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Love Volunteers Reviews
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!
Amazing experience in Cambodia with Love Volunteers and Star Kampuchea!
Submitted by Abigail B - University of Maine | March 22, 2017
I volunteered with Love Volunteers in Cambodia with an NGO called Star Kampuchea. I did the medical program, and though I was only there for 2 weeks, that short time had such an incredible impact on me. At the hospital, I was able to be placed in the Maternity Ward and was able to help wash the babies every morning, help give injections, and observe surgeries and surgical procedures. The people of Cambodia are probably the nicest, most welcoming people I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with. The NGO are incredibly helpful and accommodating and helped me plan weekend trips and sightseeing. They also made sure to accommodate my vegetarian diet, which was not easy in Cambodia, but they still did it. I met volunteers from all of the world and it was overall an incredible experience! I do have to say there is a bit of a language barrier at the hospital, which is to be expected, but do not expect to understand exactly what is happening. The nurses and doctors really try to help you and make sure you understand, but sometimes there is only so much they can do. I still got so much out of the experience, but just realize that it will not be as easy to communicate as you might think. Also, most of the doctors study in France, so if you know French, you'll have no problems communicating. I wish I could have stayed much longer than 2 weeks, and I'm already planning on going back! Love volunteers is an absolutely amazing organization, and Kelly specifically answered all of my questions, of which there were A LOT!! They made sure I was comfortable in my placement and checked in with me to make sure I had arrived and was settled. I was very nervous about doing a trip like this, but Love Volunteers really helped me and allayed some of my fears! They also make sure to work with sustainable NGO's who actually help the country and are committed to not JUST providing the volunteer with a feel-good experience, but enhancing sustainability in the community.
First time in Thailand
Submitted by Megan - Columbus Ohio United States | March 14, 2017
It was such a relief to be matched with a helpful and accommodating volunteer group! They helped us navigate logistics, travel fun and cultural nuances. This really allowed for an immersive experience with no worries or hesitation.
Love Volunteers responded to this review March 20, 2017 at 2:19 PM
Thanks so much for sharing this inspiring review of your time volunteering in Thailand.
It's been our pleasure to help place you on this program and we're so pleased that the experience was both enjoyable and rewarding.
All the very best for your future endeavors and we hope to have you back on our programs again :-)
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Amazing experience in Koh Samui
Submitted by Amber - Palm | March 10, 2017
When I signed up to teach English in Koh Samui for 8 weeks I really didn't know what to expect. The Thailand guidebook was informative and Kelly from Love Volunteers was very helpful but I was still a little nervous because I couldn't imagine what my experience would be like. But upon my arrival I was immediately put to ease. The NGO was absolutely amazing and I had the best 8 weeks in Samui. I know what ultimately swayed my decision in choosing this specific project in Thailand was the fact it was the only one I found a really detailed review on so if that sounds like you keep reading for the inside scoop:
Don't expect luxury accommodations but the volunteer house was sufficient for all my needs. It's located a little far from the 'action' in Samui but I loved the sense of simplicity and community living in a smaller 'town'. The beach is a 15 minute walk, but no need to worry because you have access to a pool, perfect for those lazy days and before school swims. There's a 7-11, restaurants, my street meat guy, and massage parlors a short 10 minutes walk away. The school I worked in was just a few minutes walk from the volunteer house, which was convenient and super fun considering we often saw our students while walking around the area. (Hint: On the way to school there is a water refill station, safe to drink and only 1 baht a litter opposed to 14 baht a bottle). Teaching was an incredible experience. I had no prior teaching experience, but everything's is done in a simple formula, making it easy for students to learn and making it easy for volunteers to learn how to teach. At the school: the Thai teachers are friendly, the students are amazing, and the environment is one that leaves you deeply refreshed everyday. The provided lunches were always delicious. A variety of local dishes, usually served alongside rice gave you tons of options and the occasional traditional Thai dessert always made my day. As for the island: there is one main road all the way around Koh Samui and pretty much everything is off of Ring Road. Your public transportation options are taxi or songthaew (a converted pick up truck that acts as a communal taxi) though my preferred way of travel was by scooter, it's dangerous so be careful but it's the cheapest, most flexible and fun option. Night markets are my favorite past time and luckily there is one going on almost every night on the island (the Maenam , Thursday, night market is the best in my biased opinion). Tons to do on and near the island for people with all interests. The project, accommodations, island, etc would be a great experience on their own, but what really set my experience over the top was the staff. All of the staff were amazing people whose passion for the company, their job and their country really stood out. From weekly volunteer outings in the back of the Bamboo truck to always offering to drop us off anywhere along the way when they were headed somewhere, to encouraging and supporting us on the project, the Koh Samui team always went out of their way to help us out and make sure we were having an amazing time. They were always just a facebook message away whenever we had a question and some of my favorite memories from the project were simply talking and hanging out with them. They've become like a second family to me and I'll be forever grateful for the 2 short months I got to spend with them. Come with an open mind, ready to meet amazing people, and embrace a beautiful culture and way of life so different than you know and you'll have a lovely time! (If you've somehow made it to the end of this you must be like me and want all the information you can get, I also wrote an article specifically about my experience at the school so if you're interested you can read it)
Love Volunteers responded to this review March 20, 2017 at 2:29 PM
Wow! What an incredibly interesting, inspiring and informative review of our Teaching program in Koh Samui!
There really isn't anything else to say except THANKS! Both for leaving this fantastic review to help future volunteers and for being an amazing Love Volunteer.
It's been great working with you on this placement and we hope to be able to help again in the future. In the meantime all the very best with everything!
The Team @ Love Volunteers
Volunteering in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Submitted by Eduardo Altube - Buenos Aires Argentina | February 21, 2017
It has been a great experience collaborating with Love Volunteers partner in Bosnia and Herzegovina, home of a project aimed to bring kids to a healthy place, where they learn useful subjects, develop their creativity and make friends.
The volunteers chosen for this project, my partners, showed all a great vocation and will to help the kids, and also creativity and lots of dedication.
The kids are also amazing, so willing to learn, smart and cheerful. It was a gift to me getting along with them or receiving their attention in the classes in which I took part either as an assistant or giving them some Spanish language basics.
I thank the coordinators, who where always helpful and attentive.
Thanks for having me welcomed to this warm-hearted place.
Love Volunteers responded to this review March 01, 2017 at 5:15 PM
Thanks so much for taking the time to review our wonderful program in Bosnia.
It's been such a pleasure arranging this placement for you and the local team were extremely appreciative of your enthusiasm and generous spirit. You will be missed!
Thanks again for being such an amazing Love Volunteer and we hope to have you join us again soon.
The Team @ Love Volunteers