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Video Review Shirley Estupiñan Costa Rica San Jose Hospital Program with Abroaderview.org

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Video Review Volunteer Alisha Weinstein in Nepal Kathmandu at the PreMed program

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Review Elle Weberling Volunteer in PERU Cusco at the Orphanage program with Abroaderview.org

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Review Volunteer Elle Weberling in PERU Cusco at the Orphanage program
 
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?Everyone I worked with at the orphanage and at home were wonderful. They were all very concerned with how things were going and helped me with whatever I needed whenever I needed it. 


2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?Program: I was surprised by how large the complex was. I was able to help in all different kinds of places like a ceramics class and the kitchen.Host Family: Here in Peru, people eat a large lunch and very little for dinner. This threw me off the first few days but now I am used to it and prefer it.Another surprise was how similar the house was to one in the United States, I immediately felt at home and had no trouble settling in.Country: I am still shocked by how crazy people drive here. You have to be careful in the streets because drivers have little regard for traffic signs and signals.


3- What was the most challenging thing you experienced? Program: The language barrier was most noticeable at the orphanage. It took me a week to feel comfortable enough to try out my Spanish but once I did I definitely learned a lot.Host Family: I did not really have any challenges with my host family. Maria Elena was such a nice host mother and helped me all along the way.Country: Again I would have to say the language barrier was the most difficult part of adjusting but now I feel pretty confident in my abilities after hearing Spanish almost exclusively for the past month.

4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)

1. Bring things you wish to donate to your project with you on the plane. It. is much easier for everyone this way

2. Expect a relaxed pace

3. Bring lots of layers because the weather changes throughout the day.

4. Expect to spend more money than you think because there are so many wonderful things to do in Cuzco and Peru


5.1-Other things volunteers should know before coming here: (thats not in the orientation guide)a. Everyone will help you just have to ask.b. You can't be afraid to try out your language skills, practicing is how you learn the bestc. Be ready to hit the ground running.d. Expect flight delays and have the emergency ABV number handy in the airports.


6- Personal Paragraph about the experience (ABV Program Testimonial):Overall I could not be more happy with my time here in Peru. I have met so many wonderful people and seen so many amazing places in the past month it is hard to wrap my head around. Seeing how happy and cheerful the girls in the orphanage were, some even my exact age, amazed me. The girls at the orphanage are truly inspiring and the reason I traveled all this way. I can't begin to express how much they impacted me.


7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security, friendliness, quality others: I was worried that I wouldn’t eat very well because I don’t eat beef or pork but Maria Elena was more than accommodating and the food was amazing. I also never felt unsafe or nervous walking around the city because everyone is so friendly and helpful.


8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?:

Program: One day there were ABV volunteers from another program visiting the home and the girls had the opportunity to ask them questions about their life or interests and one girl I knew really wanted to ask one in English but she didn’t know how. We worked for a few minutes on how to ask what their favorite sport was and she practiced until she felt comfortable enough to ask. She was so happy that she was able to do it and it was adorable. 

Host Family: Maria Elena taught me how to make baked chicken with Coca Cola and it was so good. I was so excited that she taught me how to make something so that I can cook it for my family back at home to give them a taste of what my time here was like.

Country: Going to Lake Titicaca was absolutely beautiful and it was so interesting to see how the indigenous people live and work. It is different than anything I saw in Cuzco or Macchu Pichu, I was glad I got to see how different all the regions are. 


9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling? Everything I got was very helpful and I felt prepared for the trip. I did send one email about bringing hand me down clothes to the girls but I never got a response. I don’t know if it never went through or what happened but that was the only problem I had with support.ABV: we answer all the email 100% in less than 24 hours, it may have gone to spam perhaps?, If you don't get an answer for any reason, call our office or the chat online in our website.


9.1- What do you think about the reservation system online?The system was easy to understand and set up. I had no problems with the process.


9.2- Who did you find Abroaderview website I found abroaderview through a website that recommended a broad programs. I can't remember the name of the website now.


10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?

Of course. I would be happy to talk to anyone about the experience and I would highly encourage people to ask questions and do research before.


