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I found I was given very little information that i needed. I didn't know which school I would be going to let alone what grade I would be teaching. This was very frustrating since I knew so little about the area or the teaching style, as someone who had never taught before, so i couldn't really prepare.

This involved me doing all my own visa work, although i was reimbursed.

The project staff for the most part made little effort to interact with me and I had to be very self-reliant at times. And the teaching was organised but I had very little flexibility to teach anything myself or in the style that i wanted. Because the teachers would tell us to teach from a pretty poor government textbook and would also severely punish the kids who failed to reach the top of the class or the ones who talked in class.

I didn't feel comfortable coming to travellers and explaining my problems whilst I was there. I felt very insecure as it seemed like the in-country staff very much took the side of the school, rather than supporting me in any issue that occurred.

So after one or two problems which remained unsolved I ended up doing it myself.

The in-country manager was Jack Liu who did manage to help organise me transport to and from the airport. Aside from this he gave me little support and only emailed a handful of times to ask how i was doing. Me and the other volunteers simply ended up organising our own travelling as his suggestions were mostly unhelpful.

The accommodation had pieces of scrap in the kitchen including empty gas canisters, as well as being generally dirty when i arrived. It was located on campus and I did manage to get wi-fi from a kind neighbour but those were the only real positives. The washing machine was broken and I really would have appreciated a better induction.

Yes, I think travellers should make more of an effort to interact with their volunteers, whether through their in-country staff or not. We shouldn't have to come to them, we're paying them for '24-hour support.'

Furthermore they should spend more time with their in-country staff and at their locations because the one i encountered was pretty awful and i doubt would have been suggested had one of the staff visited.

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Posted: September 11, 2015
Overall:
3
Support:
1
Value:
5
Age:
20

I am extremely disappointed…

I chose this company in good faith when I decided to go to Australia to have a rewarding working experience. As it turned out, the large amount of money to find me a training experience was no more than coffee making placement. We can say that my experience was extremely good in increasing my skills in the use of a photocopy machine. I met 2 other people who made an internship by Traveller and they were both disappointed, but they were lucky to didn't take several months as I deeply regret!

At the beginning, the staff of Travellers were nice (I mean the minimum), which is quite normal I guess as they want you to choose their company... But once I started my training, I contacted the person in charge in Australia to talk about my deception regarding my work, and she just tell me that "it's probably gonna be better after"... so I continued my internship, doing all the tasks even if it was really useless in term of experience and even for the company, until the end, by respect to my colleagues and regarding my commitment. But I have to say that doing a useless job when you don't get salary it's already a waste of time, but if it's a useless job and you also paid a lot of money for it, I just call this a big scam.

Furthermore, I was also really disappointed by the staff of Traveller and their lack of courtesy and respect. As an exemple (but I have several), I had book my accommodation by Traveller: at one point, I wanted to leave the hostel few days (for a trip) and come back after, so I informed the hostel and also the staff of Traveller of my departure (as others have done). But when I came back, Travellers staff claimed to have used my money to paid the hostel when I wasn't here, and they told me that they will not refund me those days. So I could understand this without any problem. But the truth is that the hostel didn't received any money from Traveller for those days, and the manager of the hostel gave me the bill as a proof. Traveller just lied to me and tried to keep my money instead to use for the services I paid for. When I contacted the headquarter to talk about my deception of this program, they didn't treat me with respect or even as a client, and they asked me to justified all the time, and even with the proofs that I sent to them, they never recognized their mistake and in addition they were unpleasant.

I have to say that my biggest disappointment wasn't really about the money I lost, but it was about the minimum of courtoise that I never get from this organism (staff in Australia as well as the office in UK).

So the result : I lost a large amount of money in this, no experience gain at all, and I was treated with no respect until the end. I really advice you to choose another company for professional experience, you could easily find better company and cheaper.

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Posted: May 27, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1
By: AR
Age:
24

Egypt is a wonderful place and so different from Europe.During our 9 days here,not only amazing scenery we saw,but also kind people who lives in Egypt we appreciated.Especially the staff from Hello-Hi tour agency,the tour guide Osama,he is so nice and always be helpful.we really appreciate for his kindness.Nice trip ,nice people,nice food.Can't waiting for the second trip in Egypt!

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Posted: January 24, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
28

A great Tamarindo Family Vacation

My folks and I just returned home from our stay at the Best Western Vista Villas in Tamarindo and we had an extraordinary time! Vis location, quality, and price, you actually can not do better. Our room looked out over the sea, and it's tough to describe how pretty it actually was without seeing it for yourself. Particularly come sunset!

Getting to the beach was literally a minute's walk. All you have to do is cross the street and you're there. I also would endorse utilising the beach as your most important source of travel getting in and out of Tamarindo's major strip, which is just 5-10 minutes away on foot, dependent on your destination. Not that you can't walk along the street / path, it's just much nicer dipping your toes in the sea on the way over.

If your kids are not extremely keen on the sea, like my kids of 8 and eleven, the Vista Villas has a great pool for children to play in, which also has a swim up bar and lounge chairs so us adults can have our own fun, while pretending to cater to our children = )

Breakfast was definitely great! If you aren't into gigantic meals in the morning, they provide juice, milk, cereal, baked products, toast, and array of fresh local fruit absolutely free. If you are like me and you like a hefty breakfast, for a little charge you can get the local treat of gallo pinto a rice and beans dish served with numerous egg preparations. We only ate dinner at the hotel once during our stay, but again, it left very little to desired. Other than the undeniable fact that it wasn't as aimed towards local cuisine, my spouse and I both had a great bit of fish served with multiple pineapple salsas that were truly flavorful, and my kids had pizza, which I am glad they did not finish, as it was shockingly good.

The hotel can also get you set up to take tours if you have an interest in doing something similar to zip-lining or a day of sailing

The rooms are easy, but have all that you need on a visit to Costa Rica snug beds and air-con. If you're planning on visiting the area, and if you do not need to spend a third of your annual salary by going to one of the areas top quality resorts, we discovered that the Best Western was the ideal place to stay!

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Posted: August 24, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10
Age:
31

I was extremely disappointed with my experience, and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I felt alone and unsupported, but more importantly unwanted in my project. It made me feel as though my money had gone to waste. I would certainly recommend arranging a project yourself. At least then you are in control of your time abroad. So sad that I had such a negative experience as I had looked forward to this project. I wouldn't wish such a bad experience on my enemy.

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Posted: August 23, 2012
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1
By: mrreview
Age:
45

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