– Ablidy, 19, Volunteer location: Guatemala
Going through IFRE was one of the best experiences of my life. I was able to volunteer in Xela, Guatemala at an orphanage for a month. This program was there for me whenever I needed help and quickly responded to all my questions. The program made the process of volunteering in another country as stress free as it can get. They helped me with all the little details, such as where to stay, and transportation. Not only was every day in the orphanage amazing but on the weekends the program allowed us to travel to other destinations throughout Guatemala. They provided information on what tours and places we should go. During my time in Guatemala I stayed with a host family that IFRE set up. My host mom was extremely nice and made me feel right at home. If you are looking for an amazing humbling experience, with beautiful people and places this is the program for you. I highly recommend.
– Katie Guty, 20, Volunteer location: Peru
I did a lot of research to decide which program to volunteer abroad with, and IFRE seemed like an organized program with opportunities in many different locations and with many different forms of volunteering. I chose to volunteer in a hospital in Cusco, Peru, and it was the most wonderful experience. All of the staff made me feel very welcome and did a great job of facilitating my stay and helping me plan excursions. They always made themselves available to me and took great care to make me feel safe and comfortable. I was placed in a home-stay with a wonderful family, who I am still in contact with. IFRE really made the effort to make my experience everything I had hoped.
– Hun Duong, 29, Volunteer location: Costa Rica
I did the Coffee Farm project in Atenas (1 week duration) and Child Protective Services Center project in Puntarenas (1 week duration)... You can do more or less depending on your own initiative/effort and you can set your own work schedule. I genuinely felt that we made the biggest impact. We absolutely loved meeting all the people that were involved and working to help them out in any way necessary. Both host families were great and super nice. The housing accommodations were good. The houses were big and has plenty of space. It’s a super clean environment. I felt really safe. Favorite Moment at Worksite: Bonding with all the children at the child protective service center. They were so appreciative of your attention and love. A memory I will cherish forever.