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Video Review Volunteer Nicholas Krejchi Guatemala Xela Medical program

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Review Catie O'Dwyer Volunteer in Kathmandu Nepal

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Review Volunteer Catie O'Dwyer in Kathmandu Nepal at the PreMed program


How was the local Coordinator and the staff and the support provided in-country?
The support provided in country was helpful when needed. I could always ask the local coordinator with any questions or concerns and help was always given. During my stay I became sick and everyone was very willing to help with that. I always felt as though help was there when I needed it but I was still given plenty of freedom

2. What was the most surprising thing you experienced while in the program?
The most surprising thing I experienced was the difference in weather. Nepal is very different than anywhere else I have been. It is fast passed at times but everyone is incredibly helpful and kind. I really loved the attitude of everyone I met in country.

3. What was most difficult thing you experienced while in the program?
The most difficult thing I experienced where in the program was probably the language barrier. It never impacted my experience very much but at sometimes it make communicating a little harder. It was also difficult in the hospital because it was often hard to understand what was happening until it was explained. Take the Nepalese lessons or have a cheat sheet with phrases.

4. Any tips for future volunteers….(clothing, travel information, packing, sightseeing, donations)
I packed pretty light and I think this is a good decision. You can buy anything you have forgotten nearby your work site. It’s usually warm so light but conservative clothes are best. As for sightseeing, your local coordinator can be very helpful in giving you places to go asking for a guide can be helpful as well.

4.1 Other things volunteers should know:
Kathmandu can be very dirty and polluted, depends of the neighborhood. If you are not used to the smell or smog it can be kind of hard on you. Having a scarf or something to cover your face is great, many of the locals do this as well.

5. Personal paragraph (volunteer program testimonial):
I m a college student from the USA studying business with thought of going into public health. My time at the hospital in Kathmandu was very informative and I learned a lot. The experiences I received in Nepal were great and they were incredibly valuable.

6. How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security?
Very satisfactory accommodations , were very westernized the meals were always good and security never seemed to be an issue. The room doors lock so possessions were always safe. Also the home stay does everything it can to be accommodating. The facilities come with everything you would need, including a generator for power outages.

7. What was your memory of this trip?
Overall I had a great time on this trip. I loved the country and I think I gained a lot from the hospital. What I will really remember though is the culture of Nepal and how friendly its people were my favorite memoirs is probably of holi becomes it was incredibly fun day and really showcased Nepali culture.

8. How was the information you received from ABV prior to traveling? (Emails, website, support) was there anything missing or should be included to prepare other volunteers?
I thought the information given by ABV was sufficient. I felt more than prepared for my trip and was taken by surprise by anything in country.

9. Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers about your volunteer experience?
Yes, I would be willing to speak to other ABV volunteers about my experience.
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Review Volunteer Abroad Caitlyn Ahlberg Honduras La Ceiba PreMed Program - YouTube

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HD Feedback Sophia Collins Volunteer Abroad Honduras La Ceiba Health Care Program - YouTube

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Review Feedback James Volunteer in Xela, Guatemala with Abroaderview.org

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Volunteer Name: James O´Loughlin Project Location: Xela, Guatemala Program Dates: From Jan. 6th 2014 to Jan. 31st 2014 Volunteered at: Health Clinic

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

Deisy Volunteer Abroad in Arusha, Tanzania | Volunteers Abroad Reviews and Feedbacks | "#Volunteer Abroad Information: Volunteering, Airlines, Countries, Pictures, Cultures" | Scoop.it
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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Review Alexis Bailey Volunteer in Nepal Kathmandu PreMed Program

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Review Volunteer Alexis Bailey in Nepal Kathmandu PreMed Program.


How was the local Coordinator and the staff and the support provided in-country?
My experience in country was a comfortable balance between helpful support and independence to explore and experience our stay while we were frequently given instruction and led through our stay while also asked to go out, all of our experiences were positive and I feel I am leaving with a new ability to function and interact in both a foreign country and new situation and that is the greatest help support I could have asked for.

2. What was the most surprising thing you experienced while in the program?
I was genuinely surprised at how helpful the local people were. They offered advice, gave directions, and always seemed to have our best interest in mind. At the hospital the staff would take note of my interest and seek to explain things. During the weekend, we experienced a hospital visit in Chitwan (out of Kathmandu), as my fellow volunteer were sick, and I was struck by how helpful our guide, driver, and hotel staff were in navigating the entire experience and ensuring the health of Catie. I am not sure I would have experienced the same at home.

3. What was most difficult thing you experienced while in the program?
Sometimes days at the hospital were slow and I didn’t understand much due to the language differences. I expected this to be the case, but at times I wished I understood more of the interaction between the staff and patients. Still, I learned a lot through my observation.

