Volunteer Peru: This experience as a whole has surpassed my expectations as a volunteer. I am taking way more out of this program that I feel I even put in. The growth that you see yourself is something only time can prove. ABV was the more credible program I found online after many weeks of research, and they have not disappointed me one bit. Continue reading Peru Cusco Volunteer Testimonial Katerina Kokkoris Medical Program
Volunteer in Peru: One cannot always measure the impact that your service has had on those you have served. That is the unfortunate part. However, it is what you feel from giving of your time and energy to those of less fortune and health.
Volunteer Costa Rica: Our projects are open to individuals as well as groups. We know that volunteers play a vital role in the conservation efforts: without outside assistance, these projects would be lost. Join them and make a difference!
Volunteer Ecuador: This trip was incredible and I don’t regret coming for a second. Our trip was a month long and I think that is a perfect amount of time for first time travelers. Changing sheets, cleaning the bed frames, and washing patients will most likely take up all your time.
Volunteer Peru: I have really enjoyed my time in Peru. Cusco is a beautiful city with many activities. The girls and workers in the orphanage are quite self-sufficient here. The most important thing the orphanage needs from volunteers are donations.
Volunteering to provide medical and dental care here in La Ceiba Honduras was one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences of my life. The people here really need the care and the equipment that we donated. It was also rewarding being able to perform and teach some extremely useful Oral & Maxillofacial surgical procedures on the patients and doctors working here (respectively). Other than the initial snag upon our arrival here in La Ceiba everything else was fantastic. I would highly recommend doing this program here in La Ceiba Honduras to anyone.
1) How were the local ABV coordinator and the support provided in-county?
She was perfect, she was the epitome of calm and support. She completely stopped what she was doing to answer questions or give us direction. Irma and Alan of the after-school program were also especially accommodating. Everyone of them was also fun to be with.
2) What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
I was surprised by how much I wanted to completely uproot my life and move it to Xela. I loved the people, the food and the language.
3) What was the most difficult to experience?
Leaving the children was definitely the most difficult experience, especially at the shelter. The girls at the shelter had deep deep hurt. They wore so much of it on their faces, I wanted to take them all home with me.
4) Any tips for future volunteers (clothing/travel/personal items)
Bring a full size towel for the home stay or buy one locally and leave it for your host family. It is a nice gesture, but you will fall in love with your hosts and truly want to leave something. An umbrella, a sweater and short sleeved shirt everyday, because everyday has extremes. Oh, and wash the dishes for your hostess. It is the least one can do for the all that they do for you.
5) Other things volunteers should know?
Xelapan has tremendous pastries!
Did I mention a trip to Xelapan?
Xelapan cream filled anything?
6) ABV Testimonial
This week was an amazing experience. On my first day at the shelter, I saw two girls separate themselves and cry huge shoulder heaving tears without sound. One told me she had only been there two days. I sat with them, held their hands, kept their hair out of their eyes. Their hurt was so deep. I told them how important they were. They clung to me when I saw them two days later, they ran to me. On the last day she barely left my side and just kept hugging me. Before I left, she told me she would never forget me. I know I will never forget her.
7) How would you describe your accommodations meals/security
Jovita was more perfect than perfect. She was so sweet and helpful. She was also an excellent cook. I loved the stories we told around the table (sobre mesa). It drew us even closer together. I could have moved in forever!
8) What was your favorite memory of this trip?
There are too many to choose from. I loved all of the children’s arms around my waist, the warmth of the Xela people, the hot springs, the weaving opportunity, our hostess, our program heads, the food (Xelapan!) the fabrics, and how close we all became as a group.
9) How was the ABV USA support prior to traveling?
They were very helpful in answering questions and making certain we had all our paperwork in. They were quick to get back to us.
10) Are you willing to speak to potential ABV volunteers?
Absolutely! Any time.
Volunteer Chile Ce voyage était absolument incroyable. J’ai adoré visité le chili. Les gens sont extrêmements chaleureux. Ma famille d’accueil était super gentille et très accueillante et je me sentais très confortable en restant chez eux
Selon moi, la chose la plus surprenante de ma famille d’acceuil était qu’il y avait emplement de place pour mes amies et moi (nous étions 5 en tout). Nous pouvions dormir et se préparer confortablement sans être dans nos propres jambes.
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. The staff are all very knowledgeable and accommodating
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 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.