I studied International Development at university and as part of the course, we needed some practical community development experience. I’d dealt with many agencies offering experiences overseas – so, so many were overpriced, over-hyped, and business focused. ELI wasn’t.
I had a friend recommend them to me after her experience in South America, and as soon as I made contact with ELI I was nothing but satisfied with the way they communicated, the costs involved, the information and support I received. They were flexible, open, honest, and the price was right – unlike programs that tried to charge me (literally) thousands of dollars to volunteer.
My contact with ELI began and continued so smoothly – they were organized and seemed to legitimately care about who you were, the kind of experience you were looking for, and, most importantly, the aid programs they supported.