I volunteered for a week in an environmental program. The project was to build veggie garden in a school and plant more trees. I stayed in a hostel with home cooked local meals three times a day.... Anas Qadrei
An invaluable experience with my medical program in Argentina
Submitted by Jessica Genkil - United States University of Pittsburgh | May 25, 2016
Hello future volunteers! If you are looking to gain more clinical experience while perfecting your Spanish, than this program is definitely for you! I am a pre-medical student at the University of Pittsburgh who decided to spend two weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina volunteering at Hospital de Clinicas. That decision was one of the best I have ever made. I worked in the departments of pediatrics and gynecology for the majority of my time. I got to shadow a variety of physicians in clinical scenarios, interact with patients, attend medical lectures, tour the medical school, and so much more in my short time abroad.
One of the best parts of my experience was building connections with the medical personnel in Argentina. I truly grew close to the staff and felt very comfortable around them. All of the physicians were very receptive to my questions and were willing to teach me a variety of things. We had discussions ranging from the human anatomy to the Argentinian healthcare system. Conversing with them every day really improved my Spanish, especially my medical terminology. By the end of my two weeks I was able to better assist physicians by providing medical tools, supplies, and anything else they required.
Working directly with the patients was an extremely enriching opportunity. I got to play with kids prior to their appointments with the physician, but more importantly I got to teach them to feel comfortable at the doctor's. Interacting with the kids one on one gave me the chance to teach them valuable lessons such as the importance of check-ups, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly. In the gynecology department, I was able to oversee consultations and various clinical procedures. I met a variety of patients, each with a different situation that exposed me to treatment plans and healthcare issues. Since I have already shadowed and worked in both departments in the United States, I was able to see many differences, but more interestingly I was able to see many similarities!
Beyond the medical aspect of this program, there are many other great opportunities that you should take advantage of. For one, I worked closely with the Spanish School near my hostel in order to perfect my Spanish and better get to know the natives. Additionally, I became close friends with fellow volunteers that I was able to share my experience with. These are friends that I am sure to have for a lifetime. Since I only volunteered mornings to mid-afternoons I had the opportunity to go out at explore the beautiful city of Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is truly "the Paris of South America." The food, people, culture, music, architecture, and overall liveliness of the city was energizing.
While I wish that I could have extended my stay, I know I will be back! I am forever grateful to Love Volunteers for giving me this invaluable experience! I am happy to recommend this program! Best of luck.
Submitted by Steve reid - Hong Kong China | April 24, 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience! My problem was that I could only do 2 weeks, so I am unsure about the impact that my help may have had. I worked at a school for the first week, and then spent the second week at a monastery teaching young monks English.
The school were getting ready for exams and the kids were preparing for that. Their level of spoken and written English was good - I was surprised as I am a teacher, and I hadn't expected that. They were from a poor background, but they were all in uniform and took pride in their work and school. They were great fun to work with.
Living at the monastery was another great experience. Just seeing their whole routine was interesting - they were just like normal kids! They had no resources, but I had brought some laminated paper and whiteboard markers, so they had something to write with. Later in the week I managed to buy some exercise books and pencils, so they could start building up a record of the work that they had covered.
Probably the best part of the experience, was meeting such a range of interesting dedicated volunteers from all walks of life - both young and old (me!) - I was so impressed with them! I would certainly do it again!
Love Volunteers responded to this review April 28, 2016 at 5:57 PM
Thanks so much for this wonderful review of our programs in Nepal.
Be assured that your 2 week contribution made a real difference! You were able to help the children prepare for exams and provided much needed resources. I can also see that your presence alone made the children happy.
Isn't it wonderful to see how keen these kids are to learn!
Thanks again for taking this opportunity and we wish you all the very best for the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers
A special trip
Submitted by Maren Sticherling - Germany | March 25, 2016
I volunteered in the nursery care program for abandoned babies and fell in love with Tirana. The last weeks have been wonderful. The people I have met, the babies, all the kindness from everyone and the charm of Albania made this trip very special! Thanks a lot!
Love Volunteers responded to this review March 30, 2016 at 5:09 PM
Lovely to hear about your wonderful experience volunteering on our program in Tirana.
Thanks so much for contributing to this worthwhile cause and all the best for your future endeavors.
The Team @ Love Volunteers
School Rennovation in Koh Samui
Submitted by Jessica Kirk - Miami United States | March 21, 2016
Working with Love volunteers was amazing! They were so helpful from start to finish throughout the whole program. During my experience in Koh Samui, I really got to learn about the culture, customs, and the needs of the community.
I've found it incredibly inspiring witnessing how others live so happily with bare essentials;even businesses are operated right out their homes. It's no question why this land is known as "the land of smiles." Even in the toughest situations a smile remains on their faces. In Thailand, they live off of "Thai-time"-which means going with the flow. Most classrooms take place on the bare floors outside. No rooms, no desks, no pens... Just floorspace.
For building and repairing their educational needs, we've utilized sand and hoes to make cement by hand. A task that's taken weeks to do would take hours using machines but this is how they live- happily going with the flow.
If there is one thing I've learned there is to appreciate life as it comes. Not stress on details or solutions, rather take every moment in as it is.
I would definitely recommend Love Volunteers if you're looking for an opportunity to travel and give back to the world!
Love Volunteers responded to this review March 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM
Thanks so much for taking the time to post this fantastic review and give future volunteers an insight into "Thai-time".
Isn't it fantastic to see how happily people manage with what we think of as the bare necessities of life.
Volunteers need to learn to 'go with the flow' when on placement and it sounds like you totally mastered this ability as well as being open to the local way of life and making the most of what was available and appreciating the little things in life.
Thanks for being an awesome volunteer in Koh Samui!
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Amazing experience in Bosnia with LV
Submitted by Sarah Dyble - | March 15, 2016
It was so exciting to be part of this amazing program, attended by over 250 children and their families. I still wish I spoke and understood lokalni jezik (the local language) better, but I will try to keep learning and studying back in England. Anyhow the children reminded me that there are other ways to communicate and that the language of sharing smiles and friendship is universal. Thank you for letting me be involved!
Love Volunteers responded to this review March 16, 2016 at 4:09 PM
Thank you for being involved Sarah!
We're really pleased you mentioned the language challenges. We encourage volunteers to have at least the basics of the local language as it makes for a much more rewarding experience for everyone involved.
Of course not everyone has the time (or the natural aptitude) to learn a new language in a small space of time and the most important thing to take away on a volunteering placement is a willingness to learn; to try even when things are challenging and to be flexible and ask for help when it's needed.
All the best for the future. We'd love to have you back on the team again!
The Team @ Love Volunteers
My volunteer experience
Submitted by Arlean Dawes - | March 15, 2016
There is not enough room on any page or enough words in any dictionary to fully describe my experience with Love Volunteers and their local team in Bolivia. Last year I volunteered with the Community Development project through LV and this year I came back for more! This is an organization that I love and has such a special place in my heart. The children, the other local staff, volunteers have all shared the best times with me in Cochabamba, and I am eternally grateful for the blessing and privilege of having worked there. It is an amazing project, and although small, the vision is big! It is an experience that will allow you to learn so much about yourself and others in such a short amount of time! You will surely grow, laugh, have frustrations, smile, dance, eat, eat, and eat and gain a new perspective on some things of life! If you are creative, are ready to take initiative, give input and new ideas, and have fun while being willing to have an open-mind and put others before yourself, and ready to be blessed with a very unique experience, I highly encourage you to consider being part of this wonderful project!
Love Volunteers responded to this review March 16, 2016 at 4:04 PM
Wow, we're humbled by your enthusiasm for helping others - and life in general!
Thanks so much for being an absolutely amazing volunteer on this incredibly worthwhile program in beautiful Bolivia.
The attributes you list: creative; initiative; open-minded; putting others before yourself; ready for a unique experience.....
These are the most important characteristics any volunteer can have!
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Fascinating and rewarding
Submitted by Suzanne Amodio - United States | March 08, 2016
My experiences in Mongolia were fascinating and rewarding. I was at the Orphanage Centre for a week where 75 children ranging from 2 years to 18 years are cared for. I created a Zumba class for the teenaged girls or some sewing projects. I also started making bed covers for one of the girls' dorm rooms, which co-volunteers were continuing after I departed. I am grateful to you for all the help you gave and will likely be in touch for other Love projects at another time.
Love Volunteers responded to this review March 10, 2016 at 4:41 PM
Wow, what an impact you had in Mongolia! It's wonderful to hear you used your initiative and skills to set up activities for the girls that will enrich their lives. We're sure they particularly loved the Zumba classes!
We're so pleased to hear they will be continuing the sewing lessons as this is a valuable skill to have and will help them to save (or even make) much needed funds.
We would absolutely love to have you on any one of our programs in the future so stay in touch!
The Team @ Love Volunteers
GO for it!!
Submitted by Symeon Symeonidis - United Kingdom | March 07, 2016
Going to a different country, living with people you have never met before can be a bit intimidating, but by the time one realizes the experience he is about to live, everything changes. People in Guatemala made us feel like we are at home. The Love Volunteers local team are very welcoming and the staff are very helpful with everything you might need. Our host family treated us exactly like family. Guatemala is a beautiful country which deserves to be both explored and helped by volunteers. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.
Love Volunteers responded to this review March 10, 2016 at 4:38 PM
It always brings a smile to our faces to hear about our volunteers having such amazing and rewarding experiences all over the world.
We constantly get feedback about how awesome the host families are and how they make volunteers feel so welcomed.
Thanks for promoting this wonderful program and for contributing in such a meaningful way!
The Team @ Love Volunteers
I will never forget this experience!!
Submitted by Claudine Kristensen - | March 07, 2016
Living in the bush of Australia, surrounded by such amazing creatures, was like living a dream. The people I met were amazing, most having dedicated their lives to saving the lives of the rescued animals. They raise the precious animal orphans so that they can be released back into the wild when they are old enough and can take care of themselves. I'm so very happy and proud to have been there and experienced this project, if only or a for a short while. What a journey! I will miss it so much!
Love Volunteers responded to this review March 10, 2016 at 4:34 PM
What a wonderful experience! We're so pleased to have been able to help with this life-changing journey.
Thanks so much for lending a hand in Australia and being a part of the important work with animals.
We wish you all the best for the future and would welcome you back on the team anytime!
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Working with children in orphanages
Submitted by Cecilia Schurmann - Montevideo | February 29, 2016
My experience at the orphanage was phenomenal. Even though I was immersed in a different country's values, working with the children further reinforced how similar kids' behaviors are across different cultures. The orphanage was really nice and the children were delightfull
I fell in love with Cusco , the city is amazing and i felt really safe.
I had the priviledge to stay with a great Peruvian family, the where awesome, i felt like at home and nowadays we are still in touch.
I highly recommend this experience.
Love Volunteers responded to this review March 07, 2016 at 4:41 PM
Wow, what a wonderful insight into volunteering in Cusco!
We love your comments about children being just the same all around the world :-)
Volunteers often have concerns before they travel about the safety of various locations and it's always great to see comments directly from volunteers such as yourself, (which we hear again and again) about how safe they feel on placement
We work diligently with our trusted local partners to ensure volunteers feel safe and are as comfortable as possible (taking into account the deprivation the and lack of facilities in most of the volunteering locations). It's great to hear we are succeeding.
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Working with Kids in Mombasa
Submitted by Aaron Price - San Francisco | December 16, 2015
At first, given recent terrorist events this year, I was a little afraid to go to Kenya for this program.
I considered switching to another country.
I'm so glad I didn't. This was a life changing experience. The kids are so fun to be around and they are very appreciative to the time and energy you can devote to them. Especially in Kenya right now, there are not many volunteers coming in because of people are scared. But, media and TV makes it sound far worse than it really is.
The irony is that I felt completely safe the entire time. Everyone was extremely friendly and warm.
I'm a beach person so I loved Mombasa as it sits right on the Indian ocean. I took the kids to the beach almost daily. We went swimming, taught them American football, ate amazing food and drak from Coconuts under the shades of Palm trees. I will never forget this place and I have plans to go back and visit the kids next July.
Love Volunteers responded to this review March 10, 2016 at 4:32 PM
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your volunteering experience with others.
You are not alone in your fears about safety when travelling and it's fantastic to hear, time and time again, that volunteers find their safety fears unfounded.
Kenya continues to be a popular destination for our volunteers and we hope that many more, like yourself, have an amazing time and enrich the lives of indigent Kenyans.
It's fantastic to hear you are going back to Mombasa to re-connect with the program in July. All the best!
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Teaching in Koh Samui, Thailand
Submitted by Becca - Princeton | August 28, 2015
Love Volunteers is a great company to have volunteered through. I enjoyed every second of my 3 weeks teaching English. I could not have asked for a better program or group of people to have discovered one of the most amazing countries in the world amongst. The cultural immersion taught me so much about the world and myself. If you are considering doing this program, I guarantee you will bring back memories that you will never forget!
Love Volunteers responded to this review September 24, 2015 at 6:08 PM
Hi Becca! Thank you so much for the review and wonderful recommendation. We are so glad that you enjoyed your placement with us on beautiful Koh Samui Island, and that you clearly truly embraced the opportunity to be immersed in the Thai culture. We hope to have you back on the team soon!
Zambia - The Real Africa
Submitted by Tracy - Las Vegas Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore | August 26, 2015
I was part of Love Volunteers' efforts in Zambia and can't stress enough how great the experience was. Before finding LV I looked into other organisations like African Impact, which I almost signed up for. Not to discredit AI, but I am pleased with my choice. LV actually gives all the proceeds (except admin. fee) to the local NGO on the ground. Although I was a little scared since we were the first LV volunteers for this NGO everything went smoothly! I was picked up and dropped off at the airport. At the camp I had a nice chalet with mosquito nets, pillow, shower, toilet and light. The food was outstanding, plus you get unlimited drinking water.
The NGO in Zambia does a lot for the community in terms of building homes, administrative work and grocery shopping for the elderly home, employ locals, help the hospital when necessary, provide volunteers and supplies to the preschool and so much more. You know that the locals appreciate the work of the local NGO because they treat you with respect and always smile at you. The locals I met had nothing but good things to say about the effects of the NGO.
After four weeks in Zambia I've left with new friends, memories and renewed passion for people. If you can I suggest staying at least two weeks volunteering.
PS. Love Volunteer's local partner organization also offers safari trips to Botswana. I didn't do it but the other volunteer enjoyed every second of it.
Love Volunteers responded to this review September 14, 2015 at 7:10 PM
Hi Tracy. Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderfully concise and insightful review. We are very proud of the wonderful programs we offer in Zambia, and of our amazing partners in this country who's passion for their local communities shines through in not only the wonderful work they are doing, but in how they receive and host valued international volunteers such as yourself. Thank you for the all the hard work and effort you put into your service placement, and for choosing LV :)
Ngora HCIV- Medical volunteer in Uganda
Submitted by Sarah - | August 25, 2015
I chose Love Volunteers because of its flexibility, and the low cost of volunteering. I am very passionate about helping people and not just paying an organization so much money to explore and sight- see in another county. I was not disappointed, Special thanks to Mike, Kelly, Bazil, and the rest of the team. Because of them, my family just got bigger and I am excited about the lifelong connections I made.
Love Volunteers responded to this review September 14, 2015 at 6:59 PM
Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for the wonderful review and recommendation. We are glad you had such a great experience with us in Uganda and are grateful for all of your help on this project. We hope you can join us again soon!
volunteering at an orphanage
Submitted by Johanna Maria - Miltach | July 20, 2015
It was one of the best decisions in my life to go to Ghana for Volunteering. I will never forget this experience. I've received so much love from all the people there. I feel in the love with the kids there, i think anyone will do! I can totally recommend you going there. This is something you will carry in your heart a lifetime.
Beside all the medical preparation beforehand I can recommend you to go there with an open mind and heart and it will be the best time in your Life.
Everyone is so helpful and caring that you will feel like you are visiting family! :)
Love Volunteers responded to this review August 22, 2015 at 7:34 AM
Hi Johanna. Thanks for the wonderful review and recommendation! Throughout your time volunteering with us you have had such a positive 'can-do' attitude, a kind heart and an open mind what ever challenges were presented to you. You have been a wonderful Love Volunteer and it has been our honor to participate in this experience with you. Thank you! :)
I didn't want to leave!
Submitted by Grace Amelia - Auckland | July 07, 2015
My volunteering experience with the media project was beyond words. The wonderful woman who runs the organisation, Theary, was an absolute treasure. She took a lot of time to explain how the nitty gritty of how NGOs operate, and would take me with her to everything from conferences and meetings to her family friend's wedding. Needless to say that thanks to her I saw so many different sides of the real Cambodia. On top of that, the work was really fulfilling. The days were long, so you felt your time is being used well and you can really see the effects of the effort you put into it.
Love Volunteers responded to this review July 13, 2015 at 4:19 AM
Hi Grace! Thank you so much for the wonderful review and recommendation of this project. We are glad that you have had such an amazing experience with us in Cambodia and hope you can join us again soon :)
Volunteering with children with disabilities, Quito.
Submitted by Andrea - Sydney Australia | June 22, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Quito. Getting to know the children and helping to care for them was a brilliant experience. Day to day living with my host family, volunteering and taking Spanish lessons all became part of a very pleasant routine. I also enjoyed my free time and weekend trips out of town. The entire process was quite simple with Love Volunteers. I would recommend it highly.
Love Volunteers responded to this review July 02, 2015 at 4:11 AM
Hi Andrea. Thank you for the excellent review and the wonderful recommendation. We are thrilled that you had such a great experience on this program, and we hope you can join us again soon! :)
Submitted by Bc7295 - Rutgers university | June 18, 2015
Absolutely life changing! Everything about the experience was breathtaking. Love Volunteers and their local team were there for me every step of the way to make sure that everything went to plan and I had the best experience possible.
Love Volunteers responded to this review June 19, 2015 at 2:44 AM
Hi Brittany. Thanks for the wonderful review and the recommendation. You were an amazing Love Volunteer and we hope to have you join us again soon! :)
Teaching English to Buddhist Monks
Submitted by Elior - Israel Israel | June 15, 2015
These 4 weeks of volunteering in a temple were above and beyond all my expectations. I feel that I’ve been fortunate to take part in a very meaningful project. Additionally, I’m grateful to have left my imprint on novice monks whom I taught and who taught me just as much. My daily visits in the temple made me feel like a member of this huge family of Buddhism, and that is something that no tourist experiences.
In addition, this month was a lot more than just teaching; I’ve had the opportunity to learn about a whole new culture through its language, traditions, tastes, and sceneries. The fact that volunteers have the weekends off allowed me to travel around Chiang Mai and take tours outside of the city. It created even more experiences and memories that I’ll never forget.
For everyone who is looking for an interesting way of traveling, I would recommend that they join one of the projects and get ready for a mind-opening experience.
Love Volunteers responded to this review July 02, 2015 at 3:54 AM
Hi Elior! Thank you so much for the wonderful review and the recommendation. You have been an exemplary volunteer right from the beginning with your positive can-do attitude and your commitment to the program. You have not only greatly benefited the project, but have allowed yourself to truly embrace this experience and get the most out of it. From the entire team here at LV, thank you and we hope to have you join us again soon! :)
Working with children
Submitted by lawrence.delaney96 - United States The University of Akron | June 15, 2015
My boyfriend and I volunteered at Kidron Valley Ministries in Uganda. We were there for three weeks and absolutely loved it. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. The experience really was life changing.
