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Feedback Review Volunteer Kelsey Risbrudt Colombia Cartagena Abroaderview.org - YouTube

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Senior Richard L. Munson, Volunteered at: Nicaragua, Colombia and Peru with Abroaderview.org

Senior Richard L. Munson, Volunteered at: Nicaragua, Colombia and Peru with Abroaderview.org | "#Volunteer Abroad Information: Volunteering, Airlines, Countries, Pictures, Cultures" | Scoop.it

General
You will probably be volunteering in a third-world country This will be exciting, challenging and amazing but at times exasperating; remember that you are not in the US. Flow with it and did not expect US standards because you will be disappointed. Read carefully the detailed material from A Broader View and buy/check out tour book on the country of your choice. When volunteering, rely on the coordinator who will be of great assistance. 

Safety
As in any US city, always keep your eyes open and be alert But generally, there is no concern for safety.
You will be meet by the coordinator at the airport. Then taken to you host family. The family has been screened and the house is in a safe area. You will be taken to the work area on the first day by the coordinator. You can either walk to the work área, take a local bus or, if you choose, a taxi can be taken (the safest and worth the extra you would pay). Buses in third-world countries can be crazy but are generally safe...pick pockets may be around. Your coordinator will advice you as to unsafe/safe areas and travel. At the end of your volunteer work, your coordinator will take you to the airport. The airport pick up/drop off, host family and work will be completely safe. What you choose in your free time or at the end of your volunteer work is your choice.

Accommodations
Your host family will be middle class (for the country), may have an English speaker and be safe.
The family will be concerned about your welfare, dietary needs (local cuisine) and comfort. If requested, you will have a private room with probably a shared bath (hot wáter only for shower). In general, the accommodations will be simple but pleasant and clean.

Interacting with 20+ year olds
First, if requested, you will be the only volunteer with the host family or the other volunteer will not be a 20+. Generally, young people who volunteer, come to help and to learn about the local culture. There is a minority who come to party. It is unlikely that you you will encounter them other than maybe in your volunteer work area. If there are any situations in which the "party goers" become irritating, a talk with the coordinator will usually resolve the problem.

Conclusion
By joining a commercial tour group, one can experience much in a short period of time and see a great deal while being "herded around" in a rushed, somewhat impersonal way. But you miss the essences of the country. By volunteering, you have instant access to the "real" country and people and you become part of it. Plus you gain a feeling of having helped and being useful. From a tour, one may have great photos, etc. But they can not compare with the memories, photos, etc. of the smiling faces of orphaned girls you helped or the four year old who learned to say YELLOW or the university students who wanted to talk about the US.

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Volunteer Mother/daughter Kelsey & Lori Risbrudt Colombia | Facebook

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Volunteer Mother/daughter Kelsey & Lori Risbrudt Colombia Cartagena Children Center program March 2014
I choose the Children center program because I have an intense and extreme interest in the well-being of society and believe it is our job to help others in order to benefit all branches of humanity. 
I am a very open-minded, respectful and free-spirited individual. I am passionate about learning about all cultures and am influenced and inspired by the ways all people live.

https://www.abroaderview.org/volunteers/colombia

 

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Feedback Review Richard Volunteer Abroad: Nicaragua, Colombia and Peru experience

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By joining a commercial tour group, one can experience much in a short period of time and see a great deal while being "herded around" in a rushed, somewhat impersonal way.  But you miss the essences of the country.  By volunteering, you have instant access to the "real" country and people and you become part of it. Plus you gain a feeling of having helped and being useful.  From a tour, one may have great photos, etc.  But they can not compare with the memories, photos, etc. of the smiling faces of orphaned girls you helped or  the four year old who learned to say YELLOW or the university students who wanted to talk about the US.


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Feedback Review Don & Samantha Volunteer in Belize Orphanage with Abroaderview.org

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The ABV staff is easily one of the best groups I have associated with over the years. Very professional: Responsive, timely and continuous with relevant information.

Agatha is a gem! Wufie is great…a true asset to the organization. Numerous others. Here is an example: The main cook, Ms. V, heard that our team was comprised of medical professionals/students. She came and talked with us regarding her concern about a newly arrived child with epilepsy. As a result of our discussion, Agatha asked if we would develop a presentation for the staff. Ultimately, we provided a 3-hour training session in Pediatric First Aid, CPR & Epilepsy. The staff was highly engaged during all facets of training and we were constantly answering questions throughout. Very dynamic, lots of laughter. Great experience for both teachers and students. One lady brought us homemade tamales later in the day as her way of saying thank you. We were very touched and accepted them most humbly.


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HD Video Feedback/review Volunteer Matthew Schmitt Guatemala Children Center Abroaderview.org

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Feedback Guatemala Xela Andrew Schmitt Children Center Program March 2014 What was most difficult to experience? Leaving, for sure. I was only with the daycare for two weeks, but it was still hard ...

