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★★★★★

“Teaching English abroad. Thailand experience. ”

Written on: 07/06/2017 by MarRD (1 review written)

I spend one month (August 2016) in the Original Volunteers project set in Thailand. I volunteered as an English teacher in a primary school in Phang Nga, southern Thailand. During my stay there I also have the opportunity to collaborate at the Sena School English Camp for teens. I would describe my stay as adventurous, enjoyable, rich and worthwhile experience. For this reason I truly recommend this rewarding experience with Original Volunteers. This company offers a good value for money; I… Read Full Review

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“Volunteering in Morocco ”

Written on: 25/04/2017 by Amber_1996 (1 review written)

Where do I start i been to Morocco 3 times now but twice to volunteer it was such an amazing experience. First I was nervous as it was my first time abroad on my own but I settled in really quickly once u got to know people. The staff are lovely and couldn't ask for better. I met loads of new new people and made new friends. When i came back from Morocco I was a new person after doing the activities with the volunteers. Beautiful country. Morocco was the best experience that original volunteers… Read Full Review

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“My Moroccan Moments ”

Written on: 19/04/2017 by teasdalee (1 review written)

In January 2017, I fulfilled one of my dreams, to become a volunteer and contribute something to the world in which I live…. the experience did not disappoint. I took a week’s holiday and jetted out to Marrakech to take part in projects designed to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable children living there. For anyone with reservations about doing this alone I would like to assure you there is nothing to worry about. You are met at the airport by friendly Original Volunteer… Read Full Review

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“Great Experience, Well Organised”

Written on: 18/04/2017 by Birdgv82 (1 review written)

Things to keep in mind which i have learnt from my experience: 1) Make sure you have the correct accommodation address as this caused a slight problem with passport control when my friend and I arrived. Also the fact that it could take between 2 3 hours till you are actually out the airport from the time you arrive. 2) Exchange some money (Approx 20 pound) at the airport but you would save money if you exchange the bulk of your spending money at the city center where you will find loads of… Read Full Review

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“year two placement”

Written on: 18/04/2017 by kelleg (1 review written)

Although the first couple of days were a culture shock for me and missing home my overall experience was amazing, the team you work with are fantastic, it's like being apart of a family...absolutely loved it cannot wait to go back, by far one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences if my life… Read Full Review

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“Great, Well Organised, Do your homework though!!”

Written on: 18/04/2017

Original Volunteers Morocco Marrakesh Review March/April 2017: Things to note: 1) Make sure you have correct accommadation address and moroccon project advisor contact number as you will be required to fill in a disembarkment form on arrival and customs/passport control officers are very by the book. 2) The queue on arrival to passport control can be upto 2 hours at Marrakesh Airport so bear this in mind. 3) Once you are through customs, exchange some money at the bueru du change. 4) Then… Read Full Review

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“Original Volunteers”

Written on: 04/04/2017 by KiranKingra (1 review written)

I have used Original Volunteers on two occasions now to book projects to Thailand and Ghana and I highly recommend this company if you would like to be involved in volunteer projects. For those who have concerns about what company to choose when volunteering, my honest opinion is that Original Volunteers offer rewarding experiences and are very good value for money in comparison to other companies out there. Original Volunteers were very supportive in their pre-travel advice, communication… Read Full Review

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“Volunteering in Ghana”

Written on: 04/04/2017 by Volunteer123 (1 review written)

I have recently came back from volunteering in Ghana and would like to say a hugh thankyou to all the team for all the advice given to me over the phone and via emails. You gave me the confidence to do this I went to the hospital, schools, and did an outreach project. It was truly amazing and I plan to go out again next year with my 11 year old son to do health promotion in the schools. The staff at the volunteer house were so helpful as well, once again THANKYOU… Read Full Review

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“ABSOLUTE SHAMMERS”

Written on: 21/03/2017 by Anadju (1 review written)

This company is possibly the worst, and if you are searching for a good experience I suggest you ignore their cheap prices because otherwise you will come to regret it. I travelled to Kenya for the Mombasa project in the beginning of March, from the get go the company showed little interest after payment had been made. They would take ages to reply to e-mails and phone calls were non existent. Upon arrival (following an 8 hour flight from London) my supposed airport pick up, was no where to… Read Full Review

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“money grabbers”

Written on: 21/02/2017 by wqRossiItalian178 (1 review written)

I would never recommend this company, they are quick to take your money but very slow in dealing with any issues you may have… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Great Experience in Morocco”

