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Fabienne
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

2 weeks Cusco - que hermosa

I really enjoyed staying two weeks with a local family. I had everything that I needed, the food was delicious and they r ally cared about me and helped me, if necessary.
For sure the two weeks were running and I only got a little inside, however it was great. The kids in the kindergarten were very curious and handsome. The activities at the weekends were amazing and well organised. If I had questions, I could contact the organisators at any time. If you want to have a short inside, what volunteering means, this programm is perfect.

Pros
  • Feeling culture
  • Train my spanish
  • Live with a local family
Cons
  • did not always like the pedagogy of the teacher
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Alec
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Chiang Mai - Elephant Camp

I volunteered at this project in Chiang Mai for one week. This was a short trip which was preceded by a much longer one in Cambodia. The Friends for Asia staff located in Chiang Mai are very well-organized and keep the volunteer house in Chiang Mai very tidy for us. The house itself is well-located in the city. The staff at Changland (the official name of the camp) are very kind to all visitors and are intent on giving the volunteers a variety of tasks that will enhance the experience while also contributing to the operations. The food provided at the camp is truly exemplary also. The experience was slightly marred by COVID-19, considering that the number of volunteers is still low - but I would expect that to change in the coming months. Every visitor and volunteer is a contribution to these communities, so I strongly encourage all travelers to participate in this program.

Pros
  • Thai food is heaven
  • Farm-like work, very familiar to those who were raised rurally
  • Opportunities to meet many foreigners
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Alec
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Elephant Camp - Chiang Mai

I volunteered at the Elephant Camp (Changland) program in Chiang Mai for one week. The staff are very polite and they are very careful to give you work that they believe might enhance the experience while also arranging fun activities outside of work. The chance to work with the elephants and interact with the many foreign visitors is unforgettable.
Since I was the only volunteer staying there at the time, the volunteer house itself was a bit empty - although I would expect that to change soon as Thailand continues to reopen to foreign travelers. This program is very good for anyone seeking an introduction to Thailand as a whole.

Pros
  • Thai food is magnificent
  • Effective communication and support from program and on-site staff
  • Breathtaking views
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Alec
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Elephant Camp - Chiang Mai, Thailand

I volunteered at this project in Chiang Mai for one week. This was a short trip which was preceded by a much longer one in Cambodia. The Friends for Asia staff located in Chiang Mai are very well-organized and keep the volunteer house in Chiang Mai very tidy for us. The house itself is well-located in the city. The staff at Changland (the official name of the camp) are very kind to all visitors and are intent on giving the volunteers a variety of tasks that will enhance the experience while also contributing to the operations. The food provided at the camp is truly exemplary also. The experience was slightly marred by COVID-19, considering that the number of volunteers is still low - but I would expect that to change in the coming months. Every visitor and volunteer is a contribution to these communities, so I strongly encourage all travelers to participate in this program.

Pros
  • Thai food is heaven
  • Farm-like work, very familiar to those who were raised rurally
  • Opportunities to meet many foreigners
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Alec
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Phnom Penh - Childcare

Truly magnificent. VolSol takes great care and devotion in providing all that you could ask for in Cambodia, provided also that you enter with the proper mindset and reasonable expectations.
I strongly encourage all young intrepids out there to venture into the unknown most primarily with a sense of appreciation before anything else. Do not consider what there is that you might want - only that which you might learn.
I have built so many long-lasting connections in Cambodia that I am simply compelled to return again in the future.

Pros
  • Strong connections with very kind staff
  • Opportunities for growth and exploration
  • Lots of good food being shared
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R
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Turtle Conversation in Galle Sri Lanka

Had a great time taking part in the Sea Turtle Conservation Project in Galle, Sri Lanka. The project was a great way to raise awareness about the life of sea turtles. The local staff was extremely helpful and very patient, the volunteers were enthusiastic, Summer Garden Guesthouse, where I stayed, was super and very well located. Needless to say, the overall experience is something that I would definitely recommend for students, fresh graduates and young professionals. I hope to go back there soon!

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Larissa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Provide Dental Health Care to Locals

I worked in the program "Procide Health Care to Locals" in Arusha for one week. The mornings I spent at Mt. Meru Hospital and helped the dentists with their work. In the afternoon we had some leisure time to do and see other things. One day for example we could go to an orphanage amd teach the children about brushing teeth. I really had the best time during my stay in Tanzania. The people were all really friendly and supportive, both from the organisation and the locals. I would recommend volunteering in Arusha to everybody who is looking for a great adventure!

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Brenda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cusco fue maravilloso

GRACIAS por tan memorable experiencia. Las escuela, los niños, la casa en la que me hospedé, la comida, la coordinadora Kelly, todo fue excelente. Toda la experiencia fluyó en perfecto orden. Una semana memorable y gratificante.

Tener la oportunidad de compartir genuinamente con Perú, desde su verdad, con su gente y en sus comunidades, te permite entender mejor. Sentir la energía y apreciar los lujos de una ciudad que quedó perpetuada en el tiempo.

El crecimiento emocional, espiritual y personal que otorga la experiencia, no tiene precio.

Altamente recomendado, el programa es una forma accesible de viajar, llenando el alma.

Gracias otra vez,
Brenda Ortiz

Pros
  • Te sientes guiado y cuidado
  • Es costoefectivo
  • Experiencias genuina y auténtica en el pais
Cons
  • Requiere valentía
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Esha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best time of my life in Sri Lanka!!

I had the most amazing experience in Sri Lanka! Thanks to Tatiane and the team for wonderful support and trip. Highly recommend Volunteering Solutions!

The airport pickup was a bit delayed due to local conditions, but I was in constant contact with the coordinator and Tati on WhatsApp. The house was amazing and I loved staying there with 23 other volunteers from around the world. This was really nice, as we were able to meet in the evenings and go around on the weekends. People were there from Spain, Portugal, UK, Germany and US! The turtle project was nice and I also worked on the dog project for a week, which was nice.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
It would be nice to be in touch with others on the trip before going. But I have no complaints and I loved my time!
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Esha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful time teaching kids in Kathmandu!

I just finished the most incredible trip in Nepal. The house and the host were lovely and I had a good time at the project while teaching at the Gyanuday school in Kathmandu. The children and the local staff made me feel welcome and I also really enjoyed the weekend trip to Pokhara. Uma was amazing and I can't stop recommending her to my friends!

Tati and Sahil were really helpful throughout the planning process and helped in from the time of booking to the time I was going to board my flight. They were always available on WhatsApp which made me feel comfortable about the trip.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Surrounded by monkeys while visiting the Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu!! But my guide was very helpful and I managed the Trip :)