to be paid locally and do not appear in the balance due figures.

We actually realized when the local coordinator asked us for the money. We sent emails to GlobalCrossroad to review the invoice and instruct the coordinator to apply the original fees we subscribed for. GlobalCrossroad lost suddenly their reactivity and we had to wait for the very last day before our departure to finally get an answer, and a negative answer on top of that.

It's probably our fault not having noticed all the tricks included the invoice. That is why Iam warning everyone who intends to apply for programs with GlobalCrossroad that they should be very careful price wise. They will certainly pay a bit more than what they thought.

However, luckily, the project itself, managed by the local association was great. No regret about anything but Global Crossroad. Next time we will make sure to deal directly with local association

Program:
Location: Peru
Posted: Mar 21, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
2

Comments

We are truly sorry for the disappointing experience you endured and apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused. We strive to maintain affordability and transparency for all of our volunteers; therefore I would like to clarify any misunderstandings or miscommunications. 1.Unfortunately, depending on field and organizational expenses the cost of our program fee is subject to change. While often times these fee increases are unforeseen we work hard to maintain significantly lower fees then our competition. 2.The $25 transfer fee is a fee instated by the individual country coordinators, hence the direct payment upon arrival of your destination. Transfer fees vary by country. 3. Mandatory insurance is a recent addition to our charges. All fees for insurance are paid directly to our insurance provider to ensure all volunteers are covered in case of an emergency. 4. We offer the option of paying by check or wire transfer to avoid the credit card transaction fee. Again, allowing volunteers to avoid this fee enables us to offer the most affordable rates. 5. Although we suggest that volunteers enroll in the Spanish language program, it is not mandatory. Some placements such as our medical placement require Spanish language and therefore we request that volunteers enroll in the course to ensure they are well prepared for their placement, however you can also opt-out of the program. 6. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your project and host family. We certainly hope that all of our volunteers have a fulfilling and rewarding experience while traveling abroad. As we strive to continually improve our programs and maintain affordability, we take volunteers feedback into great consideration in advancing our programs. Thank you again for choosing Global Crossroad for your volunteer experience.

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

The most difficult thing I experienced in Peru Cusco was visiting an orphanage for children with special needs. All of them had been abandoned by their parents. The staff was working day and night to make their lives the best possible, but they desperately needed more help. The orphanage was severely understaffed, and they were dependent on volunteers' help. I urge all of you to come here and help these children, they need so much help and love. My local coordinator (Beatriz) in-country support was wonderful!. My coordinator took me on a tour of the city my first day, gave me a telephone, and was available every step of the way after that. Really really excellent! Make SURE you make time to visit Machu Picchu. It was absolutely spectacular and a must see when in Cusco. They won't exchange one dollar US bills, so make sure you have larger bills.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Dec 22, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

At first it was a bit of a shock to work with the children with special needs. They have such an unfortunate range of disabilities, and this kindergarten/pre-school is very understaffed. Many of them were also orphans. It was however really rewarding to see how much joy they still found in their everyday life, regardless of their circumstances.
My experience was great and working at the two placements I did got the opportunity to really help out with these children. I’m glad I went for as long a period as I did, as it takes time to get to know the children enough to really help them (especially the autistic and mentally challenged kids).
The coordinator was great, and helped me out with whatever I needed. She was really supportive and worked hard with me to help in my efforts to buy Christmas presents (clothes, blankets, toys) to over 400 orphans and disadvantaged children. I appreciate that a lot.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Dec 22, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I was pleasantly surprised how nice it was to be without internet access at the national park in Peru. I had such an amazing time getting back into my body's natural rhythm, waking up at 6am with the sun and going to bed around 8pm! :)
You need to bring ALL biodegradable substances: shampoo, toothpaste, and bug spray. However, you can also support the program by buying their products once you arrive. They sell all three of these products there for 40 soles.
I had a truly eye opening 2 weeks and I have A Broader View to thanks. I learned so much from being in the jungle, and it really changed the way I think about the World. I hope I can use this experience to help better my own country!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Dec 21, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

From the moment we arrived in Cusco, and we met our coordinator Beatriz at the airport, we received ongoing, wonderful support. Beatriz shared her wealth of knowledge about the history and culture of Cusco with us whenever the opportunity arose. She helped us to settle in (banking, telephone services, where to find a laundromat, and the list goes on) Throughout our time in Cusco, we had regular contact with her. She invited the two of us and other volunteers to her home to experience a wonderful Peruvian meal. Beatriz was diligent about asking how things were going at the volunteer sites, at the host family's home, if we felt well, etc. she helped us to shop for donations for different organizations.
I truly enjoyed my time in Cusco. I volunteered at two sites and found the children to be open and loving. The whole experience was very rewarding and I would recommend volunteering abroad as something everyone should consider.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 14, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Volunteering Solutions

Hi everybody,

We write here to prevent everybody from joining this Organisation. We went to a Healthcare Program in Cusco (Perú) where we were supposed to take part in medical activities. We did nothing we were promised, we didn't get any help from the organisation, we paid a huge amount of money (we never knew where it went, but certainly not to the Hospital) and we spent our little period of holidays feeling usless. We have had experiences as volunteers and all of them have been wonderful, but this one with Volunteering Solutions has been awful. It's more a bussines than a Volunteer's Organization!!

We have to say Peru is a great country and their people are very kind and friendly but the bad experience with the organisation and our project made us see everything negative.

In its website you will just see good opinions and happy pictures as a good selection of the information is done, but don't be fooled by their false publicity as there is no part for negative criticism. There are many good organisations to join as volunteers but never this one!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 6, 2014
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
8

New Hope Volunteers

We had a wonderful time in Cusco, Peru volunteering with New Hope. Our host family was AMAZING! They were friendly and accommodating, and one spoke great English. The program coordinator was helpful in getting us to the places we needed to be and explaining where help was needed. She even helped us book taxis and other excursions in Peru. The area felt safe and our volunteer schedule allowed us enough time to explore Cusco on our own and take Spanish classes.I would definitely recommend this program to anyone looking to travel abroad and volunteer with children.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 4, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

The support provided in country was very impressive. If I had any questions at all they would be answered within the day. The local ABV coordinator (Beatriz) was amazing. She went above and beyond by showing me everything I needed in cusco and was also extremely helpful with any questions or concerns.
I was surprised and impressed by the simple laid back lifestyle in cusco. It was refreshing to and interesting to learn and experience day to day life here.
If working in the orphanage the girls cannot receive makeup or nail polish. Simpler items such as hair clips, bracelets, etc. are accepted. Layers are a necessity with the changing weather in cusco as well as cough drops due to the air and altitude!
My accommodation was amazing. I lived with two sisters, Cecilia and Eva, both in their fifties and their parents who are in their nineties. It was great to learn from the different generations. My host family prepared amazing food and were always so considerate to the fact I am a vegetarian. They also provided many blankets because it is so cold at night, they are truly caring people.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 4, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Rustic Volunteer and Travel

I've had a great experience with this company. The staff are helpful and the projects were great as well. I would definitely do it again!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 3, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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