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Video Review Volunteer Chelsey Bailey in Guatemala Xela at the Medical program with Abroaderview.org

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Video Review Volunteer Valene Toppings in Nepal Kathmandu at the PreMed program Abroaderview.org

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Scholarship for Nurses Volunteering Abroad | Volunteer Abroad News

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One Nurse At A Time (ONAAT) is committed to lowering entry barriers for nurses interested in volunteer and humanitarian nursing. Whenever possible, ONAAT makes scholarship funds available to nurses to offset some trip costs. Scholarships of up to $1000.00 US Dollars per person per mission/trip may be awarded and are limited to one per nurse […]
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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 Sarah Yeazel Volunteer in Arusha Tanzania HIV awareness Program ABV

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Volunteer: Sarah Yeazel - Location: Arusha, Tanzania
Dates:  Jun 21 to Aug 16 2015 - Volunteered: HIV / Aids Awareness 

1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Stellar! my ABV Coordinator in Arusha did a wonderful job getting me settled in, telling me more about the area and the program, and staying in contact throughout my time there. She was always reachable if I needed anything but was never smothering. She made sure to schedule a halfway mark meeting to check in and see how everything was going, and it was all great. - See more at: https://www.abroaderview.org/feedbacks/tanzania/914-review-sarah-yeazel-volunteer-arusha-tanzania#sthash.zfIwUEsk.dpuf

 

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Review Spencer T. Volunteer in Ecuador, Quito

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Volunteer Name: Spencer Tasso    
Project Location: Ecuador, Quito
Program Dates: 8/2 -  8/8/15
Volunteered at: multiple programs
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Review Elizabeth R. Volunteer in Quito, Ecuador Child Care Center

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Volunteer Name: Elizabeth Rooker
Project Location: Quito, Ecuador
Program Dates: June 13th to July 24th 2015
Volunteered at:  Child care center
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Review Emily C. Volunteer in Rwanda Orphanage teaching program

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Volunteer Name:  Emily Campbell
Project Location: Rwanda
Program Dates: From 05/17  to  06/27/2015
Volunteered at: Orphanage/School
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Review Rachelle Valenzuela Volunteer in Peru Cusco PreMed and Senior Center with Abroaderview.org

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Review Volunteer Rachelle Valenzuela in Peru Cusco PreMed and Senior Center

1- How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?
Maria Elena made sure that my volunteer and Spanish lesson schedule was organized and that I was comfortable with everything I was doing. I really appreciated that she made sure that I was able to work in a physical therapy setting in each location. She took the time to show me how to get to the volunteer sites and she made sure I was happy in each of my placements. She helped me become comfortable in both clinics by introducing me to staff and checking in with me every day. She truly helped me make the most of my experiences at each of my placements.
 
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced? Name 2
Program: 1) At Policlinico, I was surprised by their methodology of physical therapy. It was very hands on, but there wasn’t a very strong emphasis on in-clinic exercises like I’m used to at the PT clinic I work at in the US. 2) At Seniors Center, I was surprised by how much help the organization is in need of. There were many residents that needed help with feeding, dressing, etc., but they are very understaffed and could really benefit from more assistance from volunteers.
Host Family: 1) I didn’t expect to have hot water to shower in the home, so that was a very pleasant surprise. 2) Maria Elena’s father lives with her and he’s very charming. Her daughter lives and works nearby. She visits often, and she accepted me as her adopted sister right away which was comforting.
Country: 1) I was able to travel to many places during my weekends, and the one thing that I always found surprisingly common was the amount of litter. It’s surprising because one cultural concept I’ve found to be universal is the respect the people have for Pachamama or Mother Earth. 2) Once I got used to it, I was surprised by how efficient public transportation is here. Not only is it efficient, it’s cheap!
 
3- What was the most challenging thing you experienced?
Program: At Policlinico, PT consists of heat, electric stimulation, and massage/manual therapy. VERY little if any exercise is incorporated. I found it very challenging to convey the importance of exercise in-clinic and at home in combination with manual therapy. It was especially challenging to see patients who could’ve or would benefit from precise exercises, but it just isn’t incorporated in the clinic.
Host Family: There really wasn’t anything challenging as far as my host family. I was always comfortable in my home and I was well taken care of.
Country: Eating and drinking water. Because of all the research I did on food and water in Peru prior to coming, I was overly cautious of the food and water I drank in both restaurant settings and in my host home.
 
