Global Crossroad

Global Crossroad

About

Global Crossroad, LLC is one of the world's fastest growing international volunteer vacation organizations. Its ever-expanding programs offer a variety of volunteer and travel programs in 18 different countries throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America: Volunteer Abroad, TEFL Abroad, Tours and Travels, Internship Abroad, Mini-Venture, Group Seasonal Escapes and Paid Teaching opportunities.

Our philosophy involves more than simply placing a volunteer in a grassroots project. We offer a variety of programs to meet the needs of our clients: individualized placements, travel and adventure, cross-cultural learning experiences, in-country travel arrangements, free-time exploration, and other services as per the special needs of our participants.

Headquarters

415 W Airport Fwy, Ste 375
Irving , TX 75062
United States

Reviews

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Marie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have been working in the orphanage for 4 months. I stayed at Michaels Hostfamily and I loved it. They treated me as their family. I learned a lot working in the orphanage. In the beginning you have to searche How you can guide the children. After a while you get to know them and you can learn them a lot. Michael also always helped me where needed and came to the orphanage if I wanted to say something in Sinhala. In the weekends I explored the beaches and did some surfing. Loved everything about my experience. Thank you Global Crossroad for the help

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Learn some Sinhala words so you can communicate with the children
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Marie,

Thank you for taking out the time to write us a feedback. We are happy to know that you loved your host family and internship experience in Sri Lanka. We wish you all the best for your future endeavours and hope that things you have learned working in the orphanage will be helpful for you.

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Jacob
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was a fun experience and definitely enjoyed myself and im sure my friends did as well. I felt our placement lacked a need for us volunteering. The help from the staff was perfect and they helped whenever we asked. The children at our placement taught as a lot about how to appreciate what you got and make the best out of everything. Over Christmas it was enjoyable and great to see how the family interacted and celebrated. Although church was difficult, as it was protestant and in nepali. Great experience overall, other programs might be more enriching though.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Look into the program more and see what you are interested in the most. I'd reccomend teaching monks english.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Jacob,

Thank you for your feedback. Wish you a prosperous New Year and all the best the best for your future endeavours.

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rohan
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

the host family was very accommodating. the kids are so independent it was initially hard to feel useful. however, it didn’t take long to become more involved.

the food was very basic but there was plenty of it so can’t complain. would’ve been pleased with a bit more mattress between me n a metal bed frame but again, wasn’t expecting much.

we had lots of fun, it was very exciting to spend christmas with such a big family - it was a very wholesome experience.

What would you improve about this program?
the cost. with a total of 500 USD i would have liked it if more money actually made it to the orphanage rather than the various layers of management above it.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Rohan,

Thank you for your feedback. We are happy that your enjoyed your experience. We understand about the program fees but we also need to manage our websites and all our employees so that the program becomes visible. All these takes much work. We hope you understand.

We wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

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James
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Global crossroads does as described by finding you a program to volunteer in and supply support services on call. Overall good. Host family were very friendly and provided a great place to be. We lacked purpose in a program and were constantly told to rest and food consisted of mainly rice. At the end of the day it’s what you expect it to be. I was not pleased with the program but global crossroads was warm and an excellent service. Other volunteer I met during my time with global crossroads had more purpose.

Response from Global Crossroad

Thank you for your your honest feedback. We wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

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Meryem
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was the best experience of my life, first it was an amazing human experience with a lot of social interactions and also the tanzanian landscapes are just breathtaking. Mama Alice my host is like my tanzanian mother now she is the best she is so kind and i felt like home. I already miss my Tanzanian family. At the end of my 3 weeks i wanted to add 1 or 2 weeks more because it was too short ! I ll remember this trip forever thank you Global Cross Road for making this happens.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To live with locals and to be open to people and culture. To take a good camera also and some snacks from his/her country
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Meryem,

Thank you for your feedback. We are happy that you had a wonderful experience in Tanzania and loved our host family.

All the best for your future endeavours.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Julia Strohkirch

I´m Julia from Germany. My dream was to go to Peru after finishing the school. I graduated in 2017 and worked in a German school for a voluntary social year. After that, I made my dream came true and traveled to Peru. I stayedina hostfamily for two month and had the best time of my life. In Cusco I worked in three different projects and made lots of great experiences which changd my way of life.

Why did you choose this program?

I choose this program because I wanted to get known to the Peruvian life. In this program, I got the possibility to live in a host family and become acquainted to the typical live.

I will study social work, so it was a good decision for me to work with disabled to gain experience in that part of work. And now I really love this work.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I could ask everything to my organization, and when my time in Peru came nearer, they gave me the contacts of my in-country coordinator. I had to organize the flight on my own. But I got an insurance from the organization.

During my time, I could ask everything to my coordinator, ask him for help by booking trips and he also showed me some places in the city or took me to events, for example on Halloween. Now he became a good friend to me.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

First, I was a little scared about the language, because my Spanish was bad. Now I think it's necessary to have some basics in Spanish for talking to the disabled - they just speak Spanish. After some time, the language skills are getting better.

For me it was the best decision of my life to went to Peru. I would do it anytime again. So if you get the possibility to go overseas, you should do it.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Normally, they have work times of about four hours per day for the volunteers. But i didn't care about that. I had my breakfast at 7.45 am and spent some time at home with my coordinator, before I went to work.

The bus drive to work was just about 15 minutes. I started working at 10 am. From 10 to 12 the children had something like school. We painted, buil towers of bricks, made puzzles and so on. They had a little break and we moved on with school.

At 1.30pm was lunch. I ate together with the disabled. Then I had a break of about 30 minutes, sometimes shorter, when one of the disabled came to me earlier. In the afternoon, they had another two hours of school and we danced a lot. I went home between 4pm and 5.30pm.

It's also no problem to made a day of, when you plan an excursion. I did it once and worked a day on the weekend too. They're really lucky, if someone likes to help on the weekend.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

First, I was a little scared about the language. My Spanish was really bad and my English also wasn't perfect. But I lived in a host family with my coordinator and an American girl, so I was supposed to speak English. With my host mother, at work and later with my coordinator I Spoke Spanish too. So I got better in both languages.

What did you like the most in the program?

I want to tell you about my best experience.

The place I worked with the disabled, my coordinator took me the first day. When he left me there, I first thougt, "don't let me alone here". It was my first experience with disabled and it was a little weird, because all the young people there have different kinds of disabilities and some of them are a little strange. But I had so much fun at work and I smiled and laughed a lot with them. They gave me their joy of life and I was sad to leave.

At my last day, me and my coordinator went to the orphange for a last time and he said he would get crazy there, but I'm so nice to them. I found my profession there and hope to come back one day.