We were recently sent to Arusha by this so called charity based out of Texas. We paid over $1200 each for 2 weeks for in country support, airport pick up and our room and board at an orphanage in Arusha. This organization, which also goes by the names Rustic Volunteers, Global Volunteers, Global Crossroads and probably others I don't know of was a sorry disappointment. The local representative did nothing for us despite promises to the contrary and could rarely be reached by telephone. The orphanage was never paid for our accomodation and food, putting us in a very uncomfortable situation, taking charity from a charity. We were told that they rarely received any money for volunteers. We had to call the orphanage to pick us up from the airport also as the so called local support was not available. Think twice before you go through these organizations that call themselves charities but keep the money you paid for themselves. (we did receive a $50 travel insurance plan).
The orphanages apparently hope you will bring some supplies and/or become donors. But that was not our goal and we felt uncomfortable with the situation we had been placed in.
The legitimate charities that truly benefit the local orphanages and other organizations should address this issue so that they are not all lumped in the same category. I'm sure there are some good American, British or other developed country charities that do help developing countries and forward reasonable amounts for the volunteer's upkeep but IFRE is not one of them.