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BiAge: 19-24FemaleKuala LumpurCommunity Development Project in Arusha, Tanzania05/12/2016How could this program be improved?
Possibly a stricter schedule on projects to be completed with a timeline.Response from Love VolunteersHi 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
KonceAge: 19-24FemaleValley Springs, CaliforniaOtherDo Not Volunteer Here04/28/2016Response from Love VolunteersDear 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
LizAge: 25-30FemaleTexasHorrible Experience04/27/2016Response from Love VolunteersDear 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
SangeetAge: 25-30FemaleEnglandTeaching Siem Reap, Cambodia04/12/2016Response from Love VolunteersDear 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
SethAge: 25-30MaleCanadaOtherChildren with Disabilites in Peru04/10/2016How 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.Response from Love VolunteersHi 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