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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Nikki
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I volunteered at a medical clinic for 2 weeks in Quepos, Costa Rica. The staff at the medical clinic were very welcoming and always looked for opportunities to teach me. Most of the staff spoke English, which was very helpful as I only knew basic Spanish. Although it would be helpful to know more Spanish so you can understand more when patients who speak Spanish come in. During this program I stayed with a host family, who were absolutely wonderful. They loved helping me learn Spanish and showing me new foods. I would have liked if more information was given about the medical clinic and program before I came as well as a more detailed orientation. I was dropped off the first day and did not know what the regular day-to-day would look like there.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you are thinking of doing this program I would recommend doing it during the busier tourist time of the year as this is when the clinic gets more patients. It was slower when I went in July-August as some days I had to wait a couple hours for a patient to come in.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Nikki,

Thank you for taking out the time to volunteer with us and for leaving us a feedback. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your volunteering project and stay with the host family. We also apologize about the problems you faces with transport and communication gap. WE will make sure to improve on this aspect.

We wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

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Esti
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent a month doing mangrove/turtle research in Osa, where I got to learn a lot about research, how the program worked, and of course, the plants and animals. Everyone there was really nice and made you feel welcome, both the people living there and volunteers alike. The volunteers participated in handling the turtles, planting mangroves, and taking down data, etc. so you get lots of hands on work. It's a good project for anyone interested in the environment, biology, or who simply wants to help out. While some people stayed only one or two days, others stayed for weeks. I personally think staying for more than a few days is best because sometimes you don't catch a turtle, and sometimes you catch a lot. I also suggest bringing cards and lots of sunscreen for the beach. If you bring a snorkel, you can see fish in the mangroves or bioluminescence at night :)

What was your funniest moment?
Many funny moments, such as when one of the people in charge was putting away the nets and fell off the boat, or when the same person got peed on by a turtle we were measuring. Another time, we spent an hour trying to knock down and open a coconut to eat.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Esti,

Thank you so much for your valuable contributions to our Turtle Project. We really appreciate your dedication to our project and are happy that you had a learning experience from it. We wish you all the best for your future endeavours and hope to see you again some day!

J Richard Romaniuk
J Richard
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The program I participated in was in the group of favelas called Complexo do Alemão. I was teaching English to two community leaders. My volunteer partners worked on the community garden for Abraço Campeão, the non-profit organization helping youth to learn boxing as an educational and personal development tool. The program was very well organized and there was nice interaction between volunteers and people from the youth center. It was incredible to see how much work could be done in a short time! Both leaders I interacted with were very motivated to learn English and were very pleasant in our interaction. I learned a lot about their work and about the Complexo do Alemão community. I will follow on Facebook their website to see their development in the future and tell others I know about their work.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Bring more materials to teach English for local students
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Richard,

Thank you so much for taking out the time to volunteer with us. We really appreciate your contribution to our project and wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

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Aurore
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hello everyone !
My program was about teaching english for 2 weeks in a school in Faridabad, a smaller city near Delhi.
It was such a touching and eye-opening experience for me. Everyone was so kind to me and they really appreciated my help. Communicating with the teachers was a bit difficult a first as they don't know english at all though. However, there are other ways than word to communicate and we evantually got through that difficutly.
My host family was living at 5 min on foot away form the school which was very convenient. Delhi was around 1h15 min by tuk tuk + subway which is fine as I didn't plan on spending all my afternoon visiting or doing shopping there. As for the host family, they were very nice and caring to me. The only thing I might suggest is for them to try to share at least the first and last meal with their guest. They never ate with me but overall, I had a great time at their place. They gave me a lot of food, and each time it was homemade and Indian meals.
Global crossroad has been overall helpful before and through the program. I especially got a lot of relevant information beforehand. However, they were less present once the program has already started but,as eveything went smoothly, it wasn't such a big problem for me.
To conlude, it was a good experience and I would redo it for sure.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
India isn't an easy country to travel to and I suggest to always ask your family for help and advices. Avoid tap water at all cost and go to fancier restaurants to avoid food poisoning. Be prepared to rustic living conditions and pollution and always have change.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Aurore,

Thank you for taking out the time to write us a feedback. We feel happy to have had you in our program. Thanks again for volunteering with us.

We wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

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Jillaine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Getting to volunteer in Guatemala was quite the experience and I would gladly do it again. Antigua is very safe as well. There were so many rumors that when I'd get there it would be highly unsafe, it was the complete opposite, and you'll need to remember, go there with an open mind and heart. The host family, or now my Guatemalan family, were the best host family that I've ever had from all the host families from international sporting championships. Working with kids in Duenas (which is a little bit outside of Antigua by the colorful and old school buses) was the best thing I could imagine myself doing over the 5 weeks that I was there; I fell in love with the kids that welcomed me with warm smiles and open hearts. If I have the opportunity to return to Antigua and work there again, I definitely will. I highly recommend Global Crossroads to help hearts around the world.

What was your funniest moment?
I had many funny moments when I got to work and help in Antigua, Guatemala but I think the funniest moment must have been during dinner. I was sitting at dinner with the coordinator called Jonathan and other volunteers, we were finished with the amazing dinner we got homemade and we're telling stories from back home and coming up with inside jokes we remembered even until now.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Jillaine,

Thank you for taking out the time to write us a feedback. We feel happy to have had you in our program and are happy to know that you enjoyed your project, the host family as well as your time in Guatemala.

We wish you 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.

Julia Strohkirch

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.

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