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Wait to book any tours you want to do until you get here. ABV has a travel agency contact that is phenomenal and affordable. I used all of my weekends to travel and it was completely worth it to book.
Don’t bring your favorite/expensive clothes if you plan on having them washed at the local lavanderia. They use staples on the clothes and there is a possibility of things being misplaced.
If you bring a donation like boxes of gloves or medical masks or pens, it makes a difference. No donation is too small!
Bring a small notebook to write in. On every tour I did, I wrote down anything I found interesting or anything I wanted to look up online later. Every day, I also wrote things I wanted to remember from volunteering. I’ve found that days tend to blend together once the ball gets rolling so it’s nice to have a way to look back and remember the little things that happened
 
5.1-Other things volunteers should know before coming here:
The San Pedro Market has the best deals for souvenirs, especially if you are good at haggling.
It’s surprisingly dusty outside, so bring sunglasses to help protect your eyes a little. If you wear contacts, you’ll be better off wearing your glasses most days.
You’ll get more out of your experience here if you can at least speak Spanish at an intermediate level. Brush up on your Spanish - listen to music, read books, watch programs before you come. I also highly recommend the Spanish immersion classes! If you’ll be working in the healthcare setting, you can find Spanish for Healthcare Professionals and an English-Spanish medical dictionary on Amazon for a reasonable price.
Tipping is not expected here (except for tour guides and porters if applicable). You don’t tip the taxi driver or the wait staff at restaurants unless you absolutely feel like you want to.
 
6- Personal Paragraph about the experience (ABV Program Testimonial):
I came to Cusco with no expectations, mostly because I didn’t really know what to expect. I’m leaving with three weeks’ worth of priceless memories and a full heart. Whether they be patients or staff, the people I’ve worked with were whole-heartedly grateful to have an extra pair of hands to help. I’ve fallen in love with the Peruvian culture and I cannot wait to be able to come back (because I’ve already decided that I will). Being able to serve the people of Cusco was a privilege that I’ll always be grateful for and looking back at for inspiration as I continue on the road to becoming a physical therapist.
 
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security, friendliness, quality others:
My accommodations were more than I expected to have. It was clean, warm, and private. Although my room can sleep three, I had the room to myself. Meals were varied and delicious. Maria Elena was very accommodating to my slight sensitivity to dairy. As far as security, I brought a lock for my suitcase but only used it for a few days. The house is very secure and there was never a moment that I felt unsafe in the home or the neighborhood.
 
8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?:
Program: I really enjoyed the time I spent at the Policlinico. I was able to have a lot of hands on experience with the patients. My favorite memory was when I had finished with a patient and was on my way home. We happened to take the same bus so we chatted all the way to their stop. They decided to pay for my fare even though I protested. They said they appreciated my help and it was the least they could do for me.
Host Family: Maria Elena joined me in hiking 17km at 5100m to the Rainbow Mountains in Ausangate in the Andes. It was absolutely incredible and it was fun having her there with me on the last adventure of my trip. We were both so exhausted when we got home, but very proud of our accomplishment!
Country: I did many tours: Cusco City Tour, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and the trek to the Rainbow Mountains. My favorite was going to Lake Titicaca, visiting the floating islands of Uros, and spending the night with a farming family on the island. We hiked a mountain for a beautiful view of the sunset on the lake, had a little fiesta where we dressed in traditional clothing, and ate all our meals with the host family. It was an unforgettable experience.
 
9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
The USA staff was excellent. They were always prompt in answering my questions. Whether I sent an e-mail or sent a message through the online chat, I always received a quick reply. I only ever had to call the emergency line once when my flight was almost changed, and they were there for me 100% which was very reassuring. I truly appreciated the patience of the USA support.
 
9.1- What do you think about the reservation system online?
It was easy to understand and use.
 
