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Love Volunteers Reviews
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 program 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
Medical internship at a hospital university
Submitted by Levine - University of Guelph | May 16, 2017
LoveVolunteers with their partner did an excellent job on making sure everything goes by smoothly. They answered all my questions quickly and I was satisfied with their replies. My accommodation in Bangkok exceeded my expectations. Everything is clean and was a more westernize house. The staff there made sure we were okay and showed us around Bangkok. On the other hand, my internship at a Hospital University was amazing. I spent my time at the OBYGYN department where I get to be in the labour room and operating room. The doctors and medical students were really friendly and made the initiative to explain things in English. This is definitely worth the long flight and I will never forget this.
Program: Medical Internship in Thailand
Love Volunteers responded to this review May 22, 2017 at 7:13 PM
Thanks so much for this fantastic review of our Medical program in Thailand. It's wonderful to hear that your expectations were exceeded and the experience was a wholly enjoyable and beneficial one.
We wish you all the very best with your medical studies and future roles. Hopefully you will come and join us again in the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers
First volunteering experience: A very unique one
Submitted by Shaheer Hashmi - British International School Riyadh | April 15, 2017
As the title states, this was my first volunteering experience, and it truly was a remarkable one. I made many so many friends in such a short amount of time. All it took for me to get to know the children was stand next to them and play football with them... From there, their questions and remarkable inquisitive natures made it hard not to get attached to all of them. My only regret was that I didn't stay longer... Nepal is a beautiful country, with very hospitable people and an amazing depth of nature. My experience was made not only by spending ample time with the children, but by taking time to admire the local traditions and their remarkable culture too. For someone who's considering volunteering in Nepal, I'd advise them to go for it, for it truly is a great experience.
Love Volunteers responded to this review April 19, 2017 at 4:16 AM
We can't thank you enough for your amazing enthusiasm and gift of love and hope to the children in Nepal. Thanks also for this helpful account of your time and encouragement for others to continue where you have left off.
So many volunteers wish they could stay longer and do more but the time you gave was invaluable and others will follow in your footsteps.
Thanks again and all the very best for the future. Come back and join us again someday.
The Team @ Love Volunteers