4. Any tips for future volunteers….(clothing, travel information, packing, sightseeing, donations)
I would budget for weekend trips/activities if desired (US$400-$500 for a weekend in Pokhara & Chitwan). Therefore, the trip can be as cheap or expensive as you desire.

4.1 Other things volunteers should know:
Don’t worry much about what you forget because it’s easy to buy things in country. Perhaps bring extra passport photos with you and prepare to present your passport often (so probably carry it on you). If you are flexible and go with flow, you will be fine

5. Personal paragraph (volunteer program testimonial):
I am a pre- medical student from Mesa, AZ attending school in Missouri, I greatly enjoyed my time observing in the hospital, and it has spurred my interest in working internationally when I am a doctor. I graduate in one year and then hope to get my Master’s the doctorate in Medicine. This trip has taught me so much and definitely expanded my perspective.

6. How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security?
All of this was fine and comfortable. There was nothing I ever felt I needed, and I always felt safe in the home stay. The coordinator and his wife were very helpful and showed us to successfully navigate Nepal.

7. What was your memory of this trip?
From this trip I will take away a new awareness of medicine in a country much different than my own. But perhaps my greatest memory will be of interacting with the local people, celebrating their holiday and learning about them. This was very special to me, and it will make my trip very memorable.

8. How was the information you received from ABV prior to traveling? (Emails, website, support) was there anything missing or should be included to prepare other volunteers?
The US coordinator was able to answer all my questions and also gave me a more accurate representation of the pre-med trip- it is definitely more of an observation /shadowing experience than actual hands on. This was beneficial for me.

9. Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers about your volunteer experience?
Yes.
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Review Cristen Norman Volunteer in Cusco, Peru Medical Mission

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Volunteer Name: Cristen Norman
Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates: 12/29 to 1/4/2015
Volunteered at: Local Hospital
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Review Emma Cunningham Volunteer in Kathmandu, Nepal PreMed Program

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Volunteer Name: Emma Cunningham
Project Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Program Dates: From 12/15/2014 to 12/28/2014
Volunteered at: Pre-medical project and woman's support
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Feedback review Jackie Volunteer in Costa Rica Sea turtle program with Abroaderview.org

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How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Nicki was great. She was helpful in giving us information about the project, and Costa Rica in general.
It was great to have an English speaker coordinator to help us transition our time at the sea turtle camp.

What was the most surprising thing you experience?
The type of work we did sometimes surprised me.  At first I was surprised that clearing paths would help the sea turtles/conservation project, but then learning more I understood how all the parts we did helped to sustain or expand the program.

What was the most difficult to experience?
Since two of the nests were overdue but had not hatched we had to dig them up (to see what was wrong) unfortunately the turtles were all dead.  We had to remove the eggs and dead babies.

 

Any tips for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Bring practical clothing that you do not mind getting dirty or leaving them behind.

Other things volunteers should know
A)  You do not need much at the camp
b)  Bring lots of sunscreen and bugspray, flip flops
c)  Try to leave all expectations behind & adapt to life at the camp. It will be a rewarding experience if you do.
You will get very dirty. Expect night shifts and physical labor.  Try to make the best of the situation and you will have the most fun and interesting experience at the camp.

Personal Paragraph (ABV Testimonial)
For me this was a completely new experience because I have never even been camping!  It was not always easy to adapt to the very simple conditions but once I did it, it was one of the best experiences
Of my college time to live so close to nature without technology for 10 days.

 

How would you describe your accommodations, meals, security?
We had a share on-site accommodation that was not fully closed from outdoors. It was very basic but still felt safe. The meals were almost always a combination of rice, beans and something else.  But very good.

What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Watching the sun set and the stars on the beach without light pollution and other noises/distractions.
The experience of nature is very different here.  We had the whole beach to ourselves most of the time, That was a very rare and great experience.

How as the ABV support prior to traveling?
It was good.  We received the itinerary and information by pdf and felt prepared.

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes.

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Michelle Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru | Volunteers Abroad Reviews and Feedbacks

Michelle Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru | Volunteers Abroad Reviews and Feedbacks | "#Volunteer Abroad Information: Volunteering, Airlines, Countries, Pictures, Cultures" | Scoop.it
How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA? I dealt with Sarah for organizing the work. Sarah was very professional
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Michelle: "From the minute I began to plan this work with my first emails to ABV to my time at the Reserve, I will say that the whole experience was very enjoyable and exciting. I have spoken to those at home about my experience at the Reserve and with ABV and I hope I have generated the interest of others here at home to do what I did. I would love to do this work again. Thanks".

 

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