Volunteers' Reviews

Name: Chris Davis
Country of Volunteer : Cambodia
Travel Date : Feb 2018
Project of Volunteer : Health/Medical Project(Phnom Penh,Pursat)

The IFRE and affiliate staff are first rate: responsive, sincere, helpful, up front. Support while at the site was also first rate. Any questions or requests I had for the local coordinators were quickly responded to. They all have great integrity and I'd be happy to use them again for another volunteer experience. I would say that my particular healthcare experience in Phnom Penh was problematic. This was NOT due to anything IFRE or its affiliate represented, but just to the individual situation I found myself in. In Cambodia, routine care (turning, bathing, etc.) is provided by families, not staff. Other tasks (like giving medications, etc.) is restricted to Cambodia-licensed personnel. As well, the medical staff in the unit I was assigned rounded for maybe 2 hours in the mornings and then disappeared. The net net of all of this is that for non-healthcare volunteers, there probably is not much to see, and for experienced healthcare volunteers, there probably isn't much to do. As an experienced RN, I enjoyed the assignment because I learned a lot about the challenges and similarities between providing healthcare in the setting of a less-developed country versus that of the US. Going forward, though, perhaps a different ward than the one I was assigned to would provide a higher value volunteer experience? At any rate, I was very pleased with the overall experience and certainly recommend IFRE.

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Name: Joel Variath Paul
Country of Volunteer : Cambodia
Travel Date : Feb 2018
Project of Volunteer : Teaching

I volunteered with IFRE in Cambodia as an English teacher at a charity school for 4 weeks. It was an incredible experience! The team at IFRE made the application process hassle-free with their prompt and helpful replies. On arriving in Phnom Penh, I was picked up by a driver from the organisation. My airline had lost my baggage on the way but the country coordinated helped me in getting it back. The teaching itself was challenging because of the language barrier but it was worth the extra effort. I would definitely recommend IFRE to anyone considering a volunteering placement.

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Sorry it has taken me so long to respond I've been so very busy with teaching and traveling. My journey is coming to an end, with only two weeks left here, but I can honestly I've had one of the best experiences of my life here. During my time here I have been teaching English at an orphanage called CCOLT and it has been so rewarding. When are first started there were only two volunteers so we each taught two classes for one hour each, now that there are more volunteers I am teaching two classes for two hours each. I am teaching both kids at the orphanage and University students. As for the country itself, it is an absolutely wonderful place. There have been many eye opening experiences and challenges but those things are what have made this trip so great. I will be traveling to Siem Reap this weekend for one of my last travels to see Angkor Wat! Hope all is well in the States!

Thanks and take care!
Gretchen

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