Love Volunteers

Provider

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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Programs from Love Volunteers

  • Volunteer in Nepal
    Nepal
    Join Love Volunteers for the volunteer experience of a lifetime in Nepal! Love Volunteers partners with local NGOs to best...
    10 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteer Teaching in Kenya
    Kenya
    Join Love Volunteers and their local partner organizations to connect with and help the local Kenyan communities throughout...
    9 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • volunteer with children in Cambodia
    Cambodia
    Join Love Volunteers and work with their partner NGOs in Cambodia! With poverty as a main concern, there is plenty of...
    7 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
  • kids in Albania
    Albania
    Join Love Volunteers in Albania for the volunteer experience of a lifetime! Work with the Albanian Romani community, or help...
    6 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
  • Volunteer with Children in Ethiopia
    Ethiopia
    Love Volunteers needs volunteers like you to help in Ethiopia! Explore this interesting country, gain a broader perspective...
    6 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
  • Multiple Countries
    Are you a Doctor, Nurse, Med or Pre-Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed! Our Healthcare and Medical projects...
    5 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • volunteer  in South Africa
    South Africa
    Love Volunteers brings passionate volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to important volunteer projects in South Africa! A...
    5 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • volunteer with children in Ghana
    Ghana
    Volunteer with Love Volunteers in Ghana and explore this amazing country! With several locations throughout Ghana and many...
    5 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
  • Volunteer in Ecuador with Love Volunteers!
    Galapagos Islands
    Join Love Volunteers in Ecuador for the volunteer experience of a lifetime! Ecuador is known for the diverse wildlife and...
    5 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • volunteer in Tanzania
    Tanzania
    Volunteer in Tanzania with Love Volunteers for the volunteer experience of a lifetime! Volunteer projects are located in and...
    5 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
  • volunteer with children in Thailand
    Thailand
    Join Love Volunteers in Thailand to experience Chiang Rai as a local! Love Volunteers offers unique opportunities to immerse...
    4 reviews
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  • Love Volunteers Programs in Ukraine
    Ukraine
    Love Volunteers offers participants the unique opportunity to give back to communities in Ukraine where orphanages are...
    4 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
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  • Medical volunteering in Uganda
    Uganda
    There is a desperate need for volunteers in Uganda. Love Volunteers works with a local NGO to provide childcare services,...
    4 reviews
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  • Volunteering with children in Mexico
    Mexico
    Join Love Volunteers in Mexico for the volunteer experience of a lifetime! Love Volunteers offers several volunteer projects...
    4 reviews
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  • volunteer in an orphanage in Senegal
    Senegal
    Join Love Volunteers and their local NGO partner in Senegal, Africa! Volunteer activities include working with and teaching...
    4 reviews
    Alumni Interviews

Program Reviews

  • Bi
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Kuala Lumpur
    8/10
    Community Development Project in Arusha, Tanzania
    05/12/2016

    I volunteered as part of the Community Development project in Tanzania April 2016 for 4 weeks and the experience has been amazing.

    Once you get past the culture shock, there is so much beauty in the country that it's hard to be anything but happy during the whole duration of your stay. I fell in love.

    I was staying at the hostel owned by the NGO the whole 4 weeks I was there. There is running water, security, electricity, 3 meals a day and Wi-Fi, although inconsistent and you'd be better off getting a SIM card with a data bundle if you'll be there for a while. The staff are all extremely friendly and fairly helpful in giving tips and advise to aid you.

    We did a couple of projects in my time there which included building a pond, planting vegetables and painting the playground of a local self sustaining orphanage, planting trees at a couple of primary schools and around the streets where the hostel is located. Each completed day was met with smiles of gratitude and appreciation by the locals which definitely made it more rewarding. The only thing was the scheduling. Tanzanians are quite relaxed with the concept of time so you might get frustrating sitting around and just waiting to get started.

    There are plenty of ways to get around town on fairly cheap public transport too if transport is a worry to you. The local buses only costs you TSH400 (USD$0.20) per ride and if it's too cramped, there are taxis, tuk tuks or motorcyle taxis to choose from.

