1st week – Cultural week


By: Dhini Nasution | Posted on: 30 Jan 2020

First week – Cultural week

I joined a group of students from China and spent the whole week learning about Nepal.

– My Nepali name is Devi (means goddess)

– Cooked simple Nepali dish

– Went to temples

– Short hike

– Went to the oldest market in Kathmandu

– Yoga

Overall, it was a nice experience, but a whole week to learn about the culture is a bit too much.

Met with new people and made friends.

 

2nd week – volunteer at a Children’s Hospital

Met with Dr. Shanta, a really nice dedicated person to children’s healthcare in Nepal.

Challenge was no one speak English but the doctor himself, and patients kept talking to me in Nepali because I looked like a local.

It was a nice week at the hospital, discussed many things with dr. Shanta about the hospital.

Glad to be a resourceful volunteer for Dr. Shanta and the hospital.

I would recommend this hospital for anyone who wishes to learn/experience how dr. Shanta managed to run the hospital so well with so little.

 

Medical Internship in Nepal

 

A Few Weeks in Guatemala


By: Skott Pye | Posted on: 30 Jan 2020

This project definitely makes a difference. Because of their actions they were able to increase the over all population of scarlet macaws by 5% in the country.

I feel that myself and every volunteer that puts effort in, is able to have a positive effect on the project and the lives of the animals.

It was tough for me to adapt to the high carb, moderate protein diet, the portions were also a bit small for me as I am a large man with a high metabolism. I compensated by buying sandwich ingredients and making some extra food for myself during meals. That being said, the provided food was still very tasty!

I’m proud that I was able to gain a lot of practical skills in keeping and habitat maintenance. It was also incredible to take part in releasing a young howler monkey back into the wild.

The project exceeded my expectations by far.

I would highly recommend this project to a friend and people that want to experience real hands on conservation in central America.

 

Wildlife Rehabilitation Project in Guatemala

 

One of the most enriching experiences of my life


By: Paula Casamayor Segarra | Posted on: 18 Dec 2019

Being a volunteer at the NGO has opened my eyes and heart in many different ways. I highly recommend this experience to anyone that is passionate about international cooperation, renewable energies, reforestation, sustainability and working in the field.

I have been 9 weeks in Lobitos, living and working in the NGO house. My role was to support one of the ongoing projects on renewable energies: a backup system along with a wind turbine installation in the medical post of Lobitos. My objective was first to size and order the backup system (consisting of batteries and inverter) in order to cover the urgent issue of having blackouts that threat the safety of some vaccines being conserved in refrigerators. Regardless of the challenges found along the way (many of them related to the complexities of working in the field), we could achieve this objective and the backup system was purchased while I was there and will be installed soon after my departure.

This means that during my time there I could see first hand the results of my work and I left Lobitos knowing that the positive impact of the project will be experienced soon by the inhabitants, what fills me with great pride and satisfaction. The project I have been contributing to addresses a real need of the community and being able to directly approach the people involved face to face, understand their problems and be part of the solution, was incredibly fulfilling.

Not only have I been collaborating with this interesting project, but to many others like reforestation and impact research through social surveys. I loved the fact that the work at EcoSwell was really dynamic, each day was different and full of new life-lessons to learn. The environment is really welcoming and professional at the same time, what encourages everyone to give their best while creating beautiful connexions with the people in the house and outside. Besides, Lobitos is a town where you can find local people, people from the capital and international volunteers and travellers with whom exchange really interesting conversations. This makes the experience still more enriching and diverse.

Finally, I would like to highlight the fact that living in similar conditions to the people you are trying to help (Lobitos community in this case) is essential and eyeopening for western people like me. Many prejudices will fall. Regarding sustainability, living in the NGO house in an integrated way with the environment you’re surrounded by (using the dry toilet, generating compost, reusing water…) is amazing and incredibly increases your self-awareness of the carbon footprint you as a human being have in the world.

Once back home, I just feel so grateful and with my heart full of experiences, learning and beautiful people. Thank you to everyone that made this possible!

 

Renewable Energy Development in Peru

 

Human Rights in Guatemala

Human Rights Project in Guatemala report from Hannah


By: Hannah | Posted on: 11 Oct 2019

I traveled to Guatemala in the summer of 2019. I worked at an organization called Caras Alegres. Caras Alegres serves the neighborhood of Las Rosas, where a majority of the families are at or below the line for extreme poverty. Caras Alegres serves this community by providing free after-school programming, which both supports the child’s education and allows their parents to work longer, lunches, scholarships, school supplies, and most importantly, a place where children can play and be free of their worries. I loved my time working here. In the morning, I worked in the office writing grants, communicating with donors, and writing the annual report. In the afternoon, I got to work with the children and help out with the daily activity.