 

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Abroaderview Donations Guatemala Xela, Elderly Care Center Program.

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Abroaderview Donations Guatemala Xela, Elderly Care Center Program. Most of the residents have no other living options. Some have been abandoned by their own family. The home provides these ladies, free of charge, a place to live, meals, clothing, medical treatment and therapy needs. Since most woman in Latin American culture are the back bone of the family, they deserve to live their life with dignity and in a happy environment. *This program can be combined with the medical projects, as volunteers are needed to provide health checks like checking blood pressures, sugar levels, administering medication and physical therapy needs.

https://www.abroaderview.org/programs/woman-support-projects/guatemala-community-center


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Volunteer in Chila La Serena Orphanage program: Melanie Rowe Abroaderview.org

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Name: Melanie Rowe, Project Location: La Serena, Chile, Program Dates: 17/01 to 28/02 2014, Volunteer at: Orphanage

My experience in La Serena has been really amazing and I am so glad that I did it. The work that is done at the children’s home is truly incredible and I am really happy to have been a part of this project. Getting to know the children and the workers was so great and I learnt a lot during the 6 weeks, whether it was about Chilean culture, the language or washing and changing babies. Also my host family (Wilma, Juan Carlos and Romina). Wilma did so much for me during the stay, she was always willing to help me with anything at all, and nothing was too much for her. The family really did make the experience for me, I felt completely comfortable and welcome in their home and learnt a lot about Chilean culture from them.

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10 Tips to follow while you are Volunteering Abroad with Abroaderview.org

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Olivia Volunteer in Lusaka, Zambia

Olivia Volunteer in Lusaka, Zambia | "#Volunteer Abroad Information: Volunteering, Airlines, Countries, Pictures, Cultures" | Scoop.it

Traveling to Zambia I had little idea of what to expect. What I
couldn't have guessed is that in 5 short weeks I would make such great
connections with people and so many memories. The people you get to
work with within the main office and phenomenal, talented, and driven.
Lusaka itself is a bustling, traffic filled modern city with Zambian
culture on every corner. While they have western-style malls &
shopping areas, the ideal of the true market is still very much alive
in Zambia. If you get a chance to, spend a little time negotiating
downtown & enjoy the experience, although understand the currency here beforehand! People here are incredibly kind & will go out of their way
to help you. Trust me, if you get lost, it is easy to find someone who
will point you in the right direction or even walk you to your
intended destination. I'm speaking from very personal experience, as I
managed to always be incorrect by one or two bus stops off when I
adventured off by myself. And I found I met incredibly interesting
people off the beaten path, especially when traveling in Livingstone.
The other volunteers you run into all have amazing stories &
experience you can learn from. Additionally, I found my conversations
with Olivia, Josephat, their family, and my peers in the office were
the most revealing about the similarities and differences in culture,
everyday life, and expectations. I really felt like a friend in their
home by the time I left, instead of some stranger who had appeared on
their doorstep 5 weeks before.
It's amazing to give freely of your time & any expertise to people who
are so welcoming. Additionally, the offices and departments we worked
with were incredibly forthcoming and receptive to change. When meeting
with prison officials, community members, or even government
representatives the underlying feeling was that everyone was
contributing to make everyone's, even the sometimes forgotten
prisoners, a little bit better. It was a refreshing way to look at
change!  I don't know if the work I did while I was in Zambia will be
able a significant contribution, but I know I loved getting the chance
to experience their culture. I know the country, the people; even the
calmness has truly touched my life. I wouldn't trade my experience for
anything, and I am so thankful to A Broader View for giving me the chance to be in Zambia!

 
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Review Feedback James Volunteer in Xela, Guatemala with Abroaderview.org

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Volunteer Name: James O´Loughlin Project Location: Xela, Guatemala Program Dates: From Jan. 6th 2014 to Jan. 31st 2014 Volunteered at: Health Clinic

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Verizon Grant for Terry M to Volunteer Abroad | Volunteer Abroad News Abroaderview.org

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One of our volunteer Terry M just got a Grant from Verizon to volunteer in one of our programs. Some information of the Grant they offer. 

"Verizon employees are the heart and passion of our philanthropy. They demonstrate true service to communities through their volunteer efforts and financial contributions. Verizon is proud to support their efforts in making the world a better place".

“We believe that using our talent and technology to address society's biggest challenges will both grow our business and change the world for the better. We call this strategy Shared Success.”

