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Volunteer Name: Taylor Carpentier
Project Location: Belize
Program Dates: From 08/11/2014  to  08/25/2014
Volunteered at: Children’s Home
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Volunteer Name: Anshu  Jain
Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates:   July 28th to Aug 11th 2014
Volunteered at:  Orphanage in Cusco
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Volunteer Name: Julia Adams
Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates: July 15th to July 28th 2014.
Volunteered at: Orphanage
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Volunteer Name: Emma Hitchcock - Project Location: Belize

Program Dates: 19 June - 17 July , 2014  - Volunteered at: orphanage
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Jimmy Volunteer in Arusha, Tanzania

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I had a great experience with ABV- I have absolutely NO complaints.  From the moment I signed up with ABV until the day I completed my program the ABV staff was very quick and diligent to answer all my questions/concerns.  They were very honest as to what to expect and didn't sugar coat anything.  They set me up with amazing people in Arusha that made sure I was very well taken care of.  When I was in Arusha I heard the stories of other volunteers everything from how their host family treated them, what they ate, their living conditions, and the fees their programs charged them- by far what ABV set me up was the best out of all of them.


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Melanie Volunteer in La Serena, Chile

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My Favorite Memory:
It’s hard to choose one specific memory, as there have been lots of really great moments with the children. However, one of my favorite days was when we took the boys out for a trip. We went to a huge house on the mountainside, which had a playground, a trampoline and a swimming pool. We spent the whole day playing in the water and I helped to teach some of the older boys to swim. It was a really fun day and it was great to see how much they enjoyed themselves.

I was surprised that:
The project was so big. The actual orphanage was a lot bigger than I had imagined with lots of different rooms for the different age groups. I was also surprised that there were no other volunteers at the projects when I was there.  (ABV: you didn’t go in the busy season).

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Jen B Volunteer in Arusha,Tanzania January 2014 with Abroaderview.org

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This was an experience of a lifetime. It was eye opening, humbling and makes you so appreciative of the little things we take for granted. The greatest gift you can give is yourself, and there is no better feeling in the world. I decided to go on this journey by myself because I was personally going through changes in my life. I had only hoped that the feeling I would have coming home would be exactly what I imagined it to be and it is and so much more. My mind, body and soul is refreshed and renewed. I have become a better and stronger person because of this opportunity. I am so grateful and so thankful for everyone I met along the way during my time in Tanzania. They have forever changed me and made such a positive impact in my life. As much as I hope to have made a difference in all the lives I met, what they’ve done for me is priceless. The amount I have grown in 3 weeks is unbelievable, and I cannot wait to go back and experience more. Next time, I hope to stay longer. Lastly, don’t have any expectations; just go with an open mind. You will have the best time ever. It was the best risk and decision I have made in my life thus far.

 

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Volunteer Uganda 2014 Teaching and Orphanage program Abroaderview.org

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Volunteer in one of two local orphanages in the Wakiso district, located outside of the city of Kampala. The village orphanage and school not only provide a home and safe haven this is where the children have classes.

Most of these children have lost parents to HIV/Aids. Some have been abandoned, and they know abuse, hunger and fear. The orphanage strives to provide a better future for some of the most vulnerable children in Uganda. As a volunteer, you will primarily assist with the daily care of the kids; getting them ready for school, brushing teeth, reading to them. After-school activates you can play games, arrange activities, create arts & crafts projects and share your time and caring with these wonderful children.

Prior experience not necessary, volunteers should have a lot of patience, an open mind and a sense of compassion. The children range in age from 3yrs-13yrs old.

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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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Diane Volunteer Abroad in Kathmandu, Nepal | Volunteers Abroad Reviews and Feedbacks

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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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Volunteer Name:  Camil Benomar
Project Location:  Bulenga - Uganda
Program Dates:  July 7th  to  July 20th, 2014
Volunteered at:  Orphanage Program
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Feedback Emma Hitchcock Volunteer in Belize Orphanage Program Abroaderview

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Volunteer Name: Emma Hitchcock
Project Location: Belize
Program Dates: 19 June - 17 July , 2014       
Volunteered At: Children's Home
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Feedback Review Deissy Volunteer in Cusco, Peru Orphanage & School Program

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This program completely changes your life. It is incredible to be surrounded by children and adolescents- essentially allowing us to help them to learn new things to help them in the future. The school helps us to see how difficult it is to be a mother or father and the obligation to give a great education to these children so that they can work towards bettering the country as a whole. Also, to spend time with the girls at the orphanage helps us to really understand what it really means to value the great moments and experiences in life. Really it can be said that love, respect and sincerity are things that every person should have and experience; the least important things, on the contrary, are the physicalities of people as well as the items that they possess. At the entrance of the orphanage, the wall reads "una persona vale más que un mundo" and through this, it doesn't matter how many hardships life presents, what truly matters is how a person continues to remain strong and happy.


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The ABV staff is easily one of the best groups I have associated with over the years. Very professional: Responsive, timely and continuous with relevant information.

Agatha is a gem! Wufie is great…a true asset to the organization. Numerous others. Here is an example: The main cook, Ms. V, heard that our team was comprised of medical professionals/students. She came and talked with us regarding her concern about a newly arrived child with epilepsy. As a result of our discussion, Agatha asked if we would develop a presentation for the staff. Ultimately, we provided a 3-hour training session in Pediatric First Aid, CPR & Epilepsy. The staff was highly engaged during all facets of training and we were constantly answering questions throughout. Very dynamic, lots of laughter. Great experience for both teachers and students. One lady brought us homemade tamales later in the day as her way of saying thank you. We were very touched and accepted them most humbly.


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Volunteer in Chila La Serena Orphanage program: Melanie Rowe Abroaderview.org

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Name: Melanie Rowe, Project Location: La Serena, Chile, Program Dates: 17/01 to 28/02 2014, Volunteer at: Orphanage

My experience in La Serena has been really amazing and I am so glad that I did it. The work that is done at the children’s home is truly incredible and I am really happy to have been a part of this project. Getting to know the children and the workers was so great and I learnt a lot during the 6 weeks, whether it was about Chilean culture, the language or washing and changing babies. Also my host family (Wilma, Juan Carlos and Romina). Wilma did so much for me during the stay, she was always willing to help me with anything at all, and nothing was too much for her. The family really did make the experience for me, I felt completely comfortable and welcome in their home and learnt a lot about Chilean culture from them.

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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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April Volunteer in Cusco Peru, Children's Care Program with Abroaderview.org

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The accommodation was good.  Location was convenient as it was very close to the kindergarten and the Spanish teacher's house.  The meals were healthy and gave us a good representation of Peruvian food.  Host family were very very nice.  They were very accommodating and shared everything with us without any hesitation.  Also, we appreciate their patience with us especially when we are having a hard time understanding Spanish.  We're very thankful to Maria and her family for welcoming us in their home. https://www.abroaderview.org

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Ernest Volunteer Abroad in Quito, Ecuador | Volunteers Abroad Reviews and Feedbacks

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My Favorite Memory: Playing games with the kids at Hogar! I was surprised that…. So before I left, I did my own research on Ecuador and pretty much
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Jeff Martin & Chelsey Martin Volunteers in La Ceiba, Honduras | Volunteers Abroad Reviews and Feedbacks

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My Favorite Memory: working with the nurses at the wound clinic. Playing with the kids during their dance time. I was surprised that….
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