Volunteer Abroad

Green Life Volunteers

This was the first volunteering project I worked on overseas and Green life volunteers proved to be a good choice. On arrival in Puerto Jimenez, I was met off the bus by Janina early in the morning. I had already been provided with a list of items I should bring with me to Costa Rica but should I have forgotten any items, Janina was there to show me where in town I could find things like medicines, footwear or banking services. After settling in with a host family and some orientation lessons about the local area, I met up with the project lead to discuss further the schedule for the coming weeks and discuss any concerns I may have. The activity schedule was clear and accurately reflected the program which had interested me on the Green Life Volunteers website. Working on the bird conservation project, some of my duties included social media support, bird surveys and plant nursery work. The diversity of avian species on the Osa peninsula is quite unique and was by far the richest in Costa Rica. Throughout my stay in Costa Rica, Green Life Volunteers were always providing support to enable the success of the project and to ensure a good work life balance where I could enjoy the many activities available on the Osa peninsula like surfing, fishing, kayaking and hiking in the Corcovado National Park. Costa Rica proved to be a safe destination with a friendly and helpful community who want to share in their ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle and I would recommend Green Life Volunteers to anyone who wishes to help protect the unique ecosystem of the Osa peninsula.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Apr 28, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My daughter, Nicole 16 at the time, sat my husband and I down to ask to go to Ghana Africa. We thought she was crazy! We immediately said no and then realized she was serious so we did our research into Global Leadership Adventures and Accra where she would be staying and it was very safe. We left her at the airport and waited 3 weeks to see her again. She came back a new person she had more appreciation and she was so happy. She raved about her trip and the children and the Staff and everything about it. So as a review I will highly suggest the trip all aspects were safe and my daughter got so much out of the experience that she will carry along with her throughout he whole life. As well she has experiences many kids her age do not have in which she can put on applications and apply to her work in the future because of the new aspect she has gained thanks to Global Leadership Adventures! As a parent I highly suggest this program for high school kids!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Apr 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My daughter traveled to Thailand this past summer with Global Leadership Adventures and absolutely loved it! This was a great experience for her because she learned a lot about independence and leadership while having fun in a safe environment. I was apprehensive to let my daughter go away for 2 weeks across the world but after talking with GLA alumni and staff I was reassured that this was a good, safe decision. This experience is one that can not be gained anywhere else and I would recommend that anyone interested takes the leap and do it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Apr 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My daughter traveled to Thailand this past summer with Global Leadership Adventures and absolutely loved it! This was a great experience for her because she learned a lot about independence and leadership while having fun in a safe environment. I was apprehensive to let my daughter go away for 2 weeks across the world but after talking with GLA alumni and staff I was reassured that this was a good, safe decision. This experience is one that can not be gained anywhere else and I would recommend that anyone interested takes the leap and do it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Apr 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I did a 1 week language and cultural programs and 3 weeks photo journalism work.
The pick-up from the airport was excellent, the guest house in the first week was perfect. The food was excellent, the people were all so nice. Our teacher Pratima was so passionate and gave a lot of insight in the cultural aspects of Nepal. Thank you for that Pratima!

The 3 weeks photo journalism was at the other side of Kathmandu, the guesthouse was clean, good food and the people also very nice. The house is located in a nice quiet area. I really enjoyed the football match that was organized by the sun with the other volunteers/interns. Ram, the journalist that helped me everyday is very nice, had good tips!
In total 4 of my photo stories were published online.

I would definitely recommend this this program to anyone who wants to do volunteer work in Nepal!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Apr 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My name is Emily and I went on a spring break trip to Ghana, Africa. It was one of the best weeks of my life for so many reasons. I got to work with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met thanks to Projects Abroad. The other girls I volunteered with were from all over the world including Holland and Denmark. I made connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. Most of the volunteers shared a host home and we spent our free time together, usually eating ice cream. Our guides were so helpful and fun to work with. Richard showed us how to examine the patients at the schools, hospitals, and communities. He made Ghana feel like a second home with his knowledge of the country and he made the whole experience as memorable as it could be!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Apr 25, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This past summer I traveled to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on Global Leadership Adventure's "Preserving Nature's Wonders" trip, and it was an amazing experience. I got the chance to volunteer in one of the most unique ecosystems on earth, and the things I was able to accomplish there has continued to define my life. The GLA staff and mentors were extremely helpful throughout what could have been a very stressful process, and they helped ensure my safety throughout the entire trip. I always felt safe and comfortable. I would highly recommend Global Leadership Adventures to any teen looking to travel abroad; it will truly change your life!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Apr 25, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

