Written on: 20/02/2013
I went out to the Bahamas in the October Phase not 100% knowing what to expect, but i was excited nevertheless. It was one of the best experiences of my life and i don't see much beating it. All the people i met; volunteers staff and all the others were all great and i hope to be in touch with them all for years to come. In terms of what we did with our time, the Fish Learning was much more interesting and engaging than i was expecting and seeing fish you could identify while diving was... (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2012 by h.moore27
Between 9th April and 2nd July I was in South Africa doing the sports coaching,booked through Gapforce, and volunteering for the United Through Sport Project (U.T.S). Before I booked it Gapforce were extremely helpful, answering all my questions over the phone or emailing me back quickly if they needed to contact the in-country staff. Once I had booked it was very organised, I had a webpage to fill in flight details etc which was very easy to use. Once I arrived at Port Elizabeth Airport I... (read more)
Written on: 28/05/2012 by jgoldy (1 review written)
My trip to the Bahamas with Greenforce was one of the most amazing experiences i have ever had. I had always been interested in the ocean and the eco-systems involved, but never actually done anything about it, only taking my knowledge from things i had learnt in school and scientific journals that i could get my hands on. So i threw myself in at the deep end with this project, when i spoke to people on the UK end of the project, they were more than helpful with everything i enquired about... (read more)
Written on: 07/04/2012 by Standupforsharks
Volunteering for Greenforce in the Bahamas is hands down the most incredible experience I have ever had. From a young age I have always been fascinated by marine life and so I decided to take part in a conservation project upon the completion of my degree. Greenforce appealed to me mainly due to the Scuba Diving training, something I have wanted to do ever since I can remember. However, I was also excited to extend my knowledge of the undersea world and of course to live in the Bahamas for... (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2012 by Jonny1986 (1 review written)
I have to say I had an absolutley fantastic experience, I wouldn't change it for the world. It isn't all about the jungle either, I have grown in confidence in general and feel more able to tackle challenges in day to day life. I had two young and energetic leaders, who became good friends, who taught me about all aspects of leading expeditions and surviving in a jungle environment. The group was five strong but only three of us finished, I feel lucky as the two guys who I finished the... (read more)
Written on: 03/04/2012 by thomas_hughes_91 (1 review written)
I went on the Belize expedition with Trekforce and I have to say I was disappointed before I'd even arrived in country. Trekforce's administration is woeful and although you may think that's not important as you're paying for the expedition, I can tell you that organisation will MAKE OR BREAK your trip. After signing up with Trekforce it took me weeks to get replies to the simplest of emails about a variety of issues such as equipment. I actually emailed Trekforce three times about the start... (read more)
Written on: 01/02/2012
one of the best things i've ever done. I have made some life long friends and had a brilliant time out there. the staff are lovely and you feel at home very quickly. I would defiantly do it again if i could and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in conservation or diving. It is basic but you get used to it very quickly and i hardly missed any of the luxuries from home although the first hot shower when i got back was very nice. Perfect location and people, you couldn't ask for... (read more)
Written on: 27/10/2011 by cecilywc (1 review written)
My expedition to Tanzania was one of the most eye-opening and enlightening experiences of my life. From the food to the clothes to the climate and agriculture, everything was so different to what I was used to, but thanks to the wonderful expedition leaders, I didn’t find it too hard to adjust. Joe and Dom worked really hard to make sure that we all had a fantastic time. Without them, the expedition wouldn’t have been what it was. Uchira was beautiful, and living in the heart of the... (read more)
Written on: 14/09/2011 by hgreen118 (1 review written)
Since the age of about 12 I have been looking forward to my gap year it kept me going through school and A levels; and what a year it has been! Without a doubt Fiji was the best time of my life! At points it was hard, especially the first couple of weeks getting used to the basic living accommodation. However, I would like to think seeing how the 'other half live' has changed my aspect on life and popped the middle class bubble that I used to live in back home. You can see pictures of other... (read more)
Written on: 04/08/2011 by Rozza830
Upon arrival in resort we were greated by two well informed and friendly ski force reps. Quickly we were shown where we would be eating and our accomodation. In terms of home comforts, what more could you ask for? As rick has said before me, without having to worry about food or housekeeping all our time could be afforded towards training for our qualification and the sociable aspect of the ski season. As for our training, the BASS instructors were phenomenal skiers, and with such larger... (read more)
Written on: 26/07/2011 by cheekyrick55
Being a very last minute decision having missed the induction meetings I found the Gapforce staff to be extremely helpful and accommodating in assisting, informing and helping me get all the necessary details in place in order to make the trip. The Skiforce package includes almost everything to ensure that you are able to focus all of your time to the training and of course extra curricular activities without any of the day to day hassles such as cooking and cleaning, leaving you to get the... (read more)
