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

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My Favorite Memory: One night was the Quinseñera of 3 girls at the orphanage. All the girls got all dressed up and they literally looked like royalty.
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Review Danai Leininger Volunteer in Peru Cusco Child Care program

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Review Volunteer Danai Leininger Peru Cusco Child Care program

 
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?
María Elena’s attention to detail was excellent and she was in constant communication with me. Upon landing in Cusco, she was there to collect me and provided me with a great overview of the city and the neighborhood. She helped arrange activities outside of my volunteer activity and made sure I was comfortable.
She accompanied me to my first day at the program and introduced me to the teachers and administration, which put me at ease. After the first day, she wanted to make sure the program was a great fit as she wanted me to be content with my program.
María Elena was also very accessible. She responded quickly to all of my questions via phone (WhatsApp) and her attention to detail was greatly appreciated.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced? Name 2
Program:  The children in the program haven’t encountered many people from outside of Peru so they are very curious. I was surprised at how quickly they attached themselves to me and how responsive they were to me. Despite coming from significant adversity, the children were positive and very engaged.
Host Family: María Elena was like my in-country mother and wanted to make sure I had a great time both as a volunteer and as a guest in her house. I was pleasantly surprised that she provided more than just room and board – the daily interactions/discussions were a pleasant surprise and a key factor in what made the trip a great experience.
Country: This was my second time in Peru and I was once again surprised at how open and friendly the people were. I rode a shared van from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and chatted with some passengers for the entire time. They were curious about my experiences in the US and were very forthcoming about how life is in Peru.
3- What was the most challenging thing you experienced?
Program: It is difficult to make a meaningful impact in such a short time, so finding the way to help in the most effective way was a challenge. The teachers had their lesson plan and I tried to assist by preparing materials, keeping the students focused on their work, and maintain a high level of energy/engagement to set an example for the students. In the end, I think this was an appropriate way to make a difference. As ABV cautioned, there will not be dramatic changes during your time, but every little amount of support counts.
Host Family: It was not a significant challenge but as the house was full of ABV volunteers, I had to be respectful of the other volunteers’ sleep and work schedules.
Country: Peru is not as sanitary as the US and it was a challenge staying healthy during the week. Some of the things that we take for granted (clean water, clean food, clean facilities) are not readily found in Peru.

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

Dress in layers. It can be 80 degrees F during the day and 40 at night.
Bring sanitary wipes (for both hand and restroom use)
Having a smartphone with data service was a lifesaver. I was able to communicate with my host via WhatsApp, and I was able to use Google Maps for easy navigation. For US-based travelers, T-mobile offers free international roaming (2G speeds) and this is a great feature if you only need to use WhatsApp and maps application.
Bring sunblock. The sun is deceptively strong here

5.1-Other things volunteers should know before coming here:

Learn some basic phrases in Spanish before coming as it is helpful in navigating Cusco.

6- Personal Paragraph about the experience (ABV Program Testimonial):
The ABV experience was incredible. It was a pleasure working with the children at the program. They are full of spirit and I was happy to support the teachers in her lessons.
ABV was very communicative throughout the application/sign-up process and the handoff to the in-country coordinator was seamless. I would recommend ABV again to my friends!
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security, friendliness, quality others:
My accommodation and meals were sufficient. I had no trouble sleeping as the house is located on a street off the main thoroughfare. One challenge I had was the shower, which had an electric heater built into the shower head. This did not get as hot as I am accustomed to, but it was satisfactory.
In Peru, lunch is the largest meal of the day and dinner is very small compared to US. A typical breakfast is a banana, bread, cereals and some coffee/tea/milk. A typical lunch is soup, rice, and meat/chicken. A dinner at home is bread and jam or something similar. I dined out a few of the evenings to explore Peruvian cuisine.
Security was never an issue during my week in Cusco. The main roads are usually bustling at all hours and I never felt in danger. Nonetheless, I kept my belongings close and remained vigilant.
Peruvians are incredibly friendly and eager to chat. Strangers will greet you when passing you on the street, which is a welcome change from some parts of the US. Trying to speak Spanish goes a long way and the Peruvians appreciate the effort.
8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?:
Program: Playing soccer with the children during recess. We started the week in total chaos and by the end of the week we had an organized game.
Host Family: Having dinner with everyone in the house, discussing experiences with the other ABV volunteers. It was great meeting people from different walks of life and spending time with them.
Country: Traveling on tours and learning about the history of the Incas with other tourists.
9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
ABV USA support was excellent (1-day email response time) and Lynn sorted all of my questions.
9.1- What do you think about the reservation system online?
It works well, no issues that I recall.
9.2- Who did you find Abroaderview website
I searched on Google for volunteering in Peru, and I also searched for 501 c3 opportunities.
10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes
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Review Doris Sweet Volunteer in Peru Cusco Girls Orphanage Program

