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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 11 years, VolSol has placed more than 14500 volunteers across 20+ 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.

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Founded
2007
Headquarters

C-031C, Supermart I
DLF Phase IV
Gurugram 122002
Haryana
India

Reviews

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Joe
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Initially I was a little confused given the title of the project 'Street Children' yet volunteering took place within an education environment with children who stayed in the slum. Despite this confusion, I wasn't left disappointed! The children's energy and eagerness to learn is evident in addition to the incredible memories created whilst dancing, singing, laughing and generally just being there!! Both the teaching staff (khushboo and bhavesh) and children make you feel incredibly welcome as do all the locals in the area! Accommodation is more than adequate as is the help and guidance shankar (our go to person) provides! He's also a pretty good cook also which is a bonus! All in all this is an experience to savour.... One which will most certainly repeated!!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I'd have to say the introduction to riding in an auto rickshaw through Delhi's highways.... You do however get use to it.
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Vivienne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

In the Hostel of Impact House was such a lovely and good atmosphere that I felt home and safe. Everyone was so nice and I made a lot of friends. One of the Things I liked most was that there were no real groups of people who were always together (of course there were some preferences but everyone talked to everyone). Scuba diving was really exciting and the Team is really fun and lovely. I could even get my open water certification which I'm really proud of.
Apparently I lost my ID and my Phone there but the people from Impact House helped me with every step and were very supportive. I even got my ID back after a couple of days but my phone remains missing somewhere in Portugal.

It's a very unique experience and I loved it so much there. I wish I could turn back time to experience it again.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would stay longer. I was there for 2 weeks but that's really short because you just get to know everyone so well from the diving Team and from Impact House and then you already have to go home. Most of the Volunteers stayed at least 3 weeks when I was there.
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katie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I opted for the two week childcare and elephant programme. This has not been my first volunteer trip but it was the first one with VolSol and it has been my best experience so far.
The programme was the more expensive option but this included a city tour of Delhi, a visit to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and a two day trip to Jaipur. We also stayed in really nice hotels. Dheeraj even helped us get on the train and find our seats which we were grateful for as it was our first train experience here in India. I also added the optional trip to the Himalayas which I'm really looking forward to.
All the VolSol staff were so helpful and friendly, our safety was paramount to them. The accomodation was lovely and clean and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend VolSol to all my friends considering volunteering in future!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Be prepared for sitting in a car in India, it can be a bit overwhelming with all the beeping and erratic driving but you get used to it!
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hey Katie !
Thanks for posting a wonderful review for us. We are delighted to know that you had a wonderful time in the Childcare and Elephant Experience in India with us. Everyone in the local team was happy to have you in India and we are glad that you were satisfied with the services of the local staff. Once again, thanks for joining our program and we look forward to having you in our program again soon :)
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I cannot thank the team enough for making my time in India so incredible and enjoyable.
I was initially due to attend a project in July but due to visa problems I was unable to do so. Sahil was a massive help when these problems occurred and was in constant communication with me to try and help sort my visa and provide alternative means of getting a visa. He also suggested an alternative trip somewhere else or the same trip at a different date. I elected for the later as I had my heart set on coming to India, I had to pay a small fee of 100 to transfer projects but apart from this all of my original payments were transferred over.

Once in Dehli the team were fabulous. Shankar and Dheeraj were both so friendly and welcoming. Shankar is an amazing cook and looked after us so well at the volunteer house. Dheeraj was a wonder guide in Dehli and provided an amazing sightseeing day filled with information and experiences. The team were always on hand to support us in any way we needed whilst we were in India.

The KNS was an amazing experience that I am so grateful to have been a part of even for just three days. The children's English was excellent and I was impressed by their skill and enthusiasm. the project also provided me with an insight into the poorer parts of the city and the children who lived there. The elephant volunteering in Agra was the experience of a lifetime and it was incredible to be able to be so close to the rescued elephant.

