How was the local staff and project: Derek, our local director couldn’t have been nicer. He frequently went out of his way to help me and my brother and made sure we were comfortable and safe at all times. He was very helpful and easy to be in touch with.
Would you recommend or speak to others about ABV....I have already told many friends about my experience and how easy it was, and how rewarding it felt. I have told many people to check it out and I am sure a few will see Uganda through the ABV organization.
Volunteer Name: Leona Leung - Kathmandu, Nepal, 6/2/14-6/16/14 Pre-medical/ Community Hospital "During my trip to Nepal, I was extremely hesitant at first because I am going into a foreign country on my own. A Broader View made me feel extremely safe and prepared me to go into this amazing journey I was about to experience. The hospital staff I was able to work with taught me so many things, and I observed more than I expected too. I definitely had an unforgettable learning experience at the hospital. The free time to sight see Nepal was a definite plus, because this country is so beautiful, and the people there made it more welcoming. I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience in the pre-med/pre-nursing program in Nepal".
How was the service of the local Abroaderview Coordinator and staff? Great! They made sure I was happy and responded quickly to any questions.
Can you give tips for future volunteers on what to bring as donations for the program? For the childrencare program, I recommend donating books, school supplies, plastic cups, bowls, plates and silverware. Fort he achives program at the hospital, I recommend donating office supplies.
What was your favorite memory of this trip? The people of Kpando! Everyone was so warm and welcoming; it made teaching in front of a class easier than expected. I loved greeting people on the way to school and children’s home and I loved being greeted by the children!
Also visiting the island was a great experience. The children were eager to learn and we got to show our donations to them, including showing the class how to use a jump rope and using the teacher as our subject; they loved it!
What was the most difficult thing you experienced? Realizing the health issues of some of the children of the children’s home and other poor situations some of them have been through broke my heart. They were all so happy to see the volunteers and play and its sad knowing there’s not much I can do to improve their situation.
What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for? I felt very prepared. The orientation guide provided by ABV and reading previous reviews helped me with my packing list. We were lucky that the week we were there wasn’t too bad with the heat too. I feel we came to Ghana with an open mind and were ready for a new experience.
Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc) Definitely follow the guide provided by ABV. As far as donations, it may be best to contact Edem or Jesse directly. All of our donations went to good use, but it seemed as though they needed some things more than others. If you get the time be sure to check out Wli waterfalls and the monkey sanctuary!
How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA? The ABV staff was very helpful with getting me ready for my first trip outside of the United States. Whenever I had a question it was always answered within a day, if not, sooner.
How was the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country? Edem and his family have huge hearts and a lot of goals. At times it seems Edem has too much on his plate, and he could be a little hard to get a hold of. But in the end he was a great support and he did so much for my family and I and we really appreciated it. He is a selfless man!
Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial): Having only a week for spend in Ghana, we wanted to get the most out of each day. We taught health and hygiene at a local school in the mornings and helped out at the children’s home in the afternoon. The people of Kpando were amazing and very welcoming.
Living with Peter and Mary was great, if we ever needed something there was no hesitation to ask, they made us feel right at home… and Mary’s cooking was delicious. We were lucky to be volunteering at the same time as some other awesome volunteers, it made the experience all the more enjoyable.
I felt as if I was able to test the waters for volunteering in a foreign country. I would definitely like to do this again, but for at least 3 weeks! It’s amazing that only a week can leave such an impact
Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Of course.
Volunteer Name: Elizabeth Baggett Project Location: Xela, Guatemala Program Dates: May 11 to May 25 2014 Volunteered at: Children's Project and Pre-medical
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country? Excellent! The coordinators answered any questions I ever had and always were checking in on me.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced? Public transportation. Easy and safe but very different from the US
3- What was most difficult to experience? The rain!
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations) If you´re coming during the rainy season, bring rain boots, umbrella, rain coat, etc.
5.1-Other things volunteers should know: a. Always have an open mind b. Be ready for anything c. Learn the language while you´re here! d. Taste all the foods.
6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial): ABV provided me an excellent experience in Xela. I couldn´t have been happier. I am so glad ABV was able to get connected with such great volunteer locations. I really loved it all.
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared) Great! My host family felt like family. Great food, great people, and safe!
8- What was your favorite memory of this trip? The kids at the volunteer centers.
9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling? Excellent. Always responded to questions ASAP. Thank you!
10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Yes!
Volunteer: Dorothy Liu-Barbaro - Cusco, Peru / Dates: May 5 - May 30, 2014 Volunteered: Centro de Salud/Medical volunteer
"Volunteering with A Broader View in Cusco was a wonderful experience, as a doctor. I learned a lot about the Peruvian healthcare system and appreciated positive and negative aspects of it. I enjoyed working at both a private hospital and the public clinic and learned how healthcare resources are allocated in a system very different from ours in the USA. I learned how important the family system is here in Peru and was pleased to see how patients often had multiple family members stay with them during their hospital stay. These family members were instrumental in purchasing medications and seeing to their families needs".
Volunteer Name: Alex L. Koplin Project Location: Belize Program Dates: June 06 - June 14, 2014 Volunteered At: Orphanage
This trip really helped me. It refueled my batteries and gave me a new perspective about life.
I realize this is corny and a little trite, but it did help me. Being with my daughter who is 18, and watching her and having a close person to talk to was great. Seeing how others with very little are so grateful each day for what they have is a great lesson and reminder of what we have here. The kids at the orphanage were all welcoming and well behaved. It was great interacting with them.
They were positive around us and some let us get closer and develop some positive relationships.
Volunteer Name: Ethan Kandeeban Dates: April 27 - May 25, 2014 Location: Volta Region, Ghana Project: Pre-medical/health Ghana ...
Traveling to Ghana and working with locals on various healthcare initiatives was one of the greatest experience of my life. I went to Ghana expecting to teach about basic healthcare regimes and came back to Canada with a wealth of knowledge I had no idea I would receive. An experience like this changes the soul and the core of who you, it even reduces me to tears thinking about it all. I would recommend this to anyone who has a love for healthcare, travel, people and especially those who want to figure out if healthcare is what they want to do with their lives. There is a reason they call Ghana the “Gateway of Africa” and from experience, I can promise this to be true. It is hard to believe, but there wasn’t a single time I was afraid in Ghana. The people there were unbelievably friendly, the traditions and culture was absolutely fascinating and it is a country that is easy to navigate and have as your own as you travel and make footprints in the world.