July 24, 2012
I volunteered with Glo9be Aware assembling wheelchairs for landmine victims in Cambodia last summer and i just returned from building a pedestrian bridge in the middle of the rainforrest in Costa Rica with them this June, and i have to say, out of all my lfie experiences, truly none have ever come close to these. I just adore getting to know the locals and learning about their life and getting to do fun things that somehow seem worlds away from a cliches tourist experience. I am hoping to get my kids and grandchildren on the next trip to Cusco Peru next summer. I just cannots ay enough good things about this organization. They are so much cheaper than many of teh orgganizations out there. Several of teh big competitors don't contribute any money to teh local orgnizations they are helping ebcause they say they dont' want to make them dependent on anyone, but i really think that giving away wheelchairs and prividing materials to do computer labs for kids and a whoel host of other things - well to me it just sounds like an excuse for those other organizations not to spend money on others and i don't like that philosophy. Yes handing out cash and candy would be bad, but there IS a way to spend money responsibly on others. My neighbor went to Ghana with CCS a few months ago and said she would just be dropped off at a hospital every day instead of being with a group and a coordinator the entire time. Different strokes fro different folks. just do your homework. My church sent some of our parishoners on a Global Volunteers program a few years ago and said that none of the project they worked on was paid for by their own funds, it all went to administer the company itself. Just these are the things people should look out for. I should say that my experience wasn't perfect, there were times when the locals didn't seem to be as focused on getting things done as i was, but it changed my life forever.
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