Volunteer Belize: The support was fantastic! There was never a time that I wasn’t taken care of or given the information I needed. All of the staff is very friendly! Accommodating.
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 Belize: This trip seemed too long when I arrived at first, but after socializing with kids and taking occasional breaks, the three weeks I spent here in Belize went by quite fast. The staff is great and the people in general are extremely open and welcoming.
Volunteer Belize. I loved making a connection with these kids. It is going to be hard to leave them, and a piece of my heart will always be here. I have enjoyed being able to take weekend trips to explore more of the country.
My life has forever changed because of the children of the orphanage and my experiences in Belize. I have not loved every second of it if I am being honest. The heat and the bugs are difficult to accommodate. I really love the friends I have made in Belize. I plan on returning someday.