Human Rights Project in Guatemala report from Hannah

I chose a homestay, because this was the most economical option and I wanted to be able to practice Spanish. I lived with Mama Cony, Papa Carlos and their children. It was amazing and really made my whole trip that much better. The food was always delicious, and Mama Cony is one of the nicest people I have ever met. She was always willing to listen, help me when I need, and show me Xela. She even came with me to a store where I bought souvenirs for my family and helped me get a discount.

I loved living in Xela. It is a beautiful city. I was able to travel to many other cities in Guatemala, but Xela was definitely my favorite. While Antigua might be objectively more beautiful, Xela has a better warmth and authenticity about it. I can’t wait to come back.

I am so happy that I chose this project. The whole process was so easy. Rustom found gave me 5 options of places I could work, and I chose Caras Alegres. Rustom also found my homestay. With the program, I was given 25 Spanish lessons, and my teacher, Karina was great. She is a great teacher, both in person and through Skype. I learned a lot with her.

Human Rights Project in Guatemala report from Hannah

I got a lot out of this experience – both personally and professionally. Professionally, an internship in economic development will help me because I want to work in public international law, for an organization like the United Nations. This internship shows that I am dedicated to community service, willing and able to travel, and that I can work in other cultures. Additionally, my increased Spanish skills (I went from very basic to comfortably conversational in 7 weeks thanks to this experience) will be a huge benefit to me. Personally, I was nervous to go to a developing country with a lot of crime. But, I did it. I didn’t feel unsafe once the whole time I was there, and I traveled alone almost every weekend and walked alone at night a lot. I developed close relationships with amazing people and learned a lot about myself. I even helped a few kids learn how to ride a bike.

I loved this experience, and I intend to go back to Guatemala as soon as I can.

 

Human Rights Project in Guatemala

 

An impactful and empowering professional volunteering experience


By: Pia Leo | Posted on: 13 Sep 2019

Volunteering at Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia, has been one of the highlights of my professional career to date. The opportunity to use my skills and education to contribute to an organisation making actual regional impact and advancing medical research internationally is a dream come true, and I’m so proud to have been able to come into work in the hospital every day.

I was so lucky to be placed in an international team in the Development department, and particularly to be able to work under an inspiring, talented and passionate manager who provided me with a flexible scope of projects beyond the standard requirements of everyday design collateral. I was encouraged to identify opportunities to create collateral I thought could be useful to fundraising efforts, and to put my hand up for activities in which I could develop skills for my portfolio or in my fields of interest, and then given the time and resources to work on them. The result of this support and the addition of the diverse and intimidating skills of my team is a suite of work of which I am very proud to showcase and which I am even prouder to say is having affect on our fundraising capabilities.

I was also encouraged and given opportunities to explore Siem Reap, the local Cambodian provinces, and the neighbouring countries over long weekends and vacation periods. The local and expat communities in town are so welcoming and the people you are able to interact with are all so fun, so interesting and so optimistic about the work that they do and the lifestyles they have access to in the NFP sector.

I would 100% recommend this or similar projects offered by Global Nomadic and Professionals Doing Good in the region to anyone feeling stuck or under-utilised in their careers, their city lifestyles or their creative fields. The critical shift in perspective in terms of lifestyle, work environment and even producing work for love versus for money has been valuable beyond my expectations. The on-site support from the team in Siem Reap was invaluable in settling in, and has been an ongoing gift beyond the end of the program.

 

Graphic Designer for Children’s Centre in Cambodia

 

Ischia 2019

Dolphin research italy


By: Noelle Lascoux | Posted on: 12 Sep 2019

I found out about this “dolphin and whales project” through google which redirected me to the Global Nomadic webpage. The location was very practical for me as I could book a direct flight to Napoli and then it was only 20 minutes by bus to Napoli harbour and 1h30 by boat to Ischia. The ferry takes you to one end of Casamicciola harbour  and the “Jean Gab”, our scientific boat, is at the other end of the harbour (10 minutes walk).

Barbara, the head of the project had given me all the necessary information on how and when to get there. The team on board was very flexible about the hour of arrival which allowed me to drop my bag in the morning, have a bit of touristy walk, a swim and then head back for the briefing.