Written on: 12/07/2011
This was my first real traveling experience and as I was nervous about going on my own, so far away and for so long I wanted to know I'd be looked after. Gapforce made me feel confident that I would be in safe hands from the very start. Before going I was given plenty of information and if I had any questions my emails would be answered, usually within a couple of days. I was also contacted on a few occassions, including a few days before I went, to make sure I didn't have any further... (read more)
Written on: 07/07/2011 by Luke08
I recently undertook the Expedition Leader Training course with Trekforce in January. Whilst I cannot deny I had an amaizng time and thoroughly enjoyed the expereince and the in country staff were fantastic the London administration were an utter let down from start to finish. Initially as a prospective client you are treated with every courtesy however after you have booked the only time you are contacted is because money is due. Next, when we were in country we realised the itinerary... (read more)
Written on: 02/07/2011 by nikki.trailor
The first two things that struck me as we found our way out of the airport, were the humid conditions and the eagerness of the locals in helping us to find our way to the meeting point. I had never been to Thailand before, or in fact out of Europe, so the trip was a massive culture shock and I learnt a great deal about Thai culture and the Buddhist lifestyle. Over the introduction week we visited a lot of temples, which are each as beautiful as the next, visited a museum and 'the monkey... (read more)
Written on: 27/04/2011
I would have to say much more out of my expedition with Gapforce than I originally expected despite it only being 6 weeks long. I was very aware that there were people who had a lot less than I did (materially speaking) in the world but you never appreciate it until you live in the same conditions and live right next door to it. That being said the local people aren't completely impoverished. They have all that natural beauty surrounding them every day and place value on things that aren't... (read more)
Written on: 21/04/2011
To start off, I'll begin by saying that my trip to Fiji with Greenforce was quite possibly the best experience of my life. I enjoyed it immensely and I wish I could have stayed much longer.
I couldn't have done it with a better group of people. We all got on really well. On the island it really is a case of love or hate, because of the close proximity you are to everyone else all the time. I have made loads of great friends that I will keep in contact with for a long time. The staff on the... (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2011 by JoeSlepertas (1 review written)
The Tanzania trip is amazing, got to work with so many amazing people, and was able to do some really fun work out there. It really is the best thing I have done, and I would recommend it to anyone. (read more)
Written on: 29/03/2011
An excellent, well organized project to go on in your gap year, and a fantastic way to learn about the local people and have local experiences, that you otherwise would not be offered on your own. You make friends for life, and pick up skills along the way. I would (and have) recommended Gapforce projects to friends wanting to experience the world, but don't know how to organize it. I spent a LONG LONG time, researching difference gap year companies in preparation for my travels, and I found... (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2011
I spent three month on Andros Island, the Bahamas with Greenforce volunteering for a conservation project and it was a great expirience. The staff made us feel welcome from scratch and spending 24 hours a day with the group you get a connection that's unique. We lernt how to dive and the spots you are able to dive are marvellous. I've never thought that the underwaterworld is as facinating as it turned out to be. Only the food could have been more varied. If possible bring a laptop or a... (read more)
Written on: 18/03/2011
I stayed in the Bahamas with greenforce for six weeks over my summer holidays between my a levels and I couldn't have asked for a better experience at all, there could have been more diving but we can't control the weather and when we couldn't the leaders kept us occupied as best the could.
The location is so beautiful and the people really top it off! Everyone gets on well as your in each others company 24/7 but you soon get used to it and you end up with a second family. While we were... (read more)
Written on: 13/02/2011
i was at the bahamas, marine conservation project. pretty dissapointing, espeically regarding diving (only 10 dives in the first 4 weeks). their descriptions on the websites and facebook don't fit to the reality and the communication with the head office is really tough. they act like a wall.
you can find a full review here: http://greenforce-bahamas-review.blogspot.com/
be careful. if you look for a real diving experience, that's not the place you looking for. (read more)
Written on: 11/02/2011 by kdoherty (1 review written)
My daughter booked a Gap Force vacation to Tanzania. The vacation comprised a party of 10 - 16 people. She paid with her hard earned holiday pay!
Not long before the departure date Gap Force advised that they had a number of cancellations and my daughter would have to go on this vacation in the sole company of one other participant - a male from iceland.
When she told gap force that it was unreasonable she asked for her money back. Some Gap Force employees agreed with her that it was not... (read more)
Written on: 10/02/2011 by MyfanwyGV (1 review written)
I went on the Bahamas Marine Conservation Trip with Greenforce in the October phase 2010. I was more than excited and looking forward to making new friends and experiencing new things, although nervous as it was the first time I had been away from home for a longer period of time.
On arrival all the staff and trainees were so welcoming and friendly, and throughout the trip were real fun to be around.
