I'm planning to teach English in India come this mid-March (leaving my job just for this!), still in the midst of choosing which organisation/travel business to commit to.
Currently, am looking at Global Crossroad... anybody has done their volunteering with them before? Any advice?
I'm also aware that application will take 2-8 weeks to get through, depending on the organisation, so I'd have to get everything settled by this weekend if i want to leave in March. Would appreciate some instant advices
Darn, should have planned way ahead.
Word of wisdom for the day - Never, ever procrastinate.
I know this is an old post but for anyone doing research on Global Crossroad for the future I would like to warn you all to please not go through Global Crossroad. I just returned from a month long program with them in Costa Rica. It was extremely disorganized, our leader was uninformed about duties and what was to be expected (a fault of GC not the leader). The local organization in Costa Rica (Amistad Institute) offered a completely different project than that what had been promised on the Global Crossroad website. Please reconsider your travels with another volunteering company! If you want to find out more about my experience let me know.
[ Edit: Edited at Aug 7, 2006 4:59 PM by beachluv ]
I don't know if you have already travelled to India or whereever to teach English. My recommendation for a good volunteer programme is Cosmic Volunteers. Far as I know, they are the least inexpensive volunteer programme out there. The quality of the service provided and the general calibre of its volunteers are really good. I was with their programme for Ghana, I had a good time and was impressed with the service and dedication of the local coordinator. I went with Global Crossroad for the Costa Rica programme and had the same experience as the other poster. In the end, I ended up having to find a project for myself. Again, the best thing is for you to ask references of participants from the volunteer organisations you are considering and see what they say. Just my two cents! Hope you will find my comments useful.
I think the posting supporting cosmic volunteers is coming from cosmic's agent as it usually happens in business (people try to damage the image of competitors).
I had joined global crossroad sri lanka program in 2005.
their program fee is also very competitive. They have done fabulous job of helping poor people by constructing many homes for fisherman families.
so, I suggest to be fair while posting this kind of negative message in public forum
I am Rebecca Demes from Amistad Institute in Costa Rica.
As it is always good to know, I'll give you our side in this whole situation, we are an established and very popular organization in Costa Rica, in Travellerspoint you can even find comments as blogs with really good comments and references about us.
We USED to work with Globalcrossroad, who charged participants a lot of money, but that money was not going to the program (of course), so as the base organization in Costa Rica, we used to end with participants wanting luxury transportation, private counselors, chaperon, etc; even worse, people wanting to come and volunteer, but with no idea about how to do it or what to do.
This particular group that BEACHLUV is mentioning, was even asking for special machines to build classrooms because they did not want to do it in the way we do it here.
Their Global's hired GUIDE, didn't know absolutely nothing about Costa Rica, our people or nothing else to the point she even said the children of the community where they were working, were not poor because they were clean and they were smiling.
Some agencies sell the idea that to volunteer is actually a great excuse to make parents pay for a vacation trip, all what they show in their websites is Costa Rican beaches, volcanoes, mountains, etc. Of course, participants are going to be able to travel, but also they have to fulfil their program.
To finish this comment, some people is saying that Global told them they were not going to work anymore with Amistad, but they are doing it. Just to be clear, Amistad stopped working with Global several years ago.
I have recently returned from global crossroad peru trip. It was an incredible and
life changing experience. I am really impressed with the all arragements that
they have made for us. Before, joining the program, I have seen
some negative postings about global crossoad in the internet. But
Now, I can assure all of you that global crossroad offer the excellent programs.
And their fees are very affordable.
you can see negative postings of all of organizations (I-to-I, Cross Cultural Solutions,
Frontier UK) running volunteer abroad program.
My last suggestions, please ask for reference if you have doubt about any programs.