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Feedback Review Volunteer Creighton de Young Cusco Peru Pre Med Program - YouTube

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Feedback Review Creighton Volunteer in Cusco, Peru Health care program with Abroaderview.org

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Volunteer Name: Creighton DeYoung
Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates: From 03/23/2014  to  mm/30/2014
Volunteered at:  Pre-medical project

1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
This trip was the first time I had traveled abroad by myself, and I was a little bit nervous about the logistics.  However, I was very pleased to find that the ABV Coordinator (Beatriz) was exceptionally accommodating. Despite flight complications, and several other uncontrollable mishaps, my week in Peru was worry free and successful.  A large of which can be attributed to the ABV Coordinator.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
The most surprising thing for me was the standard of the medical facility and staff.  I was expecting far worse!  It was a clean building with professional staff.  While it is nice to know the patients at my clinic are in good hands, I wish I could have played a more integral role in the medical field.

3- What was most difficult to experience?
The most difficult thing for me was working with the children in the clinic.  I was concerned by the conditions in which they lived.  The physical environment was quite nice, however, the children lacked personal social attention.  At the end of the day, it was hard for me to tear myself away from the kids.

4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Make Machu at least a two day trip.

4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.-Don’t carry all your money around with you, even if it is in a money belt.
b.-Buy a map of the city and keep it with you. Study it a little bit if you have time.
c.-You might be surprised by the amazing conversations you can have with completely random people, if take the time to initiate it.  
d.-Plan a group dinner with at least some of the other volunteers; it makes living in a foreign country far less lonely.

5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
Overall, I absolutely loved my experience in Cusco, Peru.  It was definitely the best way I could have spent my one week of spring break.  Although I volunteered in a medical setting, I would have liked to been included more in working with patients.  That being said, I do feel as though I made a difference in the lives of some – the children.  If asked whether or not I would sign up for this trip all over again, I would absolutely say, “Yes.”

6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)

The accommodations were excellent in my case.  I absolutely loved my host family, and it is a shame I have to leave them.  The meals were great and I always felt safe.  As I said before, my only negative remark is the lack of medical experience I actually gained compared to my expectations.  I paid to volunteer, so if I were to participate in this program again, I would do so under the assumption I would be working closely with doctors and I would be given more responsibility.

7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
In the clinic, it was definitely attending to the children.  I formed some special connections with a few patients that will leave a mark on me forever.  Outside of the clinic, Machu Picchu definitely the highlight of my trip.  All I can say is that it is one of the most awe-inspiring sights I have ever seen.

8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
It was decent.  I could have used more information from the program.  For example, instead of emails sent from a machine, I would have liked to receive personal emails from my coordinator, or at least have an email address for more personal and specific communication.  Also, I did not know until I got to the clinic what kind of work I would be doing, so more information in that regard would have been nice. ( ABV response: Program Summary was sent 30 days prior to traveling, we also have a direct line and a chat online to talk to us and in the travel guide you had the direct contact information to the coordinator, the "machine emails" are just so you can remember to send all the paper work and get already before the trip)

9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers
Since, I only had time to stay for one week, I do not think I would be able to give the most detailed advice to future volunteers.

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Benjamin Keepers: Honduras La Ceiba, Health Care Program March 20 | Facebook

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Benjamin Keepers: Honduras La Ceiba, Health Care Program March 2014.
Im studying Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. I choose Honduras because I visited Guatemala last year and loved it. so I decided to visit another central american country. The spanish Immersion program was fantastic, I feel much better at speaking spanish now. The host family was very nice and did more than enough to accommodate me. The local coordinator was a greta teacher. Bring sterile gloves, usual hospital supplies, everyone coordinated & worked with me in a timely & professional manner.

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Feedback review Jackie Volunteer in Costa Rica Sea turtle program with Abroaderview.org

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How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Nicki was great. She was helpful in giving us information about the project, and Costa Rica in general.
It was great to have an English speaker coordinator to help us transition our time at the sea turtle camp.

What was the most surprising thing you experience?
The type of work we did sometimes surprised me.  At first I was surprised that clearing paths would help the sea turtles/conservation project, but then learning more I understood how all the parts we did helped to sustain or expand the program.

What was the most difficult to experience?
Since two of the nests were overdue but had not hatched we had to dig them up (to see what was wrong) unfortunately the turtles were all dead.  We had to remove the eggs and dead babies.

 

Any tips for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Bring practical clothing that you do not mind getting dirty or leaving them behind.

Other things volunteers should know
A)  You do not need much at the camp
b)  Bring lots of sunscreen and bugspray, flip flops
c)  Try to leave all expectations behind & adapt to life at the camp. It will be a rewarding experience if you do.
You will get very dirty. Expect night shifts and physical labor.  Try to make the best of the situation and you will have the most fun and interesting experience at the camp.

Personal Paragraph (ABV Testimonial)
For me this was a completely new experience because I have never even been camping!  It was not always easy to adapt to the very simple conditions but once I did it, it was one of the best experiences
Of my college time to live so close to nature without technology for 10 days.

