Global Volunteer Projects - Legit?

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viirkokka
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I was going to go with Global Volunteer Projects to do volunteer work abroad but with every correspondence I feel more unsure about going. It's a little like getting blood out of a stone and asking 101 questions to get any information.

I wonder if anyone here has been travelling with GVP?
Was your experience good?
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ponta08
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They look good, can't really think there should be something to worry about, they have a profile on a lot of sites like http://www.gapyear365.com/company/gl...nteer-projects & all the placements look pretty cool.

Maybe if you are still worried ask to speak to someone who has been with them before?
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viirkokka
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that's the thing, I can't find anyone whose been with them before and i can't find any reviews, etc.
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Just had a quick look on facebook, there are people there maybe contact the two girls in this group who volunteered in Mexico in 07

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/gr...gid=4128660899

Or maybe give the company a call and ask for feedback etc. Let me know how you get on.
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i am meant to be going this June but i also can't find anyone else and don't want to pay the full payment if im still unsure about going! any help???
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Hey, looking at gap year stuff and liking the look of global volunteer projects but seems to good to be true. Mive have you been on yours now and did you find anything out about it in the end?
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This may be a bit late for any of you guys, but I have just come back from a month in Ghana with global volunteer projects, and I had the time of my life. The company is legit and although the organisation at the uk end may seem a bit sketchy, it all comes together when you get there, I did the medicine and orphanage projects, and loved every second of it, met the most amazing people, and in general had a blast. So if your thinking about going with global go for it, you'll love it (Y)
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Yeah don't worry they are a good company
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(Original post by elliefishable)
This may be a bit late for any of you guys, but I have just come back from a month in Ghana with global volunteer projects, and I had the time of my life. The company is legit and although the organisation at the uk end may seem a bit sketchy, it all comes together when you get there, I did the medicine and orphanage projects, and loved every second of it, met the most amazing people, and in general had a blast. So if your thinking about going with global go for it, you'll love it (Y)
I am comparing Gap medics with global volunteer projects. Are they similar or which one is better? Also I don't want to stay with a local family. I would feel comfortable in an accommodation I think.
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Hi, please can you advise how you know they're a good company - have you travelled with them? Thanks (a rather concerned Mum!!)
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Hi, I've just returned from a medical elective with Global Volunteer Projects.
I went to India and did the medical project for 6 weeks. I would not recommend Global Volunteer Projects to anyone.
I felt like I had a complete waste of 6 weeks doing my elective there and may as well have stayed at home and saved the money! The elective in Ghana may have been great but the one in India was appalling, and the same was said from others I met there.

We were told to get a tourist visa, but that doesn't enable you to actually do anything. You turn up at the hospital and nobody knows who you are or why you're there. I was often told to just go to the library. It was suitable for people wanting to apply for medicine and the people I was with who did the orphanage project and the journalism project thoroughly enjoyed it.

Others I spoke to, including other medical students, student nurses and student midwives all agreed that they were completely misold their elective and will be complaining. The midwifery student arrived to be told that there's no such thing as midwives in India - all the babies are delivered by obstetricians!

I'm sorry if others enjoyed their elective there, but I feel a duty to let you know about mine and other's experiences in India. Clearly there's a reason that there's no reviews!
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Wow Vanessa your experience sounds terrible, it must have been awful turning up and not being able to to anything! I hope you managed to enjoy your spare time in the country anyway.

There are so many organisations it really does pay to research, I would recommend trying these orgs...
Gap Medics
Work the Work
One World 365
Projects Abroad

Also check Facebook for feedback too, if they don't have a page there or comments then get suspicious!
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