Pod Volunteer Programs
Volunteers support a diverse range of community work, building, education and conservation projects. Depending on how long you are there for and the needs of the local community,...
Pod Volunteer Reviews
My time in Peru
Submitted by Jonathan Woods - United Kingdom | February 02, 2017
Hello everyone! I am currently volunteering with the Pod Community Education project. I have been here since November and I leave in April. This project really has been and still is a really humbling and enlightening experience; immersing oneself in another culture is fantastic. It is so rewarding watching kids in poverty progress through education and the connections you make with the kids are most definitely the highlight for me. This project is a great way to improve your Spanish, I arrived with minimal Spanish oral and written skills in November and I have improved dramatically since then. The Peruvian Volunteers are great, as is Yuri, the Director. I do recommend if possible coming for 2 months or more because the bond you make with the children increases the longer you stay. I came as a Volunteer and I am now Temporarily the International Coordinator so you never know what may happen!
Program: Community Education Project in Peru
I had an amazing 4 weeks at this projects!
Submitted by Lucy - London England | January 27, 2017
I had the amazing opportunity to join this project for a 4 week placement. During the time leading up to my departure, any queries or concerns I had were addressed by Gemma of the Pod team. This was a great reassurance to know I had this support before, during and after my volunteering placement!
Ghana is a great destination to volunteer in, the community that I stayed in were so welcoming. This really allowed me, after a few days, to begin to adjust to life in the village. Whilst I did find it a bit of a culture shock at first, within a week I found I did not miss home at all!
An average day at the project entailed working at the kindergarten in the morning and in the afternoon I was free to spend my time doing crafts, reading or playing with the children. Halfway through my placement the kindergarten closed as it was the school holidays. This gave me the great opportunity to help the children with their maths and English skills in small groups. I found that the children were really keen to learn, it was incredibly rewarding to see how triumphant they were when they had grasped something they had once found challenging.
Whilst I was volunteering at the Kindergarten, I did at times find it a little bit challenging due to the high number of children in the classroom. The high numbers did result in it being quite hard to get their attention and maintain their focus. However, if you do not expect too much at first and are prepared to persevere, you really do reap the benefits of your efforts. Your efforts made it feel all the more rewarding when children engaged in the sessions you had prepared.
A month may not seem like a long time to volunteer, however I still felt that I could make a great difference in that time. It was overall a very rewarding experience, the hardest part was having to return home! So anyone who is considering joining the team in Ghana should definitely go for it!
New heaven dive
Submitted by Andrew H - Padworth England | May 18, 2016
Simply AWESOME. Loved it. Cheap, great quality, great people, great value.
Would go back right now.!!
Get involved enjoy your days and nights. Amazing area with incredible views and diving.
New Heaven Dive school is the best. Infinity pool at coffee shop restaurant next door. Great accommodation too.
Program: Marine Conservation, Thailand
once in a lifetime
Submitted by Nikki Lonsdale - University of Chester | August 20, 2014
PoD were incredible and could not do enough for us, Gemma was always there if I had some silly little question, emailing back with lightning speed! I loved the volunteering in Thailand, it really opened my eyes and changed me as a person, for the better. I could not have wished for a better experience for my first time travelling in a completely different country and I would recommend it to anyone, it was an awesome way to see the real Thailand. It was such an honour to be the only westerners in the area and to be welcomed into a families home (as well as having all the teachers come to our resort for a meal and karaoke!). We were an amazing team and I have definitely made some friends for life. I can't wait to volunteer again. Thank you for everything Gemma and the rest of PoD!!!
Program: Summer English Camp in Thailand