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Posted By: Jolanta C.
#Cambodia,#Community Aid,#Education,#Asia,#Community Aid and Development,#Volunteer with Children
While I loved teaching it proved challenging at times because of the language barrier. The books and materials were not in English and I had to work with 8 to 25 children everyday. The children were so sweet and appreciative that no matter how hard or difficult a day was I couldn’t help, but smile and think of their darling faces.
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Posted By: Dina B.
#Cambodia,#Community Aid,#TEFL and Teaching,#Asia,#Volunteer with Children,#Community Aid and Development
From day one there were always free smiles and hugs on hand...Prior to travelling I did not know what exactly to expect from the program, but it was an absolute positive surprise. I recommend this program to any person that seeks to give love and receive a hundred times more in return.
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Posted By: Delia B.
#Cambodia,#Community Aid,#Education,#Asia,#Community Aid and Development,#Volunteer with Children
Overall, one cannot but be impressed and humbled by the whole experience and you will come away (with difficulty and a heavy heart because of the love and lessons those children with so very little have taught you in such a short time) inspired to take back home some of those simple “rules” and customs of teaching, so often lost or forgotten in our modern obsession for league tables and political correctness.
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Posted By: Bella B.
#Cambodia,#Community Aid,#Teaching,#Asia,#Volunteer with Children,#Community Aid and Development
Friday’s are a bit different because that’s test day, the children LOVE this though, as they get to see what they’ve learnt through the week and after an hour or so of tests are free to play. One Friday it was so hot we all ran through a fence at the back of the school and jumped in to a huge pond to cool off. All the kids who could swim were jumping in with us and the ones who couldn’t we were hugging and splashing.
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Posted By: Megan
#Cambodia,#Community Aid,#Education,#Asia,#Community Aid and Development,#Volunteer with Children
Any amount of time spent helping these kids is great of course, but the longer you stay the more meaningful and purposeful your efforts become. Most volunteers were very sad to leave and wanted to stay longer, so I would advise to plan for a longer stay if you can.
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Posted By: Denisse
#Costa Rica,#Marine Conservation,#Conservation,#Wildlife,#Central America,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation,#Volunteer with Children,#Community Aid and Development
I learned how to stop worrying about unimportant things that take up most of my time, I met amazing people, I saved over 400 turtle eggs and released over 150 baby ones, and I had the time of my life.
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Posted By: Aine D.
#South Africa,#Education,#Africa,#Volunteer with Children,#Teens and High School Students
During my time at project I made lifelong new friendships with other volunteers, shared so much laughter with the amazing kids who we took care of, and learned A LOT about the diverse culture and life in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Posted By: Dessa
#Indonesia,#Education,#Community Aid,#Community Aid and Development,#Volunteer with Children,#Asia,#Bali
The final week consisted of teaching. We volunteers were paired up and sent to classes from various schools around Ubud. The teaching days were fun, exciting, tough, confusing at times, but incredibly rewarding for me. As an ESL teacher, I was able to try different approaches of teaching towards non-English speakers. The children love you from the minute they see you, and they are always trying to show it! I will say that teaching was my favorite part of the whole trip.
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Posted By: Sarah
#Indonesia,#Education,#Community Aid,#Asia,#Bali,#Community Aid and Development,#Volunteer with Children
The look on my students\' faces when they got the hang of a new English word was priceless. While the sights and sounds of Bali are intoxicating, the real treat is rolling up your sleeves and doing some good in the world. This project has a real positive impact – namely, giving kids a leg up in getting a job later in Indonesia\'s growing tourism industry. If they can speak English, it will be easier for them to make money for themselves. On my last day, I told my students to study hard so that some day I might come back and speak to them in English fluently.
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Posted By: Gillian
#Indonesia,#Education,#Community Aid,#Volunteer with Children,#Community Aid and Development,#Asia,#Bali
The project I chose to do was teaching English, and me and my partner were assigned 6th grade (10-11 year olds). This proved to be more challenging than I had expected, and the kids made us work hard to gain their attention and trust. Teaching on your own with so little structure taught me patience, the value of effort, and how important it is to work with what you have. It was incredible to see the children grow in their knowledge after just a few short weeks.
