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Feb 29, 2024
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This is going to be an honest review, and I hope it will be published in full. First of all, the people I met are great, but I have a few things to mention.

Since the volunteer work is part of my studies, I wanted to get some more information about the foundation or NGO, which was really difficult to get from volunteer Solutions, they told me they can only send this after the full payment(!). Which I thought was crazy since I think it's a given that you want to know more about the cause I'm about to support. They did help me with providing a contact who had been to the center before, but did not hear from her for 5 weeks. I do have to mention that Volsol did respond quickly to my emails.

The the volunteerwork in women centre in Arpana fine arts gallery was different then portait. They only knew that I was coming for 6 weeks because there was a other volunteer that told them. Often I did not find myself very useful. There are sewing machines for ladies and a girl who teaches some stiching techniques. If you don't speak hindi or know how to sew there is not a lot to do to for you as a volunteer. The computer class is just a online program and run by a man (Did notice some women were not comfortable around him) they learn typing and recreate icons (not very useful; I offered to teach in PowerPoint, but it was not available on the computer) In the end I only taught English for an hour in the morning and afternoon to a few ladies or children.
The project coördinator who came to visit once who I told there is not much to do. Right at the moment he came there was a need for a model for hair/makeup (the only time in 6w). I did not asked to replaced since this would have caused a lot of isues with my uni, I would definitly have done this if it was not part of my studies.

The volunteer house was nice, located in GK-1 near m-blok market wich feel like save and richer area of Delhi. The men who run the house where very nice and helpful!
I did do the cultureweek on my own, I ended up visiting some tourist sights, got some Hindi/culture lessons, and watched a Bollywood movie. I would not say it was worth it, since you can do this in the weekends too.

Overall I would not recommend volunteering solutions because of the lack of information beforehand.
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Feb 18, 2024
Hi Oksana, Thanks for taking time out to leave a review of your experience. We appreciate honest review from all participants and take utmost effort to make improvements wherever possible. First of all about the positives, we are happy to know that you found the local staff to be nice and helpful as well as volunteer accommodation to be comfortable and nice. Before you signed up for the program, you wanted certain forms for your studies to be filled in as part of your course. We can only sign and confirm the participation of a volunteer once you have applied for the program and not before that. In regards to the project, we would have appreciated if you could have told us about the issues while you were in country as the local coordinators could have offered help or changed your project placement as well. We always encourage participants to convey their feedback/issues while in country to the coordinators as well as so that they can help out in best way possible. This was not done in your case and you did not inform the local coordinators of any project change that could be done for you. Thanks once again for joining the program and we look forward to having you in our other programs too. Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Feb 24, 2024
Verified Buyer
My voluntary work as a doctor was less than optimal, as I was not assigned clear tasks and lacked the necessary structure to be truly helpful. It would be beneficial for future engagements to have better organization, allowing for more meaningful participation.
Feb 21, 2024
The experience provided by volunteering solutions was amazing, staring off with the staff; they are incredible people who are always eager to help and assist you in any way possible. The accommodation in Delhi was very spacious and made for great social interaction with the other volunteers. The project itself is very organized and contributing to it is definitely an incredible and fulfilling experience.
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Feb 21, 2024
Hi Sebastian,Thank you for sharing your positive experience with Volunteering Solutions! We are thrilled to hear that you found our staff to be incredible and always eager to assist. It's great to know that you enjoyed the spacious accommodation in Delhi and the opportunity for social interaction with other volunteers. We are glad that you found the project to be organized and fulfilling. Your feedback is truly appreciated, and we look forward to hear your feedback from your project in Jaipur too !! Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Feb 19, 2024
I had the privilege of interning at Max Hospital in India, and I must say it was an exceptional experience. From the moment I stepped into the hospital, I was greeted with warmth and professionalism. The staff at Max Hospital truly exemplified the highest standards of patient care.

During my internship, I had the opportunity to work alongside skilled and knowledgeable healthcare professionals. They were not only dedicated to their work but also passionate about providing the best possible care to their patients. I was impressed by their expertise and their willingness to share their knowledge with me.

