Volunteer Ecuador: A Broader View gave me the opportunity to be able to volunteer in a daycare based in Ecuador where the climate is great and the overall area is beautiful. I was able to help out around the daycare and play with the kids.
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Volunteer Ecuador: The local ABV coordinator was very good and very helpful whenever I needed help. The house was very nice and everyone was very friendly. She would help whenever I had any problems.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
I didn’t think that I was going to make as much friends as I made. Everyone I met was extremely friendly and polite and it made my time in Ecuador a whole lot easier.
3- What was most difficult to experience?
it was hard to get used to the much higher altitude because my lips and skin would get very dry and I had to find ways to adjust. The air was also much drier compared to where I am from so it took a little to getting used to.
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Bring casual attire as well as dress attire. Anything that makes you look better than you normally do, like khakis or Jeans and polo’s and button ups if you plan on going out.
Also bring chapstick, sunscreen and lotion for your skin because you might experience dryness.
5.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a. Be prepared to meet and make friends with new people
b. Be prepared to learn your way around a brand new city if you plan to visit tourist areas.
c. You will enjoy your time.
6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
A Broader View gave me the opportunity to be able to volunteer in a daycare based in Ecuador where the climate is great and the overall area is beautiful. I was able to help out around the daycare and play with the kids. They were super funny and the time passed by very quickly on some days. It was a very special opportunity and I thank A Broader View for the chance to visit and help during this 2 week period.
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security
The accommodation was very good. I enjoyed my stay very much. It was clean and everyone was very friendly. The 3 meals served every day were very good and filling.
8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
My favorite memory on the trip was making friends and visiting all the places together. It made my time very enjoyble. All the tourist areas were also very cool and memorable.
9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
It was very good and they helped me with any question that I had even though they made everything very clear and did not have much questions.
10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?