World Unite!

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Keith
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

Volunteering with my wife at the aquarium in Zanzibar was a great experience. It was also very informative about sea turtle conservation and we left there learning more about sea turtles than we ever thought we would. The staff at the aquarium there was very friendly and always helpful. The World Unite staff was extremely helpful and very dedicated to their jobs. They were very willing to help from the time you landed on the island all the way until you left to go home. For anyone who volunteers in Zanzibar, make your voice heard because staff are willing to change things if it improves the program.

Response from World Unite!

Hi Keith,

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are always delighted to receive feedback from participants of our programs.

We are glad to read that you and your wife had a great experience volunteering at the Marine Turtle aquarium in Nungwi and that you learned a lot about turtles. As well as how the aquarium and World Unite! staff were helpful and supportive throughout your entire stay. We are happy to have made your stay in Zanzibar worthwhile.

We wish you all the best and Karibuni tena Zanzibar.

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Janis
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Big Family / Awesome Time

I stayed 5 weeks at the Mnarani Aquarium in Nungwi.

The time I spend there was amazing, the work there is pretty simple but you still will learn something new about the turtles there. The local staff is always friendly to you and you can make jokes with them. They will treat you like Family everyone belongs to this family.
The other volentuers are open minded and are coming all over the world so you get many different cultures there.
And on the weekend you can explore the island by your self and you have enough time.

Response from World Unite!

Hi Janis,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review. We are always happy to get feedback from participants of our programs.

We are glad to read that you had an amazing time Volunteering at the Mnarani Aquarium in Nungwi and your overall time in Zanzibar.

Warm wishes for your future endeavors and karibu tena Zanzibar!

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Rachel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome

I had a wonderful time in Japan and World Unite did a fantastic job of supporting me especially when I first arrived as this was my first time in Japan. They helped me set up my bank account and as well as a Japanese SIM card.

The area is well located with a mall nearby which has restaurants, shops and a cinema but is also close to get to places such as Shibuya.

I stayed in their share house for 2 months before moving to Sakura house Tabata. They continued to keep in contact with me and I even visited them a few times.

I definitely recommend World Unite for any one wanting to do a working holiday in Japan.

Thanks again to World Unite

Rachel

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To have fun and enjoy yourself. Visit the shrines and temples and experience the culture
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Rebecca
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome experience with a lovely family!

Sarah and Kos are amazing! They are lovely and funny people. They showed my around the area and included me in family activities all the time! The horses are amazing and Sarah’s riding skills are insanely good, she loves to teach and makes you improve your own skills!
Sarah takes care of everyone individually so the trails are always different and fun so you don’t have to worry that the experience is gonna be the typical tourist experience.
Had a lovely time there and I definitely want to go back!

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Carin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Support laughing children in desert village for better future

Sambhali Trust supported over more than 12 years underprivileged women and children in Rajasthan for a better future with teaching them English, Math and several workshops. Many projects in Jodphur are running very well.
In the rural area at Setrawa - a village in the desert Thar - a new project started. Our Volunteers give support to the government schools with teaching English at primary schools. This is very interesting, because we have an absolutely near contact to the local teachers and the residents of this area. I´m very glad to join the beginning of this project!

The first days of Volunteering were full of deeply impressions. The children have no chairs and tables at school and even less materials. We are teaching on board and training with speaking dialogues and learning games. On Wednesday we prepare special workshops with topics like "Environment" or "Feeling good in our body and our mind".
I´m so deeply moved by the attention of these children and their will to learn. They are so lovely and joyful. Even their laughing I can hear in my mind by preparing the next lesson at evening - when sitting together in our Volunteer-Team under beautiful stars.