 

How would you describe your accommodations, meals, security?
We had a share on-site accommodation that was not fully closed from outdoors. It was very basic but still felt safe. The meals were almost always a combination of rice, beans and something else.  But very good.

What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Watching the sun set and the stars on the beach without light pollution and other noises/distractions.
The experience of nature is very different here.  We had the whole beach to ourselves most of the time, That was a very rare and great experience.

How as the ABV support prior to traveling?
It was good.  We received the itinerary and information by pdf and felt prepared.

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes.

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Feedback Review Lauren M. Volunteer in Xela, Guatemala with Abroaderview.org

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Wow. This experience was once-in-a-lifetime. I love it here in Xela, and I am so glad I chose this location and this Organization. The city is vibrant and its people are full of life. The work we got to do at the rehabilitation clinic was very worthwhile and the Spanish lessons were very helpful and fun. I would gladly recommend this program to anyone looking for A Broader View of the world around them.

I felt safe, cared for and respected in my host home. The meals were yummy and nutritious, and although I grew tired of beans, I accept that it is a standard food. I was caught off guard, at first by being told by my host mom that I was not in proper dress code for Guatemala, but I understand that it was for my safety.


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HD Feedback Lauren Miller Guatemala Xela, Rehabilitation Center Program March 2014 - YouTube

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The Best 10 Travel Apps to Volunteer Abroad with Abroaderview.org

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HD Video Feedback Suzanne Huff Volunteers in Honduras La Ceiba March 2014 Orphanage Program - YouTube

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Jen B Volunteer in Arusha,Tanzania January 2014 with Abroaderview.org

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This was an experience of a lifetime. It was eye opening, humbling and makes you so appreciative of the little things we take for granted. The greatest gift you can give is yourself, and there is no better feeling in the world. I decided to go on this journey by myself because I was personally going through changes in my life. I had only hoped that the feeling I would have coming home would be exactly what I imagined it to be and it is and so much more. My mind, body and soul is refreshed and renewed. I have become a better and stronger person because of this opportunity. I am so grateful and so thankful for everyone I met along the way during my time in Tanzania. They have forever changed me and made such a positive impact in my life. As much as I hope to have made a difference in all the lives I met, what they’ve done for me is priceless. The amount I have grown in 3 weeks is unbelievable, and I cannot wait to go back and experience more. Next time, I hope to stay longer. Lastly, don’t have any expectations; just go with an open mind. You will have the best time ever. It was the best risk and decision I have made in my life thus far.

 

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10 Tip to Fundraise to Volunteer Abroad with Abroaderview.org

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How much does it cost to change a life? Volunteer Abroad Fundraising Campaign

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Meagan Ellington is volunteering with us in La Serena Chile with her sister Meredith, she will volunteer at an orphanage for 3 weeks and also have Spanish Immersion Lessons. She is fundraising for this volunteer trip. any support please go to http://www.youcaring.com/mission-trip-fundraiser/how-much-does-it-cost-to-change-a-life-/137341 any donation is good, from $1 and up. 

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Feedback Volunteer Andrea Crane: Ghana, Orphanage and Wound Care Program Abroaderview.org

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Volunteer Name: Andrea Crane, Project Location: Kpando, Ghana, Program Dates: 1/22 – 1/29/14, Volunteered at: Orphanage and homes within community of Kpando

"Overall, I had a wonderful experience in Ghana. ABV handled everything and made me feel very safe and welcome in the Kpando. The host family was kind and welcoming, and truly enjoyed having us as their guests. The trip was enlightening in many ways and very fulfilling. I cannot wait to return and be with the beautiful people of Ghana again!

Use the packing list provided by ABV, it covers almost everything you need! A few things I would add: baby wipes, portable fans, and a small backpack. Also, consider bringing electrolyte replacements, such as Gatorade packs to mix with water, because the heat will dehydrate you very quickly! I would recommend going to the market in town on market days (every fourth day). It is a great place to buy delicious foods and unique souvenirs, and to experience the beautiful culture of Ghana. The market was one of my favorite places to visit! If you’re looking for a short trip, try traveling to the beautiful Wli Falls on the weekend. It was a 1-hour taxi ride away and made a great getaway. 

My favorite memory was on the first day that we arrived to do wound care for an elderly woman with a chronic wound. She was so thankful that we had come to help her, and her husband actually lifted his hands and praised God for our being there. They were so grateful! This very humbling and rewarding experience truly made me feel like I was making a difference in her life.
Also, the children of Ghana truly made an impact on heart. I have many wonderful memories of their smiles and giggles! 

https://www.abroaderview.org/programs/medical-dental/ghana-medical-healthcare


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