Love Volunteers Programs
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Love Volunteers Reviews
Submitted by Nina - London United Kingdom | September 10, 2017
I was in Kenya for 3 very amazing weeks. Everyone I met was lovely
from my fellow volunteers to the local staff and just Kenyans in general. Everyone makes you feel welcome and at home. After just a few days with your fellow volunteers, you feel like family.
I had an incredible time on my placement. The teachers and children at the IDP school are great. The children are so friendly and lovely, it's almost overwhelming. I definitely loved spending time with the kids. I think this experience requires an understanding and acceptance that things work differently from back home and that this is OK, if you keep expecting things to work like your home nation you won’t enjoy the experience as much. I don't think I had a significant impact, to do so I would need to be there for a long period of time. However, I did gain an insight into the challenges faced in a developing nation, which was my main aim.
There was plenty of flexibility if you're unhappy with your project when you arrive the local staff will make efforts to put you on something more suitable.
Kenya is a gorgeous place and the range of excursions gives you an opportunity to explore this wonderful country. The monkeys were definitely my favourite.
This is definitely the best thing I've ever done. Definitely a worthwhile experience.
Love Volunteers responded to this review September 17, 2017 at 5:27 PM
We couldn't have said this better ourselves Nina!
Thanks so much for taking the time to provide this feedback and great advice to help and encourage future volunteers.
Whilst it can feel like you haven't made a big impact in your relatively short time on the program, rest assured that you walk in a continuous line of volunteers who contribute to making a huge difference long term. In fact we were able to assist our first Refugee Camp in Nairobi to the point where volunteers were no longer required and we could move our efforts to this new camp - a fantastic effort!
Thanks again for being an amazing volunteer and we wish you all the very best for your future endeavors.
The Team @ Love Volunteers.
Women's Rescue, Chiang Mai
Submitted by Erin - Redlands United States | August 02, 2017
I was originally scheduled to volunteer in the Women's Empowerment project in Bangkok for four weeks, but I guess that program is no longer being run. So I was switched to volunteer in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with Love Volunteers for two weeks at the Women's Rescue home. The Women's Rescue program is a home for single mothers with children/ babies who have no family support. We provided day care for the children, English lessons and art activities for the moms, and whatever other work needed to be done at the home. You can garden, help cook, digital marketing/ content development to help sell the handmade products online, child care, English lessons, etc.
Love Volunteers works with a local group who helps you get situated, learn some Thai, houses you with other volunteers, and helps plan other tours/ things to do in town outside of volunteering. Their staff was amazing! Nicole at Love Volunteers was also quick to respond and very helpful.
My time at Women's Rescue felt very short. If you can stay longer than two weeks, I suggest you do because it takes a while to establish a rapport with the moms and figure out where you "fit in" at the house. My experience there was great, sometimes a little chaotic (never know what you may show up and do that day) but the moms are so welcoming, the kids are so funny, and the sisters (it is run by three Catholic nuns) are so kind.
I was extremely upset that the Women's Empowerment project got canceled, but I think spending my time in Chiang Mai versus Bangkok was a blessing. Chiang Mai was so much fun!
My only negative is I don't think much of the money you pay to volunteer actually goes to the Women's Rescue house. If I was to go again, I would contact them directly, bypassing Love Volunteers. It was nice though having some support as this was my first time traveling abroad. But I was expecting some portion of my money to be donated to the home and it doesn't sound like that happens.
Love Volunteers responded to this review November 03, 2017 at 3:59 PM
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience on our Women's Empowerment program in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
As you mention we do, occasionally, need to offer volunteers an alternative as part of our continual review of programs. Thanks for being flexible and, as you experienced, the program in Chiang Mai is an excellent chance to work with single mothers and their children in a wide range of areas.
I'm glad you mentioned the program fees: our fees are set by the local partner and are the cost of hosting a volunteer and allowing the programs to continue. We aim to keep these fees as low as possible to enable volunteers to attend. As such we don't factor in large monetary donations to the programs but focus on the contribution of time, knowledge, effort and enthusiasm. For those volunteers willing and able to contribute a monetary donation we believe this is best done in person, directly to the program at your own discretion.
Thanks again for your review and encouragement to future volunteers and for being an amazing Love Volunteer.
The Team @ Love Volunteers
My time at the wildlife shelter
Submitted by Hannah R. - Trinity College | August 01, 2017
Australia's native wildlife was the main factor that made me want to travel to the country. Hence, I was very happy when I found out about the opportunity with Love Volunteers. This program really allowed me to be up close and personal with amazing animals, such as kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and wallabies. There are also possums, sugar/squirrel gliders, and various birds. They have such funny personalities and I got to know each one individually while I was there.
