Volunteer Abroad

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Deciding to volunteer in Vietnam last minute (while travelling in Vietnam) I cannot stress how efficient and clear the communication was with IVHQ. These guys know what they are doing. Green Lion - the local team - took over, and although not as quick to reply, they did confirm information sent. Picked up at airport and taken to the accomodation without worries. The building currently under construction, which had its drawbacks (but end stages) it has a lot of potential, but fulfilled all needs. Delicious food, nice atmosphere among the team and participants. An introduction week with cultural exchange and other experiences as well as useful information to help ease into the following weeks to come. Feedback submitted every week and taken seriously.
The 3 weeks (or remaining 2 and 2 days) of the medical placement went by quickly. I was glad to see that we could be involved by assisting the nurses, which in turn hopefully helped the patients. The conditions are different and a local guide from Green Lion was present at times to aid with language barriers. However, not a lot was medically explained as to why they did so, which could come as a bit of a shock, for me it was. Overall though, watching and experiencing families pull through the tough situations their members were in while at the hospital is inspiring. Have an open mind, follow the steps that IVHQ points out to you and you will surely have a good experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Vietnam
Posted: Dec 12, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad did a really great job of making us all feel safe, even during riots at the time. We were under constant supervision at all times, even for tasks when we were forced to split into smaller groups (like taking cabs home).
The 40 hours of volunteer work was balanced between an elderly home and a kindergarten. In the elderly home you could choose to interact with the seniors or work in the kitchen. In the kindergartens, everyone was split between classrooms and acted as a TA to the teacher present.
Living conditions were great, they make sure you are with a couple other people.
About 3/4's of the group came individually, so don't feel hesitant to sign up without a friend. Everyone got along great.
The trip to Machu Picchu was unsurprisingly amazing, but the rest of the trip was so excellent that it just seems like one of many highlights.
I would definitely recommend this program for anyone between 16-18 years old who enjoys interacting with people.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Dec 10, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

Projects Abroad

Immersed in another culture: Volunteering in Tanzania with Projects Abroad

Volunteering with Projects Abroad was a life-changing experience. I was nervous going to a place so different from anywhere I had ever been before, without my family or anyone I knew, for three months, but the support from Projects Abroad made it seem possible. From the get-go, the Projects Abroad team answered all my questions at their office in Toronto, and by e-mail. They sent me all the information I needed to know, and then some, so that I felt prepared for my trip to Tanzania. In country, they picked me up from the hotel I was staying at with my family (I went on a safari trip for two weeks before starting my internship) and took me to meet my host family. They gave me a thorough orientation of the city and how to get around and made sure I knew exactly how to get to my placement using the dala-dala bus system. My internship at Inherit Your Rights, a local non-governmental organization that works with local widow groups in the surrounding villages regarding human rights issues, particularly inheritance and property law, was an incredible learning experience. I was able to meet and work with the local people, as well as with other volunteers from all over the world. My host family was also so welcoming and made me feel like family. I was continually pushed outside of my comfort zone, but through it all, Projects Abroad was there to support me and make sure it was a positive experience, one that expanded my view of the world and taught me more about myself and the world I live in. Hands down – I would recommend Projects Abroad for anyone looking to volunteer abroad for the first time!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Dec 9, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

I spent two weeks at Askari and I enjoyed every minute. Katie, Ed, all the staff and volunteers are amazing and this place (Pidwa) is amazing. The sleep out in the reserve, all the laughs we had and taking care of all the animals will always be in my memories. I will miss the Askari’s good vibes for a very long time.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: France
Posted: Dec 9, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

