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.
1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country, give details?
Communication was well appreciated before the trip. When I got here the person that pick me up was very helpful and provided us with a wealth of information
2- What was the most positive surprise you experienced?
At the volunteer program: The work ethic of the handyman/yard keeper. He help us acclimate to the orphanage and the culture.
At the accommodation: A kitchen/working fridge
About the country: The kindness and welcoming atmosphere the people provided.
3- What was most difficult/cultural-shock to experience?
At the volunteer program: Having the choice to do what we wanted every day. I am used to more structure.
At the accommodation: no T.V and Wifi , there is a computer with internet in the directors office.
The country: The rules of different people in the society
4- Any tips for future volunteers, give as many details as possible…
Clothing: Multiple pairs of shoes, tank tops, clothes you do not need to bring home.
Donations: school supplies, balls, nets for basketball soccer nets.
Weather: bring light clothes, extra sunscreen and bug spray
4.1-Other things volunteers should know, about what to bring, what to do in country, what to eat, transportation, other:
a.- Transportation system, busses and boats
b.- Caye Caulker is one of the bes places to go.
c.- Explore! You don’t need a guide for everything.
d.- Go to the Mayan Ruins!
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
It did not take long to get used to the culture being here. The heat is the biggest thing that kicked my butt. Week five and I’m not used to it. 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.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security.. in detail:
Meals are very similar day to day. Accommodation includes a bathroom and a refrigerator.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: Building relationship with the children!
Country: Being immersed into the culture.
Tours: Caye Caulker! The people were wonderful there.
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Emails prior/during the trip were frequent and appreciated