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Love Volunteers Reviews
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
Animal rescue centers in Costa Rica
Submitted by BeerAndaBackpack - Pittsburgh, PA United States | April 08, 2017
January 2017 marked the beginning of my around-the-world volunteering adventure. My first stop was in Costa Rica with Love Volunteers for 11 weeks. I started at a small center outside of Jaco beach, but after 5 weeks asked to be transferred due to a lack of work available at the time. Mike from Love Volunteers was exceptional in providing me with my pre-departure information and ensuring my transfer was smooth and successful. The second rescue center provided much more to do as well as the ability to work with other volunteers. It's located in a rural, mountain area near Parrita and really exposes you to a wide array of wildlife.
As this was my first time volunteering, my expectations were different than reality. I was expecting more of a hospital/emergency room type environment; whereas, in reality, animal rescue is more along the lines of maintaining the animal's well-being and comfort while you feed and clean up after them. It's like a long-term nursing home for animals that cannot be released into the wild. This allows volunteers to truly care for the animals that become like family.
The accommodations and staff members of the local NGO were fantastic. At first, I stayed with a host family who were wonderful and took great care of me. The second location was a rural "hotel", but no less enjoyable. The staff was exceptional and there were definitely some tears being held back when I left. Despite not speaking Spanish, I was able to communicate and bond with the staff that didn't speak English. They were truly wonderful people who care deeply for the volunteers and make every effort to make you feel welcome and comfortable.
Love Volunteers did an excellent job selecting this project. They provide clear, informative guidance through the whole volunteering process. I highly recommend Love Volunteers and animal rescue in Costa Rica to anyone comfortable spending time in rural, yet beautiful jungle oasis.
Love Volunteers responded to this review April 08, 2017 at 6:29 PM
We cannot thank you enough for the contribution you have made on both of these programs. Firstly in pointing out issues that need to be remedied with the first placement and then your commitment and obvious dedication to the Wildlife Rescue Centre.
Thanks for taking the time to share these experiences with others to help them to adjust as you did. Having a positive and pro-active attitude makes all the difference when volunteering and we look forward to having you on more of our programs in the future, as you continue with your travels.
Thanks again for everything and happy travels :-)
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Submitted by Loren Sandoval - Webster University Vienna | April 07, 2017
I spent ten weeks working with street and slum children in Delhi and at the end it felt like it had not been long enough. The kids are full of energy and are so eager to learn that putting in effort on my part came naturally. They are all so full of love and every day I was treated with hugs and kisses from the little ones. I would recommend this experience to anyone. If you like interacting with children, you'll love it and if you are not used to interact with them, you'll learn to love it!
Love Volunteers responded to this review April 08, 2017 at 6:19 PM
Thanks so much for your commitment and dedication to our Street Children program in Delhi! What a difference you have made to the lives of the children and your impact will be long lasting even though the time spent seems short.
Thanks for sharing your experience to encourage others to continue your excellent work :-)
We wish you all the very best for the future and would love to have you back as a Love Volunteer anytime.
The Team @ Love Volunteers.
Santo Tomas, Guatemala - Teaching
Submitted by Shane K - Rowan University | April 01, 2017
Volunteering through Love Volunteers was a great experience. I consistently had excellent communication with the representatives, and was placed with great organizations in both my Thailand and Guatemala placements. I strongly recommend them.
Love Volunteers responded to this review April 08, 2017 at 6:15 PM
We're humbled by your kind words. It's our pleasure to place passionate people such as yourself into areas where help is so desperately needed.
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with others and encourage them to help as you did.
All the very best for your future endeavours and we hope to have you back as a Love Volunteer in the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers!
Making a difference - just not the one I had planned!
Submitted by Simone - Holmesglen Institute | March 22, 2017
I had an awesome experience doing medical volunteering in Mombasa - although due to the political situation with doctors being on strike I didn't actually get to do any work in the hospitals I was meant to be placed in. Which was lesson one - expect the unexpected and things never go to plan in Africa! Nonetheless I had an awesome experience working in small clinics that were still running and with the help on the NGO coordinator whose family I was living with I was able to help some of the local families in other ways too! Overall, it didn't go to plan at all but thanks to the support I had and the variety of options available in the local area for volunteering I still had the experience of a lifetime. I would say that in order to feel like you are making a true difference a longer stay would be needed -0 I was only there 4 weeks, but as this was my first volunteer trip I kept it short and this was a great taster!
Love Volunteers responded to this review March 28, 2017 at 6:10 PM
What a wonderful testament to the realities of volunteering in a developing country!
Thanks so much for sharing this review to help future volunteers and for your open mindedness. It's this flexibility and positive attitude that we encourage in our volunteers and which ensures a rewarding and productive placement.
It seems that the strike by hospital doctors wasn't all bad news as it allowed you to contribute in the clinics and with local families. We cannot stress enough the impact that international volunteers have on these communities. Although it may seem like you play a very small part; the overall impact of volunteers really does help to make a difference to the mental and physical well-being of these people.
Thanks for being a completely awesome Love Volunteer and we wish you all the very best for your future endeavors.
The Team @ Love Volunteers