The tours in Agra and Jaipur were both also wonderful and filled with many lovely places to visit and facts to learn. Vising the Taj Mahal has been on my bucket list for years now and I am incredible happy to have now ticked that off the list thanks to this trip!

During my entire time in India and before there was constant support from the team and I always felt safe. I cannot recommend the company enough and I look forward to booking another adventure with them to explore somewhere new!

What would you improve about this program?
For me personally this programme was everything I was looking for and expected and cannot think of any suggestions at the moment.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Rachel,
Thank you so much, Tracy! 😊We're so pleased you had such an amazing time on our Childcare and Elephant Experience Program. We hope to see you again soon! It was a pleasure to have you in India with us :)
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Emma
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Translated by Go Overseas:

I was part of the program at the health center of Buena Vista, it was very interesting to see the different ways to approach health in Peru. The people were very nice and I was able to go to all the services of the health center to observe (doctors, obstetricians, psychologist ...). In addition the family I was in was great, lots of good times together and it allows to know the life of people in Peru. I really loved this experience. This also allows to visit the region which is beautiful, with all the archaeological sites. The city is also very beautiful, its center is super nice. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to discover a culture and live with people.

Original Review:

J' ai fait partie du programme au centre de santé de Buena Vista, c'était très intéressant de voir les différentes manières d'approcher la santé au Pérou. Les gens étaient très gentils et j'ai pu aller dans tous les services du centre de santé pour observer ( les médecins, les obstétriciennes, la psychologue...). De plus la famille dans laquelle j'étais était super, plein de bon moments passé ensemble et ça permet de connaître la vie des gens au Pérou. J'ai vraiment adoré cette expérience. Cela permet aussi de visiter la région qui est magnifique, avec tous les sites archéologiques. La ville est aussi très belle, son centre est super chouette. Je conseille fortement cette expérience à toutes les personnes qui ont envie de découvrir une culture et de vivre avec les gens.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe having some activities with the other volunteers to know each other.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Kristina Kuroiwa

Kristina teaches dance/drama to students with disabilities.

Why did you choose this program?

I heard of a colleague who was using the program. I knew I wanted to travel and volunteer. Other programs that I had researched were either too pricey or did not fit what I was looking for. I liked that you did not need prior experience - that you can opt for volunteering for a short amount of time, such as two weeks.

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

I organized everything on my own. I am not a student at a university. The application process was simple and straightforward. I would also get occasional email reminders and the service team responded within a day. You only need your passport and the information for your arrival. There are a few simple questions to answer and that’s about it.

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

I’m not sure if there is anything. The recommended lists were a little under-explained. And the ones answering the questions prior to leaving were more like a third party. I would say, if you have questions prior to leaving, know that you are most likely speaking with someone not directly related to that specific project and do not be afraid to keep asking until you get an answer.

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

In Cuzco, I would wake up, eat a small breakfast with my host family, walk to the bus and meet another volunteer, ride to the school, and assist with the teacher with 3-5 year olds. There was a period of time the teacher would leave us alone with the kids and we had to instruct (with no given lesson plans). We would review colors, sing songs in English, color or play.

In Iquitos, I would accompany a guide who instructed me on medicinal plants of the Amazon. In the afternoon, I would accompany the director and ask neighbors if they were familiar with these plants and it’s used. I would then put the pictures and descriptions into a ppt slide.

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 probably not having someone there to wait for me at the airport or train station, etc. I didn’t know where I was going and I had not spoken to the people who were to wait for me. I was just told someone would there. And fortunately, someone always was there. Had there not have been, I realize I could have called and they would have responded promptly.

What would you have done differently?

One thing I would have maybe done differently is to bring a souvenir for my host family. You definitely do not have to and it’s not expected, and you can buy a gift there depending on where you are, but knowing how well they try to care for you, I would have brought one with me.

Also, I would have put in more of an effort to do activities that were not on the agenda that I was interested in.

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Staff Interviews

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

Riyanka Roy

Job Title
Content Marketing

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.

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Uma

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