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Morocco was my second volunteering trip with OV as I had had such a great time in Ghana on my first trip. The team in the UK were really helpful and professional in helping me arrange my trip. I was collected at the airport by a really nice and helpful taxi driver and the transfer was really smooth and worked out well. He walked me personally to the volunteer house which was clean and welcoming and had all of the facilities outlined on the website. The OV team in Morocco were very kind and helpful and welcoming and were always available to help with anything. They were able to tailor the support they offered to the individual volunteers so that everyone felt looked after.

The activities were brilliant, really rewarding and made great use of the time that we had available. We played and learned with children in the schools and orphanage, painted a mural on a wall in a school and fed the homeless, among other things. The group of volunteers was very diverse but we all got on brilliantly and encouraged each other to explore and learn. The volunteer house is very well set out with separate social areas to support large and small groups. The kitchen is quite basic but provided everything we needed. The shared bedrooms rooms are large and airy and clean.

We had enough free time to explore the town and the OV team were always available by phone if we were out and needed them. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone of any age with an adventurous spirit who really wants to engage with local culture and to try to give something back. I think this is suitable for younger and less experienced volunteers as the OV team provide such fantastic support. The experience was so good that I'm currently booking two more trips with OV next year. Thank you again, OV!

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Posted: January 12, 2018
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10
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10
By: TravelNik
Age:
36

Visited Morocco with original volunteers. It was my first experience of volunteering and I absolutely loved it and couldn’t recommend it highly enough. The volunteer leaders were all so so kind and the house in which we stayed was lovely. We visited orphanages, schools and nursery’s to teach and play with the children (who are the kindest children I’ve ever met). We took games to play, but most of the time they seemed happy enough with your company- a skipping rope was always good fun though. We painted walls in the orphanage too. In our spare time we went quad biking which was amazing and explored the markets and square.
I can’t fault any of it, I only wish I’d stayed longer. An amazing experience!

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Posted: January 4, 2018
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10
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10
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10
By: 08gvhuds
Age:
20

My trip to Ghana with OV was honestly one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I have travelled, worked and volunteered in Africa before but the experiences in Ghana are my most memorable. Every step of the booking process with OV was extremely professional and supportive and they patiently answered all of my multiple questions. The travel and transfer from the airport were well organised. The accommodation was far nicer than I had expected, with my own room bigger than my first flat, with a huge double bed. Water was limited, of course, but we all managed perfectly well. The staff at the volunteer accommodation were exceptionally kind and helpful and always available if we needed anything. The few issues that did arise, as is to be expected, were swiftly and expertly dealt with. The staff cooked for us one night which was a really nice treat and a great way to bring the group together. The staff managed to maintain exactly the right balance of support without crowding us, always making sure they were available if we needed anything at all. They could not have been more accommodating and helpful. I was worried that I would be older than most of the other volunteers but the group was very mixed and everyone got on really well.
The volunteering work was the most rewarding that I have done and, although it was tiring and emotionally exhausting at times, every member of our group felt that they had been useful somehow. We helped with building an extension to a school, painted educational material onto school walls and taught the children. In the evenings we held a ‘book group’, which was the genius idea of one of the volunteers. We read to the local children and helped the older children read to the younger ones. This was my favourite activity as the children were all so enthusiastic and were working together.
I was so impressed with OV that, since travelling with them to Ghana, I have also been with them to Morocco and am planning next years’ trips with them to Bulgaria and South America. I would thoroughly recommend them to everyone of any age who would like to give something back and really engage with local culture. Thank you OV!

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Posted: December 21, 2017
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
By: Niky1234
Age:
36

A massive thank you to Original Volunteers and my coordinator, Asim, for an amazing stay in Nepal. This was my first time volunteering and it was an experience I will never forget. I spent almost two weeks at the children's happy home in Pokhara, Nepal not only volunteering but also learning about traditional Nepalese culture. The children were all boys aged between 5 and 16 years and their happiness, friendliness, and warmth on a day to day basis made my stay with them so enjoyable and I miss them dearly. Daily activities included helping the boys with their homework before and after school, helping around the house, and playing with them. As the boys went to school myself and the other volunteers had free time to explore the scenic and picturesque mountain town. As a citizen in a modern and advanced western world it struck me by how hard life is in the village for the poorer community yet for these young boys it is just a normal way of living. I will definitely keep in touch with Asim and I wish to return in the future to help with the developing projects.

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Posted: October 1, 2017
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10
Support:
7
Value:
10
Age:
20

This was my first volunteering abroad trip ever. I was a little bit worry about traveling alone to volunteer but this all gone since I met the other enthusiastic lovely volunteers in Marrakech, Morocco.

Although my flights were delayed so many times, I did let them know about the changes, they were at the airport when I arrived to pick me up.

I spent two weeks with Original Volunteers in Morocco (August 28, 2017 to September 10, 2017) and it went so fast as if it was two days only.

I really enjoyed my time there.I loved the volunteering projects we did. We did the following activities:
- Cuddling and Playing with orphan kids in Baby Orphanage Centers
- Feeding homeless people.
- Painting old schools' walls for better children’s learning environments.
- Visiting villages to make children learning activities and games

Also, we spent our free time doing so much interesting things like:
Quad biking, waterfalls hike, and camel riding

Over the weekend, we stayed overnight at a barber house to learn how to cook some Moroccan dishes and mint-tea. In addition, we spent one night sleeping in the desert, the stars were so bright on the night it was really amazing.

At the end, basically, this trip is unforgettable as it is one of the best two weeks in my life. The other volunteers make my experience even greater. Original Volunteers coordinators were so friendly.

Thank you Original Volunteers!

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Posted: September 22, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Hussain
Age:
23

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