I had some annual leave and I wanted to do something worthwhile with my time off. I did a quick search online and filled out a form for Original Volunteers based on the fact it seemed reasonably priced compared to other sites I'd seen, and they had projects in countries that I'd love to visit.
Within a couple of hours I had a call back from their team, they didn't try to push me into anything, they were really helpfully and it was so easy and simple to do, I just had to book my flights and advise them of the day so they can arrange a pick up. A week later I was on a flight to Marrakesh, they'd briefed me well on the phone and answered all my questions, they always called back and was there to help. I was even able to get in touch with other volunteers that I'd be working with.
We stayed in the old town called the Medina, in a Riad which was so nice, much better than I was expecting. There were very few tourists, I loved that about the trip, it was real life, no holiday resorts on the doorstep, but I never felt unsafe. Some may find it a bit of a culture shock but actually Morroco is not so bad, there's Internet, everyone seems to have Facebook and instagram and there are short taxi trips to more touristy areas.
The hosts were 2 local guys who spoke good English, they was really friendly and was there for us all week.
It was a quiet week for volunteers, there were only 5 of us, all girls. We had the best week, we chose to share rooms, we felt close friends from day one and worked so well together that we really felt we accomplished things during our project work.
The projects we visited were so enjoyable, we took lots of arts and crafts and made creative things with the kids, I know they really appreciated us being there and having someone give them attention and have fun with them, it made them smile, it alters your mindset, to share joy and gratitude from simple pleasures. It was the perfect get away and a great introduction to volunteering.
I'd definitely recommend Original Volunteers to anyone who was looking to volunteer abroad. It was hassle free for me, and I made some brilliant friends and memories,
I'd love to go again soon.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Apr 24, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Give a Heart To Africa

I volunteered with GHTA for a month in January 2017, and it was hands down the best month of my life. This program is truly amazing, and the people you meet in Moshi will forever change your life.

I decided to volunteer with GHTA after a friend of mine told me about the program, as she had volunteered a few years prior and absolutely loved it. I just graduated college in December 2016, and decided that I wanted to go to Tanzania for the month immediately after. I traveled with my best friend, as we were both passionate about women's education.

The women that are in this program are some of the most inspiring and determined women I have ever met in my life. For many of the students, this program is one of the only ways for them to gain a better education, and provide for their families. Everyday, I woke up with excitement to see these women and talk with them about their lives and their families. I was working in the vocations classroom, and had amazing conversations with them surrounding current global issues, and women's rights in Tanzania. Although I was teaching them English, they also did a fantastic job of teaching me Swahili.

The program is also run by a fantastic woman, Rhiannon. I have never seen someone who genuinely cares so much about giving back to others before herself. She wants each and every one of her students to succeed, even if that means being strict on them. She inspired me every day, and was also so fun to spend time with when class was not in session. She is the heart and soul of GHTA.

The town of Moshi itself is beautiful and filled with such kind people. My best friend and I walked to town nearly every day, and always felt safe. Kilimanjaro is also the backdrop to Moshi, although we did not get to hike it while we were there.

There is so much to do in Tanzania, and so many amazing people to meet. If you have the time, go volunteer for GHTA for at least two months. One month for us was not enough, and we were heartbroken to have to leave. I love the people and the organization so much, and I hope to go back to this program someday.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Apr 23, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Last summer I went on a trip to the Galapagos with Global Leadership Adventures. Never once did I feel unsafe while in the hands of my program leaders. This trip was well organized and impacted me positively. GLA helped me realize so much about the world around us. I definitely recommend this trip to anyone willing to step outside their comfort zone and embrace a different culture.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Apr 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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