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IFRE Volunteers Abroad

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IFRE Volunteers, a leading U.S. volunteer abroad organization, specializes in ongoing, year-round projects available from 1 week to 12 weeks in 20 countries throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America. Wherever you choose to go, your IFRE volunteer experience will start with a one-week language and cultural immersion program providing you with an in-depth understanding of the local culture, basic language skills, regional issues and local customs. IFRE, a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization, is committed to providing you with a meaningful volunteer abroad experience that will change your life.

Founded
2006
Headquarters

3131 McKinney Avenue Suite # 600
Dallas, TX 75204
United States

Reviews

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Susan
9/10

My volunteering experience with my friend at the Wildlife Sanctuary was amazing. The Program surpassed our expectations. People of Costa Rica are very friendly and welcoming. IFRE and its country support staff were very good, always caring for us and making sure everything thing was done as planned.

Weather, people, animals were all amazing in Costa Rica. It is hard for me to explain in words the beauty of Costa Rica and it’s wonderful animals. One must come and explore from themselves. The conservation project was very helpful, I learned a lot and finally I also got a chance to meet new friends from all over the world.

I would recommend the trip to anyone who loves wildlife and wants to experience Costa Rica. We will definitely come back to Costa Rica and volunteer with IFRE again in the near future. Thank you!!!

How can this program be improved?
The site could be made more environmentally sustainable using recycling and solar options.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Heather
9/10

Me and my friend really enjoyed working in the elephant orphanage, staying with the host family and everything else in Sri Lanka! Thank you IFRE for providing us with this opportunity.

After finishing the 2-weeks volunteering program we also traveled around the island for 12 days. Michael arranged for the driver, hotels and the itinerary. Everything was nice and perfectly arranged. It was definitely a memorable experience- I'm looking forward to doing this again.

How can this program be improved?
There were many volunteers at the center working with elephants, at times there wasn't enough work for everyone. For example 1 elephant would have 5 volunteers; I think 3 volunteers per elephant would be a good number.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Mariame
8/10

Honnestly,It really felt amazing to join the medical program in Thailand. Things were mostly as mentioned in the IFRE website. The visit in Bangkok was just wonderful and khao san road is one of those places that make you smile whenever they cross your mind. Working in the clinic in suring was undeniably instructive for me. Moreover,i was given the chance to feel useful for the community wich was awesome. We helped with the wounds dressing,packing the medications,home visits,baby vaccinations... Most importantly, i appreciated how patient and warmhearted the personnel were. On weekends,our coordinators usually organize some leisure activities for those intersted. I've once went to the elephant village and it's memorable and actually the highlight of my trip. Thank you IFRE for the opportuniy you have given me to broaden my horizon.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rebecca
8/10

IFRE along with my host family (Mama Alice) have done a great job to make this program the best it can be. I found the process of applying very easy and I truly feel like I have gotten my moneys worth. The project is organized, my host family has been unbelievably warm and welcoming, and I've been able to get out and do some side trips on my own to really experience Tanzania. I would highly recommend this program to others.

How can this program be improved?
Empowering and educating about the culture of Tanzania before the departure would be great.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Daniel
9/10

I worked at a school for poor children and sometimes volunteered at an orphanage. It was a great experience, it was tough too, and devastating to hear some of these children's stories - it makes you feel grateful for everything you've got. The staff at the school and the host family were all lovely, welcoming and open. It wasn't too formal, we had a lot of fun together. Anyone considering dong volunteer work should definitely try this program - don't expect luxury, this is Africa, but expect warmth and joy.

How can this program be improved?
The overall program was great but it can always be improved. I would say the number of weeks to volunteer and the responsibilities for volunteers to be increased.
Yes, I recommend this program

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