Volunteering Solutions

Volunteering Solutions

About

Since 2007, Volunteering Solutions (VolSol) has been working with the aim of providing support to the underprivileged societies of the world in order to make a difference. Over the last 14 years, VolSol has placed more than 15000 volunteers across 26 countries in different parts of the world. Meant essentially for high school, college and university students as well as gap year travelers and backpackers, the projects have been reasonably priced, starting at a cost as low as $200 only!

Volunteering Solutions aims to promote affordable volunteer work in countries that need it the most by connecting the right people with the best projects abroad. With such a wide variety of projects around the world, there is surely something available for everyone. It'll be an incredible opportunity for you! At the end of the program, volunteers and interns are awarded a Certificate of Project Completion.

Reviews

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Natasha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Voluntariado en Cusco, Perú

Mi voluntariado en Peru fue precioso. Estuve en una guardería por dos semanas y los niños eran muy especiales y dulces. Ayudamos a los niños con sus tareas y estudios. La familia con la Que estuve esas dos semanas fue increíble, todos muy atentos y la comida deliciosa. La estadía no pudo haber sido mejor. Además del voluntariado hicimos varios tours y la experiencia fue inolvidable, permite que el voluntariado sea muy dinámico. En general, una aventura y voluntariado increíble, lo haría todo de nuevo!!

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Sebastián
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Una bella experiencia

La experiencia de un voluntariado en Cuzco fue hermosa en todos los aspectos, el lugar, las personas, los niños del jardín, la experiencia, la comida, los bellos destinos turísticos, todo en esta experiencia fue hermoso, no hay duda de que la repetiría.
La casa donde nos recibió doña Edith y sus hijas, nos brindaron un trato excelente y realmente nos hicieron sentir como en casa. Siempre fueron atentas a todas nuestras necesidades. Muy feliz y agradecido por haber vivido esta experiencia, gracias.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Disfruten al máximo la experiencia, es increíble!!
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Micaela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing weeks in Cusco

The best decision we could make! Recently, together with my sister, we participated in a teaching volunteer in Cusco, Peru. The whole experience was incredible. In the little school where we work, the children allowed us to spend some extraordinary weeks with their funny stories, games, and antics. The local staff was awesome, provided all the needed information, and always was available. The volunteer house was super lovely, cozy, and safe. The people were always very friendly and kind. The food offered is possibly one of the best things, everything was always delicious. On weekends we got to know the city and everything is truly impressive and unreal. The history that Cusco brings together is fascinating and the places even more so. To this add to know a wonder of the world! It is definitely an experience that we want to repeat.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
We would definitely choose to stay longer, there're so many places to know in Cusco that with not so much time it's impossible to know.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Micaela,
Thanks for leaving us a wonderful review.It was great to have you and your sister in the program in Cusco. We are delighted to know that you have a great time in Cusco. We look forward to hosting you in more such adventures. All the best !!
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Andrea
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Marine Conservation Program in Lisbon

My experience in the Marine Conservation Program was amazing. I loved my time spent getting to know people from all of the world, contributing to preserve the marine ecosystem, and embracing the Portuguese culture. I would like to praise the work done by Ana Matos, the program coordinator of Impactrip. Also, the diving instructors I had, Nuno and Sydney, woke up in me a passion for diving that I hope to continue in the years to come. Without doubts, it has been a experience I will never forget. I highly recommend it!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Green wine with Pastéis de Nata and cinnamon over the top.
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Aureliane
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Extraordinary experience in Cusco

This is experience was like nothing I have ever done before. The coordinator on site was very helpful and made sure everything ran smoothly. My host family was kind, warm, welcoming and accommodating. The staff at the clinic was also kind, pedagogical, trusting and inquisitive (in the best possible way). I could tell everyone wanted me to have a good experience, not only at the project site but also in Cusco in general. There was more than enough free time to explore the area. Cusco is a beautiful city with a lot of history and has a lot to offer. I also had the opportunity to plan 2 day trips and a 2-day trip, which included a visit to the legendary must-see Machu Picchu! The experience was a great way for me to improve my spanish as I spoke it everyday with almost everyone I encountered.

What would you improve about this program?
I think the organisation at the clinic could be improved. On the first day I sat in a room for 2 hours with nothing to do. I spent a few days shadowing doctors, without evaluating patients by myself, which as a physician isn't very stimulating for me. I eventually asked my coordinator if anything could be done to improve this. I was placed in another area where an office was available for me to evaluate patients by myself. I felt a lot more useful and also felt like I learned more this way. However, the patient load is not that heavy at the clinic and I'm not sure how much having volunteers present actually helps them.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hello Aureliane,
We are so glad you had an amazing experience in Peru!! We hope you can join us on another adventure in the near future.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I love all kinds of animals and I wanted to help them in away. Picking up trash is an easy task and everyone can do it. With this program, I was able to do something useful for the environment while I met new people and cultures from all over the world. I could also get the open water certification.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

They arranged the pick-up and they helped me find my ID when I lost it. If I had any questions, I always knew who to ask.

The train ride to Lisbon was organized by myself. They stayed in contact with me if anything didn't go as planned.