    I definitely suggest budgeting a couple of trips during your stay in Tanzania as well. Safaris are a must do in Africa and in Tanzania, I highly recommend Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. Unrivalled experience. If you're keen on climbing mountains, Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, is there too. The hostel staff can help you book these trips for cheaper so wait till you arrive to decide.

    I've met great people along the way and have received so much support and help from both the NGO and Love Volunteers themselves. It is my first volunteering experience and I wouldn't have wanted it to have happen any other way.

    Overall I had an amazing experience and don't have any bad things to say.

    How could this program be improved?

    Possibly a stricter schedule on projects to be completed with a timeline.

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    Response from Love Volunteers
    05/18/2016
    Hi Jun, It's wonderful to hear your praise for this program and how much you enjoyed your stay in Tanzania. Being on 'African' time can be frustrating to us Westerners and it's hard to sit back and wait at times but thanks so much for being flexible and working alongside the local team; it sounds like you achieved a great deal in your 4 weeks! It's awesome to see that this country and it's people caught your attention and your heart. Thanks so much for being an awesome volunteer. Please do come and join us again someday. The Team @ Love Volunteers
  • Konce
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Valley Springs, California
    Other
    1/10
    Do Not Volunteer Here
    04/28/2016

    I had a terrible experience volunteering in Tanzania through Love Volunteers. I stayed there for a month with two of my friends. We are teenagers who wanted to do some good service work abroad. However, throughout the month, we were continuously lied to by the head of the NGO we worked with. He lied to us about how big the impact each project would be (turns out we spent 4 days installing a water system for a school only to find out that the purpose was to eliminate a 30 second walk for the students), and lied to us about the costs of the projects. We brought money to pay for the projects, and he give us ridiculous prices for all the supplies. Even his own employees were shocked when they saw how expensive he claimed the supplies cost, and they said there was no way those were the correct prices. Still, he took our money and probably most of it went into his own pocket. Several times throughout the stay he showed extremely aggressive behavior towards me and my friends, and yelled at me several times just because I would ask him questions about the projects or prices of supplies. When I reported all of this to Love Volunteers they promised to take action, but in the end they still decided to keep their partnership with this NGO. Do not volunteer here if you are looking for meaningful service work, or if you don't want to be taken advantage of.

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    Response from Love Volunteers
    05/04/2016
    Dear Konce, We appreciate your concern about the programs being well run and of most benefit to the community and we share your passion for the local people of Tanzania. As you mentioned we conducted an investigation into the issues you raised. Based on our experiences and interviews with the local team and volunteers on the program at the same time as you, as well as those we have participated on this program before and who went immediately after you, we cannot find any evidence supporting your claims and we are baffled by the strong negative attitude you have towards Benson and the program in general. Benson is sorry if his behaviour offended or upset you, he tried his utmost to cater to your demands and to respond well to your interrogation and criticism. It's our job to continually evaluate our partners as well as our volunteers and we will continue to monitor the situation in Tanzania. The feedback we are getting from current volunteers is very positive. One such volunteer (on the program after you) commented on our Facebook Group page: "We started off at the orphanage (an impressive self sustaining orphanage who relies solely on the profit they gain from selling all their produce) building them a pond, planting some crops and vegetables for the chicken and rabbits they have and painting their playground. We're now in the midst of planting trees at two different primary schools, a college and just around the streets of the hostel. Everything has been going good so far. It's hard work but not long." We are truly sorry that you felt this way about your experience. The Team @ Love Volunteers
  • Liz
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Texas
    1/10
    Horrible Experience
    04/27/2016

    I felt the "NGO" that Love Volunteers works with in Tanzania is a total scam. The director was extremely rude, aggressive, and made our stay at the hostel quite uncomfortable.

    The "work" that they do in the community is not at all meaningful or impactful. The director himself said that the schools and orphanages don't care about the projects. Volunteers are often told to do gardening work at a school or orphanage, where as soon as they leave the work falls into disrepair and the NGO does no following up and will simply wait until another volunteer shows up and then send them off to do the same project over again.

