ELI Abroad
91% Rating
(31 Reviews)

ELI Abroad

ELI is a registered non-profit organization, founded in 2001, that partners with organizations from around the world that make a difference in their communities. We work closely with these groups to ensure ELI volunteers get meaningful experiences at reasonable prices.

ELI's full name, Experiential Learning International, reflects our philosophy. We believe that the most compelling life lessons come through experience, and that international experiences are among the most profound influences on our sense of self and our view of the world.

ELI Abroad provides internship and volunteer programs in locations throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. ELI specializes in quality experiences at affordable prices. Prospective volunteers and interns are encouraged to visit the ELI Abroad website for the latest opportunities available.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Katherine
Female
28 years old
Washington D.C.
Virginia Tech

Refugee Internship in Cape Town

10/10

The reason that I chose ELI as my internship organizer was because of their emphasis on matching the skills of the intern to the skill-set required for the internship. It's easy enough to find organizations that will put the intern anywhere as long as they pay enough, but it's rare to find an organization that matches the need of the volunteer to the needs of the community, and at such an exceptionally affordable rate. ELI's application process was transparent and moved quickly. As a teacher, I could only volunteer for 6 weeks rather than the suggest 2+ month time commitment, and ELI worked hard to find me a placement regardless. I will definitely be traveling with ELI in the future!

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lucia
Female
22 years old
Spain
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences

Medical Internship In Nepal

9/10

First day we arrived to the volunteers house, everything was great. people, staff, and the lovely Didi. Now we are living, after a month, we believe that the house is now our home. Rooms are comfortable and cozy. Food is really nice and served with so much love. the rest of the house is always clean and available for us.

Talking about the medical program, We have chosen this program to see, learn and help as much as possible, and finally we have very useful, or needed.
We think, that maybe, this program should be focus on rural areas where our help may be more needed. Nevertheless, at the hospital people have received us with love.
After two weeks in this situation and due to our feeling of uselessness, we talked with the staff and they changed us to a school program one week and to another hospital the last one.
although the school was not our first option, we enjoyed a lot. On the other hand, the last hospital in Bhaktapur was great. We wish we could have been in this hospital since the first week as the make us feel we were really needed.

To conclude, we have to say that we are very happy with the experience, but we think that it has a very high price related to what we have really done {as we came with high expectations to help )

Alejandra Delgado
Andrea Fernandez

How can this program be improved?

- As we have advanced level of medical techniques and knowledge, we think that we are much more useful doing than just watching. Maybe a rural area or a medical camp will have better option.
- As we have already said, we believe that if the price was a little bit lower, much more people would come here with no doubt.

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Santiago
Male
20 years old
Spain
Comillas Pontifical University

teaching program

8/10

The first 2 weeks I was sent to teach in a public school. It was an ok experience but I was disappointed as I had to teach kids of 3 years and I did more babysitting than teaching. However the second 2 weeks went better because we changed to teach students of 12 years and we actually teach a lot. We regret of not having had started in this second programme since the beginning.
Talking about the Eli staff I think they did not do as much as I paid for the programme, I am really disappointed with this fact. I hope this review helps to change their way of working making it more efficient.

How can this program be improved?

Said it above

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Lauren
Female
29 years old
Mesa, AZ
Northern Arizona University

Nepal Review

9/10

I had a great experience exploring the city, visiting the local temples and stupas, and learning more about the Nepali culture. The staff in Nepal were very welcoming and helpful for anything that were to come up. The students at the school were very lovable, and I enjoyed my time working with them. There were a variety of things to do, including trekking, spas, meditation retreats, paragliding, boating, and animal safari! This experience allowed me to meet new people during my trip, but also enjoy time to myself to explore the city.

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Victor
Male
35 years old
Nepal
Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera

Human Rights Experience

9/10

The experience within the Human Rights field of Nepal was unique, and through this program I felt as if I was able to get a real experience of living and working in Nepal. Everyone within the house was very helpful, and I never ran out of things to do while in Nepal, whether it be travelling, sightseeing, zoga, or going out. Nepal is a country full of rich culture and some of the most kind people in the world, that greatly can enhance your volunteering experience.

How can this program be improved?

The pre departure information could be more up to date and relevant to current life in Nepal, and communication about placements needs to be worked on so that participants know exactly what they will be doing before they arrive

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