They did the pick-ups, but they didn't bring me back to the train station when I left.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I wish I stayed longer. I was there for 2 weeks, but it was really short. You just get to know everyone and then you already leave. Most of the other volunteers there stayed at least 3 weeks. You can't really pick up that much trash in 2 weeks because you have to get certified first. Also, you will be very tired coming back from scuba diving and you just want to relax a little bit so for really seeing Lisbon you have just the weekends.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The ones from the marine conservation program had to leave the hostel at first. We got up at like 07:30, put our swimsuits on under the clothes and quickly ate something. We left at like 08:10 and walked down the hill to the train station. There we took the train to Cascais and walked to the dive center.

First, we always put the scuba equipment together and tested if it worked. Then we put our wetsuits and shoes on and went on the boat. If the conditions were good, we did a dive. Then we headed back, had a shower and went back to Lisbon. We were back at the hostel at like 3 pm.

They always saved us something from lunch.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was to not find any friends there. I wasn't afraid of taking a 35h train ride through 3 countries on my own, just of not finding any new friends. Now I can say that my fear was completely "needless" because I was welcomed since the first minute I arrived and I found a lot of new friends. I was always included in every action and was always asked if I wanted to join them on a trip.

This experience changed my view on how people could see me. I'm not stressed about such an issue anymore because if so many people from different cultures liked me since the first day, then there will be some more all around the world.

What is your favorite story from this trip?

My 3 favourite stories:

  1. We went out with the dive center and I really had too much. I fell asleep on the pier for 10 minutes. I'm glad it happened in such a safe country. We arrived back in the hostel around midday the next day. There, I realised that I lost my ID... I went to the Swiss embassy on Monday (we didn't dive on Mondays) and got some documents for getting back. On Tuesday at the dive center, they had a surprise for me: Someone has found my ID! I know you might think that this sounds like pure horror, but I got everything back and had a lot of fun. I wouldn't change anything.
  2. We went dolphin watching! I would highly recommend that - it was amazing. They had dolphin babies!
  3. This adventure was on my trip back to Switzerland. If you're from Europe, I would recommend traveling by train with a global pass from Interrail. You will meet so many people and it's a huge adventure. So a day, before I took the train in Hendaye to Paris, the SNCF company went on protest. Everyone who was affected the day before was now getting on the train I was and we had some huge delay. I missed my second train to Geneva, and because there were so many people in the train station and the staff was so busy, I couldn't get a ticket for the next day. Luckily, I met another girl from Switzerland, so we were able to split the hotel bill. The next day we went again to a train station, but every train was fully booked. We could book one the next day at like 5 pm. So again, we had to take a cheap hotel together. But it was cool: I saw the Eiffel Tower! And I arrived home safely the next night. I know that not everyone will think that this is amazing, but if you're looking for an adventure like I did, that's how you can get one.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Riyanka Roy

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What is your favorite travel memory?

Being a mountain lover, all my favorite memories have been weaved around the Himalayas. If I have to pick one from a bundle of memories, then that would be the day I climbed the Dzongri Summit (4725 mt or 15,500 ft), on my way to Goechala.

Never before in life did I feel that the world can seem so gorgeous, that the warmth of the first rays of the sun feels exactly like mother's touch and every breath I took made me feel how alive I am.

I was standing with my feet tucked in the snow, my nose turned red and the snowclad mountains around me were all draped in gold. I felt strange goosebumps, not because of the cold but because of the happiness of climbing a height I never imagined I could.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The success is the result of the hard work of an entire team, and the coordinator among the members is perhaps the biggest strength. If all the people working for the company can think and put in their best, then nothing can stop the company from achieving success.

For Volunteering Solutions, whether it’s the people sitting inside the office space or those who are coordinating with the volunteers in different parts of the world -- the efforts of all are counted equally.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Being here for the last 10 months, I believe my skills of writing and communication have improved manifold. I've learned how to come up with quick innovative ideas, how to convince people on the other side of the screen to accept my articles, and how to use social media as a tool for growth and enhanced outreach.

I'm a more confident at my work now, and I look forward to continue polishing my skills under the guidance of the seniors.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

Every company has certain unique qualities that make it different from others. I believe that the work VolSol does is in itself a great work for humanity. There's transparency, honesty, strength and a combination of soulful ideas that make it special.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of your current team.

On one occasion, I got a chance to visit a dozen Dutch volunteers who were working at a slum school in New Delhi, India.

After interacting with them, I got to know that not only had they traveled all the way from the Netherlands to India for volunteering, but they had also raised enough funds to provide water purifier, air cooler, mats and paints to that slum school, which was in dire need of those things.

Not only did I feel proud to be a part of the team that day, but I also started believing in the fact that there are still nice people in the world.

How would you perceive the safety concerns being a solo woman traveler in India?

I guess it's the media that has made this entire fuss about India being unsafe for women travelers, but the reality isn't anything close to that.

I won't disagree with the fact that late night outings and too much interaction with a stranger can at times turn a bit messy, but personally, I've never experienced anything of that sort. I've always come across warm people, smiling cab drivers, helpful autowallahs, humorous co-passengers and above all, truck drivers who shared their life tales with me.

And I don't think that I'm the only lucky one -- there are hundreds of other women who are traveling solo in different parts of the country and they do get a safe sleep at night. You just have to be a little cautious about your steps, and everything will fall into place.

Uma

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