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Review Volunteer Doris Sweet Peru Cusco Girls Orphanage Program

 
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?
We had a positive experience with the coordinator throughout the program. We felt the director always communicated very clearly with us (what time we needed to leave to go to the volunteer site, to other events, etc.) and that she was always looking out for us. She picked us up at the airport and helped us get to our volunteer site/Spanish lessons and introduced us to everyone there. She took us shopping when we wanted to find materials to donate to the orphanage (she even helped us figure out good stores to find the items we needed).
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
How welcomed we were at the orphanage and the happiness of the children there
3- What was the most challenging thing you experienced?
Acclimating to the culture
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Bring layers of clothing and travel light. Leave whatever you don’t need at home. You can wait until you arrive to decide about donations—once you arrive, you can assess the needs of the location where you’re placed and help meet them accordingly. We bought several supplies for the orphanage after noticing what they were missing once we got here.
5 -Other things volunteers should know before coming here:
Just be open minded! J
6- Personal Paragraph about the experience (ABV Program Testimonial):
I have done over thirty volunteer trips in the past. I found that this particular trip with A Broader View in Cusco was exceptional.
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security, friendliness, quality others:
Accommodation was exceptionally clean, meals conformed to dietary needs/requests, we were able to come and go to the house as we pleased because we were given a house key, and everyone was very friendly

8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?:
Meeting the other ABV volunteers staying in the homestay
9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
The staff was very helpful with emails and everything online. They responded quickly to all of our questions and were always available when we needed them.
9.1- What do you think about the reservation system online?
It would probably be efficient for those who understand the Internet, Im 76.
9.2- Who did you find Abroaderview website
My grandson found it through Google
10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
´¡Claro que sí!” - Doris
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Review Owen Williams Volunteer in La Serena Chile at the Teaching program

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Review Volunteer Owen Williams in La Serena Chile at the Teaching program

How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in country?
-Very good, everything went very smoothly and I had no problems.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced?

-Program: how open and engaging the students were with me. They made it very easy to become part of the class.
-Host Family: how accepting and helpful Vilma was.
-Country: the varied climates/zones are just amazing. Luckily, I had time to travel all around Chile and the variety of different cultures and landscapes is breathtaking.

What was the most challenging thing you experienced?

-Program: finding the best way to be helpful. In a school setting, it is difficult to find where you can be most helpful as most of the profesoras have lesson plans set.
-Country: still speaking English. Although I had a great experience, I think the more Spanish you have mastered, the better.

Any tips for future volunteers?

-Bring layers. In the north (even in the winter) it can be both cold and hot.
-Try to see as much of the country as you can. Flying can be cheap and rental cars allow you to go anywhere.
-Come for three weeks or longer. It usually takes to about the middle of the second week before you get into the groove of volunteering, so 1-2 weeks is too few.

Other things volunteers should know before coming here:

-Don’t be nervous about coming, everyone is helpful and the people you work with (both students and teachers) are very inclusive.
-If you are clearly a tourist you may be targeted by people trying to ask you out of money (particularly in the Plaza). If someone asks you to pull out money, politely say no and walk away.

Personal paragraph about the experience:

- I started my time in La Serena after having been in Chile for five weeks (four in Santiago and one in the Lakes Region). It was very exciting to see another facet of Chilean culture – particularly the striking red and white architecture. I was nervous to start work at Colegio, specifically with the language barrier, but this proved to not be an issue. The children were very outgoing and excited to talk to me, which put me at ease. Luckily, I was also able to go on tours of both Pisco Elqui and Isla Damas during my one weekend in La Serena. All in all, it was a fantastic experience that helped me see Chile from a point of view distinct from that of a tourist.

How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security, friendliness, quality, others:

-All was very good! A nice bed and hot shower was very welcome. Also, I loved all of Vilma’s cooking – particularly the traditional Chilean dishes.

What was your favorite memory of this trip?

-Program: a little bittersweet, but the day I said goodbye. I was able to talk to all the students and say goodbye and give them hugs.
-Host Family: sitting down to dinner and talking about Chile/La Serena.

How was the ABV USA support prior to traveling?

-Good, very easy. Don’t recall who helped, but everything was facilitated well.
-Reservation system is easy to use, had no problems with it.
-Google search for volunteer opportunities in Chile.

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?

-Of course.

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Review Karen Sanchez Volunteer in Ecuador Quito at the teaching/community center program

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Review Volunteer Karen Sanchez Ecuador Quito at the teaching/community center program

1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country? The local ABV Coordinator was very welcoming from day one. Coming to a new country can be very overwhelming, but any question or concern I had, the family was always there to help. The support provided in-country was safe and very easy to use. Being around a big city like Quito takes a lot of patience and help.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced? The most surprising thing I experienced in Quito was the cuisine. You really have to be open minded to try and experience all the delicious food each town will offer. Every individual in Ecuador will be more than glad, and proud, to explain to you the food. I did not expect any less, but people might find it surprising how polite, kind, and giving everyone is. The children at the schools were ready to learn and very respectful.

3- What was most difficult to experience?
The most difficult thing to experience was the public transportation. You have to have patience and time to be transported. There are buses, trolleys, taxis, personal cars, and many other options to choose for transportation. Quito is a big city itself, so if you need to travel outside of Quito please be prepared to spend some time getting there.
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations) Please be prepared for the unpredictability of the weather here in Ecuador. Some days can very hot, other days extremely cold. Please also bring all your personal necessities as items can get very expensive.

5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial): Thank you ABV for the opportunity to meet communities. Also, than you for making me feel part of a new world by giving me the courage to help others in need. We come with the intention of helping others, not knowing that those will forever help us by changing how we see the world.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared) I was part of a host-family and shared an apartment with another ABV volunteer.  All this was a bonus since I had my own space to write, yet when it came to family time, we were only one floor away from the warmth of a fabulous family. My host family took pride and leaving time aside to be with everyone together. Also, the host-family was very passionate with all the food they made. If you want to learn about the culture, food and traditions, please have a host-family in mind.

7- What was your favorite memory of this trip? My favorite memory of this trip was helping all the children. I was inspired to see all the children so eager to learn and to see how passionate they were to hear what everyone had to say. Some children have to walk far, but they were there on time and eager to learn.
8- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
The ABV team was excellent! They were prompt with every question I had with answers. Also, they were very knowledgeable with every question I had.
9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Yes. Any question or concern, I am an email away.
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Video Review Shirley Estupiñan Costa Rica San Jose Hospital Program with Abroaderview.org

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Video Review Heather Donaldson Peru Cusco Health Care Program with Abroaderview.org

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Review Chuyang Zhong Volunteer in Tanzania Arusha at the Health Care program

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Review Volunteer Chuyang Zhong in Tanzania Arusha at the Health Care program
 
1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country. Describe each situation:
Airport Pickup: coordinator was waiting for me at the airport patiently for almost 2 hours and helped me to get the visa
Orientation day: coordinator took us out for a tour of the city and to the grocery store for some basic needs
Work introduction: I was introduced to the local doctor the next day and I chose to work in medical ward because I was a internal medicine doctor. In fact, volunteers were allowed to choose whichever specialty they liked.
Availability: local ABV Coordinator was always availble and ready to offer help
Friendliness: the staff and I became good friends
 
2- What was the most positive surprise you experienced?
At the program: Even though medical conditions were poor as expected, doctors and nurses still kept on offering their best help to patients. I was really touched by this.
At the accommodation: Living conditions are better than I thought. I got clean bed, sheet, blanket and mosquito net. I lived with another ABV volunteers and we shared a big bathroom.
There were 7 other ABV volunteers who worked in hospital or school. We had a great time together. It was a good way to make friends from all over the world. Amazing experience.
About the country: People were friendly
 
