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.
Volunteer in Belize
1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided while you Volunteer Belize ?
Everyone was very kind and welcoming, especially the person who picked us up from the airport. He helped us since we reach Belize and made the country feel like home.
2- What was the most positive surprise you experienced?
At the program: The work ethic of the handyman on the site was positive and encouraging. He helped us acclimate to the culture and working mode.
At the accommodation: A working fridge
About the country: The kindness of the people
3- What was most difficult/cultural shock to experience?
At the program: The lack of structure every day, but it worked to our advantage. We were able to create our own experiences.
At the accommodation: The lack of Wifi, only internet at the main office
The country: The environment condition.
4- Any tips for future volunteers, give as many details as possible…
Clothing: Tank tops and shorts, handkerchief (for sweat), breathable clothing, sturdy shoes.
Donations: Summer clothes for the kids, toys, school supplies.
Weather: It is very hot. Pack for summer, pack extra water bottles, pack cooling things (small fan, cool towels) if you have them, bring bugs spray.
4.1-Other things volunteers should know, about what to bring, what to do in country, what to eat, transportation, other:
a.- Try tamales!
b.- Bring super sunscreen.
c.- Buses cost $1 U.S per trip into to city. Ask the staff to show you the ropes.
d.- Go to Caye Caulker
Volunteer Belize Reviews
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
My life has forever changed because of the children of the orphanage and my experiences volunteer 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.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security in detail:
It was hard to get used to the culture for the first couple days, the laid back Caribbean attitude is much different than mid-west America. Once I acclimated to that it was simple and safe in the orphanage. We also ate the same type of food often, but going out and switching is an option.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: The kids, most of whom I made strong relationship with.
Country: The beautiful hills of the Cayo district and Caye Caulker.
Tours: Unbelievable Adventures with Daton Ramos, ask Ms. Louise at the orphanage.
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat):
Helpful, they responded to all of my emails in a very timely Matter.
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?
“belize volunteer” in Google. ABV was the first to come up.