    The director of the NGO spends his time running the hostel and arranging safaris for guests, and takes on volunteers so he has money coming into the hostel. He sends them off to schools or orphanages and isn't concerned with the work they're doing. I absolutely would not recommend this program or any others with Love Volunteers. After I, along with the other volunteers went to them to explain everything that had happened, they said they were "investigating" things, but ultimately they continue to send this organization volunteers.

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    Response from Love Volunteers
    04/28/2016
    Dear Liz, We're extremely sorry that you feel this way. The Community Development program you participated on for your 10 week placement does require each volunteer to carry on where the last left off as gardening and maintenance are ongoing tasks and do fall into disrepair if left unattended. That's why volunteers are so important, to keep up the good work. Your experience is in stark contrast to the many other volunteers' placed in Tanzania and the comments you attribute to the program director are disputed by him. Our investigation into the issues you raised lead us to believe that the programs in Tanzania continue to be well run and that our partner is both trustworthy and genuinely committed to helping the local community in Arusha. As you experienced the program director was happy to tailor the program to suit your demands and also arranges sightseeing trips for volunteers and generally makes sure things are running smoothly and volunteers are cared for. This does often take up a lot of their time but it is an essential part of supporting volunteers and they are proud to showcase their stunning country. Thank-you for giving your time to this cause and we really appreciate the work that you did manage to do while you were there. We wish you all the very best for the future. The Team @ Love Volunteers
  • Sangeet
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    England
    9/10
    Teaching Siem Reap, Cambodia
    04/12/2016

    Hello fellow travellers, future travellers and everybody else. I am Sangy, Im from England and I'm 28. So here I am in Cambodia, Siem Reap teaching at Kidtea, a NGO school. So what brings me out here? When I was younger I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to be or do. But one thing I was sure about I wanted to help people. In what manner I did not know but from anything that would better someone's life even if it was by the littlest margin would be worth my time. Often as we get older you get swallowed by daily life and busy working away in much different sectors than you thought you would. But that desire to get out there and help people was still there so I finally took the plunge and booked myself on a project. This was a few years ago and still to this day I still hold such fond memories. To locals who take you in as their own family, to the children who are introvert at first who then go on to give you the biggest and warmest hugs, the loudest and happiest greetings, create such infamous drawings and humorously mimic my English accent.

    As cliche as it sounds it has changed me. The world is such a vibrant and unique place with hundreds of different cultures and way of living, so to be a part of one and immerse yourself in a different way than solely visiting or passing through a place, is beyond eye opening.

    This is my third voluntary project I have done abroad with Love Volunteers which itself speaks volumes and I just love it more and more each time.

    But forget the 'Sangy Story'. If you have or are pondering about doing it, just go out there take the leap and make your own incredible story and journey.

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    Response from Love Volunteers
    04/21/2016
    Dear Sangy, Thanks so much for becoming part of the Love Volunteers team again. We absolutely love having you and you make such an impact on all the programs you participate on. I absolutely loved reading about your motivation to help people and it's so true that too often we get so caught up in day to day life that we can't see beyond the horizon. We're so pleased that you took the plunge and you've never looked back! Thanks for inspiring others. The Team @ Love Volunteers
  • Seth
    Age: 25-30
    Male
    Canada
    Other
    10/10
    Children with Disabilites in Peru
    04/10/2016

    Volunteering in Peru was a great experience. It allowed me to not only fully immerse myself and explore the city of Cusco but also give back to that community.
    I felt better taking part than simply being a tourist and my efforts were both appreciated and thanked.
    Getting to know 8 children with disabilities over one month made it very difficult to leave upon the end of my time in Peru but I am still quite glad to have done this program.

    How could this program be improved?

    It was a bit unorganized but I found this effected fellow volunteers more than my own trip. It seems "going with the flow" is the objective more than sticking to a standard plan.

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    Response from Love Volunteers
    04/11/2016
    Hi Seth, Thanks so much for this review. You are totally correct that 'going with the flow' is the best attitude to take. Often the reason volunteers are required is that staffing and resources are lacking in a particular area and this often means that things aren't as organised as they might be at home. By being open-minded, flexible and prepared to use your initiative (as you did) you can make a huge differences on these projects. Thanks again and we hope to have you back with us again in the future. We're sure the children will miss you! The Team @ Love Volunteers
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