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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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Anniemorleyov's Comment

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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★★★★★

“Amazing experience”

Written on: 18/01/2015 by Killiana1988 (1 review written)

I have been to 2 projects with OV Kenya maasai was my first and I stayed with the most friendly loving family who couldn't have been more accommodating.. if you have seen the website you would know the accommodation is not very western but I loved it the children and families were lovely. I did a second trip to Cambodia and again was brilliant teaching English to the children and having your own fun at weekends. one down fall through OV was school opening times advice.. in Kenya some… Read Full Review

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“Brilliant Volunteer Placement - It's what YOU make of it”

Written on: 07/01/2015 by BURGEJ4 (1 review written)

I spent November 2014 volunteering in Ghana. It was well organised, fantastic on site support and a variety of placements. You get out as much as you put in, if you arrive expecting someone to lead you by the hand and help you along, don't come. You're here to volunteer and give your time to help a cause. I had a fantastic time teaching at the local school and dedicating my personal time in the evenings to opening the local library. There is plenty to do at the weekends, both travelling afar… Read Full Review

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“My Experience in Bulgaria”

Written on: 20/12/2014 by leahe18 (1 review written)

Explaining my experience of Bulgaria will be difficult as it was such a serial time and has left me at a loss for words but I will try my best. When I first arrived at the accommodation I was greeted by two staff members, they were so friendly and welcoming that I immediately felt comfortable. Not long after arriving I was on a tour of Varna, seeing the beach, supermarkets, cathedral and many other places was amazing and even the scenery from walking between them was beautiful. Whilst on the… Read Full Review

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“November in Marrakech”

Written on: 07/12/2014 by Aracely450 (1 review written)

Volunteering: Had never volunteered before. I was a senior volunteer! A great experience. The kids are great to be with. All ages. Have an open mind. Don't take too much for the kids at the moment. The hostel has a good stock at the moment. ( A mechanical pencil sharpener would be really usefull)!!! Take a travel kettle if possible. The hostel can also be short on toilet paper and foam pan scrubbers. Not acceptable! The volunteer organisers are great including the coffee!! You might… Read Full Review

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“Teaching English in Cambodia!”

Written on: 30/10/2014 by Emelyd401 (1 review written)

Amazing and humbling experience. Back to basics as far as living but well worth every moment… Read Full Review

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“Morocco - Amazing experience”

Written on: 17/06/2014 by Motormum (1 review written)

Choosing a company to volunteer is not easy and no matter how much research you do there will always be negative reviews. I volunteered in Morocco for just over 2 weeks. I love arts and crafts, different cultures, travel and have 2 children of my own which made this the perfect project for me. The Riad accommodation is simple, clean with Wi-Fi and a really lovely sun terrace. We cooked quite a few meals in the Riad itself but you can find really good quality, inexpensive food from every region… Read Full Review

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“Terrible management, pushy and unprofessional”

Written on: 11/04/2014 by 55Schmidt (1 review written)

Haven't actually booked a trip with Original Volunteers but would stay well away following an enquiry with them! Enquired about volunteering and they told me and my friend that there were only 2 spaces left for when we wanted to arrive then told us that we had to book by 6.30pm that day at 5.30pm! We decided this was too pushy and had not sorted flights so did not book as they wanted us to. We later found out that they lied about the deadline and were just trying to take our money as quickly as… Read Full Review

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“Original Volunteers Morocco”

Written on: 19/02/2014

I had an absolutely amazing time! Morocco is such a friendly place to visit and volunteering there was an experience i will never forget! The children were so happy all the time and so creative and when we left the orphanage, all the babies began to cry because they knew we were leaving which was sad to see. The people that work at the volunteer house were so friendly and welcoming too! I will definitely be going back soon! :)… Read Full Review

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Isobel29's Comment

Written on: 29/04/2014

I have reserved a place to go to Morocco in May 2015! However I would like to find out some more informaiton before I start thinking about booking flights and making arangments.
How did the volunteering work on a day to day basis?
What was the atmosphere like in the house?
Was the accomadation reasonably clean?
Did you travel on your own?

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★★★★★

“Experience of a lifetime”

Written on: 27/08/2013 by Zsflockhart (1 review written)

After many years of wanting to go to Africa, and complete a volunteering holiday, my 30th birthday seemed like the perfect time. I searched around on the Internet for programmes and destinations at a reasonable price and original volunteers came out on top , ticking all the boxes. I spent weeks planning and packing bits and pieces. The jabs, insurance and planning would all be worth it. I was going on my own, and whilst I had travelled abroad alone before, I was still a little nervous. I also… Read Full Review

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“Review of OV in India.”

Written on: 18/08/2013 by JackHider (1 review written)

After working in a school in Mongolia, I decided that I wanted to do more overseas volunteering during the summer afterwards. Having looked at a variety of volunteering websites I finally settled on Original Volunteers. I chose to volunteer in a school in the state of Tamil Nadu in India, a place that I had always wanted to visit, this was perfect as it was a free volunteering placement. The conditions that we lived in were basic, a squat toilet, a shed to sleep in and a small kitchen. This… Read Full Review

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“Teaching in Cambodia”

Written on: 16/08/2013 by Islaylg (1 review written)

Volunteering with Original Volunteers in Cambodia was a brilliant experience and definitely value for money. A friend and I did our two weeks when we were 18 and although we were the youngest out of all of the volunteers (only by about a year) we felt very welcomed and after the end of our time we were upset we couldn't stay for longer. The project coordinator was very friendly and along with the other volunteers eased us into the teaching, firstly placing us in classes as helpers and later on… Read Full Review

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“Best time ever!!!”

Written on: 04/08/2013 by andymurdo (1 review written)

I traveled to Ghana with Original Volunteers and I can say that, without a doubt, it was the best time of my life. I was there for 7 weeks and met a lot of people and made a lot of new friends. I did not think it was possible to get so close to people within such a short space of time. The workers were brilliant and they made everyone feel welcome. The house itself was situated in the middle of a small community and the families around the house were very friendly and I always stopped to talk… Read Full Review

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“ABSOLUTELY AMAZING”

Written on: 01/08/2013 by CR1996 (1 review written)

This was honestly the best experience of my life. My best friend and I went out together, aged 16, on the 15th July 2013, and it was just phenomenal. Original Volunteers was great before we took off, gave me all the information I needed. When we arrived it was like the big brother house, it was massive and full of people. All the people were great, they were welcoming and lovely, we couldn't have entered into a nicer house, and made such great friends in such a short time period. We went… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“great winter escape”

Written on: 29/07/2013

I was volunteering in Tanzania with OV last year. This is my first time to Africa and volunteering overseas and I decide to go with OV because of good reviews from the website and stories from my friends. Before arrival, OV emailed the information pack and contact details, which I found very useful and informative for volunteers. I arrived at Dar airport at a very early morning and there was a guy, waiting there to pick me up and send me to bus station for a bus to Iringa. I received the same… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Independent yet awesome!”

Written on: 28/07/2013

I volunteered in Tanzania for three weeks with this company. They are definitely #1 for money. I managed to fund the entire trip for just £1000 altogether. This included flights, company fee, injections, and visa. No other company is this cheap! It is a very independent placement, you have to work to your own initiative, get to know other volunteers and follow them to their placements as the co-ordinators are busy getting new volunteers settled in and getting their visas. If you want an… Read Full Review

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