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Volunteer Name: Julia Adams
Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates: July 15th to July 28th 2014.
Volunteered at: Orphanage
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Video Review Volunteer Steven Fultz in Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation program

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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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Volunteer Anthony Nguyen Review Nepal Kathmandu Medical Program with abroaderview.org

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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 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?
 
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Review John Dahl Honduras Volunteer in La Ceiba PreMed program with Abroaderview.org

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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 Dania & Sophia Green Volunteer in Belize Orphanage Program with Abroaderview.org

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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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Video Review Rachel Connell Costa Rica San Jose Hospital Program

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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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Video Review Austin Johnson Honduras La Ceiba PreMed Program Abroaderview.org

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

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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 Volunteer Lindsay Mamet Chile La Serena Orphanage program with Abroaderview.org

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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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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 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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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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