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Volunteers working in the child care programs work with well established centers and orphanages in suburban regions of Cape Town.The children’s ages range from 18 months...
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The Indian Files | Arlene Angeline | Summer 2016
Submitted by Arlene Angeline - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor | September 05, 2016
My journey began on Friday, August 5th 2016. The volunteer coordinators were all so hospitable. They gave us a tour of the M. Block Market to ensure we retrieved the essential items we requested for a comfortable stay in New Delhi, India such as, a cell phone data and service plan, snacks, culturally appropriate wear, etc. We spent time touring many different places in New Delhi, India such as, the Lotus Temple, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, to Qutab Minar. After becoming acquainted with the area, we began our volunteer experience. I volunteered with ‘street children’ at Kamal Loachan Society. The volunteers an I were welcomed with lays, blessed with bracelets, and milk tea. I spent my time teaching English, mathematics, playing, singing, dancing, and learning from the children themselves, as they taught me even more than I could ever teach them. After volunteering, we would head off to some more tourist activities such as, visiting the Akshardham Temple and watching their magnificent water show. After spending time with the children for a week and having the honor of celebrating India’s Independence Day with them, the volunteer travel group an I headed to Palampur, India. During our stay in Palampur, India, all the volunteers worked to paint educational items along school walls. Once our paintings were completed, we headed off to trek the Himalaya Mountains, in particular, the Triund peak, which has an elevation of 9,325 feet. After our trek down, we headed to the Taj Mahal and then Agra Fort. We ended our last day by visiting the City Palace, an Elephant Village, and a Monkey Temple. My journey may have ended on Saturday, August 27th 2016, but the lives I encountered touched me for a lifetime. I saw, I witnessed, and I experienced so much while on this trip, but my most precious memories are with the children at Kamal Loachan Society for their hearts are so pure, full of joy, love, laughter, compassion, and generosity. I took a 7,386 mile journey from Ann Arbor, Michigan to New Delhi, India to learn, grow and experience a world unfamiliar to me, only to be impacted so immensely by the children I encouraged. They have such little, but gave so much, and for this I am forever grateful and blessed for this experience.
I loved my project in Philippines
Submitted by Jasmine Schmahl | August 26, 2016
Meeting and working with all of the wonderful children and many
volunteers from around the world, being able to apply my knowledge, gain experience in the nutrition field and pushing my limits and experiencing something new, were the highlight of my trip.
This experience was so rewarding and opened my eyes to the world around me. The opportunity has given me a new perspective and I felt like I was able to truly make a difference in the lives of those I worked with.
The house was clean and spacious, and in a good neighborhood. The food was alright. The staff was very friendly and supportive. They made the program easier and smooth.
I would recommend VolSol to anyone i know is willing to volunteer
abroad; mostly because of the variety of programs.
Good time in Kenya with children
Submitted by Alina | August 24, 2016
I definitely loved the children and the moments when they smile and laugh. An amazing experience was the safari in the Masai Mara and my trip to the Hell's Gate National Park. I would recommend every future volunteer to go there.
The local staff at the orphanage is really friendly and caring. But, even though it may be normal for Africa, the work there wasn't well organized. Sometimes the food was really good and I loved it but sometimes I only had e.g plain spaghetti. There should have been more vegetables and less carbs. The accommodation was really nice if you compare it to the African standard.
I would recommend VolSol to anyone i know is willing to volunteer abroad; mostly because of the variety of programs.
My dream came true
Submitted by Amy | August 10, 2016
I always wanted to go and see Machu Picchu and that is one of the main reasons I choose to go to Peru to volunteer! It was an amazing experience to say the least. Jenny took great care of us and the host mama - Lucy was so sweet and made us feel at home. We were 4 volunteers living with her and she always cooked fresh meals which were both delicious and filling. I volunteered with young children in a day care center, the main tasks were to play with them, help local staff in cleaning, feeding the children. Overall it was a great experience and I would be happy to recommend.
Good time in the Philippines
Submitted by Juan - Villa de Alvarez Mexico | August 09, 2016
We attend Tugop Elementary School from 8:00 am to 12:00. It's only 4 hours. Students are very nice! Very different from the ones we have in Mexico. They are very attentive. They enjoy the activities we do with them and they always do their homework! I couldn't believe when 5th grade said they wanted to stay in class rather than go out for break time! We assign different activities such as verb dictations, tongue twisters, storytelling, exercises on the board, writings, readings, memory games in teams. They always receive us with enthusiasm.
Last Wednesday we had a school event. The principal invited us to participate and meet students' parents and school supervisors. They let us sing and play guitars and the harmonica in front of them. It was really nice being there and hang out. We shared our similarities and our differences. We talked about food, traditions, and the words we have in common.
Going to Tugop is a nice trip. We walk through clean fresh air. There is no traffic, only palm trees, grass, hills and gentle people who we can totally trust. Waking up early isn't difficult here as the sun rises at 5:00 am!
Our host family is also kind! They really treat us as family members. This last Sunday they took us to a resort called Cold Spring. We went with all the family! Kids are very friendly and they always call us kuya (big brothers) it was nice to spend some time with the family! We laugh a lot!
We really want to volunteer again next year. We would like to stay longer but due to our jobs schedules in winkMexico, we can't stay more than two weeks. However, my brother and I are planning to come back. We love Philippines! In fact, we're learning the language! We bought an English-Tagalog dictionary here in a local store.
Thanks "Volunteering Solutions" for all your support !