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Posted By: Laurence
#Indonesia,#Education,#Community Aid,#Asia,#Bali,#Community Aid and Development,#Volunteer with Children
It was an amazing week in which we had the chance to meet people from all around the world, plus we were immersing ourselves in a totally new different culture. The purpose of this week was to help us understand and learn about the Balinese culture in preparation to the volunteer project. The Bahasa language and cultural classes were very helpful for the teaching English project.
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Posted By: Charlotte
#Indonesia,#Education,#Community Aid,#Volunteer with Children,#Community Aid and Development,#Asia #Bali
This first week was an introduction week which was a great way to meet new people and familiarize oneself with the surroundings that I would be living in for a month. During this week we visited the Monkey forest, had a tour around Ubud, went to some rice fields, learnt some Balinese language and cooking and went to the Holy Water temple. It was a jam packed first week but a great way to really embrace the Balinese lifestyle. We also went and watched a Balinese dance show and had a Balinese offering and painting class. All of which contributed to a great first week.
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Posted By: Luana
#Indonesia,#Education,#Community Aid,#Asia,#Bali,#Community Aid and Development,#Volunteer with Children
Volunteering in Indonesia was more than a simple experience, it was an opportunity I had to challenge myself as I have never done before. I have met some of the most interesting and passionate people on the planet and shared with them my life, my interests, my pictures and my dreams. Together we had the unique opportunity to discover the country, its people and its amazing environment from the privileged viewpoint of a volunteer.
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Posted By: Melanie
#Nepal,#Education,#Asia,#Volunteer with Children
In addition to the teaching, I got to work at an orphanage in Kathmandu. I cannot explain the affect of those astoundingly beautiful children. Just to hold a child in need of a hug. To feel a hand slip so readily into yours simply to feel love and affection freely given. To feel special to someone. It bursts your heart. Their delight in each other and what little they have is truly inspiring and I will never forget them.
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Posted By: Meagan
#Philippines,#Education,#Asia,#Volunteer with Children
Volunteering in one of the local daycare centers was quite the experience as I was able to see firsthand how important it is to learn English at such an early age, especially in a poverty stricken country, such as the Philippines. I didn’t spend my time simply teaching English, however, I also taught simple things such as shapes, colors, songs, using manners, and how to show respect.
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Posted By: Trisha
#South Africa,#Community Aid,#Development,#Education,#Africa,#Community Aid and Development,#Volunteer with Children
The most memorable moment of my whole time was seeing the children for the first time. They were waiting at the fence of the school, HUGE smiles on their faces, cheering and screaming for all of us. I could feel their love just by looking at their faces.
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Posted By: Hope
#South Africa,#Community Aid,#Education,#Africa,#Community Aid and Development,#Volunteer with Children
Although living conditions were unimaginable, the children greeted us with endless smiles and laughter. They were so happy and appreciative of our attention and interactions. I spent the next 4 weeks at Skandaalkamp helping improve the education and lives of the beautiful children of Skandaalkamp.
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Posted By: Marguerite
#South Africa,#Community Aid,#Education,#Humanitarian Aid,#Africa,#Community Aid and Development,#Volunteer with Children
I sort of became the head teacher there quickly. And the kids listen to me and trust me – and I learned a little Xhosa (pronounced kosa) too. I’m such a mess right now because I love them and I feel awful leaving them. In a perfect world I would stay and make sure I saw them all graduate from high school.
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Posted By: Ula
#South Africa,#Community Aid,#Education,#Humanitarian Aid,#Africa,#Community Aid and Development,#Volunteer with Children
I couldn’t imagine how those township kids’ childhood would be until I participated in their life. We had a totally different life with them. Finally I realized how happy and lucky I am and I’ve never felt regret to join this volunteer experience. I could deeply felt the happiness during my trip and I felt that it’s more blessed to give than to receive. I did learn a lot and also received a lot during the volunteering trip.
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Posted By: Ekaterina
#South Africa,#Education,#Africa,#Volunteer with Children
I have never felt as upset as I felt leaving Cape Town, the city where I spent the 16 best days of my life. I don’t exaggerate. At all.Sometimes we just sat at the playground and hug each other. It seems they don’t have enough attention and care and it upset me so much. They don’t need MP3-players, bicycles and PlayStations – they just need to feel they are loved and cared about. And a football, of course!