Written on: 12/10/2016

This was the first time ever I’d volunteer abroad and I was really nervous about doing it! I really wanted to do something I’d never done before. My friend found the website for Original Volunteers and convinced me to go to Morocco with her! Which wasn’t too expensive either. Before going to Morocco the communication with Original Volunteers was great over email, I could ask them any question and they would be able to answer. When I arrived at the accommodation it was very very basic, but… Read Full Review

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“Volunteering in Morocco”

Written on: 28/08/2016 by joshuagrist (1 review written)

This was my first volunteering abroad experience, I looked at the Original Volunteers website and not only was it a fair price, but all the questions I had regarding the experience were quickly answered. Because of the flow of communication - and I had a lot of questions, it made me feel safe. So me and my friend both went to Morocco. I had an amazing time, met the most incredible people (two months on and we're all still talking, some have even come to meet me here in the UK). The guides or… Read Full Review

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“AKWABA”

Written on: 16/08/2016 by adamyork323 (1 review written)

Akwaba means welcome and you will hear that alot in Ghana. My time with Original Volunteers in Ghana was easily the best few weeks of my life, everything ran smoothly, I met some wonderful people both locals and other volunteers and every day was a new adventure. First of all I was a little nervous about walking out of the airport into a strange place not really knowing what to expect, but straight away I saw a guy with a big Original Volunteers sign and my name written with it, so I walked… Read Full Review

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“Unforgettable experience”

Written on: 11/08/2016 by Mikala1818 (1 review written)

I stayed for 3 weeks in a cute little village in Cambodia, I was immersed into the day to day lives of these wonderful people and formed bonds with individuals irrespective of the language barrier. The organisation of Original Volunteers and the excellent communication left me confident and excited to set out on my adventure. The airport pick up was faultless and my experience as a whole was fantastic. You have to be willing to put yourself out there and really embrace the culture. Everyone… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“FANTASTIC COMPANY, GREAT EXPERIENCE”

Written on: 09/09/2015

I would 100% recommend volunteering with Original Volunteers. I taught in two different schools last year in Thailand, and had a truly enriching experience! We were given lots of useful resources and materials to make teaching as interesting and beneficial as possible for the children. We were certainly pushed to our limits, but if you're hoping to help make a real difference, then you should expect to place yourself out of your comfort zone! We prepped every lesson properly and taught 5 full… Read Full Review

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“Absolute waste of money ”

Written on: 21/07/2015 by suChilders306 (1 review written)

I would strongly advise anyone to NOT volunteer on the Bulgaria trip with O/V. It is an absolute waste of money. During my trip we had to pay for all expenses for the volunteering - all travel and all materials to use with the children. Furthermore, we only volunteered for one day! Also the advertised "teaching" was not this at all - only playing with the kids for a few hours with very limited resources. It became very mundane even over one shift. Furthermore, at the volunteer house there are… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Best experience of my life”

Written on: 27/06/2015 by Hannahhh (1 review written)

I went to volunteer in Morocco with Original Volunteers and i would highly recommend it to anyone. You stay in rooms of up to 4 people, the accommodation is basic but fine, with comfortable beds and a kitchen. All the people i met there were so friendly, volunteers and the locals, everyone was happy to help with any problems. The staff there are incredible! The two of the coordinators are the most lovely people who will literally do anything to help you and speak incredible English. All the… Read Full Review

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“do not use original volunteers”

Written on: 14/04/2015 by Royl473 (1 review written)

I would not recommend using original volunteers. My friend and I have been on two projects with them both as badly organised as the other. Mexico is a fantastic place itself however original volunteers had not paid the coordinator out there therefore there were many issues in the volunteer house that she could not afford to fix such as a flushing toilet or hot shower! They also tell you that you don't need to speak Spanish fluently but you do need a good level of Spanish if you want to get by… Read Full Review

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“DONT CHOOSE ORIGINAL VOLUNTEERS”

Written on: 17/03/2015

I and a friend decided to go through original volunteers and travel to the Mérida project, we were met by the placement coordinator who is an absolutely lively woman even up until this day after everything this company has put us through. All together there has been four volunteers whilst we have stayed here during March. We have been staying in the volunteer house technically for free as all the money we had given to original volunteers seems to have not made it to our placement… Read Full Review

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“Awful company with useless customer service”

Written on: 17/02/2015 by SavanahDuffy206 (1 review written)

The customer service is awful. If you try to get in tough with them regarding any issues they ignore you. If you call them and they answer they'll simply send you to a different 'team' who very conveniently is never around. Worst volunteering company I've encountered. I would not recommend them to any body… Read Full Review

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Written on: 26/03/2015

Hi,

Could you email us? That will be great with reference 'FAO Annie' as we can't seem to find you in our system.

Thank you! :)

Annie

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