The hospital itself was well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and advanced medical technology. The cleanliness and organization of the hospital also contributed to a comfortable and safe environment for patients.

Good supporting staff and orientation program as well.

Suggestion: listing out where the money goes regarding the program fee
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Feb 19, 2024
Hi Olive, Thank you for your positive feedback on the Medical Internship Program in India as well as our staff's support and timeliness. We are so happy to know that you had a wonderful experience in the program and we look forward to having you in our other programs in the future as well. Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Feb 14, 2024
Verified Buyer
Many thanks for everything. It was a very nice experience, but I will comment on some things that, from my point of view, could be improved.

It would be very good if the program for teachers of both youth and children had planning and content, since we are not teachers, but we can contribute a lot by having a base and guide to be able to teach.
Every day we had to prepare a class, but each course has a different level that we do not know, so the same content does not work for both. This meant that we had to improvise on many occasions, which consequently meant that the class was not of excellence as I like to do things. There is a lot of potential with the children, but I think the foundation has to help and guide us to be able to have a better impact with the program.

I hope this feedback is useful to continue improving.

Have a great week!

Greetings
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Feb 15, 2024
Hello Maximo, Thanks for leaving your review for your experience in Bali. Glad to know that you had a nice experience. We will definitely share your feedback with the local team as well and see the best ways in which improvements can be made. Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Feb 09, 2024
I recently volunteered in Delhi with the Street Children program, which was a transformative experience. Engaging with these resilient young souls, sharing love and education, left an indelible mark on my heart. An eye-opening journey that truly highlights the power of compassion and human connection.
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Feb 10, 2024
Hi Jona, Thank you for taking the time to share your heartfelt review of your experience volunteering with the Street Children program in Delhi. We are thrilled to hear that your time spent with these resilient young souls was transformative and left an indelible mark on your heart. It is truly inspiring to witness the power of compassion and human connection in action, and we are grateful that you had the opportunity to engage with these children and share love and education with them. Your dedication to making a positive impact in their lives is commendable. Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Feb 09, 2024
What an amazing time in Nepal! I absolutely loved the trip, Uma made me feel comfortable and the kids at the project were adorable.
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Feb 10, 2024
Dear Elizabeth, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience in Nepal! We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing time during your trip. We are delighted to know that Uma, our dedicated team member, made you feel comfortable throughout your journey. Our team takes great pride in providing exceptional service and ensuring our volunteers have a memorable experience. Once again, thank you for choosing our program and for sharing your positive feedback. We truly appreciate your support and hope to welcome you back for another incredible adventure in the future. If you have any further questions or need assistance with anything else, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are always here to help. Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Feb 09, 2024
The program in Tanzania (Arusha) has been nice, but don’t expect a full Volunteering experience, it’s more “volunturism” with a considerable focus on business activities (e.g. you usually go in private schools and hospitals, …). The hostel is nice, except for the dining area which is critically dirty and with low hygiene. Overall, good experience!
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Feb 09, 2024
Dear Marta, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your experience in our program in Arusha, Tanzania. We appreciate your kind words and are glad to hear that you had a good overall experience. We understand your expectation for a full volunteering experience and we apologize if you felt that there was a considerable focus on other activities. We strive to provide a well-rounded volunteering experience that encompasses various aspects of community service. Tanzania is a popular destination for safari trips and all volunteers are offered weekend travel opportunities by the local team. Our volunteers in Arusha are placed in major public hospital and other social projects. Our volunteers along with local team have done considerable amount of work in improvement of different social projects and have also contributed in a big way by making major improvements in the projects. Regarding your comment about the dining area, we apologize for any inconvenience caused. We take hygiene and cleanliness seriously, and we will address this issue immediately to ensure that it does not happen again in the future. Your feedback is valuable in helping us maintain the highest standards for our facilities. Once again, we appreciate your feedback and are grateful for your participation in our program. If you have any further suggestions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Feb 02, 2024
