Rustic Volunteer and Travel

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Rustic Volunteer Travel was an awesome organization to volunteer though in Costa Rica! I volunteered at their location in San Miguel of Sarapiqui and loved the small-town feel of the very remote community. Much help was needed in the area and there are so many different projects to get involved in. I did several different activities including helping the local women with recycling paper, teaching english lessons to the kids, and planting coffee at a nearby coffee farm! This is one of my favorite regions in Costa Rica due the breathtaking landscapes and abundant activities to do around the area. On your free time go for a hike to the river! It was beautiful and refreshing to cool off in! I would definitely recommend this program to anyone interested in enjoying Costa Rica through a volunteer experience.

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Posted: June 3, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
21

My name is Neave I am 19 years old and I live in Wales, United Kingdom. I have always wanted to travel abroad but never knew where to start or how to do so. While browsing online I came across Rustic Travel and Volunteer which then connected me to Mr Michael Ferreira. Not wanting to travel alone just yet, traveling through Rustic and Michael was very helpful and reassuring. I lived in Michael's home for one week and took a language and cultural course on Sri Lanka. His family are very welcoming and the food is to die for! After spending a week with Michael's family I traveled on to MEF (Millenium Elephant Foundation) where I stayed for 6 weeks, I would definitely recommend working there!! I met some amazing people and had an experience I will never forget. I would most recommend travelling through Rustic Travel and Michael as they are very supportive and can attend to any of your needs.

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Posted: May 31, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
19

Along with myself and 16 other Child and Youth Worker students from the St. Lawrence College had the opportunity of a live time. We all fundraiser and worked extremely hard to be able to even partake in this trip, we raised over $60,000 just to go to Africa and have enough supplies and things like that while we were down there. We stayed at a place right on the Indian Ocean (Beatrices House) in a community called Watamu, This was one of the most amazing places I have ever been too, it had made me take into consideration a lot of things in my life, and how lucky we actually all are to be able to get this opportunity. Throughout the mission there were many communication barriers and struggles along the way, but nothing that couldn't be handled or reconsidered in the future. Rustic Travel did a great job the best that they could do with what they had, also room for improvement in every organization and Rustic is one of them.But nothing matter to the students and staff of the trip, i didnt care what I was doing a everyday basis, and nor did I care as long as I got to be helping people and interacting with the community. We worked at the Gede Clinic in Watamu, we also visited 3 different orphanages throughout Watamu as well, which was the overall greatest experiences of my life. Another amazing thing I get to say I did in Africa was DELIVER A BABYYY, which was absolutely amazing in itself and something i will never forget. Throughout the trip is was an overall amazing time and for sure would encourage anyone else to take advantage of such an opportunity when it is available. This trip is something I think about everyday, and reflect on and something I for sure want to keep a part of my life for years and years to come. Cheers!

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Posted: April 16, 2012
Overall:
6
Support:
5
Value:
5
By: astroud
Age:
21

I recently went to Kenya with my school program and I must say that this experience has truly affected my life. Having a representative from Rustic Volunteer with us to me provided additional support and insight into what it meant to be a volunteer in Kenya. Our rustic representative helped us to make connections with the local people, allow us exposure to the life of a Kenyan, thier resiliance and beauty. In the future I would feel comfortable not going with a representative as I was able to make my own connections with local professionals and those who gave us a place to stay for the duration of our time there. I do think though, that for first time visitors it is highly reccomended to have someone from an organization, like Rustic to help guide you through your experiences in whatever country you choose!

All and all this was an experience I will never forget and feel fortunate to have had the opportuntiy to share so much with the wonderful people of Kenya!

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Posted: April 11, 2012
Overall:
7
Support:
9
Value:
10
By: TaraRob
Age:
24

A group of 15 students and 2 faculty members arranged a seventeen day trip to Kenya. This trip was a life changing experience. The staff who worked at the house were amazingly sweet and fun characters to be around. We were located right by the ocean, in a very secluded atmosphere, which contributed to the serenity of the place.

Our guide was very flexible with regards to allowing us to experience new activities and positions within the Watamu community. He effectively listened to our desires and goals, implementing change where needed.

We were able to successfully lay the foundation and walls of a maternity clinic in Gede (a local village), as well as work in a variety of different orphanages.

This was a very successful and thoroughly rewarding trip. I would suggest this program to others looking to volunteer at a reasonable price.

Kenya is a great place to visit. The people are so full of love and their values are now those that I strive for within my own life. I hope to go back within the next year.

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Posted: April 1, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9
Age:
25

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