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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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Camila
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had one of the most enjoyable months of my life in Cape Town, South Africa.

I volunteered with Volunteering Solutions in Cape Town after a recommendation from a friend who did it two years ago. I was placed at Gingerbread house kindergarten and had a wonderful time with the kids. Volunteering with the kids was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. During the program I stayed at the volunteer hostel in Observatory. It was a wonderful experience to meet so many like minded volunteers from all around the world. I made some great friends and Noel, the house manager was a great help always. During free time I hung out with other volunteers and we did trips to Robben Island and the Garden Route. The local team including Kevin were of great help, meeting us regularly and helping whenever required.

I would definitely recommend this experience to other participants. Cape Town is a great city and you shall surely have a great time. Thank you so much to the staff in South Africa and Volsol for making this trip possible.

Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Camila,
Thanks for sharing your wonderful review for the South Africa Program. We are glad to know that you had a wonderful time in Cape Town and the local team was very helpful during your program. We look forward to hosting you in our other programs soon.
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Bethany
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This experience was truly incredible. It was amazing to see the different efforts that are in India to help reduce poverty and give an education to the local children. All the other volunteers were lovely and up for exploring the city together. The VolSol team were very helpful with any of our issues or any questions we had. I felt very safe in a very busy and different culture due to all their efforts.

I had a great time working with the Ladies in the womens empowerment group. It was great to see the efforts put in to give them a sustainable income. It was also fun to help out and stitch and paint some of the bags ourselves.

This trip is definitely something I will always remember and would highly recommend to everyone! Not only do you get to help the local community but you get to explore an amazing, beautiful and vibrant city.

What would you improve about this program?
Make the additional add on tours more obvious and easier to find before arriving
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hey Bethany,
Thanks for leaving us a review. It was great to host you in Delhi although for a very short period of time. We would have loved to have you stay for a longer period of time. Glad to know that you had a wonderful time at the Women Empowerment Project. We appreciate you taking time out and coming to volunteer for this project. We look forward to having you back in India soon :)
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Seonaid
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Staying and volunteering in Delhi can be daunting for some, and VolSol provided us with great care and attention to detail that made everything easy, and allowed us to settle in to the busy city comfortably.

They work closely with meaningful projects, and connect people with some brilliant work. We worked with a women's empowerment project, that was working to teach women skills that would encourage them to support themselves. They were making bags, in line with India's new ban on single use plastic, making useful items beautifully.

Other projects seemed really interesting, and I was amazed by the amount of opportunities VolSol could offer to help us better understand the world - in the future I hope to continue to engage with VolSol to widen my eyes to the opportunities and key underlying issues that are affecting people today.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Being here longer! I was only able to work for one week, owing to my holiday allowance....
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Thank you for this great review Seonaid!! We are so happy to know that you had a wonderful experience in our India Program ! 😍
We look forward to having you in more programs in the future.
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Joana
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed. It was a very good time. I hope I had given the little ones as much as they gave me. Makimei needs more support - progressing, I believe. Margaret and Rachel are engaged and housemothers are dedicated.
Regarding Volsol/ Go Overseas, Joe Ngugi is very kind and available. Everything was fine - accommodation, food, visits to the parks. I am pleased to be part of. Thank you for your project. Keep in touch.

Kindest regards,
Joana Barata

Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Joana, Thank you so much for the wonderful review! It sounds like you had the most amazing time =) We hope to see you again in the near future for another adventure!
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Lori
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Our 18 year-old daughter went to Portugal for the 2-week experience in September 2019. It was one week in Lisbon, then one week in Porto. The week in Lisbon was outstanding, but her experience in Porto was an utter disappointment and potentially dangerous. After two days in Porto, we counseled her to leave the program.

In Lisbon, she stayed at an Impactrip hostel that was sex segregated and safe. In Porto, she stayed at a run-down hostel and was assigned to a room with a middle-aged male tourist—not a program participant. In Lisbon, she was with a cohort of other program participants her age. In Porto, she was alone. In Lisbon, she worked until 6 PM. In Porto, she was expected to work alone until midnight and travel alone back to the hostel. Perhaps you can see why she and her parents were so surprised and disappointed by the Porto experience.

We talked with a VolSol rep in Lisbon and told her that the situation was unacceptable. The rep offered to find another volunteer option, but by this point, all trust had been lost. At our own expense, we put our daughter up in a hotel and she finished out her remaining days in the city as a tourist. The clear reality is that VolSol has a strong program in Lisbon and a terrible, ineffective, and dangerous program in Porto.

What would you improve about this program?
The program in Porto needs a lot of work to bring it up to the level the Lisbon is at.
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Lori,
We appreciate you taking the time to write a review for your daughter's experience in Portugal. We take volunteer reviews and feedback very seriously and have therefore taken the time to get some more information regarding your case.

We are happy to know that your daughter had a wonderful time during the first week in Lisbon as part of her two week experience. In regards to the experience in Porto, the accommodation is in a shared dorm, the meals are not included, the groups of volunteers are smaller and the volunteering schedules can happen until later. However, none of these details were written differently in the Program Booklet provided beforehand. After we received your complaint and dissatisfaction during the second week of the program, the local team immediately took action and offered different alternatives to all the points you found unsatisfying and we feel that we went beyond our possibilities: from assuming the extra cost for her to stay in another hostel (and doing that research for her); to adjusting the volunteering scheduling or even offering your daughter a program change to Lisbon at no extra cost.

Once again, we are very sorry that you were disappointed with the second week of the program. We are however pleased that your daughter had a great time in Lisbon and found it to be outstanding.
Team Volunteering Solutions

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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.

Kristina Kuroiwa

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
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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.

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Uma

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