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Feedback Ashley Cassavitis Volunteer in La Ceiba, Honduras Health Care Program

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Volunteer: Ashley Cassavitis
Location: Honduras, La Ceiba
Dates: July 21st to August 11th, 2014
Program: Health Care/Local Hospital
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Review Magen Bissell Volunteer in Bulenga, Uganda Health care outreach program

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Volunteer Name: Magen Bissell
Project Location: Bulenga, Uganda
Program Dates: 7/31-8/13/14
Volunteered at: Health Project/Outreach Medical Center
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Review Kaitlin Himle Volunteer in Cusco, Peru with Abroaderview.org

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Volunteer Name: Kaitlin Himle
Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates: July 23, 2014  August 6, 2014
Volunteered at:  Clinic
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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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Review Rachel DiFelice Volunteer in Quito, Ecuador Health Care Program

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Volunteer Name: Rachel DiFelice
Project Location: Quito, Ecuador
Program Dates: 12 to 27 July, 2014
Volunteered at:  Health Care Clinic
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HD Feedback Kristen Farris Volunteer Abroad Peru Cusco Orphanage Program - YouTube

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Feedback Stephanie Volunteer in Kpando, Ghana, Children Home and School Program

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What was your favorite memory of this trip?
The people of Kpando! Everyone was so warm and welcoming; it made teaching in front of a class easier than expected. I loved greeting people on the way to school and children’s home and I loved being greeted by the children!

Also visiting the island was a great experience. The children were eager to learn and we got to show our donations to them, including showing the class how to use a jump rope and using the teacher as our subject; they loved it!

What was the most difficult thing you experienced?  
Realizing the health issues of some of the children of the children’s home and other poor situations some of them have been through broke my heart. They were all so happy to see the volunteers and play and its sad knowing there’s not much I can do to improve their situation.

What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for?
I felt very prepared. The orientation guide provided by ABV and reading previous reviews helped me with my packing list. We were lucky that the week we were there wasn’t too bad with the heat too.
I feel we came to Ghana with an open mind and were ready for a new experience.

Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)
Definitely follow the guide provided by ABV. As far as donations, it may be best to contact Edem or Jesse directly. All of our donations went to good use, but it seemed as though they needed some things more than others.
If you get the time be sure to check out Wli waterfalls and the monkey sanctuary!

How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA?
The ABV staff was very helpful with getting me ready for my first trip outside of the United States. Whenever I had a question it was always answered within a day, if not, sooner.

How was the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country?
Edem and his family have huge hearts and a lot of goals. At times it seems Edem has too much on his plate, and he could be a little hard to get a hold of. But in the end he was a great support and he did so much for my family and I and we really appreciated it. He is a selfless man!

Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
Having only a week for spend in Ghana, we wanted to get the most out of each day. We taught health and hygiene at a local school in the mornings and helped out at the children’s home in the afternoon. The people of Kpando were amazing and very welcoming.

Living with Peter and Mary was great, if we ever needed something there was no hesitation to ask, they made us feel right at home… and Mary’s cooking was delicious. We were lucky to be volunteering at the same time as some other awesome volunteers, it made the experience all the more enjoyable.

I felt as if I was able to test the waters for volunteering in a foreign country. I would definitely like to do this again, but for at least 3 weeks! It’s amazing that only a week can leave such an impact

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Of course.

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Feedback Review Elizabeth Baggett Volunteer in Xela, Guatemala

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Volunteer Name: Elizabeth Baggett
Project Location: Xela, Guatemala
Program Dates: May 11  to May 25 2014
Volunteered at: Children's Project and Pre-medical


1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Excellent! The coordinators answered any questions I ever had and always were checking in on me.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
Public transportation. Easy and safe but very different from the US

3- What was most difficult to experience?
The rain!

4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
If you´re coming during the rainy season, bring rain boots, umbrella, rain coat, etc.

5.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.  Always have an open mind
b.  Be ready for anything
c.  Learn the language while you´re here!
d.  Taste all the foods.

6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
ABV provided me an excellent experience in Xela. I couldn´t have been happier. I am so glad ABV was able to get connected with such great volunteer locations. I really loved it all.

7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
Great! My host family felt like family. Great food, great people, and safe!

8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
The kids at the volunteer centers.

9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Excellent. Always responded to questions ASAP. Thank you!

10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes!


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Feedback Review Deissy Volunteer in Cusco, Peru Orphanage & School Program

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This program completely changes your life. It is incredible to be surrounded by children and adolescents- essentially allowing us to help them to learn new things to help them in the future. The school helps us to see how difficult it is to be a mother or father and the obligation to give a great education to these children so that they can work towards bettering the country as a whole. Also, to spend time with the girls at the orphanage helps us to really understand what it really means to value the great moments and experiences in life. Really it can be said that love, respect and sincerity are things that every person should have and experience; the least important things, on the contrary, are the physicalities of people as well as the items that they possess. At the entrance of the orphanage, the wall reads "una persona vale más que un mundo" and through this, it doesn't matter how many hardships life presents, what truly matters is how a person continues to remain strong and happy.


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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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Feedback Frankie Lewis Volunteer in Bulenga, Uganda Orphanage program

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Volunteer Name: Frankie Lewis
Project Location: Bulenga, Uganda
Program Dates:   July 9 - August 6, 2014
Volunteered at:   Orphanage
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Feedback Anshu Jain Volunteer in Cusco, Peru Orphanage program with Abroaderview

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Volunteer Name: Anshu  Jain
Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates:   July 28th to Aug 11th 2014
Volunteered at:  Orphanage in Cusco
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Volunteer Name: Caitlin Friel
Project Location: Cusco-Peru.
Program Dates: 07/15 to 07/29/14
Volunteered at: Orphanage
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Feedback Emma Hitchcock Volunteer in Belize Orphanage Program Abroaderview

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Volunteer Name: Emma Hitchcock
Project Location: Belize
Program Dates: 19 June - 17 July , 2014       
Volunteered At: Children's Home
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Volunteer Name: Emma Hitchcock - Project Location: Belize

Program Dates: 19 June - 17 July , 2014  - Volunteered at: orphanage
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Feedback Review Lauren Volunteer in Cusco, Peru. Orphanage and School program

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My favorite memory of this trip was seeing the faces of the girls at the orphanage the day we just got to play volleyball with them. It was difficult because they told all of us they did not want us to go but so rewarding knowing we helped them for at least a few days.

The host family I stayed with was great. They really accepted us as apart of their family. Sometimes it was hard to get used to certain meals but it wasn't necessarily bad but just different. I was surprised at the amount of security on site to protect the children and it was great. Living in a city was a different experience if you are not used to it which can be difficult at first but rewarding once you accept it.

I was surprised by how great and helpful the coordinator was in all situations. I really loved the sites we worked at because it was different. The boys and girls I was able to work with taught me things I may never be able to pay back. It was a completely humbling experience and I would not trade it for anything. The experience makes me want to help more and do more for not just this community but my community at home and other locations. