Volunteer Abroad

Projects Abroad

I traveled to Nanyuki, Kenya in June of 2017 and the experience was life changing. My experience was something I will never forget and a huge part of that was due to the staff. On first arrival you have someone who meets you at the airport and takes you to Nanyuki.Once there you meet the rest of the staff and they help you familiarize yourself with the town. The staff was unbelievable in Kenya and they truly were a large reason why my trip was so life changing.
My host family was also amazing! They were so kind and welcoming on my first day. The family I stayed with had kids which was great and they were wonderful. My host family made me feel right at home and took away any anxiety I still had about being away from my own family!
My placement was at a school called Hope & Home, where I taught physical education. I spent about 6 hours there every day and it was wonderful. The staff at the school were great and were willing to let me be apart of their classes and help out. The kids at the school were great and taught me so much about their country and their customs. In my free time/ on weekends me and other volunteers would so on day trips or weekend trips to explore the rest of Kenya. I was able to go on a safari, hike Thompson Falls, view Mt. Kenya and explore the town of Nanyuki.
Overall, My experience was amazing and I am so glad I chose to volunteer in Kenya. The staff, my host family and my placement were welcoming and always helpful. I couldn't have asked for a better placement!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Feb 22, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This past summer, I traveled to Anloga, Ghana for three weeks on the Children of Africa program with Global Leadership Adventures (GLA). In simple terms, this trip was a life-changing experience. Between the perfect balance of service, culture, and the incredible people I met, I will forever remember my time in the amazing country of Ghana. Our days began at 7 am with a delicious breakfast, then we broke into our three mentor groups to go to our schools. At Zico Primary, my mentor group’s school, we started by making bricks; these bricks would go toward building school facilities because there is an issue of overcrowding. After brick making, we taught for an hour. My two partners and I taught first graders english, science, and math. I had never taught before in a classroom setting so it was quite challenging but very fun and rewarding by the end of the three weeks. I made an incredible relationship with my students and learned a bit of Ewe, the local language, along the way. After returning from school and eating lunch, we did a variation of activities each day. For example, one day we shopped in the Anloga and Keta markets. There, we bought traditional fabric which we then brought to seamstresses who sewed clothing for us. When we returned from our afternoon activities, we ate dinner and began our evening activity. Days were packed full with lots to do and each activity had the purpose of meeting new people and learning about Ghanaian culture. Aside from the schedule, I want to acknowledge the amazing staff on site. Each mentor group has a mentor and a local staff member; there is also an international director and a local staff director. Everyone is extremely nice and approachable. They accompany you on every adventure and they are great people to get to know and talk to; they each come from such interesting and different backgrounds so make sure you get to know them! GLA does an amazing job at finding incredible staff, providing a fun, activity-packed trip, and ensuring our safety. I cannot recommend this company enough! I will never forget my experience in Ghana and will remember all of the wonderful memories I made there.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Feb 22, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My trip to Fiji late last year was truly one of the best experiences of my life. What made it so enjoyable and easy was the amazing support staff during and prior to the trip, the placement and what I did at the placement, the host family and the other wonderful volunteers I was able to share this experience with.

Prior to the trip, you have a correspondence who helps you with all the necessary documents and forms that you need to fill out before you leave. My correspondent for my trip was absolutely so amazing and helpful. She was able to email me everything I needed to know from the technical documents to what my average day to day during my placement would look like. She answered all my questions and queries that I had and we sent regular emails and also phone calls once a week around 2 weeks before I left. She was so kind and willing to help which made things so much easier.

What I did during my placement was so much fun and such a great experience.
A typical day was spent with the children at a local village in Nadi, Fiji, teaching them basic english and numeracy. Bonding with these children was definitely the highlight of the trip. Then we typically spent around 2hrs redecorating the local kindergarten, repainting and drawing murals all throughout the classroom. Finally, we would either go on a fun day trip to one of the activities Projects Abroad had planned or went to our host home to chill out and rest for the rest of the night.

My host family made the experience so much better and it was nice as I was able to be placed with my friend. The accommodation was up to a great standard and the food they packed us for lunch and dinner was really tasty. My particular family had 2 children whom I loved playing and spending time with.

Being able to spend the trip with a bunch of other volunteers was really fun. There were girls from all around the world and interacting with people who were also invested and interested in volunteer work was such an awesome feeling.

Being given the opportunity to travel overseas to give back to a less fortunate community was so incredible and I truly couldn't recommend this trip enough.