9.2- Who did you find Abroaderview website (keywords, search engine, word mouth to mouth, recommended by .., other)
Google
 
10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes

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Review Patricia Martinez Volunteer in Cusco Peru at the orphanage program

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Review Volunteer Patricia Martinez in Cusco Peru at the orphanage program

1- How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?From the moment I arrived in a country I had never visited Maria Elena welcomed greeted me at the airport with a sign and we took many photos and selfies to commemorate my arrival!  What a great welcome after having my flight delayed an entire day and spending the night in the Dallas airport on a cot.  I arrived a day later than planned but Maria Elena helped me get settled took me straight to home to eat and drink after my long flight.  She helped me get settled I met the other girls I would be staying with for my week in Cusco.  Right away she wanted to know aside from my volunteer activities I had planned what else I wanted to do in Peru and had some great recommendations and connections to get me set up for Machu Picchu and city tours during my short stay.  That was the first order of business the next day to see the city a bit and get an idea of the city as well as book my adventures for my off time in the weekend that would follow my week of volunteering.  This was a great idea as I had this booked and arranged and had something to look forward to all week.
Over the course of the week we (myself the 2 other ABV volunteers and Maria Elena) had time to eat together and chat as well as connect with Maria Elenas friends and family (daughter and so in law) she introduced us as her other daughters which was such a warm and loving thing to do.  Traditional Peruvian meals were prepared and each time we were given some background and even tips of preparation for these meals, something I plan to take home with me.  I have food allergies and Maria Elena handled this wonderfully ensuring my meals did not have soy or dairy but still allowed me to enjoy what everyone else was enjoying only slightly modified, this was greatly appreciated!
 
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
1) One surprising thing for me was around the language immersion program I signed up for.  I was unaware what that actually meant but when I arrived it meant a formal classroom type class where I was taught Spanish with a 1 to 1 instructor.  I assumed that I was only speaking Spanish while I was in Peru.  This was not necessarily bad as I discovered I needed some classroom lessons to improve my Spanish however I would have enjoyed more time in the orphanage itself working vs. spending time in the classroom.  Not a bad thing as mentioned but in the future I would like less time in a class and more time volunteering with the girls.  With that said however my Spanish teacher was amazing and we married the classroom learning with city walking and exploring so it ended up working well, we even incorporated a zoo visit and salsa dancing as part of our time together which was really fun and so memorable! 

 2) Another thing I discovered is that similar to the 2 other volunteers that were staying in my home while I was here many people come to volunteer for longer duration of time like 1 month to 3 months like some other people I met while in the city.  This is encouraging to me because I hope to stay longer in the future and do more work in the orphanage and other places. 

 Host Family:  

 1)  My host mother had the same name as my mother and I have the same name as her daughter, funny and happy coincidence.    

 2)  Another interesting thing that I learned is that the altitude affects the inhabitants of the city and how it operates.  While I was here I noticed that breakfasts were light, lunches were enormous involving a few courses which were deliciously prepared.  Dinner unlike the US were super light if nothing at all, tea and crackers maybe or some coffee but because of the altitude you do not eat too much late at night because your digesting is affected.  I hope to take that habit of eating light or nothing at dinner home with me.  

 Country: 

1)  I learned how the educational system works in Peru as far as how attending university here works; the public university is free if you pass a test they have.  Otherwise if you do not then your options are pretty limited unless you come from a family that can afford to pay for your schooling.  For those who do not that really limits the types of opportunities that you can have in life.  


 2) History History History!  The city is rich with history and ancient architecture and I learned so much about the Incan people and how they lived, what they believed and about many of their rituals.  Living here for only a short week has helped me to only scratch the surface about the Incan civilizations and has sparked a great interest in me to continue to learn and read about their lives and plan another trip of course.  I hope to do a 4 day hike to Machu Picchu at some point and visit other neighboring cities, still so much more for me to see and explore here.

3- What was the most challenging thing you experienced? Program:  I think with any time I volunteer I feel helpless and overwhelmed at the need for so many things.  At the orphanage in particular I only came in to help with the ceramics class and talk to the girls but I am always left with that feeling of what else can I do and how else can their needs as humans and young women be met?  Can I send them clothes, can I write them letters, will I know what happens to them when I leave, how will their lives end up, what happens to them when they turn 18, must they leave? For me the most challenging was and is will be what else can I do? Host Family: Nothing was really challenging for me as every detail was handled and discussed every day.  Maria Elena was good to have a quick check in at the end of the night to discuss the following day and outline our schedules so we knew what was going on.  Country: The only real challenging thing for me was navigating the city on my own, not having a cell phone connection that was reliable so I could pull up google maps like I do in the US was tough.  When I got lost I had to ask people for direction vs. being able to usually figure it out on my own.  Perhaps having a paper map on hand would have helped me if needed in a pinch. 


