Ray Bryne – Review

Why did you want to volunteer?
As part of my travels it fitted in nicely.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Yes absolutely, the project needs a lot of extra help to raise awareness.

What did you do for fun?
Sea kayaking and diving course.

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
Watching the sun set at a beach bar in the evenings.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
I would definitely do another project.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
Be prepared for the iguanas to sleep when it rains.

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
Loose clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and good strong shoes for trekking around the island.

How much money would you suggest you take per week?
The island is not that cheap compared to the rest of Honduras so take as much as you can, £100 should be enough for nights out on main street and eating out.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
Go with the flow! It’s too hot.

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Mable Fraser – Review

Why did you want to volunteer?
I wanted to volunteer for a long time, lots of my friends had done gap years before Uni and told me about their experiences.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Yes we looked after the iguanas and I was lucky during my visit to be able to release some back into the wild which was really incredible to know that you have helped look after them.

What did you do for fun?
We sat together in the evenings in the kitchen and shared stories and cooked together.

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
Walking in the mangroves was my favourite experience, one day we hired canoes and the staff took us round the tiny rivers.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
I went with a friend but I made friends with the other volunteers and the staff. Everyone was really friendly.

What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise?
The kitchen!

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
Yes but possibly another project to experience different things.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
You need to be patient some times as things are a bit slower here.

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
Insect repellent, sun hat, suncream and lots of clothes for hot weather.

How much money would you suggest you take per week?
100 – 200 per week but it depends what you do in your free time, take more if you want to go diving.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
Find someone on the buddy list to travel with, that might make things easier when you get to San Pedro as you have someone to watch your bags when you’re sorting things out. Or take less luggage than I did!

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Brooke Simmons – Review

What members of staff do you remember the most and why?
I remember Maria she took us on lots of walks around the island and introduced us to local people we met.

Why did you want to volunteer?
Because I did not want to travel around on my own and I read reviews of other single people making lots of friends on their volunteer projects.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Yes I think so.

What did you do for fun?
I enjoyed the fundraiser we organised.

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
We organised a swimming aerobics session with the local children in the sea which was a lot of fun.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
I made friends with a couple of volunteers and we travelled afterwards for a couple of weeks. That was unexpected and added to my trip.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
Yes because volunteering is not like a normal holiday or travelling around. I definitely enjoyed my volunteering more than my travelling around even though both were fun!

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
Take good shoes for the swamps, I only had sandals and they got ruined so I had to buy another pair.

How much money would you suggest you take per week?
£100 – £150 as the island can be quite pricey because of the tourists and there are a lot of good bars to east at.

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Michael Harris – Review

I had the most amazing time on Utila and got my diving certificate whilst I was there.

Everyone was friendly and you make friends really easily. The accommodation was basic but generally what you would expect at an animal sanctuary. I loved the iguanas and I do think some had a little personality of their own.

I went snorkelling a few times and back to the mainland to La Ceiba a couple of times to see more there.

Overall I has the best experience and would recommend it to anyone, it’s a great project in a great location and it’s not expensive either.

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