Verified Buyer
CSDS Hanoi. Superb people, wonderful to spend time with. A genuinely caring and worthwhile organisation achieving great things. Privileged to have met everyone involved. Good wishes.
CHÚC MỪNG NĂM MỚI 2024
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Feb 02, 2024
Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience with us at Hanoi. We are thrilled to hear that you found our team to be superb and enjoyable to spend time with. It's heartwarming to know that you felt our organization genuinely cares and achieves great things. Once again, thank you for your support and participating in the Vietnam Program. Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Jan 02, 2024
Verified Buyer
Great experience
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Jan 02, 2024
Dear Carole, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience with us in Sri Lanka. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we are delighted that we were able to meet your expectations. If you have any further feedback or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are always looking for ways to improve and provide an even better experience for our volunteers. Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Dec 30, 2023
Verified Buyer
i had a lovely time in ecuador and it was an incredible experience. some miscommunications between vol sol and the rescue center, but it was amazing.
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Jan 02, 2024
Dear Kyra, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent experience in Ecuador. We are thrilled to hear that you had a lovely time and that it was an incredible experience for you. We apologize for any miscommunications that may have occurred between Vol Sol and the rescue center. We understand the importance of effective communication and will take your feedback into consideration to improve our services in the future. We are glad that despite these miscommunications, you still found your experience in Ecuador to be amazing. Our team works hard to ensure that our volunteers have memorable and enjoyable experiences, and we are delighted to know that we were able to meet your expectations. Thank you once again for choosing Volunteering Solutions, Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Dec 26, 2023
I would like to thank Volunteering Solutions for providing an amazingly remarkable experience in Nepal. Uma mam was extremely caring and loving towards me, and she went the extra miles to ensure my comfort and safety throughout my time in Nepal. It was really an eye opener for me and I will definitely embark on more such projects in the future! :)
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Dec 26, 2023
Dear Durga, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience with Volunteering Solutions in Nepal. We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazingly remarkable time during your volunteer project. We are especially glad to hear that the program coordinator provided you with exceptional care and support throughout your journey. Our team members are dedicated to ensuring the comfort and safety of our volunteers, and it is heartwarming to know that she went the extra mile to make your experience memorable. We are delighted that your time in Nepal was an eye-opener for you. Volunteering can truly be a transformative experience, and we are thrilled that you are inspired to embark on more projects in the future. We believe that volunteering not only benefits the communities we serve but also enriches the lives of our volunteers. Once again, thank you for choosing Volunteering Solutions. We appreciate your kind words and look forward to welcoming you back for future projects. Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Dec 22, 2023
Verified Buyer
I have already sent my feedback
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Dec 26, 2023
Hello Harri, Thanks for taking part in the Volunteering Project in Jaipur. It was wonderful to host you in the program. We have received your report/feedback sent through the following link : https://harritaskinen.com/2023/12/17/volunteering-in-jaipur/ Once again, thanks for taking part in the program. We are glad to know that you had a good time in the program. Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Dec 17, 2023
Verified Buyer
it was a Great experience. the teamleaders were good. the truby house was nice.
I would have liked more information, like if Max, the other volunteer, hadn't been there I would't have known it was a code to get in to the house. I also thought there would be more volunteers. It was only me and Max. What if I would have been alone in that house? i would't have liked that. maybe you can recommend people to choose another week if you know there are few or none participent. I'm glad Max was there.
I also would have liked to have more information about your work, different species and so on. that would have made the experience even more interested.
one more suggestion is, when the volunteers week end, you could have some kind of ending, maybe Coffee and cake or something like that.
It would also be nice to have something from you, like a t-shirt with your logo. or a cap like Max got from a other volunteer organisation. that would also be a good advertisment for you.
all considered, I had a good time and would gladly come back.
kind regards / Catharina Petrini
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Dec 26, 2023
Hello Catharina, Thanks for taking time out to share your experience of Volunteering in New Zealand Program. Detailed information packet was provided to you about the program in New Zealand prior to your departure. Thanks for your valuable suggestions as well. Good to know that overall you had a good time and would like to come back and do the program again. Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Dec 12, 2023
