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Video review Volunteer Traci Donnelly Nepal Kathmandu Orphanage Disable Programs Abroaderview.org

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Volunteer Name: Matthew Loomis
Project Location:  Cusco, Peru
Program Dates: July 6-17, 2015
Volunteered at:  Kindergarten
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Volunteer Name: Barbara Uboe    
Project Location: Quito, Ecuador
Program Dates: 16 Feb - 7 May, 2015
Volunteered at: Day Care Center
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Volunteer Name: Lauren Fisher
Project Location: Quito, Ecuador
Program Date: 22 Feb – 27 Feb, 2015
Volunteered at: Kindergarten
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Feedback Guatemala Xela Andrew Schmitt Children Center Program March 2014 What was most difficult to experience? Leaving, for sure. I was only with the daycare for two weeks, but it was still hard ...

 

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Samantha Volunteer Philippines

Volunteer: Samantha Pietarinen
Project Location: Philippines
Program Dates: April 4 to May 5
Volunteered at: Children Center

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Samantha Volunteer Abroad Philippines

Volunteer Name: Samantha Pietarinen
Project Location: Philippines, Ormoc
Program Dates: April 4 to May 5, 2013
Volunteered at: Children Center

 

How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA?

I found that the stuff in the USA was very patient and understanding. I often had many questions about what to expect, what to bring, and many miscellaneous questions that sometimes were due to the lack of thoroughly reading the materials provided and the staff was always patient and prompt in answering my questions in due time.

How was the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country?

Marlene – the ABV contact person in my region (Philippines) was so kind and helpful throughout the duration of my trip.  She was very easy to get along with and outgoing. Marlene was always available for support on a daily basis. She was kind to bring me to understand the transportation services and guide me through the city and tell me how much transportation costs were from each location.  Ate Marlene was also available and took time to have lunch with me and bring me through the city to find souvenirs to bring home to my family.

Ester – the contact person in the main office in Tacloban was helpful and friendly when I needed her, though I was not stationed in Tacloban so the majority of my contact was with the ABV contact person in Ormoc.

What was your favorite memory of this trip?

My favorite memory from this trip would be during my lunch I would go to the river across from the fishing dock and sit.  The scenery was quite beautiful, though it was the attention I got as a foreigner from the children in the area that was the fond memory. On two separate occasions I was looking for sea shells and the first time three boys walked beside me and picked up tons of sea shells and said “heposa” which means “keep”. Though often they were looking for money I would smile and offer them something to eat.  On the other occasion I was sitting by the river and about 7-10 children came up and sat beside me, I tried to explain to the oldest child in Cebuano that I found “otso seashells while I was down here, the big ones” and so he went out searching in the waters and found a big seashell for me, though he handed it to a younger child who had presented it to me to keep. It is hard to say what my favorite memory on this trip because all of it has made a major impact on my life and will stay with me forever.

What was the most difficult thing you experienced? 

The most difficult thing I experienced was seeing the poverty and how the children lived in the centre. I was introduced to the children in padlock (holding/detainment) on my first day and was taken back, I was unsure of what the Boys Holding Centre was because it seemed that it was a variety of institutions in one. My first reaction was that the children were not taken care of in this facility and needed more than what was being provided, because in a centre of 24 children (at the time) but can hold up to 30-40 of course not all of the needs of the children can be met.  As time progressed on my stay there I came to realize that in their own way and in their own culture they were provided for and had much to be thankful for in this centre.  It was a matter for me of understanding the cultural differences that make my home and their home different, yet the same in so many ways. It was however emotional in my first week of work because I have a big heart, but soon came to understand that it may be a different setup but it is the same Canada for many children as well, but still very unfortunate.

Another situation I encountered was the expectation that I would pay for outings for the children at the centre with the assumption that because I was there from a western community I had money.  I addressed this matter but was taken aback by both the assumption and expectation.

What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for?

 I don’t think it matters how much you prepare for something like this.  There is always going to be a curve ball, something unexpected that will happen. I prepared for this trip as best I could with the support I had. Each volunteer is different and unique in their own way and needs to prepare for their individual selves. I do not believe there was anything more I could had done to prepare for this trip that would had made any surprise easier nor any positive reward more beneficial. I believe that in any other light I would had gone in with expectations and it is extremely important to walk into these experiences with no expectations.  Though I suppose if there was one thing I could had been better prepared for it would had been the language.  Originally I thought I was speaking Tagalog, which I was later informed no it was waray-waray.  When I reached my destination in Ormoc I was informed that the language in that region was Cebuano or Bisyan, which was not explained in any of the information provided prior to the trip. 

Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)

Bug spray with 30% DEET (Repel is the brand) I have found this to be the best type of bug spray to purchase for such adventures.Umbrella not just for the rain but for the hot days of walking in the sun.A mini first aid kid, or at least some rubbing alcohol, band-aids, and polysporn.Gel aloe vera for sun burn, as you will not find this in the Philippines.

Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):

I thoroughly enjoyed my involvement in ABV programs in Ormoc City, Philippines. I often heard from those who are actively involved in the management of the program in Ormoc that most volunteers change their mind about their placement at Boys Centre in Ormoc when they find that 95% of volunteers choose to volunteer in Tacloban. It did not bother me that I was the only volunteer in my region as the kids touched my heart deeply, loved deeply, laughed deeply, learned deeply and also taught me.  I found that being submersed in the culture was one of the most life changing experiences that has helped me learn so much about myself.  To me it was about the kids not about me, so it not matter where I was, as long as I was accomplishing something outside of myself. I met so many people, more so than if I was not the only volunteer in my region. At no time did I ever feel threatened or unsafe. For anyone considering Ormoc city for their placement I would say “Yes, most definitely. You will experience the culture and lifestyle full force and it is something to be enjoyed and experienced in such a safe environment”. Thank you ABV for the powerful and life changing experience!

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?

Yes I am willing to talk to potential volunteers.  

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Jess Volunteer Abroad in Ho Chi Minh City | Volunteers Abroad Reviews and Feedbacks

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What was your favorite memory of this trip? I loved meeting all the kids and really being immersed in another culture. It was amazing to see the
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Jesse Volunteer Abroad in Belize | Volunteers Abroad Reviews and Feedbacks

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My Favorite Memory: stepping through the front gates and immediately feeling like I'd just stepped into a place that felt like home. I was surprised...
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Social Welfare in Chile | Volunteer Abroad News

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The non-profit voluntary program, A Broader View is highly recommended to join and volunteer. The organization is solely focused on charity and enables their volunteers to partake at any time of the year. Furthermore, A Broader View provides voluntary services to 19 other countries and hopes to expand their service to several more regions.

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ABV Volunteers: Guatemala | Volunteer Abroad News

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Each day volunteering in the Centro de Salud (Health Center) was unique. Because I speak Spanish and spent the whole day volunteering, the Guatemalan staff at the Centro took a liking to me, and of course me to them, and wanted to make sure I got a variety of new experiences as they knew that I still had one more year of nursing school left and wanted to learn and do as much as I could. Whenever I arrived, I looked forward to seeing the healthcare staff already beginning the day with the Centro filled with patients waiting to be seen. I love the staff because they are all so caring for their people.

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Review Shannon Volunteer in Quito, Ecuador Children Rehabilitation Center

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Volunteer Name: Shannon Hegemann
Project Location: Quito, Ecuador
Program Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2015
Volunteered at:  Children Center
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Volunteer Name: Ashira Klein
Project Location: San Jose Costa Rica
Program Dates: 2/22- 3/28
Volunteered at: Hospital de Niños
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Review Fleur Nouvelot Volunteer in Ecuador, Quito

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Volunteer Name: Fleur Nouvelot
Project Location: Ecuador, Quito
Program Dates: 16/02/2015 to 06/04/2015
Volunteered at: Child Care Center
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Feedback Frankie Lewis Volunteer in Bulenga, Uganda Orphanage program

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Volunteer Name: Frankie Lewis
Project Location: Bulenga, Uganda
Program Dates:   July 9 - August 6, 2014
Volunteered at:   Orphanage
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Laura Volunteer in Xela, Guatemala

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Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):

When I was in Guatemala, the ABV staff treated me with kindness, compassion and love. I will always be grateful that they were in my life while I was here.

How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)

They were great! I had a room to myself and the host mom treated me like one of her own. I always felt safe and secure, and was overly fed, which was awesome!

 

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Deisy Volunteer Abroad in Arusha, Tanzania | Volunteers Abroad Reviews and Feedbacks

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1 How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA? I would said it was easy, great communication, always answered emails
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Deisy Suarez: "Everyone want to know about my time in Africa. But no words can’t describe what l experience and felt; It was more than l dreamed of, more of an education for my mind & soul, relaxing and yet heartbreaking. It was Humble, Enlightening, Enriching and up lifting. It further my inner self, I was never so happy. I Can’t wait to be back, working with those children was a joy for me and a real privilege, Overall a blessing ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥" Tanzania, Arusha.

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My Favorite Memory: Seeing beyond the visibly obvious to see the spirit, smiles, energy, beauty and love of the people. I was surprised that….
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Martin and Emma Volunteer Abroad in La Serena, Chile | Volunteers Abroad Reviews and Feedbacks

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My favourite memory: On our first day at the orphanage, as we walked into one of the classes to be introduced to the other teachers, one of the children...
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HIV/AIDS Awareness in Honduras | Volunteer Abroad News

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Honduras in Latin America is a naturally beautiful country. Bordered on the North by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific on the south, it is home to an energetic and vibrant people who love their culture and mixed identity. This is mostly a blend of Latin America, Amerindian, black, Mestizo and Caucasian identities.

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ABV Holiday Donation 2011 – Village School Donation in, Kenya | Volunteer Abroad News

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Thanks to the donation of A Broader View Volunteers (ABV) a holiday and graduation party was sponsored for the DGS school in Mombasa Kenya. The event took place on Friday December 09th, 2011 and was attended by almost 200 children and their care providers and teachers. A grant provide by A Broader View Volunteers was used to buy Christmas food supplies for the children and for the faculty staff at the orphan village school in Mombasa.

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