 4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations) 

1. My flight was cancelled/delayed so ensuring that you have the travel insurance is helpful. 

2. Bring a jacket, I failed to recognize that it was winter here when I arrived and although much milder than my winters in Seattle the nights and mornings and some middays were very cold.  Especially if you are doing any tours while here the climate may and probably will be colder depending where you go. 

3. This is noted in our guide document but bring and take toilet paper with you as most toilets do not have.


 5.1-Other things volunteers should know before coming here: (that is not in the orientation guide) 

a.  You will fall in love, with the people, the city, the culture, the food! b.   Tourism is a big industry in the city, be wary of vendors who are attempting to make money off unsuspecting outsiders. 

c. Your cell phone may or may not work, plan ahead and optimize internet time at your home if you have wifi (I did thank goodness) and or check restaurants and places that wifi is offered if needed 


 6- Personal Paragraph about the experience (ABV Program Testimonial): This was the first time I have done anything like this and at 37 I feel like I am way overdue.  This is something that every person should do in my opinion right out of high school or right after college or at any stage of life really.  What an amazing opportunity to combine visiting a  new location seeing the sites of a new city with giving back to others.  I knew I wanted to work with children and coming here I had no idea what age ranges I would get or whether they would be female or male.  When I arrived I learned that it was an all girls orphanage ages from 11 to 17.  In my mind I have a greater love for smaller children but without a doubt what I discovered is that these girls because they are not toddlers who usually get a lot of attention because of their age are ignored and are in greater need of the love and attention.  This was the perfect mix for me, especially since I am a woman and was once a teenager myself I could see the desire to be accepted and struggles they faced as young women.  This opportunity ignited a spark in me to seek out other young women who are in need of love and guidance and counsel in my own city as well as in Cusco and other places across the world.  This is such a pivotal age for them and we have an amazing opportunity to speak into their lives right before they embark on their own journeys whatever that may be.  This trip has changed me for the better, to do better, to be better and help empower others to also be better. 


 7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security, friendliness, quality others: I had my own room with a window and adjacent to the bathroom with plenty of blankets and a small closet to make my own while I was there.  My meals were always prepared for me which were all deliciously prepared.  There was always hot water on the table along with tea, coffee, cookies, breads etc for us to eat at any time of the day we needed.  Even on the days I went on a tour and returned later there was still food ready for me to eat when I arrived home, so awesome!  I was given my own key and was able to leave and return as my scheduled required.  Maria Elena always made an effort to check in with me on my cell phone to make sure I was doing ok and if I needed anything, really nice and appreciated. 


 8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?: Program: One of my favorite memories will be sitting with the girls in the ceramics classroom listening to the sing songs on the radio and asking us to translate what the songs said.  That same day they decided they wanted to dance, so we (me and Elle another volunteer) tried to dance with them which resulted in a lot of laughter.  I saw myself in them and could relate so much, I will never forget that and hope and pray that they do well in their lives. Host Family: Having a big family lunch with Maria Elena and some family visiting one day, along with her daughter, and son in law and myself and 2 other volunteers.  It was a feast of a meal and I felt like I was back home. Talk about language immersion, everyone was so interested in learning about us and us about them and all in Spanish and only a tiny bit of English.  Country: Seeing the indigenous women in their native clothing, hats, back satchels carrying items or babies.  I had never seen such a thing in my entire life and when I went on different Incan tours I could see them carrying lumber or different things, it made realize how lazy I am as an American and how ungrateful I have become for all of my luxuries that make my life so easy.  I hope to walk more when I return home and not take some of these things for granted. 


 9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling? (who helped you, emails, phone calls, chat online, how fast did you got an answer, did you got all your answers) I can honestly say that support was super smooth, I think I only had to send one email to ask something and the response was fast within one day.  When my flight was cancelled and then delayed by a day I called the number on my guide and was answered immediately by someone who told me they got my info and would pass it to my host family and keep her updated.  All went well when I arrived all smoothly handled. 


