Idex
93% Rating
(23 Reviews)

Idex

Unmatched cultural immersion, experiences, memories and friendships through volunteering, travel by Idex (Since 2000).

We provide tourism and volunteering benefits to international travelers, while supporting various organizations for social development programs in India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam & Nepal.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Tasha
Female
32 years old
Southampton

Monte Hill

10/10

I am overwhelmed by the good work that is done here and how involved the volunteering program is. I loved going to Monte Hill to do the Women's empowerment program and making a difference to their lives. It is instantly rewarding to see how much they want to learn and how accepting they are of you. Plus it's so much fun to get to know the women! Everyone there, not just the women in the class are so welcoming

How can this program be improved?

My only suggestion would be to have more activities to do in the camp, the workshops on the first week were great, so I would like more of that. Or more free organised trips out for the group.

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Tessa
Female
20 years old
Leiden
Other

One month in Sri Lanka

9/10

Hallo allemaal!

That was my dutch introduction. I am from the Netherlands and I spend the last month in the Idex house in Sri Lanka. This was my first time traveling alone so I kind of needed some support. And I think I got that from Idex. The manager Bhagi was always very very helpful and he really wanted us to feel good. So that was my first good experience with Idex. I arrived on monday at the Idex house and on tuesday I got my introduction. They told us exactly all the do's and dont's and what they expected us to do in our projects. When I came to Sri Lanka there where holidays. So the first week I had some free time and I explored (with other volunteers) Colombo. There is a lot of things that you can do. Mount Lavinia is a beach, 40 minutes with the tuktuk. I also like gale face. That's a place where you can see a beautiful sunset at the sea. So friday was my first day at the day care center. I was a bit nervous. But the rule is in Idex that there is always someone with you in the project. So it was a relief that I was never alone. So at my project I was the first two hours with little children, I taught them the ABC and I played with them and I drew a lot. Them I taught a 20 year old girl English for one hour. Then I had a break and from 2 till 4 o'clock I taught children from 8 till 10 years English. I really liked having the responsibility, because you can really make a difference. Being a volunteer isn't always easy. Because you really have to teach and sometimes it is quite exhausting. But at the end you will see that it is really appreciated. In my last day as a volunteer one of the women made pancakes because it was my last day. Also they sang for me. That was the point that I was really happy with the things I did and I would recommend it to everyone.
Also a big plus for the food here! I am going to miss the rice and curry when I'm back home.

So if you want to volunteer I would choose Idex, because that support you a lot. I also recommend booking the travel package, so you can see much more of Sri Lanka. I really liked yala national park, it was my first time going on a safari. And I also liked kandy

Groetjes Tessaaaaa
:)
and special greetz to my lovely Luna, Anna and Menkeee woeeehoee

How can this program be improved?

maybe more translators for the volunteers

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Anna
Female
20 years old
Germany
Other

H A P P Y f o o t p r i n t s

9/10

Helloooo all together!
I would like to share each unique experience with you, but of course this isn`t possible because I have so many experiences on each single day.
Nearly four weeks ago I arrived in Colombo.
From the first moment I had so many new impressions at once: The traffic, the different appearance and culture of the Sri Lankan people etc. I can't describe that now in words. But I got used to all the new impressions really fast and it was quite exciting to get to know such another culture. And during all the new experiences and impressions I felt always supported by all the friendly people who surrounded me. Local people as well as the IDEX family want you to be happy and feel good all the time.
My project started four days after my arrival and the monks who I am teaching as well as the children in the Day Care Center were really open-minded in the first second and they were looking forward to learn things that's why we had a connection from the beginning.

The special thing about being a volunteer is the fact that you have a lot of responsibility and in the end it depends on your own whether the project is successful or not.
I met so many beautiful people and I'm totally happy that I've decided to be a Volunteer in Sri Lanka.

I hope you like my text because otherwise I am really sad.

No, honestly, I am really really happy to be here and enjoying each day.

Special happy greets to Luuuuna, Teeesa, Meeenke, Best Baaghiii, Lakmini, Anuuushi and my dearest Chathuriiii

Annaaa

Although your feet won't be clean each day, you leave footprints behind you

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Rhiannon
Female
21 years old
Goa, India
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Goa Beach Volunteer

9/10

Coming to India for the first time, IDEX Goa was the first stop on our trip. It has been a very warm welcome to India and i cant wait to travel the rest of the country. The Fisherman School project where i was placed has been the best experience i could have asked for. The children are amazing and are so keen to learn. I feel the project is very beneficial for the children as they do not attend school. The executive, Beverley has been the greatest help to work along side with. She has such passion for teaching the kids there.
The staff here are very friendly and helpful. The accommodation is comfortable and the food is great. I have met some great people and had a lovely time!

How can this program be improved?

I feel that the teaching at Monte Hill computer class was quite hard for me as the children already went to school and knew most of the material that was being taught.
The itinerary explained to new members when they arrive, should be more detailed as when we arrived we weren't sure what we were doing and had to be told by other camp members.

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Luna
Female
26 years old
Granada, Spain
Other

Voluntariado en Sri Lanka

10/10

It's not that easy to write a review. I would like to share each unique experience with you, but now I have to decide. So I will only start with my all over impression.

Three weeks ago I arrived in Colombo and the first thing I noticed was the unbelievable heat. You can't compare it with Europe, the climate is the absolute opposite.

Actually I think all in all I had so many new impressions at once, I can't describe that now in words.

But the best thing is that people from IDEX as well as the local people want you to feel good and happy in each situation.

My project started four days after my arrival and the monks who I am teaching as well as the children in the Day Care Center were really open-minded in the first second and they were looking forward to learn things that's why we had a connection from the beginning.

The special thing about being a volunteer is the fact that you have a lot of responsibility and in the end it depends on your own whether the project is successful or not.

I met so many beautiful people and I'm totally happy that I've decided to be a Volunteer in Sri Lanka.

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Si buscas una experiencia diferente en donde poner a prueba todos tus conocimientos previos y descubrir un lugar diferente, participar como voluntario en Sri Lanka es tu mejor opción.

Existen diversos proyectos entre los cuáles elegir dependiendo tu nivel de Íngles, tus objetivos y aquello hacia lo que sientas mayor empatía. En todos ellos te encontraras con montones de caras sonrietes y personas dispuestas a ayudar.

Personalmente participe en el proyecto ubicado en el Orfanato Vajira, donde estoy con los mas chiquitos (4 a 6 anos), ensenando inglés básico, canciones y jugando.

Cada día me sorprenden con cosas nuevas, y si bien al principio el lenguaje puede ser una barrera dificil de cruzar vale la pena atraversarla para vivir la experiencia de salir todos los dias de este orfanato con el corazon mil veces mas grande que al entrar.

Conocer a estas personitas ya hace que valga la pena el viaje hasta aqui, pero ademas hay muchas otras cosas que potenciar la experiencia de descubrir Ceylan.

El personal de la casa de voluntarios, asi como las cordinadoras de proyecto, Baghi, nuestro manager y la maestra que colabora con las lesson planning son todas muy buenas personas. Estan siempre preocupados en nuestro bienestar y dispuestos a resolver cualquier duda, ya sea donde pasar alguno de los fines de semanas libres o cuestiones relacionadas con los proyectos.

Por otro lado Sri Lanka es un pais lleno de matices y rincones por descubrir, desde el olor a especies en las calles, es desconcertante trafico, la variedad de frutas tropicales que pueden encontrarse en los mercados callejeros , cada una de ellas unicas en sabor!

Tanto si recorres por tu cuenta o realizas las excursiones de fin de semana con Idex no tiene desperdicio!

Preguntando se llega a Roma y nunca fue mas cierta esta frase para mi que aqui en Sri Lanka, moverse es muy facil y los locales siempre estan dispuestos a indicarte el camino correcto, en que Anden tomar el tren a Negombo o acompaniarte un tramo hasta la parada del autobus correcto.

Desde playas paradisiacas hasta plantaciones de arroz, te o canela, recorriedos por paisajes selvaticos, ciudades ancentrales y atmosferas con holor a flores y sahumerios rodeando las millones de stupas que hay en el pais donde se puede sentir en carne propia la paz en estos lugares, estas son solo algunas de las cosas que ofrece Sri Lanka.

Ademas tuve la suerte de compartir mi estadia con maravillosas personas con las que compartir charlas, viaje y tardes de te. Creo que es una excelente experiencia y quien tenga la oportunidad de hacerlo y elegir Sri Lanka no deberia tener ninguna duda!!

Muchas suerte!! :)

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India

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Vietnam

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India

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Thailand

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Vietnam

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Nepal

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Sri Lanka

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