Location
Multiple Locations +5
  • Norway
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Zambia
  • India

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
18
Timeframe
Year Round
Housing
Hostel
Groups
Small Group (1-15)

Pricing

Price Details
The cost of the Program includes all expenses necessary during the time of the Program. Food and accommodation, visas, transport and other expenses during the traveling Norway and South America are included in the cost.
The school offers possibility to fundraise the cost of the program. The students can come to school before the program starting date and join their 'pre-course' team.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals Wifi
Mar 16, 2020
Jun 15, 2021

About Program

Fighting with the poor program offers studying which consists of a range of intense and spirited activities, theoretical studies and experiences that constitute the sum of learning. After study period you're off to travel period where you will be making investigations, meeting people, visiting their workplaces, understanding their problems, meeting their culture and values. In the project work in Africa or India takes place in cooperation with Humana People to People. In this period you can work at: educating teachers for rural areas, schools for street children, sanitation and hygiene in rural areas, tree planting campaigns - as one of the examples.

For final conclusion you will come back to Norway with your team to share your experiences with other teams in the school. Showing, telling, exchanging experiences and making it common knowledge.

6 months - Study
3 months - Travel
6 months - Volunteer
3 months - Conclusion

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Program Highlights

  • Travel with your international team
  • Volunteer abroad together with you team in Africa or Asia
  • Meet like-minded people from all over the world
  • Option to fundraise costs of the program
  • Seek for new adventures and life-changing experiences

Program Reviews

6 Rating
based on 4 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 50%
  • 7-8 rating 0%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 25%
  • 1-2 rating 25%
  • Impact 6
  • Support 5
  • Fun 6
  • Value 5.5
  • Safety 5.8
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madalina
3/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Fighting with the poor

I personally do not recommend this experience. I am very disappointed, this school is just another organization that is taking advantage of young people.

Everything is chaotic there, the people in charge don't know how to manage their jobs and because of that we, the volunteers have to support the consequences.

Because of the situation with Corona, I and my team could not travel or go to Africa to finish our program.

The school didn't provide us any solution until we ask for the money that we saved during the pre-course back. Just after that, the problem that I and my team were facing was important enough to be solved. Only when we started to talk about the money, from this we saw how much the school cared for their students.

They came with the idea to send us to St Vincent and Cuba, it was basically just an idea because they did not do proper research to see if is truly safe for us to travel there, they just wanted to give us a superficial solution so we wouldn't ask for money back, so we had to research by ourselves and reached the conclusion that is not safe to travel there by that time.

Of course, the school didn't want to give us any money back so we had to talk with a lawyer to resolve this problem legally.
There is a lot of manipulation and hypocrisy in that school.
Many students have the same opinion as mine about the school but they choose to stay silent because they don't want to have anything to do with this school anymore.

If you choose to join their program you should keep in mind that is not as wonderful as it is presented on their website. The study materials are old and outdated and the “teachers” have no academic training.

The only thing that made this experience good for me was the people that I met and my team, we support each other and managed to stay strong in front of the school and not let them manipulate us in the way they wanted because we chose to fight for our rights, the teachers and the headmaster had a bad opinion about us, apparently fighting for your rights is something that the school does not like so much.

At the moment you can no longer write reviews on their Facebook page because they deactivated them after one of my colleagues wrote her opinion about her experience with One World Institute, apparently, they can not accept criticism or negative feedback, which says a lot about them.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do not sign up for this program, there are other much more flexible and much better opportunities to travel and meet new people
1 person found this review helpful.
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Rita
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Do Not Recommend

This school is a perfect example of modern days slavery. They use the students and the volunteers to get their business running, making them take care of the building and cleaning the hotel. The salaries from our work at the hotel were not even paid to our accounts, but stayed inside the school's account, so that they don't have to pay taxes for it. A total mess.
The travel and the volunteer project could not happen due to COVID-19 and the school refused to give us the money from our salaries work. Me and my team had to contact a lawyer who helped us to stand up for our rights and get our payment back.
Besides, the teachers are not real teachers (usually it is just people who did the program before), the study materials are at least 20 years old and basically you are supposed to learn it yourself (which you could do at home, you don't need to come to a program abroad for this).
In other words,

2 people found this review helpful.
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Margaret
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good start for high school graduates

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
2 people found this review helpful.
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Veronica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience!

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!
1 person found this review helpful.

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