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Love Volunteers Reviews
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
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
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.