Verified Buyer
My experience with the program was incredible and I recommend it to anyone interested in participating. It's a great exchange of experiences, living the reality of other lives and being able to help, including in medicine, which is my professional field. Working at the health center and the cancer prevention campaign in Cusco was an experience I will never forget. Furthermore, the trip provides the opportunity to meet new people and places, such as Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Dec 13, 2023
Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so glad to hear that you had an incredible experience with our program in Peru and that you would recommend it to others. We are also thrilled to hear that you had the opportunity to work in the health center and the cancer prevention campaign in Cusco. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we are so glad that you were able to take part in it. We hope that you were also able to explore the beautiful city of Cusco and the majestic Machu Picchu. Thank you again for your review and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Dec 05, 2023
As a Nutrition Educator at a University my work paid for me to spend a week in Porto, Portugal. The goal was to integrate myself in their amazing culture and making lifelong memories as well as gather valuable information to take back with me. Every day I was scheduled to work at a local nonprofit that focused on stopping food waste. I really felt like a local as I had to take the metro into the job site each day and everyone assumed I spoke Portuguese. Although, I was the only volunteer signed up for the program, I didn't feel unsafe and was always able to reach out to the program coordinators if need be. It was also nice having all meals provided because with the program fees, plane ticket, accommodation costs, and miscellaneous expenses... the trip wasn't cheap. If having a work sponsored trip isn't an option, definitely look into raising funding because it can get pricey.
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Dec 07, 2023
Hello Aliyah, Thanks for leaving a review of your experience in Portugal - Food Waste Management Program. Glad to know that you enjoyed your time in Porto and made lifelong memories as well. We look forward to having you in the program in the near future as well. Thanks once again for joining the program in Portugal. Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Nov 17, 2023
Verified Buyer
My time in Delhi and Jaipur, India has been the most rewarding experience of my life! I split four and a half months between Delhi and Jaipur volunteering in special education schools.
The support I have received from the local coordinators has been amazing. As a solo female traveler I felt very safe at my accommodations and projects. Perfect for university students as well as people who have just graduated and who are looking for an opportunity to give back and go abroad. I highly recommend volunteering in India.
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Nov 20, 2023
Hi Zoe, Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so glad to hear that your time in India was rewarding and that you felt safe during your stay. We are proud to provide a safe and supportive environment for our volunteers, and we are delighted that you had such a positive experience. We hope that your time in India has inspired you to continue to give back and explore the world. Thank you for your support !! Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Nov 02, 2023
Verified Buyer
I felt so safe and considered
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Nov 03, 2023
Hi Laura, Thank you so much for your kind words! We strive to make sure all of our volunteers feel safe and taken care of during their stay with us. We are so glad that we were able to provide you with a pleasant and comfortable experience in India with your group. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Nov 02, 2023
Verified Buyer
My experience was awesome, fulfilling, and rewarding.I enjoyed working beside local volunteers and also getting to know residents. My room and boarding was beyond my expectations. I am looking for another project as this was a unique and safe way to travel. I love immersing in the culture- everyday was good. I am hoping to see volunteers my age.
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Nov 03, 2023
Hi Kathy, Thank you so much for your positive review for the Ireland Trip! We are so glad to hear that your experience was awesome, fulfilling, and rewarding. We are delighted that you enjoyed working with local volunteers and getting to know the residents. We are also glad that your room and boarding exceeded your expectations. We are also happy to hear that you enjoyed immersing in the culture and that you are hoping to see more volunteers your age. We look forward to having you join us again soon! Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
Nov 02, 2023
Verified Buyer
I everything went smooth and as it should, both pre-departure, during and after.
Response from Volunteering Solutions
Nov 02, 2023
Hi Misha, Thank you for taking the time to review our services. We are glad to hear that everything went smoothly and as it should. We strive to provide our volunteers with the best experience possible and we are glad that we were able to meet your expectations. Thank you for choosing us and we hope to serve you again in the future. Thanks Team Volunteering Solutions
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