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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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

We had the most amazing experience on our volunteering project in Nepal. We were placed in Kathmandu (we had originally requested Pokhara but they were unable to fulfill that), we weren’t at all disappointed!
Mary Home orphanage provides a fantastic home to 10 children. They are very well cared for.
They looked after us well and we feel that we developed life long friendships.
Global crossroad and the organisers were in contact with us throughout the trip. However, I think the registration fee to Global crossroad was quite high. It was over $300 and whilst the program was great that money was simply an expensive admin fee. There was also a separate program fee to cover the room and board costs in Nepal and to support the local organisation.

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Kent
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My wife and I spent eight weeks teaching English at the monastery. We both have teaching experience in the United States so we were able to apply a lot of what we know to the classroom here in Nepal. It was very rewarding to see the children learn English and become more comfortable speaking and writing in English as well.

The in country support staff were helpful and able to address our needs and request when needed. They were flexible when we had some concerns about housing accommodations and were able to respond to our needs In a satisfactory manner.

We ended up staying at the Volunteer house in Kathman do and had a great experience being able to meet the other volunteers coming in and out when starting and ending their programs. We also enjoyed the family we stayed with and the food was always good.

The monastery does not have a set curriculum for teaching English so I would recommend to anyone coming into this program to do some research in teaching English and come prepared to teach a wide variety of skill levels in order to have the biggest impact on the kids.

What would you improve about this program?
I think the best way to improve the program would be to create, or provide a curriculum for volunteers to follow so that the students get a consistent and structured lesson each day that flows from one volunteer leaving to a new volunteer arriving.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Kent,

Thank you so much for taking out the time to write us a feedback. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your time in Nepal. Thank you gain for volunteering with us and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

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Mia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I think overall this experience was a great opportunity to meet new and kind people from another culture! Our host family was very kind and kept us well feed. The staff checked in with us constantly and helped anytime we asked!

The students we taught were great and will definitely live in my heart long after we leave Nepal. It was definitely a new experience and well worth the adventure! Being able to see their growth in English was a great thing.

Neighboring towns were a short bus ride away to have new experiences. There is always something new to see or experience! From temples, to free roaming monkeys to cows who have learned to cross the street, each day was a new wonder! We are thankful for the time we spent here, the things we have learned and the opportunity to hopefully have an impact in another country!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I think the most nerve racking thing about Nepal is the traffic. Everyday is a new, hair raising adventure.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Mia

Thank you so much for taking out the time to write us a feedback. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your time in Nepal. Thank you gain for volunteering with us and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

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Amina
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This experience will be forever engraved in our hearts. This is our first family volunteering experience and even though my kids are 3 and 5, they had a great time and I think the impact that they made with the kids of the orphanage and school was more important than adults. I hope more families do so as the benefit is wonderful on the whole family and the program .
The hosting family were very kind and helpful and my kids love going back home to play with them.
We helped at school by teaching French, fixing the volleyball field as well as the basketball field, we got them some new balls and played during free time. We helped the teachers with the midterm exams. And most importantly connected with some kids to inspire them for a better future.
I think it was a very successful trip :)
Looking forward to the next one.
Many thanks to you all

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Interact more with the kids than adults :), make them happy in anyway you can whether by getting them directly what they need or by playing with them and taking physical care of them.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Amina,

A big thank you to you and your family for taking out the time to volunteer with us. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your time in Ghana. Thank you gain for volunteering with us and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

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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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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.