 9.1- What do you think about the reservation system online? Super easy, no glitches and straight forward with the tabs telling me what else I had left to do. 


 9.2- Who did you find Abroaderview website (keywords, search engine, word mouth to mouth, recommended by .., other) I just googled mission trips and came upon the website. I liked the option to filter by causes such as children and regions of the world, it helped make my selection super easy.


10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Yes! Absolutely!  Especially those in my age range but any age too


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1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country, give details?I taught everyone was really helpful and informative when I first arrived. The ABV pamphlets were very helpful and the staff on-site were great.


2- What was the most positive surprise you experienced?At the program: How accepting and loving the kids were. The first day at least a dozen kids just came up and hugged me and it really made me feel at home and a part of the family.At the accommodation: The accommodation was at the program, and I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy that. it was really nice because I could focus on the kids and working when I needed to and then go up and take a break when I needed to.About the country: I love all the colors. The houses, animals and buildings were all colorful and I loved how bright everything was.


3- What was most difficult/cultural shock to experience?At the program: I am close in age to a lot of these kids, and the difference in curriculum shocked me because it was so different than what we learn.At the accommodation: The humidity was hard to handle because it was so intense. I was prepared for it but it was still everywhere, all the time.The country: I walk through some residential areas to get to the post office one day and the poverty I saw was really shocking it’s one thing to know it’s there, but it’s another thing to see it.

4- Any tips for future volunteers, give as many details as possible…Clothing: Light clothing, it doesn’t necessarily have to be sporty, but bring light clothing.Donations: Ask when you get to the orphanage, because with kids you never know what they might need.Weather: Drink lots of water to help with the humidity.


4.1-Other things volunteers should know, about what to bring, what to do in country, what to eat, transportation, other:

a.- There is a lot to do in Belize, so make sure you go out and experience it. I went to an Island and Mayan Ruin and they are both amazing. 

b.- There is some mango trees at the orphanage, make sure you try some of them and some fruits because it is nothing like back home.

c.- Bring a lot of bug spray and make sure it is strong! 

d.- Everything you might need is in a walking distance, so take a walk.


5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):My time in Belize is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. It taught me independence, compassion and patience. I’m so thankful I got to spend time with these kids and these people. I learned so much and truly feel so fortunate to have been able to be here. It really made me want to travel more and volunteer more, so I am so glad I went at such a young age. I would instantly recommend this program to anyone.


6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security in detail:Everything was just fine. I am a vegetarian, they really accommodate meals very well. Even when I was the only volunteer here I never felt scared because the orphanage is very safe.


7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?

Program: Playing with the kids and seeing them laugh and smile.             

Country: All the friendly people and how everyone here is so welcoming. 

Tours: Snorkeling in Caye Caulker was Amazing! I’ve never seen anything so beautiful.


8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling? Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat): We were able to connect to ABV whenever and it was convenient and informative. Website Information: The website info was great and really told you all you needed to know.


9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? YES! 


10 – Can you be specific how did you find or know about A Broader View?  What keywords did you use, what did you search for. I search “Volunteer Abroad” and just kept clicking links, eventually I came across ABV.

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5 Best Places to Volunteer Abroad as a Nurse | Volunteer Abroad News

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Sadly, there are too many communities around the world in need of healthcare support and a few of them are desperate for the medical expertise that the modern world can offer. Some nations are actually struggling to keep their populations in basic good health. Most of these distressed countries gratefully long for any support they can get when it comes to the health of their citizens. This is where international healthcare volunteers can help tremendously. Whether you, as a nursing student or new professional, are eager to gain specialized experience, learn about public health issues, or are simply looking to be challenged in a multicultural environment, an international medical volunteer program can be a definitive and rewarding experience. Building your resume, creating a global network, learning a new language all while gaining valuable insight in third world medicine can be a life changing experience. The support our Nurse volunteers offer the doctors and hospitals in the poorest world areas is invaluable. The additional hands allow more patients to be seen, more medical testing to be performed, more medications to be distributed, and more life-saving information to be distributed.
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Review Alexis Bailey Volunteer in Nepal Kathmandu PreMed Program

