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Mencía
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience I have ever had

I spent 2 months in Sri Lanka in the Women Empowerment Program. It was an amazing experience. I really recommend this program, it is amazing how you can get close to these women and how much you learn about their muslim comunity and culture. During the weekdays, apart from working in the program, during your free time there are many activities to do: surfing, going to the beach, going to local shops, going to the swimming pool, doing some sports at the house... and during the evenings we used to get a beer in the beach restaurants, stayed at home watching films...
And also, in the weekends you have the opportunity to visit Sri Lanka, either with trips organized by the house or on your own.
I really recommend this experience, and Volunteering Solutions were available in case I had any trouble, but luckly I didnt have many.

Pros
  • You meet new poeple from different countries
  • You know Sri Lanka and its culture
  • You have the opportunity to travel a lot
Cons
  • I would have liked to do more volunteering during the day
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Joy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching English in San Jerónimo

I had an amazing time in Cusco volunteering in the Escuela Católica del Pacifico. I had a wonderful relationship with the English teacher and it was such a rewarding experience. The students were so sweet and we had such a good time using our English.

In addition to having a wonderful time teaching, I had an amazing family who treated me like one of their own. My mother was an amazing cook! I will always have a second family in Cusco.

I also had time to visit many of the historic areas, two fun zoos/animal sanctuaries, Machu Picchu and more. It was amazing!

Pros
  • my family placement
  • a wonderful teaching experience
  • beautiful, safe, inexpensive country with so much to offer
Cons
  • communication ahead of time was lacking, once in country was good
  • add-on travel was made for wrong dates which took away time from my students
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Mohd Arif Lokman
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Healthcare Program in Cape Town

My volunteer work took place in a local community clinic in downtown Cape Town called Green Point Clinic. The clinic staff there were very welcoming and kind, and they guided me and very fun to work with. It was a fun experience and 2 weeks flew past so fast and I wished I could have spent more time and do more to help them. I live with a local host family in Cape Town with 4 other volunteers. Faaidah and her family welcomed me and treated me as if I was their family members. I'm sure all other volunteers in the house also felt the same. I will definitely miss all her delicious foods she cooked for us and the laughter we had every time we sat down together. I went to Cape Town trying to experience something new, and surely I got that and then some. I have met new family and friends that I will treasure forever. If I ever have the chance to do it again, I will!

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Olga
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Cape Town SA Volunteeriing

My two sons - 15 years old and 17 years old went volunteering in Cape Town from Volunteering Solutions. I can't say enough how wonderful and life changing experience they have obtained! It was a great opportunity for boys at Ellerton Primary School to see the world from different prospective and feel the vibes of different continent! I strongly believe that these kind of life experiences build their their root memories and will definitely shape them as compassionate and caring people in their future lives.

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Brendan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience in India was unforgettable.

The Summer Volunteer Program in India was an amazing experience. I highly recommend this program because it will give you the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children while also introducing you to the fascinating culture and history of India.

One of the most heart-warming aspects of the trip was being able to work with children in Delhi and Palampur. As volunteers, we were left with the impression that the children genuinely appreciated us and benefited from the work we were doing. We were able to make a lot of children happy by giving them the attention they deserve.

Additionally, my experience in this program was very well-rounded. I was able to visit famous sites such as the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, the Amber Palace, and more. My experience took me from the bustling and noisy streets of Delhi to the quiet rural areas of Himachal Pradesh where one can observe a lot of natural beauty. My experience was also very special because it showed me the rich history of India and the country’s religious, cultural, and linguistic diversity.

I hope anyone who visits India will enjoy exploring this ancient country as much as I did!

Pros
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Comfortable accommodations
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Debora
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Help the Street Children - India

It was the first time in my life that I volunteered away from home! It was a wonderful and very enriching experience. My goal was to teach children in need but they are the ones who taught me a lot. I enjoyed visiting other parts of India during weekends. The program organized them and I had no problems! Everything was perfectly organized according to my requests! I strongly recommend this program to anyone who wants to have an impact on humanity.
Debora Costa Serigado - 27 years old
From Switzerland

Pros
  • Culture
  • Tourism
  • Sociability
Cons
  • Food
  • Heat
  • Noise
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Isadora
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Program in Cusco

Fiquei 1 mês e 3 semanas viajando. Desse tempo, 6 semanas foram no Peru, e 4 pelo programa. Então posso dizer que pude conhecer a fundo a cultura e a cidade. Também posso dizer que do tempo que estive viajando por conta e de quando iniciou o programa, mudou muito minha experiência. Com o programa tive a oportunidade de conhecer muitas pessoas, amigos e a querida host family. Conhecer culturas e pessoas diferentes de todo mundo foi mágico. Temos tempo de sobra para turistar. Com relação ao programa médico, posso dizer que depende muito da si mesmo, sua força de vontade, interesse, conhecer o idioma e o serviço/médico com quem trabalha. No início me senti um pouco perdida, mas aos poucos fui conversando e procurando pessoas do serviço que estivessem disponíveis e interessados para eu acompanhá-los.
No geral, posso dizer que foi memorável conhecer outra cultura tão próxima e ao mesmo tempo tão diferente da minha.

Pros
  • Conhecer outra cultura
  • Segurança da cidade
  • Turismo
Cons
  • Trânsito
  • Bebidas sem gelo
  • Clima seco
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Isadora,
Thanks for participating in the volunteer program in Peru. We are glad to know that you had a memorable time in the program in Cusco, Peru. We look forward to having you again in the program.
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

Giovanna
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Programa Médico em Cusco

Foram 4 semanas muito proveitosas, conhecer uma nova cultura e praticar o espanhol foram os pontos fortes da viagem.
As pessoas aqui são muito amáveis e gentis. A host family foi incrível, sempre muito atenciosos e dispostos a ajudar, também sempre nos receberam com comidas deliciosas, sentirei falta.
Outro ponto positivo foi fazer amizade com outros voluntários de todo o mundo, os quais manterei o contato.
O programa médico em si foi um pouco bagunçado no início, pois não havia uma escala de trabalho a qual deveríamos seguir, então ficávamos perdidos. Depois de um tempo, quando descobrimos os médicos que gostariam de serem acompanhados, a experiência foi melhor...
Temos muito tempo livre para explorar a cidade e os arredores nos finais de semana.
Recomendo a experiência! Com certeza levarei para a vida (:

Pros
  • Experienciar uma nova cultura
  • Host family perfeita
  • Há tempo para turistar
Cons
  • Transporte público caótico
  • Água não é potável
  • Os carros não respeitam os pedestres
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Giovanna,
Thanks for leaving a review for the volunteer experience in Peru. We look forward to having you again in our programs soon as well. Glad to know that you made friends with other volunteers from around the world and enjoyed the experience at the project as well as stay with the host family.
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Evan
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Cusco!

Overall, I had a great time in Cusco. There certainly were highs and lows during the trip (which I expected) but I made some great memories and met some fantastic people from all over the world. The staff for Volunteering Solutions are very communicative and trustworthy. My host family was amazing and made some fantastic food. The excursions we did were so fun and had some breathtaking views! The health center I worked at had some really friendly nurses and doctors who really wanted to help me learn and gain medical experience. However, there was some slight disorganization and some doctors preferred to not work with the volunteers

Pros
  • Awesome host family
  • Great excursions
  • A ton of free time to explore the city
Cons
  • Wallet stolen on bus (be careful!)
Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Evan,
Thanks for leaving us a review. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your experience in Peru and had a great experience overall. We hope to have you back in our programs again soon.
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Madi
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Really cool experience

I really liked this experience. Towards the end of my stay I started to become more comfortable with our work and I felt like I was trusted by the nurses more. For the first two weeks though, I didn’t feel very helpful and mostly watched the nurses work. There could have been a little more organization when it came to where/with who we should be working with, because occasionally I would invite myself into a certain room and they wouldn’t have work for me to do. I think this is very valuable and a great experience despite all this.

Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hi Madi,
Thanks for leaving us a review. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your experience in Peru and had a great experience overall. We hope to have you back in our programs again soon.
Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions