GoEco - Top Volunteer Organization of 2015
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This project takes place in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, the oldest city in the country. From the iconic Table Mountain to the magnificent Cape beaches, this city
GoEco - Top Volunteer Organization of 2015 Reviews
Submitted by Samantha R. | May 25, 2017
My experience through Marine Dynamics was nothing short of amazing. This was my first time volunteering abroad and traveling on my own and everyone made my trip stress free.
The program was made so that anyone could volunteer, no matter what your background. The marine biologists and trip coordinators were so friendly and caring. They made me feel so comfortable and were up to answer any questions that I had. Because this was a marine based trip, our days were planned around "sea-days" or "no sea days". So even if there were days where we were not able to get on the water, the coordinators planned out activities for us to do all day long. I learned so much and was able to even get to spend some time volunteering with the African Penguins!
My only criticism is that I chose to volunteer for one week. I'm 100% doing this again, but this time I'll be staying for at least two weeks!
Submitted by Carly Mellon - University of Guelph | May 25, 2017
My experience volunteering at a turtle conservation in Costa Rica was absolutely life changing. Immediately after exiting the airport I was overwhelmed with feelings of excitement and adventure. Living within the community and immersed in such an interesting and exciting culture gave such a different and more meaningful experience than just staying in some hotel. Seeing how people in Costa Rica live their day to day lives was such a positive addition to the experience. Going to school in San Jose and learning the language was something I never thought I would be able to do. It was so incredible being able to actually apply my knowledge right away and test out what I had learned on my host family, who would also help me with my Spanish. Having the weekend off was another positive aspect as it allowed for myself and other volunteers to travel to other parts of the country that we would not experience once on our placements. Actually getting to the turtle conservation was a feeling I don't even know how to describe. I was excited, nervous, anxious, inspired, all of these emotions started to overwhelm me and I just couldn't wait to get started. At first I was a little disappointed to find out that it was low-season for the turtles and I wouldn't get to release any babies. But I took a step back and realized that the work that is done during the low-season sets a standard for how the high-season would go, and that without cleaning the beach and collecting the eggs, there would be no safe environment for these baby turtles. Collecting the eggs from my first nest is something I will never forget, I still get chills thinking about it. The staff were so kind and caring and really helped to make sure the volunteers were getting the most out of their time at the conservation. I never thought I'd meet people from Austria or Switzerland and now I have friends from across the world whom I still keep in touch with. Overall this was the most incredible experience of my life and I would recommend it to anyone.
Program: Costa Rica - Sea Turtle Conservation
Jungle trekking and turtles
Submitted by Lauren - Sparsholt College | May 19, 2017
I had the best time on this trip. Malaysia is a stunning country, so the chance to trek through the jungle, visit the caves and see the magnificent islands was just incredible. The staff and interns we met on our trip were friendly, warm and lots of fun. The activities were great also - so many things I would probably never had the chance to do, like caving and sea kayaking.
My time with Chimes (Yes, that Rhymed (and so did that))!
Submitted by Rachel Minkoff - Far Rockaway United States | May 11, 2017
In the winter of 2017 I was looking to take my first vacation from work in almost two years. Since I knew I would be traveling alone I decided that I wanted to spend some of that time volunteering to make my vacation both relaxing and productive (I am also an active volunteer at home and it’s important to me to do so). Volunteering would force me to get out and would give me the opportunity to see a city in a way most tourist don’t usually get to. I had been to Israel seven years prior and had been itching to get back ever since. I had also heard about this volunteer organization called GoEco and that it was reputable so I went on their website, put Israel in their search tool and BAM! they had quite a few options of projects for me to choose from. I had interest in a few of the projects being offered, but since I had experience with people with special needs, but wanted a new experience with them, I decided to pick the project called Guiding People with Special Needs. In that, I chose the option to volunteer at their social club for people between the ages of 45-50.
So, in the spring of 2017 I flew out to Israel! I was greeted by the wonderful GoEco staff and taken to my first day at Chimes. The staff there is amazing, but it’s the participants that really make the impact. Even though I didn’t get to spend as much time there as I would have liked, it was an engaging and heartwarming experience that I’ll always remember. If you’re worried about a language barrier, don’t be. It’s a very special thing about this population, you can form relationships without much conversation. Even though I speak basic Hebrew, it wasn’t enough to converse; however, I was able to make quick connections with the participants by engaging in the activities that they enjoyed i.e. jewelry making and card games. We had a lot of laughs and completed a few different projects. Since I do this for a living and privacy laws are a big deal in the states, I didn’t take many pictures.
Also, since the social club only runs a few days a week, I got the chance to spend a day at a local animal shelter. I got to socialize and walk the dogs (this is where my Hebrew shines!). If you have the time to do a day here, the have dogs, cats, rabbits, and turkeys and it is a worthwhile experience to spend some time with these animals.
India road trip
Submitted by Sonia | May 11, 2017
Overall I'd recommend this experience! GoEco did a great job supporting the whole process before during and after the trip. I have always felt safe during the 4 weeks and had the opportunity to visit amazing places and get a glance on how geographical and cultural diverse but yet cohesively beautiful India is. On the down side, the volunteering program is taken a bit light, which might suite very young people looking for adventure but lacks in some aspects for more mature travelers that wish to discover India in meaningful way! Namaste!
Program: India - Road Trip India