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Love Volunteers Reviews
Luang Prabang - what an experience.
Submitted by kaye | January 19, 2017
The program was so well run, I was made so welcome by all, and their was plenty of support. The 'team' provided me with an insight and experience into some local cultural events and I never felt like an outsider ever. It was an amazing experience. Living in this community, spending time every day with these students made me realise that adversity doesn't define people. These students are from poor families, many from the villages, but their desire to learn English to give themselves better opportunities for the future is astounding. I was in awe of their attitude.
English teacher in Palestine
Submitted by Surabhi Maheshwari - SUNY Maritime College | January 01, 2017
I worked as a volunteer in Nablus , Palestine with Love Volunteer's Partner , as an English language teacher. The people , the administration , the students as well as the fellow volunteers were extremely warm and easy to work with. I would recommend this experience to all people looking out for volunteering opportunities.
Love Volunteers responded to this review January 13, 2017 at 6:31 PM
We really appreciate your recommendation of our programs in Palestine. It's so awesome to hear your praises of the people and the local team.
It's been an absolutely pleasure working with you and thanks so much for giving so generously of your time to help others.
All the very best for the future and we hope you come back to volunteer with us again sometime.
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Turtle conservation in Montezuma, Costa Rica
Submitted by Laura - Milan Italy | December 17, 2016
An amazing experience looking after and releasing baby turtles into the Pacific Ocean. Montezuma is a beautiful remote location on the coast of Costa Rica where we were able to make a difference to endangered turtle species whilst enjoying the jungle style natural habitat. The living conditions were basic but not impossible, plenty of free time to explore the area as shifts were generally between 4 and 6 hours per day. Also a great chance to meet like minded people from all over the world and share in this extraordinary experience. Highly recommended!
Love Volunteers responded to this review January 13, 2017 at 6:03 PM
Great to hear that your placement was both rewarding and enjoyable - that's exactly what it's all about.
It's really useful for future volunteers to hear first hand about the experience - especially details such as the facilities being "basic but not impossible". We love it when volunteers make the most of the experience - taking the good with the not so good as you have done and realising that this is what it's about for the short period you are there.
Your perspective on the experience is invaluable for future volunteers so thanks for taking the time to share and we wish you all the very best for your future endeavours.
Thanks for being an awesome Love Volunteer.
The Team @ Love Volunteers
My experiences in Sri Lanka
Submitted by Kirsten Devolder - Ghent University | October 30, 2016
I went to Sri Lanka with Love Volunteers together with my friend Jana. At first, we were quite nervous because we didn’t know what to expect, but as soon as we saw the country, we knew we were going to have the time of our lives.
We went to Badulla for 2 weeks and to Galle for 1 week. Our 2 weeks in Badulla were very nice. Every morning we went to the special school to teach some English and handwork to children with disabilities. This was a very interesting experience because we also learned a lot from the kids, for example: the deaf children taught us some sign language. After that we had some time to visit some places in and around Badulla. In the late afternoon we went to the girls orphanage to teach English. The girls were very sweet and they were eager to learn new things, we still miss the girls and the kids from the special school every day. The nice thing about staying in Badulla is that the volunteering centre is quite small, this gives you the chance to live close to the host family which is a nice cultural experience. We spent our last week in Galle, which was a beautiful place by the sea. There we went to the turtle farm to take care of the sea turtles and to clean the beach.
The people in the volunteering centres took great care for us and we felt very welcome in Badulla and Galle, they also helped us with deciding which places we could visit and they made delicious meals. For me, it was a life-changing experience and if I could go back right now, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second. Volunteering abroad changed my life, and it’s a perfect combo with travelling because it doesn’t only gives you the chance to see the country, you also have the chance to live with the local people.
Love Volunteers responded to this review November 08, 2016 at 1:57 PM
It's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your volunteering trip to Sri Lanka :-)
Such beautiful people and scenery can't help but captivate visitors - and volunteers get to see so more than the average tourist! As a volunteer you were able to have a positive impact on (and learn from) these naturally happy people. What an experience and it seems you made full use of your time to good effect.
It's great to hear your praise for the host family - such a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in the local culture, cuisine and family life :-)
Thanks again to both you and Jana for being awesome Love Volunteers and all the very best for the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Love volunteer review
Submitted by Karolina - University of Warsaw | September 18, 2016
At first, you may find it a bit difficult to understand South Africa. But as long as you keep treating it with respect, you're guaranteed to find yourself deeply in love with this country, amazed by the variety of cultures and beliefs it represents. More than that, you'll find yourself admiring its liveliness and powerful nature, standing at the top of the Table Mountain, gazing at the ocean waves crushing at your feet.
Love Volunteers made my experience a truly unforgettable one, providing me with assistance on every step of my lone journey. I couldn't wish for being better taken care of! All the members of LV team are golden-hearted people - thoughtful, genuine and undoubtedly professional, with their adroit handling of all the volunteer programs.
Thanks to LV, I not only got a taste of South Africa, but a mouthful of its flavours.
I was placed in a community based clinic at Goodwood Day Hospital (Cape Town suburbs) and accommodated at a host family (5 min. walk to the clinic). Since I'm a pre-med student, I was surprised at the wide range of tasks I could get involved in. I was working along with the nurses and was allowed to:
- take blood pressure
- do urine and pregnancy tests
- take out stitches
- give tetanus injections
- clean wounds
- measure HGT and Hb levels
- fill in patients' files
- shadow the doctor
(Please note that while doing all those things I was always supervised by a nurse/doctor.)
This placement allowed me to get invaluable hands-on experience in the medical field, completing hours of direct patient care. I've developed a deep understanding of out-patient clinical care ad observed a great variety of casualties/cases/medical procedures performed.
I strongly recommend this program to all volunteers willing to step out of their comfort zone and not afraid of getting their hands dirty.
Love Volunteers responded to this review September 24, 2016 at 10:19 PM
Thanks so much for sharing such an informative and supportive review of our medical program in Cape Town. It's fantastic to hear that we at LV and our partner in SA surpassed your expectations :-)
It's abundantly clear that you loved being in Cape Town and the program itself and how much you were able to learn and do.
Thanks for being such an awesome volunteer and we wish you all the very best with the rest of your medical training and future career in this important feild.
The Team @ Love Volunteers