Volunteer Trip
98% Rating
(4 Reviews)

Volunteer Trip

Volunteer Trip offers affordable volunteer programs in Central and South America. We partner with in-country organizations to support on-going community projects. Our volunteers work in hospitals, clinics, schools, welfare agencies, orphanages, construction sites, farms, and animal rescue centers. Volunteers are immersed in the local culture as they live with a host family and learn Spanish.

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Bonnie
Female
57 years old
Reno, Nevada
University of Nevada Reno

I loved my time in Turrialba, Costa Rica!

9/10

I loved feeling like I lived in a Costa Rican town, if only for two weeks. I walked to town every day, then took a taxi or the bus to my volunteer work. I worked with 6th graders at a small rural school in the mornings, then I spent my afternoons at the beautiful Spanish language school up in the mountains overlooking Turrialba below. It was an adventure living with my host family who didn't speak English. The first time I encountered a giant cockroach, I frantically slaughtered the Spanish language, telling them there was a "more big animal" in the bathroom! Even though I'm home now, my mind constantly returns to the mountains, the rivers, and the people of Turrialba.

How can this program be improved?

I wish there had been more of an understanding of what my role was at the school. I really wanted to help the students with their English and with their other subjects, but the teachers pretty much ignored me (I'm sure it's because they were worried about the language barrier), and the principal seemed content to have me just watch the classes. At one point he asked me to teach a lesson on fractions, but I said I didn't know enough academic Spanish to do that, but I would be glad to help the students with their seatwork. But he didn't communicate my desire to the teacher. I enjoyed chatting with the children in Spanish, and I'm really glad I got the opportunity to experience the day-to-day life in a Costa Rican public school. But I could have done so much more---I wanted to be useful.

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Brandon
Male
24 years old
Charlotte, North Carolina
Other

Volunteer Trip is nothing but the best!

10/10

Overall, I think my program was very successful. Three factors that stood out were (i) in-country support; (ii) program affordability; and (iii) the volunteering experience.

With respect to in-country support, Mallory continually offered herself as a resource for any questions and concerns I had. This support made me feel very secure and confident in my decision to volunteer abroad. She responded to each email promptly and gave very great information. In Guatemala, the program director was very resourceful as well. She was very kind and available whenever I needed help.

Most volunteer programs are very expensive, but not Volunteer Trip. I think this program was very affordable, considering the services and benefits received. I loved my homestay family and all other services included with the program. Having 3 meals a day and a safe place to stay is always an important issue; having those services covered within the program fee was very nice.

Volunteering in Guatemala is an experience I will never forget. VolunteerTrip made the process for simple. Through the organization's website/links, I knew what to expect and felt confident in what I was doing.

How can this program be improved?

A follow-up email/call from the Volunteer Trip with the volunteer once he?she has arrived to the host country; to ensure everything is in order and there are no problems.

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Katelyn
Female
24 years old
Honduras
Hamline University

Honduran Time

10/10

My experience in Honduras is one I will never forget! A typical day in Honduras started at the Atlantida Hospital. I spent the morning working with patients in the emergency room, recovery wing, and maternity wing. The doctors and staff mostly spoke Spanish but there were a select few that were bilingual. Working in the hospital helped work on my Spanish speaking skills. In the afternoon, I went to Spanish lessons. I spent four hours a day working on vocabulary and grammar. My teacher would sometimes take us to the market to learn about the Honduran culture and also work on my speaking skills. After school I would head home to spend the evening with my host family. We usually ate dinner together and then relaxed enjoying the warm weather.
My favorite part of the trip was my trip to Cayos Cochinos. I spent the day snorkeling and sight seeing. The islands were beautiful. We spent time with the native people to the islands and toured their homes. Everyone was so welcoming. It was definitely the highlight of my trip.

How can this program be improved?

My trip was very eventful and a lot of transportation was needed because I did not live close enough to walk to the school and the hospital. I wish I could have lived closer to my school and hospital so that I could have walked more and saved some time and money. We had our own taxi driver that drove us to the places we needed to go but it would have be better if we could have walked.

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Katherine
Female
24 years old
United States
Hamline University

Amazing Opportunity!

10/10

This was an absolute amazing opportunity that I would recommend to anyone! Our host family was so caring and fun while the school we were at was also well organized with such fun programs. I learned so much about the culture and people in just three weeks. I wish I could have stayed longer, I can't wait to go back :)

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