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Posted By: Andrea
#South Africa,#Community Aid,#Education,#Humanitarian Aid,#Africa,#Volunteer with Children
The children I worked with were between five and six years old and were great. Even though they lived in impoverished homes and sometimes did not even have a real house, they were always smiling and laughing, just like children from back home. Some days were really tough, but I would see these eyes looking back at me and I knew I had to stay and help them.
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Posted By: Katja
#South Africa,#Community Aid,#Education,#Africa,#Volunteer with Children
One Saturday the manager of this project, Nikki, had her birthday. Instead of celebrating it herself she threw a party for the kids with games, jump house, scooters, facepaint, birthday cake, hot dogs etc…She dedicated her birthday to the kids because she thinks that every child deserves a birthday party, but she can’t throw one for each child so her birthday is the celebration of all the kids birthdays together – what a great, inspiring idea! The kids had a blast and so did we.
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Posted By: Madison
#South Africa,#Community Aid,#Education,#Humanitarian Aid,#Africa,#Volunteer with Children
The school we taught at was called Wings of Hope. We were with these kids for two weeks and I can’t even describe how much I miss them! They were the sweetest and most caring children I’ve ever met. I’m so happy that I took advantage of this opportunity to volunteer in South Africa because it really helped me grow. I have made friends from all over the world, saw beautiful sights, and got to make my mark within their community. I cannot wait to go on another volunteer trip with the help of GoEco!
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Posted By: Jennifer
#South Africa,#Community Aid,#Education,#Humanitarian Aid,#Africa,#Volunteer with Children
Just to offer a few hugs, kisses and a little bit of attention made all the difference in the world to these kids and it warmed my heart. At the conclusion of my trip, the principal of the pre-school I was working in, Babes Educare, complimented my attitude while working in the classroom and recognized my admiration for the students.
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Posted By: Natalie
#South Africa,#Humanitarian Aid,#Education,#Community Aid,#Africa,#Volunteer with Children
My time with the project focused more on rebuilding this site and supporting the community in their new home of Wolwe-rivier, Cape Town. We rebuilt the playground, developed a sustainable vegetable garden, and prepared the grounds for school to resume. Quite often the children would grab shovels or rakes and help us with this project!
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Posted By: David
#South Africa,#Community Aid,#Education,#Africa,#Volunteer with Children
Our afternoons consisted of 1.5 hours of personal surf time including instruction from an awesome surf instructor if you needed it. Once we were done with our surf session, 13-15 year old students would arrive and we would spend another 1.5 hours with them doing exercises and playing games on the beach to warm up. We then hoped in the water and assisted them with their surfing. You did not have to be a professional instructor, but rather needed to stay out in the water with them to make sure they stayed safe, and give them the occasional power boost through the water!
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Posted By: Abby
#South Africa,#Community Aid, #Education,#Humanitarian Aid,#Africa,#Volunteer with Children
Since I was on the surf club, in the evenings after coming back from Zusakhe, I joined the other surf club volunteers and helped give surf, skate and swim lessons to kids from Dunoon who were around 8-14 years old. Often, this was time for us to try to get closer to the kids and learn about their life stories. On days when the weather was too bad for surf club activities, we played board games and even had a pizza cook-off between different teams.
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Posted By: Jonathan
#South Africa,#Community Aid,#Teaching,#Humanitarian Aid,#Africa,#Volunteer with Children
When I arrived in Cape Town, I was positively surprised by how welcoming not only the staff but also the volunteers were. I had no problems at all finding new friends and engaging with everybody around. The average age was about 21, even though there were exceptions with ages ranging up to 65! I was immediately briefed on the project and on what to expect from it and never felt lost at all.
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Posted By: Oriya
#Tanzania,#Communtiy Aid, #Education,#Africa,#Volunteer with Children
The most important thing is that we did all these amazing things with a bunch of extraordinary people from all around the world and had unlimited support from the amazing staff...!
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Posted By: Anna
#Vietnam,#Community Aid,#Education,#Asia,#Volunteer with Children
The Ho Chi Minh Community Involvement placement starts off with four days of Culture Week, a fantastic opportunity to get to know the other volunteers we would be living with for the next three weeks. This involved language and culture classes, a tour of the city and its major historical sites, cooking class and Vietnamese towel folding class (the last two of which caused a LOT of laughter!). Then we all started work.
