Love Volunteers Programs
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Love Volunteers Reviews
Volunteering at Yana Cocha
Submitted by Lisa Sloan - Chelan United States | April 04, 2018
I did a six week volunteer placement at an animal rescue and rehab center in Puyo, Ecuador. Working at the project, Yana Cocha, was such a wonderful experience, my favorite placement (I've done 4) so far. Very well organized, lots of contact with the animals and meaningful work. In addition to our daily rounds of feeding the animals and cleaning their enclosures we had a variety of other projects, maintaining and creating animal habitat and enrichment. The accommodations and the climate were somewhat challenging, just what you would expect living in the Amazon jungle. The staff at the center are wonderful, kind, helpful and inclusive. Ecuador is a wonderful country to visit, lots of variety in climate and activities. Something for everyone!
Love Volunteers responded to this review April 11, 2018 at 5:25 PM
Thanks for this amazingly informative and concise account of volunteering with the animals in Ecuador. It's been such an honour to have you on our programs over the years and to have you share your experiences with others is invaluable in encouraging and preparing future volunteers.
Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing where in the world you will go to help next!
The Team @ Love Volunteers.
Excellent -- both the Centro de Esperanza and Love Volunteers
Submitted by Colleen - Chevy Chase United States | April 03, 2018
My 14-year-old daughter were only able to go for a week (during Holy Week) but it was still a very positive experience. Both Love Volunteers and the Centro are very organized -- and the Centro is a very well-run organization that ensures an education for children whose other option would be a life of selling trinkets on the street. I was very impressed with the work they are doing -- they are clearly "in it for the long-haul" and making a significant, positive impact.
Love Volunteers responded to this review April 11, 2018 at 5:34 PM
We're so pleased that you and Katriana fulfilled your intention to have fun and help the children in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Even a short space of time spent encouraging and enlightening the lives of these children is so valuable and a continuum of volunteers provide ongoing support to change the course of lives and lift people from the cycle of poverty.
Thanks again, both for your commitment to the program and for sharing your experiences to encourage and inform others.
We with you both all the very best and hope to have you back with us again soon.
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Opportunity to be part of the solution
Submitted by John - Perth Australia | April 01, 2018
I had a wonderful time in Cambodia working with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, an NGO which provides support to rural communities to adopt sustainable farming practices. Everyone I met was friendly and appreciative, ranging from the manager of the NGO I worked with to the fellow volunteers living at the volunteer accommodation. I had plenty of free time to explore Cambodia and have some experiences I would never have at home.
Love Volunteers responded to this review April 11, 2018 at 5:38 PM
It's fantastic to see how rewarding your time spent on this program was; both for you and for the communities you were assisting through the work of the NGO in Phnom Penh.
Cambodia is such a special place and captures of the heart of all who visit. The desire to help is felt by many and you and volunteers before and after you are making a very real difference in bringing about the gradual change that's been occurring post genocide.
Thank-you from all of us at Love Volunteers and our partner in Cambodia.
Submitted by Katie Mullen - University of Leeds | February 19, 2018
I had an outstanding experience in Nepal in 2017; teaching English to Buddhist monks in a monastery in Pokhara - it has changed and formed my life in so many ways, and the experience still reflects in my day to day life all these months later and I'm sure it will continue to do so!
I cannot thank love volunteers enough for all the help and support prior, during and after my placement and for giving me the opportunity to have one of the most wonderful and unique opportunities.
I have gained so many memories and skills explored boundaries I never thought I would and met incredible humans who without this opportunity it wouldn't be possible.
The monastery was so beautiful and so peaceful and the boys I was teaching and the rest of the people living at the monastery were so kind and welcoming.
It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life; the Nepalese people are incredible, so warm and so genuine, and I hope someday I can go back there as they remain forever near and dear to my heart.
Now I've returned home it gives me such happiness being able to tell others of all the amazing stories and even the challenges along the way that made it all that more rewarding and again I just cannot thank love volunteers enough for this
the first day I got here it was a massive culture shock, Kathmandu airport was absolutely chaotic along with all the streets in Nepal so I was really starting to think 'what have I got myself into'! I was genuinely worried that I wouldn't be able to make it through my placement because of the difficulty I was having settling into the new culture. However, after the first few days, you realise that it really is the charisma of the country and all the little glitches along the way that makes you love the experience even more.
The placement is far from easy, but the challenge makes it all the more rewarding. I think anyone that goes into a volunteer placement will have made assumptions before they get there but I think any volunteer can tell you that it'll be nothing like you expect.
Everyone who resides at this monastery has been amazing and so kind; the Nepalese people are so unbelievably welcoming and friendly and eating Dal baht every day, having to take cold showers and crossing the crazy roads is all part of the experience!
Program: Teaching in Monasteries in Nepal
Love Volunteers responded to this review February 27, 2018 at 12:55 AM
Wow, what a comprehensive, honest and enlightening review of our Teaching in Monasteries program in Pokhara.
This account of your experiences will be incredibly helpful to future and prospective volunteers and we're so grateful that you were able to take the time to share you review.
It's an absolute pleasure for us to work with volunteers like yourself who make a conscious decision to overcome the challenges and, as a result, have the best time of their lives.
All the very best for your future endeavours and we'd love to have you join us again.
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Experience of A lifetime
Submitted by Heather - Sydney Australia | December 26, 2017
My 10 weeks in Cambodia was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I was able to contribute in a community and pass on my business knowledge to hopefully sustain further employment amongst the local people in Battambang. What I received in return was a community of people that welcomed me with open arms and for that I will forever be greatful! I also cannot thank Love Volunteers enough for their ongoing support before and throughout the project. Nicole was always there to support me whenever I needed anything. Thank you from the bottom of my heart xx
Love Volunteers responded to this review January 01, 2018 at 2:15 PM
It was our absolute pleasure to assist with your placement on our Community Development program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
I loved hearing your updates about the work you were doing with the local team setting up local businesses and training local staff.
Working with volunteers like you is what it's all about! Thanks a million for putting so much into your placement and I can tell that you got as much out of it as you gave.
Hope to welcome you back on a placement again in the near future. All the very best with everything.
The Team @ Love Volunteers