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My time in Palestine
Submitted by Kimberly Swafford - California State University, Sacramento | August 15, 2016
Volunteering for Love Volunteers and the local team was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I spent three weeks in Nablus, Palestine and enjoyed every moment of my stay although time flew by and I wish that I could have stayed longer. Many people have asked me what my favorite part of my whole trip was and my answer has remained the same: the children. I spent almost every day in Askar Refugee Camp. Because the children were on summer break, the time I spent with them was for their summer camp. We did a variety of recreational activities such as drama, dabke (the Palestinian traditional dance), arts and crafts, games, and soccer. Volunteering in Palestine means being given the opportunity to provide a link to the outside world to the Palestinian people and helping to get their message out. It means spending time with children that have been affected by the violence while living under occupation and providing energy and activities with them to reduce lasting psychological effects. I recommend this experience to anyone who is given the opportunity; to see the occupation first-handed, to hear the personal accounts of the Palestinians, to help boost the resilience of the Palestinian children, and to help document the basic human rights that are neglected for the Palestinian people.
Program: Education Program in The West Bank
Love Volunteers responded to this review August 17, 2016 at 6:37 PM
What an amazing review of our incredible program in Nablus, Palestine! Thanks so much for sharing your experience :-)
Palestine can be a difficult location to access and we do encourage volunteers to know what's involved in advance and to undertake their journey with confidence. Reviews like yours help so much! We need more volunteers to let the Palestinian people know we care.
Thanks for being an amazing volunteer and we wish you all the very best for the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers!
Submitted by Krad - San Fernando | August 10, 2016
Love volunteers has been an amazing organization to work with. They were quick to respond to any and all concerns and were extremely useful in every way possible. I would highly recommend them. Volunteering in Thailand to teach monks was a bit daunting, however with love volunteers there are Facebook groups and the admin, Kelly, who are always willing to provide further information.
Love Volunteers responded to this review August 11, 2016 at 7:03 PM
It's a privilege for us to play a part in placing volunteers like you in places where they can do so much good.
Thanks for the review and your kind words. Volunteering abroad can be daunting and it's great to hear that you were up to the challenge and made the most of your time.
All the very best for the future - come back and see us sometime :-)
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Boy, Ghana sure stole my heart!
Submitted by Jessee Clauson - Portland State University | August 09, 2016
Ghana stole my heart. I cannot explain how sacred this journey was. Not only did I become a member of a beautiful family of 50 children; but I gained a much better understanding of myself and the world around me.
As Americans, our worth and happiness is based upon our materialist mindsets. We all fall victim to unnecessary complaining, judgment and negativity. Unknowingly, we let our egos get in the way of the interactions we have with ourselves, others and the world around us. We forget how auspicious our lives are here in America and (me included) take a lot of things for granted.
In Ghana I witnessed joy, love and happiness like I’ve never seen before. The kids at the orphanage live beyond what you and I would consider minimal; yet they are the most grateful, compassionate and intelligent humans I have ever met. The kids range from 2-23 years old; most have never seen a computer and none of them have phones. They don’t have social media; therefore, their interactions and relationships are genuine and unfeigned. Their culture is flip flopped to that of America.
People live on .25 American cents a day which in their currency is 1 cedi. Their minimum wage per WEEK is 5 cedi’s which is equivalent to $1.50. Yet this is all they need to survive and never did I hear a complaint.
They are the most magnificent people that I have ever had the privilege learn and grow with. I am already planning my trip to go back during Christmas. Always sending my love and blessings to everyone who shared their lives and their wholesomeness with me.
Love Volunteers responded to this review August 11, 2016 at 6:56 PM
Your passion leaps off the page! It's so wonderful to hear that you had such an amazing experience volunteering with the orphans in Ashanti.
Thanks for sharing this heartfelt review to encourage other volunteers.
Fantastic that you intend to head back to help out again over Christmas. What better time to put a smile on so many little faces :-)
All the very best and thanks so much for being an amazing volunteer.
The Team @ Love Volunteers.
Second time, same place, still lovely!
Submitted by Yee Sheau Ai-Yin - Petaling Jaya Malaysia | August 06, 2016
Here comes my second placement in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!
I am back to the place I first volunteered last year and grateful to get to know volunteers from various countries such as Canada, China, UK, France and many more.
Regarding my program, changes are great to be seen. I especially love seeing this particular girl who once could not walk, now is able to stand on her own feet. She still needs assistance in order to walk but with appropriate equipment prepared and the presence of fellow enthusiastic volunteers, I believe she'll be able to walk on her own in time.
The activities involved are spending time playing with them, assist them to walk and feed them their meals. These gestures might be simple to us in our daily lives, but has a huge impact on their well-being and future motor and cognitive development. I encourage everyone who share common interest in humanity to come along and join me in caring for disabled children who are in need of us.
Here's a quote from myself:
When you create good moments for others, you earned wonderful memories for yourself.
When you give happiness to others, you gained contentment for yourself.
Thank you Love Volunteers for making my dream come true once again!
Love Volunteers responded to this review August 07, 2016 at 4:57 PM
How wonderful to see you return to volunteer in Ho Chi Minh again this year and see the progress that the children have made - with the help of amazing volunteers such as yourself.
Thanks for sharing your experiences to encourage others to give of their time and energy to help these children who, through no fault of their own, are born into a life of disability.
Keep up the good work of sharing and caring!
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Love Volunteers- Volunteering with Children in Costa Rica
Submitted by Jacqueline Adams - Purdue University | July 28, 2016
I volunteered for a month in Jaco,Costa Rica through Love Volunteers, overall it was an amazing experience that has impacted me in many ways. I like Love Volunteers a lot because they are very quick to respond to emails and are very helpful to any questions that I had. The in country contact was slightly disorganized and although there was no Wifi in my house the experience overall was very rewarding. There are lots of cafes and restaurants with Wifi, also I took Spanish lessons while there and I think that it is much more beneficial if you speak at least conversational Spanish or intend to learn. This was an amazing experience and program and I intend to volunteer with Love Volunteers again.
Love Volunteers responded to this review July 31, 2016 at 7:42 PM
Thanks for your kind words and for providing feedback and helpful information to other volunteers.
It's great to hear that you were flexible - it's so important that volunteers keep an open-mind and work around the small frustrations inherent in volunteering in areas where resources are constrained.
Thanks for being a great volunteer and come back and join us anytime!
The Team @ Love Volunteers