Volunteer BaseCamp
78% Rating
(4 Reviews)

Volunteer BaseCamp

Volunteer BaseCamp has been connecting independent volunteers with small grass-roots organizations in Asia, Africa and Latin America since 1998. We have developed an extensive database of specific volunteer placements in each country that you can review for free from our website and our team overseas will develop a custom list of exactly which placements would be a good fit for you before you even pay a dime!

If you do decide to have us help arrange your placement, our registration fee is 250 USD. After that, you do not have to pay us for anything unless you would like us to arrange your accommodation, meals and training overseas. If you do want us to help with these arrangements, you will find that we offer some of the most comprehensive overseas support for one of the lowest program fees out there.

Volunteer BaseCamp's program structure allows volunteers to have access to an incredible amount of information for free and to only pay for the assistance they want.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Roshni
Female
27 years old
UK
Other

Please do not use Volunteer BaseCamp

1/10

Please do not use Volunteer Basecamp. I had a good experience in terms of booking my volunteering but of course it would be a good experience as they are after your money. When I arrived in Tanzania as a qualified health professional ready to get stuck in there was nothing planned for me to do and I had paid for the services to help find a placement. I was also not told until a few days before arriving in Tanzania that I would not be staying at the basecamp house and that I was at this hostel with 6 private rooms. It was actually a hotel and the only people that stayed there were business men from Kenya and other East African countries which was fine in terms of integrating into the local community but as a lone female it wasn't the best choice. I know the manager in Canada had stayed at the same place so I don't understand how he was so blind to see it's not suitable for volunteers. I raised this but said I would be happy to stay as I was settled in but I wanted to let the manager know that it is not suitable for future volunteers (hopefully no future volunteers as they'd have more sense than to use Volunteer Basecamp). Their website says you don't really need to know Swahili but please be warned yes you do. I was in a hospital where I did absolutely nothing, I stood on the ward round for a month and did not help one person even though they all needed me. I raised my concerns with the coordinator in Tanzania and said that I wasn't happy, he was extremely helpful and I do not blame him for such a poor experience, however the main manager in Canada should know what a dietitian does and therefore have already organised a suitable placement or guided him on what to find. I also went to an orphanage where I was left to play with the children for 2 hours and did nothing related to my profession which I had specifically signed up to do. I had also left my job to do this. I feel sorry for the coordinator in Tanzania as I feel that in the emails back and forth with the manager, he was putting words in my mouth as if I was blaming the coordinator for this. Each email I reiterated that I had no issues with the coordinator. Orientation was excellent and he was very helpful. He even took me to his village where I met his family and I asked him if towards the end of my volunteering I could come back and donate some baby clothes, paper, pencils etc to his village which he was grateful for. However when I raised the fact that I had done no volunteer work despite giving it a chance and trying different pathways. I was given the option to 'cut ties' with the coordinator and find my own placements which actually I had been more successful with. I decided to do this but asked the manager if I would still be able to go to the coordinator's village to donate some clothes etc. He said in his email that he is not available to take you to his village' so the manager just denied clothing to villagers that desperately need it. That tells me he one heartless human being and I wish I had never spent my money on this company. Please do not bother using this company, I was even told by an orphanage in Tanzania that Volunteer Basecamp are receiving less volunteers now and I've had first hand experience as to why that's happening. You are better of finding your own placement as Volunteer Basecamp will be useless.

How can this program be improved?

Take off dietitian as an option. Actually choose sustainable placements. Reduce the fees. Improve customer service skills

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Jen
Female
24 years old
Chester, UK
University of Liverpool

Difficult organisation but GREAT RESULT!

10/10

I was assigned a hospital in the Galapagos Islands upon my request to Volunteer Basecamp for a medical elective placement. The organisation of this proved very difficult and unfortunately at the last minute, I had to change islands. However, Alejandra was very supportive throughout and everything worked out wonderfully.
I did my elective in Hospital Republica del Ecuador on Santa Cruz island. I found this elective excellent in every way. The staff were brilliant and very friendly. I was given a wide variety of experiences and responsibilities relevant to my professional level (which is high, as a final year medical student).
As its a very small hospital, I was rotated around based on where was most busy. I worked in A&E, surgery and obstetrics.

Overall a wonderful experience which I would highly recommend to anyone!

How can this program be improved?

Better communication between me, Ale and hospital personnel.

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E
Female
24 years old
Kingston
Queens University

Orphanage Improvement Project

10/10

It was one of the single best experiences of my life and I would encourage everyone to participate in a program like this if they get a chance.

Every moment I spent in Costa Rica was absolutely amazing. Greg, our in-country coordinator was sweet and kind and made us all feel at home. After some initial confusion about the Costa Rican currency I quickly adjusted to the culture.

The project exceeded my expectations in every possible way. I was worried about the food and it turned out to be fantastic, I was worried about spending a week with a group of total strangers and they turned out to be amazing, and I was nervous about working at the orphanage but I had a life changing experience.

How can this program be improved?

The base camp was beautiful and far surpassed my expectations. The only inconvenience was sharing a bathroom with 8 other girls and a computer with 20 other people.

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L
Female
24 years old
Kingston
Queen's University

Teaching Volunteer in Ecuador

10/10

I had a wonderful experience with (BaseCamps) volunteer abroad and would recommend it to others interested in volunteering abroad. It has changed my goals and ideas about my future. I want to return to south america as soon as possible to continue my education in spanish and to be living in such a unique and wonderful place. The staff that you employ in country are wonderful caring people who are there to help you with everything you need. Tess was wonderful for support 24 hours a day and helping you feel comfortable with your placement and transition to working. Daniel was wonderful with orientation and was always available for helping to plan weekend trips for us volunteers. As a result, I spent every weekend traveling and learning about Ecuador. Isabel, our housekeeper and Paulina, the language instructor were both wonderful. I was able to practice spanish with them and they made you feel at home. Overall, it was a fabulous experience.

How can this program be improved?

slow at answering my emails and requests. Many times I had to make a phone call to head office in order to find an answer. This was frustrating because many of these inquiries could have been simply answered.

Program Listings

Ecuador

Volunteer BaseCamp
Since 2003, Volunteer BaseCamp has been working with volunteers and community driven organizations in Ecuador. A wide variety...

Tanzania

Volunteer BaseCamp
Volunteer BaseCamp started work in Tanzania in 2007 and since that time, has developed a wide range of placements focusing on...

Costa Rica

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In 2002, Volunteer BaseCamp began working in Costa Rica, and since that time our volunteers have helped to complete countless...

Ghana

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Volunteer BaseCamp began work in Ghana in 2005 and has since expanded considerably, offering volunteers a variety of placemen...

Nepal

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Volunteer BaseCamp has been operating in Nepal since 1998, and over that time has formed countless bonds with numerous, local...