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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.

 

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Review Volunteer Web Lebrato in Nepal Kathmandu at the Community Development program with Abroaderview.org

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Nepal is fantastic, the people and the program experience I had here was amazing, I probably remember them for the rest of my life.

How was the local Coordinator and the staff and the support provided in-country?
The local coordinator and staff were fantastic; the family I stayed with was the nicest people I have ever met. I couldn’t have image anything better what is it like.
What was the most surprising thing you experienced while in the program?
I didn’t experience anything surprising because I have travelled a lot in developing countries as well as I know many Nepalese people and Indian friend before I came to Nepal

What was most difficult thing you experienced while in the program?
The most difficult thing I experienced during the program would have to be setting a time for me to go work and for how long and because I am not a very organized person so it was little bit challenge for me.
Any tips for future volunteers….(clothing, travel information, packing, sightseeing, donations)
If anyone is donating any stuff then I would recommend donating much more than what you are thinking to bring because here are so many people are in need of everything and anything. You can email the coordinator for more guidance on it.

Personal paragraph (volunteer program testimonial):
Nepal is fantastic, the people and the program experience I had here was amazing, I probably remember them for the rest of my life.  It exceeded my expectations. I recommend you to travel to Pokhara not just stay in Kathmandu, it’s very touristic and you will meet lot of people from around the world, you can go for boat ride or paragliding and go to lumbini if you are interested in Buddhism, it’s the place where Lord Buddha was born and go visit the Monasteries and Chitwan for Jungle safari and hiking . I will remember this trip for the years to come. Nepal has become one of my favorite places to travel ,  I plan to come back in the future.

How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security?
My living accommodation here was everything was perfect. Nothing was bad.

What was your memory of this trip?
No specific memory but travelling all over the country was the best.

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?
It was fantastic.

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers about your volunteer experience?
Yes.

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Overall the hospital was a great volunteer program. I wished I could stay longer than 1 week but has to leave due to school. Try to do 1-3 weeks in future.

 

How was the local Coordinator and the staff and the support provided in-country?

    The coordinator’s family was very helpful in showing us Kathmandu. He knows all of the main attractions and different things do in the city and locations of activities. He also knows and have connections with most of the hospital staff so it was helpful to have him introduced us.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced while in the program?

      Most surprising I experienced in the city, especially the microbus during the peak office hours. It gets extremely crowded so there is not a lot of room to move or walk but it was very good experience. Also at the hospital, the different and unique cases they have compared to the U.S also surprising.


What was most difficult thing you experienced while in the program?

Most difficult was the dust and smoke in the city but other part like chitwan are more clean. I would recommend to bring mask or else or you have asthma or respiration problems due to dust can make you cough.

Any tips for future volunteers….(clothing, travel information, packing, sightseeing, donations)

      For future volunteers just ask locals and the coordinator for information. They are very welcoming and will help you also Just pack lightly and follow the guide. Or you can buy here its lot cheap here. Don’t pack too much things.


Other things volunteers should know:

To make the hospital experience more rewarding, try to learn MCR to take basic vitals like B.P, heart rate etc. the Dr will easily let you do that a lot. It works the experience more rewarding with a bit of medical background like anatomy. 

Personal paragraph (volunteer program testimonial):

Overall the hospital was a great volunteer program. I wished I could stay longer than 1 week but has to leave due to school. Try to do 1-3 weeks in future.

How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security?

The accommodation was great, similar to western style. I never felt unsafe in Kathmandu.


What was your memory of this trip?

Favorite memory was going through rounds with Dr. Swati. There are a lot of interesting cases so like vitamin deficiency you don’t commonly see in the U.S. that’s sounds like a good memory pack.

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?

It was adequate and the interaction was often and fast.

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers about your volunteer experience?

Yes.
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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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Family meals together were my favorite because they were genuine and full of love and laughter.

 
The staff was great. They were on time for everything, extremely helpful, very friendly, and very welcoming. Any problems or questions I had were always answered quickly and and help I needed was quickly given.    The most surprising thing I experienced with the Program was how much support the orphanage had and how so many of the kids had type of family and ended up going home during my stay. With the host family, it was how relatable they were to my own family and how casual they were. And with the country I was surprised by how little people speak English, and how community based the country is.  most challenging thing I experienced with the program/the host family/ and the country was not being able to speak fluent Spanish, take Spanish lessons while in Chile. 
Some tips I would give to future volunteers are: a. If you are coming in the winter bring warm clothes and plenty of extra warm socks. b. If you do not speak fluent Spanish, start studying before you come and do the immersion classes, they really help to further your Chilean Spanish and then apply it while here. c. Bring as little things as possible. d. Check and re-check your flights and flight times. Other things volunteers should know: It won't be what you expect it to be but it will be wonderful, and worth it

 
Bring cash with you from home, I did not do this and I regretted it. b. Bring a reusable water bottle c. Bring something small to carry your things around in. Coming to La Serena, it was not what expected at all. But I fell in love with this place and the people and the carefree nature of everyone. It is a very casual place where everyone is very accepting and friendly. Living here for a month really has showed me how similar people are not matter where in the world they are from. Working in the orphanage filled me with so much love for those children, I missed them on the weekends when I was gone. I would not change any part of my trip here and I definitely want to come back. There is just too much to do here.  My accommodations were wonderful. The house was much nicer than I was expecting it to be. I had my own room and there was wifi. My meals were wonderful, I felt very spoiled here always being cooked for and having food waiting for me. I also felt very safe everywhere I went, I have never once felt unsafe in Chile, and I have been all the country now. Everyone here has been friendly and welcoming and understanding of my lack of knowledge of Spanish. 
My favorite memory: Program: My favorite memory was finally getting one of the babies to smile the entire time during working there. Host Family: Family meals together were my favorite because they were genuine and full of love and laughter. Country: My favorite memory was traveling to San Pedro de Atacama. It was such a beautiful and interesting town and I had so much fun there.  I had no problems during my trip except for missing a flight in which case the ABV directors were very helpful and prompt in helping to change my airport transfer, call the emergency number. Everything was very quick.  The reservation system was very good and uncomplicated. I had no problems with it.
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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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