3- What was most difficult/cultural shock to experience?
At the program: I did not feel any cultural shock. However, practice medicine in Africa is absolutely different from U.S. Lacking of medical supplies, testing machines; I only got limited information at hand. Sometimes I felt frustrated because I cannot figure out what’s going on and my patient was dying. Sometimes we tried our best and used all our “weapons” but still cannot save the patient. Sometimes I knew what the best for the patient, however because of economic reason, the patient and family just asked to be discharged. This was African medicine.
At the accommodation: None
The country: None
 
4- Any tips for future volunteers, give as many details as possible…
Clothing: T-shirt, jackets, a lot of socks... (So dusty and impossible to keep socks clean).
Donations: Of course as many as possible. Can also donate money and help the hospital buying supplies.
Weather: Cloudy and windy. Chilly at night. Temp 60-70 F
 
4.1-Other things volunteers should know, about what to bring, what to do in country, what to eat, transportation, other:
a.- Laundry can be done at Nakumat. 5000 TSH/2lb
b.- A lot of different restaurants. Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Burger….
c.- Be open-minded and embrace your destiny in Africa.
 
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
I came and I experienced. It was amazing to meet people who shared the same interest and ambition. We drank, laughed, played cards in African wind and chatted under starry sky. I stepped out of my comfort zone and discovered other aspect of myself. This trip was totally out of my imagination and I was so grateful.
 
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security in detail:
Comfortable and relaxing accommodation. Delicious meals. Good security
 
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: Other volunteers from all over the world
Country: Relaxing life style
Tours: Savanah and animals
 
8- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling, did you contact them?
Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat/reminders): I got emails and enough information for this trip.
Website Information (easy to find, steps to follow, etc): Easy to find and follow
 
9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Definitely

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Video Review Brooke Freeman Belize Orphanage Program Abroaderview.org

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Volunteer Sea Turtles opportunities in Costa Rica Conservation Program

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Are you interested in volunteering with wild life? If so, why not become a Costa Rica Sea Turtle Volunteer? This opportunity gives you a chance to experience sea turtle wild life up close and personal in their natural hatching habitat. You can become a sea turtles volunteer and volunteer overseas in some of the most […]
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Health Care Volunteer Opportunities in Nepal Kathmandu | Volunteer Abroad News

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Health Care Volunteer Opportunities: Kathmandu, Nepal Ask someone to describe Nepal and you may hear them say exotic, mystical or enchanting. Ask a local Nepali about their health care options and you’d likely hear the words insufficient or non- existent. Nepal is one of the least developed Asian countries, with millions living in poverty with […]
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Best Gap Year Opportunities & High School Volunteer Abroad Programs

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If you have ever dreamed about doing a gap year or wanted to live overseas, volunteering abroad with A Broader View is a great way to accomplish both. Unlike a typical tourist, in a volunteer program like this you will have the opportunity to live, work and study side by side the locals. Experience new […]
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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 Haris Rashid Ecuador Quito Dental Program with abroaderview.org

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Review Devon Coulter Volunteer in Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation Program

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Review Volunteer Devon Coulter Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation Program

1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Very good. The staff on-site was incredibly friendly and helpful. I always felt very welcome.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
 I was surprised by how many turtles I actually saw and how much I was able to do. Because I stayed for so long I was able to become a patrol leader and exhumations giving me an even better opportunity to world hands-on with the turtles, from eggs to hatchlings to mothers.
3- What was most difficult to experience?
The food was my only problem. Rice and beans 3 meals a day 5 days a week become very unappetizing. However, there is a very good supermarket a short walk into the town with bread, pepsi, and many other snacks.
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
 It says bring warm clothes because it gets chilly at night, but only once did I wear a pair of sweatpants, so unless you are a very cold person, save the space in luggage by leaving the thick, heavy, clothing behind.
 
5.1-Other things volunteers should know:

There are lots of things to do when not working, some of them completely free, like hiking
The nearby waterfall, visiting the natural ocean pools, watching the monkeys that visit the house, etc.
Bring lots of snacks. Eat them and the space they took up the way will be free for souvenirs on the way back.