Thank you to all the people who made this trip possible and a special thanks to Projects Abroad for having such incredible opportunities available to people.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Feb 20, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

20 year old traveling alone for the first time, was made much easier by Hom from RCDP. He got in contact with me and then we exchanged skype calls and was a great support.

I was then in touch with the Sri Lankan coordinator Michael. He is a lovely man, who replies quickly to emails and is very knowledgeable. He helped me understand where I was going to go and what I was going to do, so it was a smooth transition between talking to RCDP and Hom, to then talking to Michael about the trip itself. Both these men were very good help before I even left Australia.

Leading up to my flight, Michael was in touch and had organised a driver to pick me up on time who was there perfectly, he had lunch ready for me at home and his whole family are very nice and great people. They made my experience amazing and accommodated to any needs I had. Staying with Michael and his family included 3 meals a day (Amazing food!), any needs I had, drivers to anywhere I needed and also gave me a tour on the first day showing me the local supermarket, pharmacy, hospital, beaches and sites. I cannot recommend staying with Michael and his family enough.

I volunteering abroad was undertaken at the school in Galle, from kids between grade 6 to grade 13, teaching English. The school were a very good help to whatever I needed and gathered that I was very sport based so let me take the kids for sport each day. I took new basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, freebees, skipping ropes and many more games and books for the school. They were very appreciative of this and at the end of my time there, gave me a small gift to say thank you.

Before you do go, make sure you know how much each thing is (stay cost ect) and also bring all the right equipment by asking any questions you have.

For anybody looking to volunteer abroad, and thinking of Sri Lanka, do it! It's an amazing country and Michael and his family make it the best experience possible.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Feb 17, 2018
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
8

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

The Global Leadership Adventures Program is an excellent opportunity for teens to do service work abroad, as well as enjoy adventures native to the country in which the youth are serving. The GLA staff are readily available to both teens and parents alike and able to answer any and all questions along the planning phase. The programs do cost money, although GLA allows for payments to be flexible and reasonable. GLA works with a designated travel agent to help the teens find the best flights possible and also offer payment plans for the flight. GLA provides the teens with staff members at their locations in the countries and who stay throughout the program. For all of these reasons and more, I strongly recommend GLA to any teens looking for adventure and service opportunities somewhere outside of the USA.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Feb 13, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I spent three weeks volunteering in Peru’s coastal capital of Lima. It turned it to be one of the most fun and fulfilling experiences of my life, and I really wish I was able to stay longer. I participated in the Special Needs/Childcare program, and at first it was a little overwhelming since I had no prior experience with working with the special needs, as well as a very small amount of Spanish speaking abilities. However, after a day or two, I felt as if I could have done it for the rest of my life. Everyone was so appreciative of us and they were always happy to see us at the placement. Leaving the children was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a long time. In just three short weeks I felt as if they became a piece of me and my happiness. Nothing was better than walking into the placement and seeing them all smile and get excited to see us. It felt so great to be appreciated and see what we were doing make such a positive impact on them, and I hope I can inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and experience something as beneficial as this volunteer program has been for me. In regards to the volunteer house and the utilization of free time, I couldn’t have imagined it be any better. I met people from all around the world, so I learned about more cultures than just Peru. I will dearly miss the times I had relaxing and exploring the city with my new friends. Sometimes, I think I miss them more than anything. The people you meet on these journeys can become just as important to you as the journey itself, and I definitely experienced that. However, it is so cool that I am now able to say I have friends all around the world and I look forward to seeing them again one day. We were well taken care of throughout the trip with good food, a nice accommodation and knowledgeable supervisors and coordinators that helped us with whatever we needed. I’m so glad I decided to volunteer with IVHQ in Lima. It will be an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Feb 12, 2018
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

It is my best experience ever in an unfamiliar city. I was assigned to a childcare organization called LRDE in Phnom Penh. These kids lacking in material well-being received us with a warm welcome and an open mind. They made my day when they ran to our tuk-tuk car at the gate every morning, yelling sweetly 'hello!' I must appreciate their kindness and goodness. And much to my joy as I witness their progress- putting the waste stuff into the garbage bin instead of merely throwing about, washing hands spontaneously before eating or hugging us after eating. I naturally fit in the city and people and am convinced that I am a tiny part of the great mission to make the city a better place. IVHQ provides accommodation and food in the volunteer house , which is also the local office. The staff there are very helpful and warmhearted, and they also supported us in safety keeping, transportation recommendation, even bargaining and tour guidance. They helped us better understand the situation there and confronted us with great patience and consideration. And the food provided in the volunteer house was awesome. Just for one thing, the room without air conditioner in tropical area is somehow a challenge, though I got used to it soon afterwards. Overall, I would highly recommend this experience to others.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Feb 12, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Beacon of Hope Uganda

Since I was a little girl I have always felt an odd connection with Africa without knowing why. I thought it may have something to do with the land…with Savanna Trees…maybe even with elephants. I never dreamed it could have been with the people.

