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Volunteer Abroad Reviews

Samantha Therrien
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 20
Program: Zambia
Project: Teaching
Date: December 2014 - 4 weeks

I think you get out of it what you put into it. You have to have initiative to make a much bigger impact. For example, my teaching placement was only 8-12 Monday to Friday. I was feeling like there was more I could be doing in my afternoons, I talked to the local staff and the next day I met with a coach of 3 children's soccer teams that I got to assist with in their practices 3pm-5pm Monday-Friday. Really getting a feel of local life and getting an authentic experience at my placement. It was great meeting and living with others from around the world.


Shelley Hume
Nationality: Australian
Age: 21
Program: Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh
Project: Medical
Date: December 2014 - 4 weeks

I absolutely loved that I was able to go to all the volunteer areas on offer. IVHQ weekends were amazing! And the local staff were the best!!

Christine Andrews
Nationality: American
Age: 22
Program: Peru - Cusco
Project: Teaching English
Date: January 2015 - 2 weeks

My favorite moment from my volunteering experience was playing the fly swatter game with the girls in our English class. I would do a motion that represented a vocabulary word they were learning and the girls would have to run up and slap the correct English word on the board with their fly swatter. The girls were in two teams so it became very competitive. The girls LOVED this game and it was so rewarding to see the smiles on their face. It is a moment I will never forget! I stayed in the volunteer house, San Pedro, and it was very nice! It was very modernized with wifi and nice furnishings. The house was always clean and the food was very good! The staff was very friendly and always willing to help.

Shawn Areta
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 24
Program: Peru - Cusco
Project: Medical
Date: January 2015 - 3 weeks

The accommodation was huge and the house staff made perfect meals everyday. The best part was meeting a lot of other volunteers from around the world and hearing about their volunteering.

Riddhi Chauhan
Nationality: American
Age: 20
Program: Mexico
Project: Childcare
Date: January 2015 - 2 weeks

The best part was working with the children at the rehabilitation center. It was also great to see tourist attractions with the other volunteers.

Sarah Rayner
Nationality: Kenya
Age: 23
Program: Kenya
Project: HIV/AIDS Work
Date: February 2015 - 3 weeks

Living with local families means you get to know the culture, the people and the overall life of Kenyans. Also living with other volunteers you get the chance to make great friends. My accommodation was perfect. The living conditions were basic but everything was really nice.

Kelsey Flanigan
Nationality: American
Age: 25
Program: India - Delhi
Project: Slum Teaching
Date: November 2014 - 2 weeks

The best part of volunteering in India was meeting new people, seeing the kids everyday, and complete and total submersion into a completely different culture! I was very happy with the orientation and the staff who led it. It was a great experience!

Kaitlyn Kort
Nationality: Australian
Age: 19
Program: Guatemala
Project: Medical
Date: February 2015 - 2 weeks

I spent nearly everyday at the clinic, it was amazing!!! I loved the staff there and they help me with my Spanish which was awesome considering they didn't have to. 


Brianna Kingsep
Nationality: Australian
Age: 19
Program: Cambodia
Project: Childcare
Date: January 2015 - 3 weeks

The best part of my trip was seeing the children at the my childcare placement as well as being able to travel and be immersed in their culture.

Laura Fleury
Nationality: Australian
Age: 20
Program: Philippines
Project: Medical
Date: February 2015 - 2 weeks

Orientation was fantastic! I learnt a lot about the local area and the culture of the Philippines. An amazing week! I have gained an insight into living in a developing country, and to appreciate everything that I have. I have also grown in my skills as a nurse and the medical system that I have in Australia.

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