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Costa Rica

Orosi Valley Paradise Experience

Costa Rica is a cultural and natural paradise, but most travelers only see its impersonal and touristy side. Globe Aware's Costa Rica volunteer travel programs offer a unique...

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Guatemala

Giving Guatemala

Globe Aware programs combine volunteer and leisure activities in a good balance. We feel it is important to spend time enjoying the community in which you are volunteering...

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Romania

Redeeming Romania

Romania is currently redeeming its rich heritage following the collapse of an oppressive dictatorship. This charming country embodies the European spirit of past, present,...

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Cuba

The Culture of Cuba

Although home to more than 11 million people, Cuban culture has been shrouded in mystery to most North Americans because of prolonged economic and political strain between...

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Vietnam

Expedition Vietnam

Expedition Vietnam A short drive from the central city of Danang, Hoi An has rightly earned a reputation as one of Vietnam's most picturesque towns. Declared a World Heritage...

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China

Changing China

Changing China China is changing. With all of the political and economic changes China has undergone in the last decades, it is bursting onto the international scene in

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India

Fighting Poverty in India

Globe Aware's new (as of summer 2009) India program is based in Jaipur. Maharaja Jai Singh II, a Kachhwaha Rajput, who ruled from 1699-1744, founded Jaipur, "The Pink City"....

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Cambodia

Rediscovering Cambodia

Cambodia Rediscovered Cambodia is one of the most fascinating countries in Southeast Asia. Following years of war and genocide, Cambodia is now a very safe place to visit,...

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Laos

Volunteer in Laos!

Laos is one of the most pristine and laid-back countries in Southeast Asia, despite its landlocked location between such formidable neighbors as China, Vietnam, and Thailand....

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Ghana

The Glory of Ghana

Volunteers will work with a locally organized group but with projects in numerous surrounding villages. Projects are in one of two areas: the first is Rural Communities and...

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Thailand

Sustaining Thailand's Treasures

A rare opportunity to live and breathe the beauty of Thailand beyond the mass media stereotype. Take a volunteer vacation and see and participate in how Thais really live...

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Costa Rica

The Rain Forest Village Experience: Costa Rica

Rain Forest Village Experience: Costa Rica! Costa Rica is a cultural and natural paradise, but most travelers see only the large, tourist resorts. This Road Less Traveled...

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Peru

Care for Cuzco: Heart of the Inca Empire

Cusco is known the world over as the enchanting 'belly-button' of the Inca civilization, and is the principle doorway to one of the great wonders of the world: Machu Picchu....

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Peru

Peru: The Road Less Traveled Andean Village Experience

Looking for a truly "off the beaten path" experience in a culturally rich environment and a community of real needs? You've found it! Perched high in the mountains, a...

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Globe Aware Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Pura Vida!

The food and accommodations were wonderful, the work was gratifying and our guide and host family were so warm and welcoming. Being immersed in the local community/culture was an invaluable experience that we will never forget. We worked hard but there was plenty of time to see the sights too. Everything was well organized and stress-free. We got so much more than we gave. Highly recommend this trip!

Program: Orosi Valley Paradise Experience

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Pleasant surprise

Romania was my first volunteer vacation and I really didn't know what to expect. I had travel internationally before, both for work and pleasure, however this was to be a truly unique experience. I was traveling alone, so I was open to whatever came my way. After making my way to Romania, meeting the host family, and other volunteers, I found my self in a wonderful environment. It didn’t take long for the group to bond and feel like family. We were able see so many beautiful sites that could only be experienced through a program like this. There was an overwhelming sense of authenticity that you just can not get with a traditional sightseeing vacation. The program work was rewarding and productive. Our organized leisure activities were steeped in history, education, and genuine Romanian culture. Our down time was spent with family style dinners and enjoying the wonderful weather. I can honestly say this was one of the most enjoyable trips I have ever taken and was left feeling grateful for the opportunity to this experience. I enjoyed myself so much that I plan on returning as soon as I can. I don’t see how anyone could not enjoy themselves in Romania.

Program: Redeeming Romania

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Best vacation

We went as a family and this was the best vacation we've been on. The program was so well run. The volunteer opportunities were really interesting, fun, and taught us a lot. The food and hotel were terrific and we loved hanging out with the other families on the trip. We also really liked the sight seeing. It really was the perfect vacation!

Program: Giving Guatemala

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

From their homes into our hearts

We fell in love with the people, the food, the culture and the climate! One of the things our family loved most was getting to eat most of our meals in the locals' homes, which made the food, and the experience, very authentic. You don't really understand a person until you've washed their dishes, in their sink, using their everyday method and resources. We came home with greater appreciation for our electric dishwasher, black beans at our table more often and hearts filled with love for the people of Orosi Valley!

Program: Orosi Valley Paradise Experience