Love Volunteers

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We are just a handful of passionate people working hard to help volunteers and local communities around the world. We don't have huge overheads - no company cars, no downtown office - we're just volunteers who thought we could do a better job. We work with local organisations wherever we can to keep administration costs to a minimum and also to return as much money and skills to the local communities where we operate. We can offer the lowest possible fees, but also ensure that you are immersed in the local culture and are actually making a difference!

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  • Grace Amelia
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Auckland, New Zealand
    University of Auckland
    I didn't want to leave!
    07/07/2015

    My volunteering experience with the media project was beyond words. The wonderful woman who runs the organisation, Theary, was an absolute treasure. She took a lot of time to explain how the nitty gritty of how NGOs operate, and would take me with her to everything from conferences and meetings to her family friend's wedding. Needless to say that thanks to her I saw so many different sides of the real Cambodia. On top of that, the work was really fulfilling. The days were long, so you felt your time is being used well and you can really see the effects of the effort you put into it.

    How could this program be improved?

    It would be great if air conditioning was included in the price.

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  • Tim Wright
    Age: 51 or older
    Male
    UK
    Aston University
    Malawi: Rural teaching and community work
    07/07/2015

    Malawi October 2014 - March 2015
    This was my second volunteer project in Africa, the first being in Uganda in 2012, but my first with Love Volunteers. LV were very supportive particularly pre-planning information, good value for money and I would certainly use them again without hesitation.
    I had never taught before going to Uganda: I used to be an engineer in the oil and gas construction industry, so to be a teacher in Africa was a real career change for me - and much more satisfying.
    I was working at a rural community centre to the SW of the capital Lilongwe, the nearest town being Mitundu. Getting there involved two local mini busses and a lastly a bicycle taxi, or motorbike if I was lucky, to the centre.
    The centre, called "Abundant Life" was the creation of my host Moses Njobvu, and was still under construction when I arrived. It serves as a community centre for the surrounding villages where young children, approx 5-8yrs, are taught basic English and bible studies by a handful of dedicated local villagers, most of whom were unpaid. A very important feature is a daily feeding program where on average 100 children are given soya and maize porridge for lunch, which for many may be their only meal that day. There is a small vegetable garden providing additional food and a little income.
    I worked teaching the alphabet, words, numbers, shapes, colours etc to the children to give them a basic introduction to the English language. Early schooling is invaluable to rural village kids if their education is ever going to progress so giving them at least the start in life that they would otherwise never have. I also helped with the daily feeding program, dishing up the porridge and making sure everyone was fed. But I Ioved playing with the children; they have such a sense of fun and find enjoyment in simple games, singing and dancing, and not just the children-the adults as well.
    Twice a week I would teach science in a village primary school to 9-10yrs and 11-12yrs children. This was a government school but even so teaching materials were minimal, although they did have desk and chairs to sit on. The kids were so enthusiastic to learn and fun to teach that the experience was hugely enjoyable.
    As well as teaching I would spend time visiting vulnerable people in the community with Numeri Banda, the Abundant Life community officer. Together we would see what their needs were and what support A.L. could give. This was enormously rewarding because it gave me a unique insight into the realities of rural life which I consider a real privilege.
    The buildings at the centre are not yet finished, cooking is done outside on an open fire, water fetched from a bore hole, there is no electricity. There are no desks or chairs for the kids; they sit on the concrete floors. No books, or writing materials that we would take for granted. If there is no money one month either the teachers don't get paid or the kids go without food. That is the harsh reality.
    Abundant Life Centre is totally self supporting: there are no big donor organizations or rich patrons in the background providing unlimited funds, it relies totally on the voluntary donations raised through the tireless fundraising efforts of Moses, and of course the LV volunteer program.
    I stayed with Moses and his lovely wife, Betty, their two beautiful daughters and delightful young son. I was welcomed into their home from day one as part of the family, sharing not only their food but also their lives. They accepted me and showed me kindness that is indescribable: to them I was uncle Tim.
    I have been shown extraordinary kindness, love and compassion; I have witnessed poor people struggle with uncomplaining dignity and the innocence and joy of children but importantly I have experienced tolerance and acceptance like never before. The entire experience of my volunteer program has been life changing, my outlook on life has changed; I have learnt patience, tolerance and humility.
    Tim Wright (England) 2015

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  • Delaney and Jordan
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Ohio
    Working With Children in Uganda
    06/15/2015

    We are 19 years old and from America. We felt called to do something that would really make a difference and after a lot of research we stumbled upon Love Volunteers. We feel so blessed that we found them because they were extremely helpful with every step of our journey. They were so kind and patient, and answered anything we asked. We were placed in Kidron Valley Ministries in Jinja. Kidron consisted of an orphanage, a school, and a clinic all on the same grounds. Everyday we were able to walk to Kidron and help at all three parts. Our daily tasks consisted of things like: bathing, feeding, and playing with orphans, coloring, talking to, and playing with school children, and doing whatever the clinic needed help with. This experience was the greatest of our lives and we couldn't feel more blessed that we were able to meet these amazing people. Our host family was wonderful and did everything they could to make us feel welcome. We already can't wait to go back.

    How could this program be improved?

    I am not sure that I can think of anything that needs improved to be honest. We had no trouble at all, and loved the whole program.

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  • Brittany Chan
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    New Jersey
    Rutgers University
    Love Thailand
    06/15/2015

    I've never wanted to travel, nor had the feeling of "wanderlust". I was
    only moderately interested in Thailand, but incredibly passionate about gaining teaching experience with younger children. I just so happened to stumble upon Love Volunteers, which helped set me up with Friends for Asia, and their AMAZING teaching program. Traveling out of country for the first time, I wasn't sure what to expect, but Friends for Asia and love volunteers was there for me every step of the way! I had went into this program alone, and am now coming out with friends from all over the world. The coordinators of this program really care about you, and really want you to enjoy your placement, as well as love Thailand as much as they do! They are always ready and willing to help, and will have the brightest smile when you stop by and say hi. I really cannot praise these coordinators, or Friends for Asia highly enough. My experience as a teacher has been nothing short of rewarding. The teachers and the students here are absolutely beautiful in mind, body, and spirit. I was a bit nervous walking into a classroom, with no experience, but these past two weeks have taught me how to become an effective teacher, with the help of some feedback from the students and teachers. I was able to learn how to classroom manage, lesson plan, and connect to my students even though there was a language barrier. These people are some of the happiest, generous, and humble people I have met, and have truly made an impact on my life. I would recommend this program to anyone, and everyone, just because, not only do you make a difference, but you come back as a better person as well.

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    Me teaching 5th grade at Wat Pat Phaeng School! Going over recreational conversational English and such.
    1st Grade working on an activity to go with today's lesson, Animals!
    Some of my students
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  • Elior
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Tel-Aviv, Israel
    Teaching English to Buddhist Monks in Chiang Mai
    06/15/2015

    These 4 weeks of volunteering in a temple were above and beyond all my expectations. I feel that I've been fortunate to take part in a very meaningful project. Additionally, I'm grateful to have left my imprint on novice monks whom I taught and who taught me just as much. My daily visits in the temple made me feel like a member of this huge family of Buddhism, and that is something that no tourist experiences.
    In addition, this month was a lot more than just teaching; I've had the opportunity to learn about a whole new culture through its language, traditions, tastes, and sceneries. The fact that volunteers have the weekends off allowed me to travel around Chiang Mai and take tours outside of the city. It created even more experiences and memories that I'll never forget.
    For everyone who is looking for an interesting way of traveling, I would recommend that they join one of the projects and get ready for a mind-opening experience.

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