Volunteer Chile: Then coming to Vilma’s home I was very happy to be greeted with amazing food. And along came the first day of volunteering where I was very nervous but settled in after a couple of days, teachers started to talk to me more and the kids would greet me when the would see me come in Continue reading Volunteer Chile La Serena Review Danika Plouffe Orphanage teaching program
The Santos-Gibboney family of 5, from Apex North Carolina, volunteered in Quito Ecuador for one week.
The family was able to work in different projects including the day care center, the health care program, and the elderly care project.
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1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
The support was excellent. Picked up at airport, taken by host to her apartment and orientation and placement to project next day
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
Community living situation as there were several ABV volunteers doing different projects, we had common areas and our own rooms with minimal sharing of bathrooms
3- What was most difficult to experience?
There was no difficult experience
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
If you are going to travel during your time in host country I recommend research where you will go ahead of time as you are busy during volunteer work. However, the host family helped us with the organization of short trips.
5.- Other things volunteers should know:
- Respect your host family and local culture
- Bring layered clothing although laundry was easily accessible
- Respect the rules of ABV
6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
I was pleased with ABV. We applied as a family of five and were fortunate to all be placed in a project individualized to our own interests
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
All were met without issue. Ate meals together and we could discuss our project while practicing Spanish with the group and with the family.
8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Being with my family and meeting new people and being introduced to a new culture while serving to the community.
9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Excellent. Easily accessible by email with responses usually within one day.
10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Volunteer Peru: I did not expect to form part of the family. We had a great time altogether. I came to know their good friends and close relatives. We had a lot of fun listening to music. They made me discovered Peruvian culture, dance, gastronomy and ritual.
Volunteer Ecuador: I stayed with a host family and the extended family visited often. I felt like I had plenty of space. The meals were very delicious. However, I eat plenty of meat and vegetables. I left my computer and phone out plenty of times so I feel safe. People are friendly when you ask them for directions.
Volunteer Ecuador: I would recommend volunteering with A Broader View because they offer a broad range of volunteering opportunities not just all over Ecuador but all over the world.
1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country, give details?
Always available! Great!
2- What was the most positive surprise you experienced?
Overall I was surprised by the friendliness of everyone. The program, the kids and the locals are so friendly and made me feel incredibly welcome!
3- What was most difficult/cultural shock to experience?
- At the program: Food – different than my everyday eating.
- The country: How slow and laid back things are everywhere.
4- Any tips for future volunteers, give as many details as possible…
- Clothing: Whatever you are most comfortable in, will be very hot, pants for night time because of bugs.
- Donations: Girly things – nail polish, bracelets, necklaces. Cards, new balls like basketballs, baseball, soccer, etc.
- Weather: Lots of bugs spray and sunscreen.
4.1- Other things volunteers should know, about what to bring, what to do in country, what to eat, transportation, other:
- Use your weekends! The bus is inexpensive and takes you everywhere you need to go.
- Bring extra spending money to be safe my card didn’t work in the ATM’s
- Come with an open mind.
- RELAX! Take it slow
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
I am incredibly happy with my experience at the orphanage and hope to return soon.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security in detail:
Felt incredible safe and accounted for! Rooming was great as well as meals.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: Making new friends! Kids and ABV volunteers
Country: Caye Caulker.
Tours: I was able to visit a northern village which exposed me greatly to the culture.
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat): Incredible!
Website Information: Incredible!
9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
10 – Can you be specific how did you find or know about A Broader View?
International Volunteer Program
Volunteer Peru: Very quick to respond to all of my emails. I had many questions, trip modifications, insurance changes, etc, and they handled it all very quickly and professionally.
Volunteer Honduras: I really really enjoyed my ABV experience in La Ceiba. The clinics were well run and busy, the people were beyond helpful and friendly and the host family was perfect. We were always made to feel very welcome and safe and always made to feel as if we were helping while learning. I would recommend La Ceiba to everyone.
Volunteer Chile: This was always an amazing time. I’ve made some great friendships in getting to know the other volunteers. Overall the trip was amazing and it gave me a great chance to volunteer, practice Spanish, and get to know Chile.
Volunteer Nepal: Overall I loved my experience here and time spent at the hospital. It was different than what I was expecting but it definitely expected my expectations. I did language immersion classes which were very helpful.
Volunteer Honduras: The program was truly amazing and much better than I expected. Every aspect of it from the accommodation, food, country, and the project itself were excellent. I leaned a lot about dentistry especially tooth extractions during the project. I even got to have first person experiences assisting the doctors.
Volunteer Chile: J’ai aimé mon expérience de bénévolat au Colegio et à Hogar. Les élèves et les enseignants étaient tous extrêmement gentils. Les journées ont passé tellement vite quand j’étais au Collegio. Chaques soirs, j’avais hâte au lendemain matin pour aller retrouver les élèves et la Profesora Fabiola. Continue reading Volunteer Chile La Serena Review Valerie Beland Orphanage/teaching program