One World Institute

Program Reviews

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Raluca
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would like to begin by saying that joining Learn to Travel program was the best decision I ever made. I knew it was going to be a big step in my life, but I never thought it will have such a huge impact on my future. Jumping on an adventure with strangers from different countries sounded so crazy, I never imagined that those strangers will become my family in the end. Volunteering in the most kind and lovely communities, with kids and people so warm made us all think how much we appreciate life. Travelling, making friends along the way, sleeping in hammocks in the middle on the Amazonian jungle surrounded by thousands mosquitoes and wild animals, freezing in the Andes, sweating in the desserts, all made us stronger and better.
I will definitely remember this one year adventure with One World Institute for the rest of my life, and I recommend it from the bottom of my heart to all the people who are seeking happiness.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
No matter how good your waterproof clothes are, you will never beat the tropical rain.
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Eva
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After finishing high school, I had no idea what to do next, because I didn't feel ready for university. Once I found out about this awesome opportunity to travel and volunteer, I was in for it without any doubts. The team that I did my program with was indescribably super and the experiences we shared on our journey from Norway to halfway through South-America, were something I would have never believed being possible. That year full of good times with open-minded, adventurous people and amazing destinations helped me grow up and widen my perspectives of life.
After finishing the Learn to Travel program, I went back home, just to realise that what I really want to do, is another program, so I joined for the Fighting with the Poor program. Thank you.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Many people think that a year or two is a too long time for doing a program like this, but the truth is that time flies when you're having fun, and in the end, you'd wish that all of it could have lasted just a bit longer. The number of experiences that a person can receive from these programs is honestly mind-blowing.
After doing a lot of research, I couldn't find anything similar to these programs; cheap, convenient and an excellent way for one to build character.
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Sitsiilia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was one of the best decisions I have taken to join this program. I had always dreamt about traveling somewhere totally different, different culture and environment, and this program gave me all of this. I got new friends, with who I got to travel. I got out of my comfort zone, new experiences, challenges. At first it was hard to step out of my comfort zone but I learned a lot in the progress and I had good people, my team, beside me.

It was one amazing year and I would do it all over again, would recommend it to anyone, who wants to take a little time off and travel together with a team, who will become your friends durning this program.

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Margaret
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've always liked to study and my dream was to visit India and so I managed. I enjoy my stay at the school, met a lot of nice people, some of them friends for life.

I did not always agree with everything in the program but it was totally worth it to pass through and fulfill my Indian dream. The work with kids was amazing! Although, of course, the culture shock was also something....

What would you improve about this program?
A bit more organization skills training for everyone won't hurt
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Veronica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was my first after school experience abroad and it was great! Loved the self studies, loved the seminars at the school, all the different activities, evening programs, yes, sometimes it feels like you are getting a submarine disease, since you live in the mountains but in summer the place just blooms with possibilities.

Work in India was challenging however we had support from the project leader, we could travel around as well, during weekends and holidays to make most out of the stay in the country.

What would you improve about this program?
Sometimes hard to deal with different peolpe from different countries but it is rewarding and the children just love you!
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Antonio
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Not easy to deal with people of the same age or even older, we all had different experiences and ideas how everything should work and sometimes it was hard to find a compromise, however in the end, when you starting to travell all the problems, arguments, difficulties with others seems so small we had to laugh why we were even fighting about such a nonsence.
I like to study about poverty and world problems so the studies were not hard for me.

What would you improve about this program?
Stronger leading teachers, but I understand it is not easy to lead group of adults.
Better time management, I liked order and sometimes too much flexibility bothered me.
Preparation for the project and work division could be improved.
Put bigger efford for people to study local language
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Csaba
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This program can open the world for you. You will see different cultures, travel and experience a lot, meet many amazing people. And before all this you go through a hard training what makes you ready for Third Word Countries. In my opinion this program can be for you if you want to change something in yourself by seeing the world, getting a lot of impression..

What would you improve about this program?
We had to work a lot at the saving up period, what I didn't really like at the moment. But after I could feel it was a perfect preparation to be able to do development work in India, not just having a holiday there. :)