Abroaderview Donations Guatemala Xela, Elderly Care Center Program. Most of the residents have no other living options. Some have been abandoned by their own family. The home provides these ladies, free of charge, a place to live, meals, clothing, medical treatment and therapy needs. Since most woman in Latin American culture are the back bone of the family, they deserve to live their life with dignity and in a happy environment. *This program can be combined with the medical projects, as volunteers are needed to provide health checks like checking blood pressures, sugar levels, administering medication and physical therapy needs.
There is nothing like volunteering overseas. It has allowed me to broaden my understanding towards different cultures and has given me a new perspective on life. It made me realize how fortunate I am to even have clean water and food on the table, everyday.
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.
Traveling to Zambia I had little idea of what to expect. What I couldn't have guessed is that in 5 short weeks I would make such great connections with people and so many memories. The people you get to work with within the main office and phenomenal, talented, and driven. Lusaka itself is a bustling, traffic filled modern city with Zambian culture on every corner. While they have western-style malls & shopping areas, the ideal of the true market is still very much alive in Zambia. If you get a chance to, spend a little time negotiating downtown & enjoy the experience, although understand the currency here beforehand! People here are incredibly kind & will go out of their way to help you. Trust me, if you get lost, it is easy to find someone who will point you in the right direction or even walk you to your intended destination. I'm speaking from very personal experience, as I managed to always be incorrect by one or two bus stops off when I adventured off by myself. And I found I met incredibly interesting people off the beaten path, especially when traveling in Livingstone. The other volunteers you run into all have amazing stories & experience you can learn from. Additionally, I found my conversations with Olivia, Josephat, their family, and my peers in the office were the most revealing about the similarities and differences in culture, everyday life, and expectations. I really felt like a friend in their home by the time I left, instead of some stranger who had appeared on their doorstep 5 weeks before. It's amazing to give freely of your time & any expertise to people who are so welcoming. Additionally, the offices and departments we worked with were incredibly forthcoming and receptive to change. When meeting with prison officials, community members, or even government representatives the underlying feeling was that everyone was contributing to make everyone's, even the sometimes forgotten prisoners, a little bit better. It was a refreshing way to look at change! I don't know if the work I did while I was in Zambia will be able a significant contribution, but I know I loved getting the chance to experience their culture. I know the country, the people; even the calmness has truly touched my life. I wouldn't trade my experience for anything, and I am so thankful to A Broader View for giving me the chance to be in Zambia!
Most of our volunteers successfully fundraise for their programs expenses. Friends, family, employers, universities and matching programs of local corporations are a great resource for many of our volunteers. Our fundraising material include a sample letter to send to prospective donors, tax receipt coupons, as well as ideas to expand your reach.https://www.abroaderview.org/inclusions-payments/fundraising
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).
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.
The Piper sisters from Tallahassee Florida are currently in Ghana with the ABV projects. The sisters are part of the Volta Region HIV and health projects and also volunteering at the local school in Kpando. Courtney and Robin will be with us until the end of March 2014.
A Broader View volunteers just open a new program in Honduras La Ceiba for PreMed and PreNurse students to work in Clinics and Hospitals, from 1 week to 8 weeks we offer translators for volunteers without Spanish and Immersion lessons.
Here is a synopsis of the program: There are two public hospitals in La Ceiba which serve the most impoverished people in the community. For undergraduates on a healthcare career path this project will have you shadowing local doctors and nurses in their daily routines. Your tasks will vary depending on your current skills, experience and Spanish language proficiency.
Assigned placements include but not limited to: · assisting with non-evasive procedures like taking vital signs, taking blood pressure, weight and height of patients · Observation of cleaning wounds, removing sutures, draining abscesses · Accompanying doctors on rounds and during consultations
This is a great chance to improve your skills, build your resume by learn about medicine in a developing nation and improve your Spanish. We recommend our language immersion option for those less than proficient in Spanish. However, translator are available ($15 per day) to help you get acclimated into the project. All volunteers need to bring their own supplies such as scrubs, gloves, mask, stethoscope.
*Pre-medical and medical volunteers required to pay $50 donation fee directly to the hospital. This fee is collected locally and required by all health related placements.
Project length: From 1 week to 8 weeks Project dates: Year Round. Choose any date to arrive Arrival Airport: La Ceiba (LCE) Work Schedule: Monday to Friday. 4 or 8 hours per day Requirements: Proficiency in Spanish, $50 donation Accommodation: Local Host Family. Meals: 3 per day 7 days a week Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older Diploma of Participation issued by the Hospital. (Signed by the director of Hospital) Ministry of Health of Honduras
Program Schedule Program starts and ends in La Ceiba Airport or bus station meet in La Ceiba. Afternoon city tour and orientation Monday to Friday volunteering. 20/ 40 hours per week Weekends free to sightseeing Typical shift work hours are 8am-12pm and 2pm-6pm Support: Local ABV Director support 24/7 during placement Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport or bus station Transfer
Not included: Flights to La Ceiba. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet