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Global Nomadic distinguishes itself from traditional 'gap-year' and voluntary placement organizations by offering reasonably priced programs without taking commission.
We cater to a wide range of fields - from medicine and education, to veterinary science and journalism and more - matching you with reputable, worthwhile organisations around the world.
Global Nomadic personally visits all volunteer sites to ensure a quality experience for volunteers. You will receive support before, during and after your placement. Visit the Global Nomadic website for more information.
Program: TV Journalism Careership - Mongolia
Global Nomadic's Response to Olivia:
We work with a local provider in Thailand who receive many volunteers each year. We both do our best to provide the best experience possible and what is described on our site. In this case Olivia did not get the experience she signed up for and apologize about this. We have refunded Olivia a percentage of the fee paid and have investigated this thoroughly with the provider in Thailand. We are doing everything we can to avoid this again in the future and will be updating all of our project descriptions with them.
We have many happy clients who we have sent away, as you can see on our Chronicles - www.globalnomadic-chronicles.net. Yet unfortunately things will sometimes go wrong and the best thing we can do is own the mistakes and do everything we can to avoid similar situations in the future, which is what we are doing. We therefore welcome all comments, good and bad so that we can live up to our values to offer quality placements with the best possible support and assistance.
Submitted on 12/09/2013
Program: Global Nomadic Alumni
Global Nomadic's Response to Nadia Shivji:
Thankyou for your Feedback. I know that we have exchanged many emails in
regards to your experience however I thank you for bringing the whole
experience to light once more. As explained we take all complaints very
seriously have now fully investigated this.
Firstly, the reason we sent your first email to the project coordinator was to be able to fully investigate this and get him to explain himself. It was not meant in
any other way than to get to the bottom of the situation.
Secondly, in regards to the safety issues, we have doubled checked with numerous previous volunteers and other volunteer organisations working in the area as to their opinion on the safety of the area. Here is one of the replies from a Nicola Price who volunteered in 2012;
I did not consider the area around the volunteer house as unsafe but then I
did not take any risks, ie. walking at night, taking short cuts, carrying
lots of money etc.
I felt very safe at my project, both within the school and travelling to
and from the school.
Hope this helps."
We are very sorry to hear of the robbery of the person you were with,
however it is impossible to guarantee safety anywhere in the world, and you
must be careful everywhere that you go. I have travelled extensively around the world and know from experience that you must not stand out as a rich tourist or walk down dodgy alleyways with valuables in your pocket. However luck is always a factor and petty robberies are an unfortunate reality associated with traveling.
Thirdly, in regards to the placement, it is difficult to guarantee that you
will be useful to the project. The main aim of the internship is to expose
you to a Human Rights organisation working in Tanzania. Firstly, if you do
not have years of experience behind you, you cannot expect to be able to
make a huge difference to the human rights situation in Tanzania, and to
the work of the organisation. The idea is to give you an insight into their
work and help you to further your career prospects by adding the experience
to your portfolio. You cannot expect to be an integral part of their
organisation, especially if you are there for just a few months. As with
any internship, you get out what you put in, and if you can find something
which makes you useful in conjunction with the local staff, than that would
be ideal. It is possible that this was not the right placement for you,
and for this we apologize.
In regards to the money charged by the project, they are not a non-profit
organisation, and have wages to pay, an office to upkeep and many other
expenses which you are perhaps not aware of. Whilst it is possible to have
stayed elsewhere for less, this is what they have determined necessary to
house participants and keep them working at the various projects they work
with. The price was agreed with you initially, and should not now be an
issue in retrospect. $220 per week all inclusive is a fraction of the price
charged by some other organisations for similar experiences.
Lastly, here is another testimonial from Gertjan de Flou, who just returned
from Tanzania after attending the Medical project.
"As a medical student, I really wanted to go volunteering at a hospital in
a developing country. In my search for a proper organization, Global
Nomadic stood out. The staff was so helpful. They gave me all the
information about the project, helped me with my flight tickets, the
vaccinations, brought me into contact with the local staff, informed me
about the placement in Arusha, and so on. They made it so easy for me.
I was placed in an apartment in Arusha. Being in contact with the other
volunteers at the apartment was for me one of the highlights of my 5 weeks
in Tanzania. The apartment was so good: the rooms, the food, the entourage,
it was perfect!
The medical project was also really good. Although there were a lot of
volunteers when I was there (july), the doctors and nurses made you feel
very welcome, asked you questions, let you do some vaccinations, taking
blood pressure, assist in some delivery's and other operations. During my
stay at the hospital, I learned a lot of things and practiced my skills.
For me, it was an incredible experience.
I would definitely recommend Global Nomadic for everybody who wants to go
volunteer in a foreign country. The program and the placement is so well
organized, plus they really make you feel at home. Also, the local staff is
very helpful in organizing to go on safari, relax at Zanzibar or do the
Thanks again for the great experience!
Gertjan De Flou "
Submitted on 10/08/2013
Meet Jeremy Freedman Sharma - Global Nomadic Founder and Director
GO: Tell us a little about Global Nomadic and your role at the company.
Jeremy: Global Nomadic was founded in 2009 to help young professionals find the experience they need to further their career or find meaningful experiences.
Global Nomadic provide placements and experiences in a range of different fields, from medicine and education, to veterinary science and journalism and many more - matching you with reputable, worthwhile organisations around the world.
GO: How did you get involved in the volunteer industry?
Jeremy: After having travelled widely and participated in many volunteer projects around the world, I realized I could help others find these great projects. I selected various projects to visit to ensure they are reputable, and offer what they say they do.
GO: What makes Global Nomadic unique?
Jeremy: We work directly with projects all over the world, and will put you directly in contact with them. We are here to offer full pre-departure support and make sure you have everything you need from start to finish. we are on hand to help at every step of the way. We add no commission to any project, instead we ask for a placement fee to cover our costs.
GO: How do you ensure your programs are sustainable and mutually beneficial for you, the community, and the volunteers?
Jeremy: We only select the best projects that we find, that are run by well-intentioned serious individuals We would not support any project which did not our strict guidelines and are not environmentally or socially beneficial.
GO: What does the future hold for Global Nomadic?
Jeremy: We look to increase the number of projects we work with, travelling at least once a year to visit existing partners and find out new ones. We also wish to offer our experiences more to groups, whether from schools, universities or friends.