The diving out there was absolutely amazing however the amount of dives that took place were... (read more)
Written on: 09/02/2011
I went on the Ecuador trip, spending 10 weeks out there. This trip was great for variety as we stayed in the city and the jungle. I would say going with Gapforce is a great way to get yourself out in the world whilst still having the security of your group and your leader. The leader for my group was amazing and I have learnt a lot about travelling from him. After my experience with Gapforce I feel confident enough to think about doing some independant travel. The Ecuador trip allowed me to... (read more)
Written on: 19/01/2011
The Expedition Leader training was a fantastic course. The training guided me from being a jungle novice to being totally comfortable with my surroundings on belt kit night. It also gave me a great opportunity to test myself in a number of ways, for example learning medical skills was brilliant and learning jungle and cave rescue technique was another mind blowing experience. Belize is a great place and there are some brilliant guides specifically Antonio and Marcos. Finishing the 16 weeks... (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2011 by Jessica Walter (1 review written)
My trip to Ecuador was great. You meet fantastic people and its just a great time. You got to see jungle, mountains, and Quito. My only complaint was that it wasn't long enough! (read more)
Written on: 31/12/2010 by hendersonwilliamsn (1 review written)
OzFORCE: I have recently returned from a short stint in Australia. I arrived in September to be greeted by the rep of OzForce Bec. She was so helpful and was always there when we needed here. The first 2 weeks she introduced us into Sydney life and showed us the ropes. Without her guidance I wouldn't have had such a good time during my 4 months over there. Through OzForce I met some awesome people who I actually ended up living and traveling with in Australia. Having just left school Bec was... (read more)
Written on: 28/12/2010
I went on the Expedition Leader Training programme and had a brilliant time while in Belize. This was due to a well planned programme which was deliverd by very competent instructors who have alot of experience of leading groups. There knowledge of Belize, its many jungles, and of jungle survival is brilliant and they do a great job of teaching this and giving you plenty of oppertunity to practice the skills you pick up. Unfortunetly the programme is let down by the london bassed staff. i... (read more)
Written on: 21/12/2010
Absolutely fantastic experience-i have already recommended it to so many people! Not only did i gain the medical experience i was looking for but i discovered so many fantastic community opportunities as well. By the end of the project i felt a part of the community and was really sad to leave, i made some great life-long friends and if the opportuniy to go back ever reappeared i would definately return. The only fault would be the local charity organisation was not advertised as gapfoce-not... (read more)
Written on: 06/12/2010
I absolutely loved everything about the Borneo expedition I did last April. It was a perfect way to start my gap year and its one of the best things i've ever done! I met some really great life long friends and it's inspired me to push myself in every aspect of my life now. I would highly recommend Trekforce, the leaders were great amd they really made the whole experience one that I'll remember forever.
All the great things that you do and experience are the things you remember and that... (read more)
Written on: 21/10/2010
I have traveled to Belize, Guatemala and Borneo with Trekforce (Gapforce) and wouldn't consider going with any other company. I researched these kind of organisations in great detail before signing (after all it's a big decision and a big investment) and have found that you simply cannot find the same kind of intensity and format of expedition than with Trekforce. I have now spent over six memorable months in the jungle and it has changed my life and my world. I would highly recommend the... (read more)
Written on: 15/10/2010
Ozforce was good laugh. Met some good people and now live with them in Bondi. Its an easy way to meet people quickly..if you are looking for a more serious work program this is not for you as we found out...We still live close to the rep so are still in contact with her which is always good. It is obviously expensive but you have to pay a premium for these things... (read more)
Written on: 30/09/2010
The expedition to Borneo was easily the best adventure I've ever had. The awe-inspiring ups - breathtaking views of mountain ranges covered by untouched jungle wilderness, ancient tribal relics and much more, which were sometimes tempered by dispiriting downs, but you learn to take them in your stride through the optimism and the kind of mental toughness that you never thought you had, thanks to the help of the expedition leader and support of the awesome friends you make along the way. This... (read more)
Written on: 11/09/2010
I travelled to Fiji with Greenforce doing Marine Conservation.
All I can say is WOW it was AMAZING.
What a beautiful home for 10 weeks-Nasonisoni Island.
I did this project as part of my gap year where I travelled round the world for 10 months and I can honestly say it was defnitely one of my highlights.
I met so many amazing people and friends for life who I have kept in touch with and even met up with since returning to the UK!