Love Volunteers responded to this review July 02, 2015 at 4:02 AM
Hi Delaney and Jordan. Thank you for the wonderful review, we are really happy that you both enjoyed your experience with us in Uganda and we hope to have you both back on the team soon :)
Assisting in schools in Rwanda
Submitted by Jroache14 - Boston United States Northeastern University | May 31, 2015
Overall a great experience! The local team was extremely friendly and welcoming, and they took me in like family. I spent my time helping at a women's farming cooperative, teaching English to primary school children, and visiting families in the local community.
Love Volunteers responded to this review July 13, 2015 at 4:55 AM
Hi Jaclyn. Thank you for the excellent review and the wonderful recommendation. We are thrilled that you had such a great experience with us in Rwanda, and we hope you can join us again real soon! :)
Teaching in Nairobi
Submitted by Rami - dublin Ireland | April 01, 2015
First of all the project coordinator Izzo was amazing to work with! Cheerful and very inspiring person, glad got to meet him! The whole volunteering experience was unforgettable, loved every second of it.
Love Volunteers responded to this review September 14, 2015 at 7:43 PM
Hi Raminta! Thank you for reviewing this program and for the lovely recommendation. We too think that Izzo is a wonderful person, and we are very proud of our relationship with him and his team. Together we are all doing some amazing things in Nairobi, Kenya. Thanks again!
Building Veggie Garden in a School in a village in Tanzania
Submitted by Anas Qadrei - Melbourne | January 14, 2015
I volunteered for a week in an environmental program. The project was to build veggie garden in a school and plant more trees. I stayed in a hostel with home cooked local meals three times a day. The place was safe and secure. We took bicycle rides to the school everyday which was kind of an adventure. We come back for lunch because it was very hot to work during lunch time. I had the rest of the day for myself to explore town, socialise with travellers, or just relax.
Love Volunteers responded to this review September 14, 2015 at 7:54 PM
Hi Anas! Thank you for taking the time to leave this review, and for all of your efforts on this community development project. Your hard work will benefit the people of the local community for years to come. Thank you once again, and we hope you can join us again soon!
Volunteering in India
Submitted by Kirsten Harris - Quebec City | December 14, 2014
There's a marketing campaign and tourist website called Incredible India. And India certainly is incredible! From the moment I arrived in Delhi on my way to Jaipur, I was captured by the people, the colours, the sounds, the chaos, the life!
Jaipur is a beautiful city and it was a gratifying experience to work with "street" kids in a school that does great work. Each day the kids gave us smiles, energy, enthusiasm, and were so much fun to work with. I didn't know quite what to expect, but travelling to India was one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had. I always had the feeling I got more than I gave. I definitely am looking forward to returning some day.
Love Volunteers responded to this review September 14, 2015 at 8:04 PM
Hi Kristen! What can we say..you have been an outstanding volunteer right from the start, and throughout all of the (several) volunteering placements you have undertaken with us, have shown an open heart and a willingness to help wherever it was needed. Thank you for this review and recommendation, and for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated :)
Life changing experience!
Submitted by João Santos - Lisbon | December 13, 2014
My 2 weeks program was really changed my life.
I helped in a primary school, helping the children reading English.
The kids are amazing, the city is beautiful and I received all the support that I needed from the Love Volunteers team and from the local team also.
It was Amazing!
Love Volunteers responded to this review August 22, 2015 at 8:24 AM
Hi Joao. Thanks for the wonderful review and recommendation! Throughout your time volunteering with us you have had such a positive 'can-do' attitude, a kind heart and an open mind what ever challenges were presented to you. You have been a wonderful Love Volunteer and it has been our honor to participate in this experience with you. Thank you and we look forward to you joining us in Nepal next! :)