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
Volunteer Costa Rica: I was lucky enough to volunteer at a hospital where I would help care for the babies or kids whose parents could not always be with them. There are not enough nurses to care for all of the kids and the parents need to eat or sleep at some point and that is where the rest of the volunteers and I come in. We would help take care of the children.
Volunteer Nepal: My favorite part of this trip was getting to know the workers in the hospital as well as others in the community. Every person we met added something more to our trip. For example we had a very helpful language immersion class and our teacher brought us to her aunt’s house who had three cows all of which they let us name which I thoughts was pretty cool
Volunteer Abroad Peru: I really really loved my time in Cusco. The people I met through traveling, and other volunteers were absolutely amazing. I always had something to do in town and the time flew by. Volunteering in Peru has taught me so much about different cultures, mentality, values, and way of life.
I had a great experience with ABV and I would love to come back and do it all over again. Working in the retirement home here opened my eyes and made me feel really grateful. I will never forget the other ABV volunteers that I have met here, and I will take the lessons I learned about other people and cultures to heart.