And so it was that at age 58, I left for Uganda hoping to learn more about this place about which I knew so little, and to form a single alliance between a woman of the First World and a people of the Third World. In working as a volunteer with Beacon of Hope Uganda, I had the good fortune to live with the founder of the organization Isaac Ssamba and his team, getting to know them, their extended families and neighbors, and learning firsthand about BoHU’s numerous programs of community outreach.

The first thing I learned was that Ugandan people as a whole, are the most hospitable, generous, and friendly I have ever had the good fortune to meet. I had expected to be somewhat intimidated or even frightened traveling alone to Uganda, but I can say that without exception I never felt either of those things.

Experiencing their sweetness and generosity of spirit is truly a commonplace occurrence. Suffice it to say, I love Ugandan people!

While in Uganda I kept a personal diary. I wanted to share something of it here, but could not decide what impacted me most and wanted to share with the reader—the children living at the Orphanage? The school visits? Hungry children? Young people coming to the house hoping that BoHU could pay their school fees or mothers hoping they could get help for their sick children?

The women who support themselves making crafts? How about something simple like the affectionate neighbor children who sang for us, held our hands, sat on our laps? Beacon of Hope Uganda conducts so many worthy programs that to discuss one seems to lessen the importance of another, and everyday life is in itself an adventure.

Thank you Beacon of Hope Uganda for the great experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Feb 8, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Green Life Volunteers

I was a volunteer for one month in Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. Every day I got the chance to see so many different animals not only in trails but in base too, such as birds, monkeys, crocodiles, coatis, baby turtles, whales, snakes, sloths and tapir. The days passed I was more amazed by the biodiversity of the Park. I will never forget how it felt to sleep listening to the ocean and the rainforest at the same time.
Maybe my stay there was a little unusual because of the Hurricane Otto. It was several weeks of rain. The park closed and the entire country was in red emergency so every night we had to turn on the generator to watch the news and see the direction of the winds. Because of the hurricane, we had to stay most of the time in the base, it was too dangerous to walk in the forest with that much rain and wind.
One of the most interest things of that period, it was to watch a vulture hatching a plastic ball thinking it was a egg. We tried to show him it was not an egg but every day the vulture was there taking care of his imaginary baby. It was incredible to watch the persistence, because he was there even with the strong wind and the heavy rain.
For sure I will never forget what I passed during my stay in Corcovado National Park. This park has so many biodiversity, I never saw something like that. The rangers are so committed to protect that area and the guides know a lot about the life there! I learned so much about animals, about the forest and about life. It was incredible to be surrounded by nature and had that experience!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Feb 6, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered in Costa Rica using IVHQ. I participated in their turtle conservation project and spent my time volunteering at Verdiazul. Verdiazul is a non-profit organization stationed at playa Junquillal. I have traveled previously but this was my first solo experience traveling and I am super grateful that I did so through IVHQ. Their in-country support was very helpful, and I was able to meet people that have the same interests and passions I do. I made some of my bestfriends while volunteering through IVHQ and we still stay in touch to this day. The turtle conservation project was stationed on a local beach and our daily activities included cleaning, planting trees, checking the hatchery for temperatures and to see if any nests hatched, releasing baby turtles once the nest hatched, night beach patrols, retrieving eggs as the turtle was laying them, among many other activities. It was one of the most amazing experiences to be able to dig up hatched nests of baby turtles and to release them on the beach at sunset! I was also able to catch the eggs in my hands while a turtle was laying them on the beach during one of my night patrols! Lastly, my favorite experience was when a two-headed baby Leatherback sea turtle hatched and we were able to release him on the beach. The people who own the organization had never seen a two-headed baby sea turtle before so it was a truly unique experience. Overall, the program was very affordable and the housing, food, and project was all great. I would highly recommend this program!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Feb 5, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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