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Peru

Community Education Project in Peru

The Community Education project supports around 50 children aged between 6 and 18 years old - encouraging positivity towards learning. Their support includes homework assistance,...

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Thailand

Marine Conservation, Thailand

Join a local marine conservation project engaging with both research and restoration dives - learning about conservation initiatives and making a difference to the community...

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Thailand

Summer English Camp in Thailand

Working with a team of other volunteers and PoD staff, your role will be to help run camps at 3 schools in rural Thailand. For the first 3 nights, the Summer English Camp...

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Namibia

Desert Elephant Conservation

Join an award winning elephant conservation team to help protect and research the desert elephants. Construct walls to protect farmers’ water infrastructure and build drinking...

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Thailand

Under 18s Teaching English Expedition to Thailand

You will be part of the Pod Under-18 Team running English language activity camps for schools in tropical Thailand. The camps are an exciting way to engage children aged

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South Africa

Marine Conservation in South Africa

Join a Marine Conservation program in South Africa, and learn to dive or improve your current skills. You will also help collect megafauna populations data in Sodwana Bay,...

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Cambodia

Elephant Conservation in Cambodia

Contribute to Elephant Conservation efforts in Cambodia. You will be working alongside international and local staff in the rewilding of nine rescued Asian elephants. You...

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Belize

Caribbean Conservation in Belize

Volunteers will be allocated to one of two research bases; Creek Base or River Base, depending on the needs of the project at the time and are part of an active conservation...

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India

India Animal Rescue

Volunteer at a rescue centre that provides shelter to several animals, including donkeys, cows, and dogs. Many of these animals were rescued from the streets of Udaipur.

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Madagascar

Madagascar Community, Building and Conservation

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,...

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Madagascar

Madagascar Conservation

Pod Volunteer offers the opportunity to volunteer with the Madagascar Conservation project, which combines hands on research and fieldwork on endangered species (including...

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Ghana

Child Care and Baby Weighing in Ghana

You will join the nursery team which provides day care for young children between 2 - 6 years old and also help local health staff with baby weighing at a local Health Clinic...

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Madagascar

Madagascar Building

Volunteers will join the community building project, focused on improving educational buildings and community health facilities. The daily tasks may include: -Digging foundations -Making...

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Madagascar

Madagascar Teaching English

Volunteers work alongside local teachers and charity staff to teach English lessons in schools and the community, where the first language is Malagasy. Each lesson will vary...

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Pod Volunteer Reviews

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

My time in Peru

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

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

I had an amazing 4 weeks at this projects!

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!

Program: Child Care and Baby Weighing in Ghana

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

New heaven dive

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

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

once in a lifetime

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