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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 Lisa Duong Volunteer in Nepal Kathmandu

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How was the local Coordinator and the staff and the support provided in-country?
The local coordinator and staff were incredibly welcoming and friendly. They made sure I was comfortable and exposed me to different types of area of the hospital. I was able to get to know a lot of doctors, nurses and the staff.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced while in the program?
The most surprising thing I experienced during the program was how welcoming the staff was at the hospital where I worked at, they let me observe in the operating room and I was able to observe 5 surgeries during my short, one week stay here. I observed a hemorrhoid, appendectomy, biopsy, open cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), a vaginal hysterectomy with pelvic floor repair. It was really interesting to which the whole OR staff and surgeon work together. I was able to see their pre and postage procedures are it’s definitely a learning experience.

What was most difficult thing you experienced while in the program?
The most difficult thing I experienced during the program was learning to adjust to the Nepalese pace of life. It is much, much slower than the US. It’s hard when I wanted something done and everything else is moving at a “turtle” pace. (Haha!) But I had learned that there is a reason for everything and lifestyle of the local Nepalese people is part of their tradition and lifestyle. It is something for foreigners to learn and appreciate from, the Nepalese culture.

Any tips for future volunteers….(clothing, travel information, packing, sightseeing, donations)
Try to pack light and once you land at the airport, I recommend that you exchange currency or withdraw funds at the airport to make everything easier, once you exist there are plenty of ATM in the city but sometimes it can be a hassle and maybe sometimes a machine won’t accept your card.

4.1 Other things volunteers should know:
Immerse yourself in the Nepalese culture and learn about their tradition, history and their way of life. Open your heart and talk to the locals about themselves. You can feel their warmth, no matter what their living conditions are.
Also don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Personal paragraph (volunteer program testimonial):
I have learned so much during my stay here in Nepal. While I volunteered at the hospital, I was very fortunate to have been able to observe 5 surgeries but also had the chance to interact with the wonderful doctors and nurses. I was also able to perform several ECG’s and sit in couple endoscopies. The nurses were so kind; they taught me how to change a wound and administrators. It’s my host family are wonderful. They helped me got adjust to the different culture. I will always remember them and all the people I have met, learning about the Nepalese people is fascinating and I personally feel that I have learned a lot grown as a person. I am so glad that I chosen a broader view and Nepal as the country to volunteer at.
This trip is an unforgettable one!

How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security?
My living accommodation here was very pleasant and comfortable. The bedroom was spacious and clean. The bathroom was also very clean. I felt very safe living here. The meals provided were delicious and I enjoyed it.

7. What was your memory of this trip?
My memory of this trip is of how kind, compassionate, and happy the Nepalese people are. I was taking the micro bus one day to the hospital and a young teenager, about 18yrs. old sat next to me. I started talking to him and asking him if he knew where this certain monastery was (which I wanted to visit before work). He was so helpful that he offered to take me to the monastery. He ended up buying my entrance ticket and took two hours out of his own free time to help guide me and explain the Nepalese tradition. I wanted to tip him but he refused and started to run away, telling me to just remember him. What a funny lad! Therefore, my overall memory is how caring the people are and how much they go out of their way to ensure you are having a good experience here in Nepal. I loved every single minute here! The people, young and old have touched my heart.

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?
All the information I received from ABV was sufficient in preparing me for my trip. I had planned this trip at the last minute (like a month and a half prior to departure) and the support I received from Sarah was awesome! She was very responsive and got back to me quickly every single time. This helped me so much in planning all the details. Sarah did a great job and my trip wouldn’t have been this memorable without her help!

9. Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers about your volunteer experience?
Yes.
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Volunteers Name: Yitao Fei
Type Program: Orphanage
Program Location: La Serena, Chile
Program Dates: Jul 24 to Aug 14, 2015
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Volunteer Name: Alexsandra Ramirez
Project Location: La Ceiba, Honduras
Program Dates: July 6- July 24, 2015
Volunteered at: Clinic and Hospital
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Volunteer Name: Lilian Seo
Project Location: La Ceiba, Honduras
Program Dates: July 13 to 27, 2015
Volunteered at: La Clinica and Hospital
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