It is best to go into this project without any expectations... (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2010 by Adam 1991 (1 review written)
I was lucky enough to go on the Tanzania trip and stayed for three months with the vibrant Maasai people of Tanzania. I took part in some conservation work and also taught English. But I found the cultural aspects of the people far more interesting than any thing else. Africa is one of the most exciting, diverse places I have ever been and Greenforce made it possible for me to see parts of the country I would never have found had I gone and done it alone. It is probably fair to say it isn't... (read more)
Written on: 11/08/2010
I travelled with Greenforce to Fiji and it was probably the best 6 months of my entire life. I worked on one of their marine conservation projects and dived twice a day for 10 weeks! The type of marine life I saw was incredible and has made me feel very spoilt. Nowhere else in the world where I have dived since has compared to that which I saw when I was in Fiji.
Greenforce is incredibly professional and gave a very personal service. From pre-departure through to reunions when we got... (read more)
Written on: 06/08/2010
I went to Vietnam with Gapforce. i was the only person on the trip who booked with Gapforce and all the other people on my trip went with RealGap so it was exactly the same trip except that everyone else in my group paid two thirds of what I did. Didnt receive much contact from Gapforce and was highly unimpressed overall (read more)
Written on: 04/08/2010
I went to the Bahamas during my Gap year in April 2010. The whole experience was amazing! The Island was like paradise and I met some incredible people.
I really enjoyed learning about the coral reef ecosystem and participating in the fish survey work. The dive training was very thorough and I got a lot out of the whole experience. I would recommend it to anyone.
Written on: 04/08/2010
I did the bahamas project from january to april this year, and as mentioned by someone else, we did miss out on some diving due to weather conditions which were not made very clear by gapforce. However, the staff and scientists all worked really hard to make sure we still had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves there even when we couldn't be diving. The location and aim of this particular project in itself justified the time and money spent for me. Living in such a beautiful place,... (read more)
Written on: 04/08/2010
Joined Gapforce for the Bahamas trip, the trip itself and location were out of this world. Absolutely incredible. The staff worked very hard to do as much diving as possible. The science teaching was excellent and suitable for people of all knowledge levels. The standards kept on camp we good and any problems were dealt with in a reasonable manner. There were some aspects that let this project down, firstly the state of the equipment was poor (although I believe some new equipment has been... (read more)
Written on: 01/08/2010
DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT WASTING YOUR TIME OR MONEY WITH THIS ORGANISATION! I can am only refering to Ozforce, it is a complete rip off and not worth a penny of the money. Plus their 'aussie team' contists of one student-ripp off central (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2010
Just read these reviews, and wanted to say they have been really good so far.
I was a bit worried about going, but I have spoken to a couple for people who have already been to Ecuador and they all seemed happy. Then I went in for a half day training. They do set classes on what to take, the country , medical. But there were others there who had been, including one of their leaders just back from Ecuador. Kate was also really good going thru with me what to take. They seem very helpful... (read more)
Written on: 25/06/2010
I did the Ozforce project and its a complete rip-off. Their so-called 'database' is just a website open to anyone -travellers at work- (taw.com.au)and costs 69 aussie dollars which is about £30- ozforce charges 700 quid- the only other thing it includes is the hostel which is really cheap anyway. if you want to be ripped off then go with ozforce! (read more)
Written on: 15/05/2010
I wanted to do a project in China working with pandas. I looked at the itinery and its exactly the same as the project that Realgap do except theirs seems much cheaper. I cant see why they are charging so much. Does anyone know the difference???? (read more)
Written on: 01/03/2010
Hey, I went to Fiji with Greenforce. It also seemed like the so called science staff did not know what they were doing. Most of the training was at Secondary School level. I understand that some volunteers had no past experience, but this was a joke. I also had to correct the staff at times on the basic fish id's. I did intend to go to Fiji to learn marine biology but came out being a good tour guide. I hope the next group after me did not have the same lectures. However Fiji was great and I... (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2010
Stay away from Greenforce. I paid just under £1000 for 3 weeks Nepal trip. This did not include flights and kit, which cost me around another £1000. I then learned only around £200 reaches the field.
Where does rest money go? Corrupt organization- stay away
Written on: 20/01/2010
I went on the same project to Ecuador for 10 weeks and had the most amazing time of my life! Although we were in a small group we made a bond that will continue long into the future. Our Expedition Leader was so knowledgeable and could speak fluent Spanish which made things a lot easier. His local knowlege after spending almost a year running our program in Ecuador was so beneficial! He knew the best places to visit and had a long list of local contacts. I enjoyed my trip so much that i am... (read more)
Written on: 18/12/2009
I went on the Ecuador Greenforce trip and it was a complete let-down! It was really poorly organized - I ended up with just ONE other person, for 10 weeks. In the end me and the other person had to pay hundreds of pounds just to go home early. My advice is to never go on the this trip. They have been so rude also. They never once apologized for any of the poor organization e.g we had no training day (even though we paid for one) or no t-shirt. The guide made us feel stupid and small, along... (read more)
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