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Posted By: Yee
#Vietnam,#Community Aid,#Asia,#Volunteer with Children
I learned a lot about the culture in Vietnam and was able to explore the famous places in Ho Chi Minh as well. Apart from the amazing time I had during the cultural week, I was more keen for my week of volunteering to come, as that was my main purpose of enrolling myself to this program. I’ve never been happier that I chose to work in a school as I; myself enjoy having children around me.
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Posted By: Hanna
#Vietnam,#Community Aid,#Asia,#Volunteer with Children
During the second week I volunteered at the school where I played with children aged from 2 to 5. The children there were happy to see you and wanted to play with you. A lot of them wanted to learn English so in order to achieve that they would point at different things and smiled when you told them what it was.
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Posted By: Matilda
#Vietnam,#Community Aid,#Asia,#Volunteer with Children
\"This is roughly how every day went, each one with little quirks and quiet achievements. I remember how amazing it felt to watch the kids learning and growing, even in such a short space of time while I was there – hearing them say my name, words I had taught them, singing songs I had sung to them or games I had taught them. I began to get to know and love the personalities of each of them, it was so gorgeous
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Posted By: Michelle F.
#South Africa,#Education,#Community Aid,#Asia,#Volunteer with Children
This experience helped me see that I want to relocate to Cape Town, South Africa permanently to teach primary school. I can\'t wait to go back one day to work with the school again because this was the most amazing experience of my life. 
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Posted By: Tatiana F.
#Fiji,#Education,#Australasia,#Volunteer with Children
It was an incredible experience that I highly recommend for all the people that want to travel, enjoy the landscape in an amazing place and help people who are really in need. 
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Posted By: Yuan L.
#Nepal,#Education,#Community Aid,#Asia,#Volunteer with Children
Children there love singing and dancing, they performed traditional Hindus dance before we left. I can feel the passion of the children, from their eyes and their words. One week is too short for the teaching and I hope more and more volunteers can come and help these children.
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Posted By: Ana R.
#Nepal,#Community Aid,#Asia,#Volunteer with Children
Definitely this experience shaped my personality and I am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to volunteer in such an amazing place.
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Posted By: Michelle
#South Africa,#Community Aid,#Education,#Africa,#Volunteer with Children
The other volunteers that were on the trip were some of the most incredible people I have met. To hear their stories and learn about where they came from was extremely interesting. To see the interest to come help in South Africa from all over the world was heart warming and inspiring.
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Posted By: Inne M.
#Africa,#Tanzania,#Community Aid and Development,#Volunteer with Children
I’m halfway into my second volunteer abroad adventure, this time as a Community Outreach volunteer on the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania. So far it has been an amazing experience!  Beautiful. Crazy. Exhausting. Heartwarming. Paradise.
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Posted By: Danielle Y.
#Asia,#Fiji,#Volunteer with Children
Each and every day that I walked into the classrooms of the kindergarten or primary school, my heart was touched by the big brown eyes and smiling faces of the local children. At the first sight of our volunteers, the children shout in unison, “Bulaaaa”. Our participants respond to them in an instant, “Bulaaaa”.
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Posted By: Carolein D.
#Asia,#Laos,#Volunteer with Children,#Teach English Abroad
As of now, we’ve spent five days giving lectures at that particular kindergarten. Consider the fact that they never had a English lecture before. But, writing this, some of them can already scream out A-G, 1-15 and about seven colors. It’s pretty amazing, since most are SO young that they barely know how to talk in Laos, let alone a second language. Progress, WHOO! I’m so impressed with the speed in which these kids can pick up on any info you throw at them. They’re my cute little sponges.
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Posted By: Maria P.
#Africa,#Cape Verde,#Teach English Abroad,#Volunteer with Children
An interview with past English teaching volunteer Maria! Discover her thoughts on the program.
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Posted By: Sofia R.
#Africa,#Cape Verde,#Teach English Abroad,#Volunteer with Children
An interview with past English teaching volunteer Sofia! Discover her thoughts on the program.
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Posted By: Ilie C.
#Africa,#Ethiopia,#Volunteer with Children,#Teach English Abroad
This week was amazing because I learnt about Ethiopian culture and the kids were very well-behaved. We went together practice a traditional dance with the shoulders which was very funny. And I also enjoyed playing football with the kids!
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Posted By: Irene M.
#Africa,#Ethiopia,#Volunteer with Children,#Teach English Abroad
It has been an amazing stay in this project. Since the first day, I have really felt at home.
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