The daily routine revolves around the animals, so expect mornings to be busy because of cleaning and feeds. The schedule usually settled down by the afternoon, providing plenty of time to chat, enjoy a cup of tea/coffee, or play with the animals. Make sure to bring clothes you do not care about since they will get very dirty very quickly. A good pair of work boots or hiking shoes will also be nice to have. Living at the shelter is extremely different from living in a city, so it may take a while to adjust. For example, there is no electricity during the day (a generator only runs at night) and you may have some trouble getting cellphone reception. When temperatures are cold, you will also chop firewood.
The team is very understanding and will help you as best as they can. If you need a ride to the nearest town, they will try to make arrangements for you. Glenda, the shelter's owner, is very kind and knowledgeable, so you can always go to her if you have questions or need something to do. The other volunteers are very nice as well and will share many funny stories with you. As long as you love animals and are willing to work hard, you will have a great time. After all, how many people can say they have lived with kangaroos, cuddled a wombat, or bottle-fed a wallaby? My time at the shelter was an incredibly rewarding experience. I am already missing all of the animals and the people I became friends with while I was there.
Love Volunteers responded to this review August 13, 2017 at 4:44 PM
Thanks for giving such a brilliant review of our Wildlife Rescue program in Victoria, Australia.The advice and encouragement you have provided is invaluable for future and prospective volunteers.
It's wonderful to hear about the joy you experienced working with the animals. The shelter relies heavily on volunteers to continue in its work and they simply couldn't manage without you.
From the team at the shelter and all of us here at Love Volunteers a huge THANKS and we hope to have you back with us again.
Teaching In Luang Prabang, Laos
Submitted by Kerry Lange - Harry S. Truman College | July 23, 2017
“I chose to volunteer with Love Volunteers Education Program teaching English in Luang Prabang, Laos for a few reasons. I wanted to meet the children of Laos and help them obtain a universal tool that could help them reach further in their lives. I also felt that it would be a great fit for me because I am currently studying in the field of Education. I wanted to experience a rich culture far from my own and make a difference there. I got all of that and more out of my experience and impact while volunteering. Did I mention that this was my 1st time teaching and my 1st time volunteering? I have to say that it couldn’t have been a better 1st-time experience! The smiles on the students faces when they learned new words, meanings, and pronunciations from our classes were amazing. The energy they displayed and the connection I was able to make with them touched my heart and confirmed that I had chosen the right volunteer program. I felt like part of the family immediately. Everyone was so incredibly supportive, great partners in the classroom, and helped me obtain some teaching skills to take back home! When my time was up in Luang Prabang, the hardest thing was saying goodbye to all of my students...and I quickly started thinking of when I would be able to come back and see them! I also was sad to leave the delicious Laotian food, beautiful scenery and people...I never passed a frowning face on the street during my time there. Shortly after returning home in Chicago, IL, I was hired as an educator at The Ogden International School of Chicago and I think my time teaching had a hand in that achievement. I can not wait to go back to Luang Prabang!”
Program: Education Support in Laos
Love Volunteers responded to this review July 26, 2017 at 3:59 PM
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your amazing experience on our Education program in Laos.
Wonderful to read your praise of the local team and your hosts and the joy and reward you got back from the students and monks.
It's fantastic to hear that you have returned home and gained a role in Education - congratulations!
We wish you all the very best in your new role and we too hope that you will be able to return to Laos in the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers
" The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others" -Gandhi
Submitted by Genie Dalomba - Pawtucket United States | June 15, 2017
One thing I gained from working in Senegal, was happiness! I can't put in words the amount of love and support I received while I was overseas. The people of Senegal made me feel like family. Waking up at 8:00am seemed so easy. The reason why, was because I knew as soon as I reached the school I'd be greeted with smiles and hugs. The children at the school I volunteered at definitely left their mark on my heart. The pictures and stories I shared with others inspired them to look into volunteering. I will volunteer with Love Volunteers again in the future. I've also told many people to volunteered with this organization. If you want to see the world and change the way someone else sees the world. Love volunteers is the way to GO!! What are you waiting for?
Program: Working with Children in Senegal
Love Volunteers responded to this review June 19, 2017 at 4:23 PM
We can't put into words the joy it gives us to work with volunteers :-)
The mutual rewards that a volunteering placement gives when the volunteer is passionate and caring are huge!
Even though many feel that they aren't able to make much of a difference in a few short weeks you are proof of the hope and joy that each volunteer brings to the lives of these children.
Not forgetting that the volunteer takes that experience home with them to enrich themselves and those around them. That's real change.
Thanks so much for everything you do and we look forward to having you back with us again soon.
The Team @ Love Volunteers