6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial): 
I had an absolutely fantastic time on this trip. The staff was incredibly friendly. The turtles were amazing. All of the volunteers got along so well.
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
The accommodations were a dorm type setting with a kitchen and dining room and a very relaxing porch with several hammocks, and an ocean view. The food was mostly rice and beans occasionally pancake for breakfast or pasta or dinner. I felt very safe.
8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Every time on a patrol when I would see turtle tracks my heart would skip a beat. It was so incredible to watch them dig the nest, lay the eggs, and return to sea. Such beautiful creatures.

9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Very good. The packing list and all the details about arrival were very helpful.
 10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
 
Yes
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Review John Dahl Honduras Volunteer in La Ceiba PreMed program with Abroaderview.org

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Review Volunteer John Dahl Honduras La Ceiba PreMed program

1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country? Everything was great. Rafael really tries his best to help you have the trip you want to have. 


 2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced? At the program: How willing the doctors were to explain what they were doing. At the accommodation: There were not as many mosquitos as I was expecting. Some days there were more than others. About the country: The attitude people have about the crime. They all hate that it happens but also are mindful of it. 


 3- What was most difficult to experience? At the program: Some days are slow. Some days are very busy. The slow days were sometimes annoying to deal with but don't happen too often. At the accommodation: The food is all pretty similar. It is good but you'll be eating the same dishes every week. The country: I am used to it from previous experience but things never start on time and sometimes it is slightly irritating but is usually no big deal.

4- Any tips for future volunteers… Clothing: Pack light. Shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops. Nothing too fancy, especially watches.  Donations:  Depending on the clinic you go to the needs are different. Gloves are needed everywhere as well as face masks and hair nets. Gauze is especially needed in certain clinics. Weather: it is hot and rains frequently. Just try and stay out of the sun from 11am-4pm especially. 


 4.1-Other things volunteers should know: a.- knowing Spanish beforehand will open up many doors of what you are able to do. Even if you don't speak it, learn some basic words before coming, especially medical related words. 


5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial): This experience is what you make it. If you want to be lazy nobody will force you to do otherwise. On the other hand, nobody will force you to work hard. Make your trip what you want it to be and you'll have a good time.


6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security: Todo macanudo. Everything was fine. Basic but no problems. Security was never an issue. Don't stay out late at night, especially alone, and you'll be fine.  


 7- What was your favorite memory of this trip? Program: Meeting the doctors and becoming friends with them. They are all very nice and want to talk to you. Country: The people are very easy going and enjoy seeing new faces. Have fun and be outgoing and you'll make some good friends. 


 8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling? Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat): Always responded. Website Information: I was unsure how to contact previous volunteers even though they all answer the following question affirmatively. (Email ABV for contact information)


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

Of course.   

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Review Perry Family (Mother, father and daughter) Volunteers in Pacific area Costa Rica at the Sea Turtle Conservation Program

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Review Volunteers Perry Family (Mother, father and daughter) Pacific area Costa Rica at theSea Turtle Conservation Program.

 
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
The coordinator was wonderful and responded to every email and question very quickly and politely. I'm very happy with the customer service provided. ABV provides transportation but I wish I would have known more about common things such as where to buy bus tickets at the bus station, minor detail.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
Just how different and simple the lifestyle is, I did find it very easy to get used to the way of the locals and having no AC and everything being very open. I was also surprised at how many US citizens had moved from the US to Costa Rica!
3- What was most difficult to experience?
There were a lot of homeless people and beggars. One of them asked for money though the open part of a restaurant so I was trapped in the restaurant sitting at a table and he wouldn't leave and was just outside begging for money from me and the employees at the restaurant saw it and acknowledged it but didn't do anything about it. I was honked at and guys honked at me and cat called and I was even told I should not be walking about alone and it was 1pm in the afternoon. It was very dirty in the city.
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
More info on the project should help, I overpacked. Bring lots of cloth comfy shorts and t shirts, sunscreen and insect repellant. A good pair of walking sandals and flip flops and maybe water shoes is all you need. 

ABV: There is a packing list in the orientation guide in the ABV account that every volunteer needs to read.