What would you improve about this program?
It's a new project and we are finding our way step by step together with Govind - the founder of Sambhali Trust.
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Nufer
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Love the camp

I really liked the atmosphere in the rainforest camp and that you build your own little community. During the day you work, in the evenings you talk, play cards or other games or stay in your tent and take time for yourself. The staff was extremely helpful. They even help you organizing touristy tours. The food in the camp is quite good. I like that you also work together with locals and get in touch with them. Everybody in the camp cares about the environment, nature, wildlife, children and the neighborhood. It's interesting that each day looks different than the other. It helps when you stay flexible, open minded and watch the preparation videos to get a good feeling of what to expect. I would go again. =)

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Giovanni
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

One month at the Mother Nature Forest Camp, Kilimanjaro

This was the first time I travelled to Africa and I enjoyed the experience from the first day. The staff of World Unite! was supportive in any aspect and made me feel welcome even before my arrival. Once there, I met a lot of lovely people in Mweka/Moshi both among the locals and the other volunteers, and I really felt part of the community. Of course, staying at the forest camp may be a little tough for someone, due to the quite cold and very wet climate, but dwelling right at the border of the Kilimanjaro National Park is an unmatchable experience. As for the camp, it has been newly settled and it is pretty comfortable, apt to host many guests. The activities are of different types: taking care of the tree nursery, collecting seeds, planting seedlings, cleaning the streets, helping local farmers and more. Mr Sikievu, the man who leads the project in coordination with the World Unite! staff, is a great source of inspiration and will teach you a lot about the project itself and about the culture of the region. Other local people work at the camp cooking, keeping watch and doing works of diverse kind; all of them really made us volunteers feel at home, and the connection we established was precious and sincere. Miriam and Adelina were of invaluable help and support, at any time committing to make you get the most out of your stay in Tanzania. I am so grateful of everything and definitely recommend this experience!

What would you improve about this program?
It happened on some days that the schedule of activities was not so clear or not very efficient. The camp has started running recently, so one can expect that this will come right in the next few months.
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Florence
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience

My stay in Zanzibar was absolutely amazing. The staff members were always kind and tried their best to organize different activities for us to do. The camp was equipped with all necessities and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend it to everyone. I built some amazing new friendships with locals and with other volunteers. We all got to experience so many different things which taught us so much about the Tanzanian culture. Our task varied from farm work to teach children at schools about environmental education and planting trees. I stayed in Zanzibar for six weeks which was the perfect amount of time for me to get used to traditions, weather conditions and the work ethnic. As a conclusion I would say that volunteering in Zanzibar was the experience of a lifetime for me and I would recommend it to everyone.

What would you improve about this program?
The only issue that bothered me whilst being in Zanzibar were some visa problems that occurred which were not any staff members fault.
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Marianne
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship Woman and Girls Empowerment Center

For four weeks I worked at the Jodhpur Empowerment Center and taught basic English and math. There were three groups each: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. My job was to prepare and deliver the lessons according to the different learning levels. Once a week there were workshops on various topics, for example to get to know other countries and cultures, but also to address issues such as health, children’s rights, hygiene, violence, etc.

It was wonderful to see how the women and children like to visit these centers. I could really feel how much joy they had in exchanging ideas with each other and learning and sewing. For many, it was a way to escape from their daily problems at home and forget their hardships for a while.

It was a great experience and I would definitely recommend this Program!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
India is a country of contrasts with a very rich culture. It is therefore important to be aware of these differences in advance to avoid misunderstandings and cultural shocks. If you are well prepared, nothing can go wrong.
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Juliette
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Exploring your potential in a trusting community

I have been volunteering at Sambhali for two months now and I experience enriching, interpersonal drvelopments almost every day.I am volunteering in Jodhpur at the Durag Niwas Guesthouse. The food and accomodation has a very high standard and it's good living together with other volunteers for practical and emotional support. In the mornings I have been helping out as an admin and in the afternoon I teach English at the Sambhali Boarding Homes. I find it very interesting to get to know the personal background of the Boarding Home girls. Teaching was and still is quite of a challenge as the girls are used to another learning culture.Nevertheless, the experience is very authentic and enriching. Although the life style here may seem strange and perhaps slower than at home, you will enjoy it and become extremely adaptable a personal goal that may come in handy later.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't necessarily expect your own teaching standards. The girls are first generation learners and need to adapt to simple reading and writing. Every lesson is a good lesson. You are taking them seriously by doing this.