Affordable Volunteering with Love Volunteers

Love Volunteers

About

We are just a handful of passionate people working hard to help volunteers and local communities around the world. We don't have huge overheads - no company cars, no downtown office - we're just volunteers who thought we could do a better job. We work with local organisations wherever we can to keep administration costs to a minimum and also to return as much money and skills to the local communities where we operate. We can offer the lowest possible fees, but also ensure that you are immersed in the local culture and are actually making a difference!

Headquarters

PO Box 199
Pukekohe
Auckland 2679
New Zealand

Reviews

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Mikela
10/10

I was a medical volunteer in Fewa City Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal.
I am a pre-med graduate from Denmark meaning that I had no previous hands-on experience.
But I still got to observe, participate and help so many people. It was wonderful, challenging, educational and eye-opening. I learned so much about medicine, medicine in a Third World country and the Nepali culture. Words cannot describe how much I learned and developed, I enjoyed this so much. But it should be noted that this particular volunteering program is not for those who are afraid to ask questions and take initiative. Your learning and participation is your own responsibility. Noone will be there to hold your hand and explain everything to you. You must ask questions, study at home to understand the cases better, engage yourself and put in the time. The more you give, the more you get!

How can this program be improved?
I have no complaints.
Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Mikela,
We can't overstate how appreciative we are of your contribution to this program. Your endless enthusiasm and commitment were so apparent from your wonderful emails and you were to achieve so very much!
Thanks for posting this review and for the valuable advice. It's so completely true that you get out what you put in!
All the very best for the future and we look forward to having you with us again :-)
The [email protected]

Yes, I recommend
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Kerry
10/10

I chose to volunteer with Love Volunteers & their partner's Education Program teaching English in Luang Prabang, Laos for a few reasons. I wanted to meet the children of Laos and help them obtain a universal tool that could help them reach further in their lives. I also felt that it would be a great fit for me because I am currently studying in the field of Education. I wanted to experience a rich culture far from my own and make a difference there. I got all of that and more out of my experience and impact while volunteering. Did I mention that this was my 1st time teaching and my 1st time volunteering? I have to say that it couldn’t have been a better 1st-time experience! The smiles on the students faces when they learned new words, meanings, and pronunciations from our classes were amazing. The energy they displayed and the connection I was able to make with them touched my heart and confirmed that I had chosen the right volunteer program. I felt like part of the family immediately. Everyone was so incredibly supportive, great partners in the classroom, and helped me obtain some teaching skills to take back home! When my time was up in Luang Prabang, the hardest thing was saying goodbye to all of my students...and I quickly started thinking of when I would be able to come back and see them! I also was sad to leave the delicious Laotian food, beautiful scenery and people...I never passed a frowning face on the street during my time there. Shortly after returning home in Chicago, IL, I was hired as an educator at The Ogden International School of Chicago and I think my time teaching had a hand in that achievement. I can not wait to go back to Luang Prabang!

How can this program be improved?
This program can be improved with more volunteers :-)
Response from Love Volunteers

Dear Kerry,
Thanks so much for this fantastic review of our wonderful program in Laos! It's hugely helpful for other volunteers, who may also be volunteering and teaching for the first time, to see how rewarding the experience can be.
We are so pleased that you felt at home and plan to return to Luang Prabang :-)
Congratulations on your position at Ogden and we wish you all the very best for your future endeavours.
The [email protected]

Yes, I recommend
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Aaron
10/10

This was a 10/10 A* Program! From start to finish Love Volunteers were brilliant and I highly recommend using them. The program itself was wonderful, we would catch the morning ferry from Cairns to the island every week day which is a 45 minute journey and is a great opportunity to talk to fellow volunteers and staff. The location was stunning. It is located on the island which I can only describe as paradise plus all staff on the ferry and on the island are so polite and accommodating. The tasks that we did are accurately described in the programs brochure and I enjoyed doing these tasks every day, whether that was cleaning the tanks and filter bags, prepping the food, feeding them or scrubbing algae of their shells! The charity is only a small charity that relies purely on the support of the community so if you do get the opportunity to do this program - please do it! I was fortunate to volunteer for two weeks and I wish I could have stayed for longer. Not only are you volunteering with likeminded people but you also get to meet volunteers who are local that may help once a week or once a month so this was good because I received plenty of advice on what to see and do locally. Furthermore the accommodation which was arranged by Love Volunteers was excellent. Northern Greenhouse Hostel is conveniently located in the CBD and has all the facilities you need including: en suite, free wifi, free breakfast, free day trips, large dorms, a fridge with a work surface inc sink in every room and a quiet communal area and communal kitchen that is large - plus the staff and guests are all so helpful and friendly.

How can this program be improved?
Make it clearer whether volunteers can help during the weekend and not only weekdays.
Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Aaron,

We can't thank-you enough for your contribution on this program and for leaving this amazing review to encourage others to attend and help out.
Turtles are one of the earth's most incredible creatures and we're proud to be part of making sure they remain that way.

Thanks again and we hope to have you back with us again sometime in the future.

The Team @ Love Volunteers

Yes, I recommend
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Kaye
10/10

This was a great program. Love Volunteers were in contact regularly in the lead up to the trip (when I did feel a little trepidation!) and then the team on the ground were so very supportive and welcoming. Somsouk (the coordinator) and Kui (his assistant) spent time with me apart from the teaching component and I was able to really experience some of the culture with them. I found the Lao people to be generous and sincere, and a pleasure to be with.
The teaching was varied, I worked in 3 different settings (Library, Temple and 'night school') which allowed me to meet a variety of students. They are so keen to learn english, so focused and interested - no behaviour issues here! Even so they were just still normal, funny children and teenagers and we shared many laughs.
It really was a very interesting place to be, beautiful countryside and beautiful people! I saw a very different world to the one I'm used to and that gave me much food for thought!
I'd really recommend this program to anyone.

Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Kaye,
Thanks so much for taking the time to post this review of our English Teaching program in Luang Prabang.
We love hearing volunteers praise our local teams who work so hard to run the programs and care for our volunteers. It can be daunting to go into the unknown but it's immensely worth it as you discovered :-)
All the very best for your future adventures and thanks again for being an awesome Love Volunteer.

Yes, I recommend
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Loren
10/10

From day 1 I felt the support from the volunteer staff on the ground. They were incredibly friendly and always willing to help with whatever I needed, from booking weekends trips to shopping in the market. The volunteer house was very comfortable and the food was delicious. Without doubt, the most cherished memory from my time here was meeting other international volunteers that were similarly eager to contribute to the community. However, this experience would not have been possible without Ali and Jihane. They were always there to help me and made me feel at home.

Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Loren,
Thanks for sharing this wonderful review of our Women's Empowerment program in Rabat. It's great to hear your praise of the local team who work so hard to run the programs and care for our volunteers.
All the very best for your future endeavors and we would love to have as a Love Volunteer again soon.
The Team @ Love Volunteers

Yes, I recommend

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