I spent 4 weeks at Askari and it was not enough, I needed more. I didn’t study anything related to wildlife conservation but I’ve always been interested in it so I decided to do this programme for 4 weeks. During my stay in SA I only stayed at Askari, no beaches, no Cape Town, but I would do it again. It was amazing! In the orientation week I’ve learnt a lot about conservation, animal management and then we put that all into practice. You really feel you are helping and doing a lot for maintaining the correct habitat for the animals. Katie an Ed are wonderful people, with them around you always feel good and they will answer all your questions. It really feels like a family. Living at the bush for 4 weeks was amazing. In the middle of the reserve, surrounded by wild animals. It was an awesome experience. I’m coming home with much more knowledge about wilderness and I want to learn more and more. I hope to see you again Katie and Ed, You truly are special people, Thank you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My name is Kevin, I am an American university student who volunteered with Projects Abroad this past summer. It was an amazing experience, and I would 100% do it again given the opportunity. Even before departure, Projects Abroad made sure I was okay and prepared by frequently checking in and answering any questions. Upon arriving in Shanghai, I was warmly greeted by two workers who oriented me to the city. I felt like the placement Porjects Abroad gave me was exactly what I was looking for and as depicted on their website. I had an amazing time and fell in love with Shanghai. I met some of the best people there and I still am good friends and keep up with the staff and fellow volunteers of Projects Abroad and at my placement. Projects Abroad is an organization I definitely recommend. They will listen to your needs and make you feel welcome wherever you are in the world!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Global Crossroad

I completed a health care volunteer program at Shadid Memorial Hospital in Nepal for two weeks. Despite being unwell for a few days during this time, I learnt more than I thought I ever would. The staff at the hospital were very supportive, answered any questions I had, explained procedures and the care they were giving and also let me be involved in all aspects of a patients care. The staff at the hospital should be applauded for the amazing work they do each and every day.This experience allowed me to gain an understanding of how I can improve m own practice as a student nurse and how appreciative the Nepalese people are of any nice gesture you give them. The hostel itself was nice to stay in as it was clean, warm, had more than enough food and support was always on hand if needed. Nepal is a beautiful country and it is amazing to see the Nepalese so happy when some have so little. Overall, I had a great experience on my two weeks here and wish I stayed for longer.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

Maider Sanchez, 22 years

I,m a Spanish girl who has been living in Australia for two years and realized how much I love travelling and meeting people from different cultures and countries. I've always been thinking of doing some volunteering job and I found this the perfect opportunity to do so. I spent one week in an orphanage taking care of little children from months to 3 years of age. I found it a great experience! I loved it so much!! there are so many needy little criatures out there and I was trying to make them feel special and loved. it has been such an intense week and I really enjoyed it.
While I was doing the volunteering, I've been staying at Michaels, with two more volunteers. They feed us really well, the food was awesome as well as the treat and the family.
definitely an experience I want to repeat!!!
Thanks so much for everything Michael

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

I took part in the teaching program at the local school and it was by far one of the best experiences I have had in Asia. Though the children may not have much they are constantly smiling and full of energy ( especially when it comes to sport time). My organized home stay with Michaels family was also a highlight, they were so welcoming and made me feel like I was home. I definitely recommend taking the opportunity and involving yourself in this program, it is a great way to immerse yourself in the community and learn more about Sri Lanka.

- Joshua

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This past summer I traveled to Fiji for three weeks with Global Leadership Adventures and I can honestly say it was the best experience I have ever had. Every new place we went we were greeted with the warmest welcomes and friendliest smiles I had ever seen in my life. The program director, mentors, and local staff were so incredibly helpful, supportive, intelligent, and fun. The food and housing were always great. The balance between service and adventure was awesome, we worked for long hours in the villages on a variety of projects but it was always fun. When we got back we had free time to jump in the ocean or hang out in a hammock. The excursions to see stingrays and the long mountain hikes were incredible. And the nightly meeting where we talked about leadership and our views on the world were so engaging and informative. While I was there I also became best friends with the other students on the trip, and since then have flown across the country to visit them. Everyone was so welcoming and nobody was left out, we all had so much fun together. My time in Fiji was without a doubt be the best experience I have had to date, and I know when I came home I was a changed person. I expanded my horizons and immersed myself into a new culture. I gained new knowledge of people around the world, and new insight into the vast world that is out there. My trip challenged me, it pushed me and tired me out but at the end of the day it proved to be so incredibly rewarding. I recommend this program so much to anyone who wants to do service in another country and expand their horizons. The spirit of the country was indescribable, one of the best things I have experienced in my life. The GLA staff did an amazing job organizing this and I'm so happy I was lucky enough to be a part of it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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