The boat is fantastic, very beautiful, comfortable, perfectly designed to handle the sea; and there was plenty of space for all of us. As we came back to the harbour every night, we could enjoy the bathrooms of the Marina and a hot shower every evening.

Angelo the captain is a marvellous cook, who uses only fresh ingredients and adapts to any diet.

All these elements made us feel welcome and at home so the team of volunteers and the crew bonded immediately. We are still in contact now and plan to visit each other from time to time.

We learned a lot about cetaceans in this area: the different species, how to recognize them, how they behave, interact and communicate. It was a first time experience for me to really hear dolphins and sperm whales. It was amazing.

Our main job was to take shift for observation and spotting cetaceans. We also helped another association by counting some endangered birds at sea. And we took pictures and films.

I feel this project had an impact on the conservation of the species we observed and  public awareness. Most people from the island I talked to, didn’t know their sea had such animals still living there and it made them realize that they have to be more respectful to nature, that the Mediterranean sea isn’t a dead sea and that they have a real treasure at hand. They were all very interested. The association has already managed to get part of the waters to become a sanctuary and we have seen a sperm whale that was spotted 15 years ago for the first time! All the recordings of the sounds will be analyzed in the winter and have been helping the scientists in understanding a lot about behaviour since the project started. So it is very important to continue and help this project to survive.

I would definitely recommend this project as it always feels like an incredible chance to see those beautiful animals in the wild. The island of Ischia and its surroundings are also worth the trip. The food and the atmosphere were excellent and we had a great time even when we couldn’t get at sea due to the weather. Jean Gab is also an amazing boat. The team was very welcoming and interesting. They all knew a lot and we could have discussions forever.

Whale & Dolphin Conservation in Italy

 

Environmental Research Internship


By: Maria Lemmond | Posted on: 11 Sep 2019

Through out my duration at this project, I had a very challenging yet rewarding experience that has forever changed me for the better and i would gladly do it again. The internship itself was both what i expected and not what i expected at the same time. I would say the project made an impact at the individual level; However, not on an international level which would be a future goal for the project in my opinion. The organization that i worked with was a popular internship for students from the Netherlands since it was a dutch program but by no means was it known internationally.

I believe that if the project gained international popularity, they would make a larger impact as an environmental project. I do think i made a difference at this project because i worked hard on my field of study and i worked with several other students on numerous other projects. I think the most challenging aspect of this project for me was the fact it was a solely a Dutch program (unbeknownst to me) where 80% of the students were from the Netherlands. I think this made it challenging because although all the students spoke english, it was a completely different culture and most of the students spoke their native tongue for the majority of the time. It was hard to be one of two American students and feeling like an outsider for quite awhile. It wasn’t until two and half weeks in that people finally started opening up to me and i started making friends. Even though the adjustment phase to the people, the environment, and the schedule was tough at first, once i got comfortable and started making friends it was amazing. I overcame these challenges because no matter how out of my element i was, i remained outgoing, energetic, and positive which i think drew people toward me in the end.

I think the successes i am most proud of are: exceeding at my internship, making friends from all over the world that i will have for the rest of my life, and most of all: being open to all adventures and learning experiences that Costa Rica and my internship had to offer. This project did meet my expectations and the owners of the organization were both kind and welcoming. I would definitely recommend a project like this to a friend but i will say that i would also recommend they do their research and try to find a project that had a better diversity of students. In the end, this was unlike any internship or experience i have ever had but at the same time one of the best and i will treasure it for the rest of my life.

Environmental Research Internship in Costa Rica

 

Panda Care

wei panda care project china


By: | Posted on: 09 Sep 2019

This is definitely a lifetime experience and I learned a lot in this program. We spent the first two days in the city Chengdu and visited one panda base here. Also, we tried some local food and got to know each other in this program. We then moved to the Bifengxia Panda base to start the volunteer work. Our major work was to clean the enclosure and feed the panda. It’s the first time that I can get so close to this beautiful creature, and it is totally different from a sightseeing tour in the panda base. In this program, we also learned a lot about the food, habits and current situation of panda. We recognized the bamboos which panda majorly eat, we also made panda cakes for them.

During the leisure time, we had some cultural activities to learn about Chinese culture and language. I definitely recommend it for people who love pandas and want to do something for them. I do not know how much I have done for panda, but this program changed me a lot. It made me more determined in the animal conservation works and I hope I can make it my lifetime goal to care about our beautiful neighbors. Thanks this program to give me a wonderful summer vacation.

Panda Care in China