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 was so nice.
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Everyone was so nice! They made us feel at home.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
How good it felt to help kids learn and experience new things. It made me think outside the box because things were so difference. We played the ukele for them and they loved it. It was so appreciated by them and it felt good.
3- What was most difficult to experience?
Saying goodbye everyone. We got close to the kids so it was hard to leave them. It was hard leaving at the end of the day because they wanted us to stay longer.
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Bring your favorite stuff, candies etc to share with the children. Also ask what you can bring in advance. Be open to experiencing a new culture while you are there. It makes it more fun.
5- Other things volunteers should know:
Stay flexible because things are very different in Ecuador. Make sure to read the information given by A Broader View which helps understand what to expect. Ask lots of questions to get more comfortable with the project.
Volunteering in Ecuador
6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
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 was so nice. Laura and Gianni were great. Also getting to know their families was great, especially Gianni who’s son attends the school where we worked. This gave us some insight into working with the kids. It was nice being at someones home especially in such a different environment.
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
The accommodations were comfortable and the meals were very tasty.
8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
The kids! They were energetic fun and very smart. It made me miss being that age. I will always remember them.
9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Very good. We would have liked to have had more details about what we were doing beforehand but in the end it worked out.