5.1- Other things volunteers should know:

Expect to sleep at weird times as you have shifts in the night
Make sure you know what months are turtle season so you know if your doing community building things or working with the turtles 
you probably won't get a day off but you will have most days to explore and shifts are usually at night


6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial)
ABV was very helpful, I was in Costa Rica for a week before the project and was at a hotel in San Jose and ABV set it up for somebody to pick me up from my hotel and take me to the hostel so I wouldn't have to worry or stress out about it which was very nice. Everybody was very friendly and answered all my questions very quickly. I liked having my transportation and accommodations taken care of before I left for the trip, it made things a lot less stressful!
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
The accommodation is very rustic, bunk beds, no ac, no hot water (its hot), very basic... so just know what to expect for future volunteers, I do know they're making improvements but just knowing what to expect is good for planning purposes. everything was always being kept clean, I loved all of it. I felt very safe, the food was amazing, the project leaders were amazing and very passionate and helpful. The other volunteers became like a 2nd family and we all shared info to stay in touch. The area was very simple and nice and there is plenty to do. There were community dogs and cats everywhere which was great, I got a real sense of being a community and everybody was kind to all of the pets in town which I loved.

8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Seeing a sea turtle come out of the ocean and laying her eggs at sunrise was very rare and special and releasing a batch of 60 baby turtles at once on the beach and just being with all the volunteers and working together. The experience is unforgettable
9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
  They were very prompt, professional, and polite!
10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
  Yes 
 
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Review Volunteer Dania & Sophia Green Belize Orphanage Program

 
1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
There was no problem or issue upon arrival. Felt very welcomed. The coordinator gave a sufficient introduction to the home and the children that live here. Mr. Wafi, was excellent in showing us around and making us feel safe.
2- What was the most positive surprise you experienced?
At the program: Spending quality time with the children playing, teaching them and learning about them.
At the accommodation: Own bathroom felt safe.
About the country: All of the people are very friendly.
 
3- What was most difficult/culturalshock to experience?
At the program: Food- used to eating fresh fruits and vegetables on daily basis, you can buy at the local store if needed.
At the accommodation: No A/C hot at night difficult to fall asleep.
The country: Bugs
4- Any tips for future volunteers, give as many details as possible…
Clothing: Long sleeves and long pants that are cool preferably bug proof
Donations: Cash will be better so you can do something for the kids if you want (bday, ice cream out-walk, take the children to a water park).
Weather: Hot and humid, bring cooling towel and cooling cap.
4.1-Other things volunteers should know, about what to bring, what to do in country, what to eat, transportation, other:
a.- Take day trip on taxi to Caye Caulker.
b.- Bring own snacks
c.- Local little shops that sell water, snacks and in walking distance and sell frozen drinks.
d.- Offer to sponsor a trip to pool or Old Belize.
 
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
We were pleasantly surprise about the kind children and the home. It was nice that we got to choose what we wanted to help with. We liked to paint, learn the ABC’s, play basketball and make bracelets with them all the younger kids were so loving and caring.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security in detail:
Accommodation what I expected dorm style but had own bathroom clean, hot in room at night, bring a fan.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: Spending time with the children, helping them to improve their group home grounds (painting Rocks).
Country: Friendliness of people.
Tours: Day trip to Caye Caulker Snorkeling trip
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat):
Excellent
Website Information:
Excellent
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?
I used Yelp and was encouraged by the fact that the organization was local to me (US and PA)
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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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The Best Pre-Medical / PreNurse Volunteer Internship opportunities in Central and South America

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Over the last 8 years A Broader View Volunteers has sent over 5000 volunteers to our 5 countries in Central and South america where we offer programs for premed, Prenurse and EMT students that range from 1 week up to 12 weeks, all this locations will offer our volunteers the learning opportunities see first hand […]
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Volunteer abroad Opportunities in Peru Cusco – Arequipa – Ayacucho | Volunteer Abroad News

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Volunteer abroad Opportunities in Peru Cusco – Arequipa – Ayacucho Individuals, high school groups, colleges, faith communities, clubs and families have volunteered with A Broader View Volunteers in Peru. Volunteers are the driving force of our non-profit charity, and we offer flexible, customized, international mission trips throughout Peru. Volunteer programs include language & cultural immersion […]
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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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Review Volunteer Julia Casagrande in BELIZE at the Orphanage program

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.

https://www.abroaderview.org

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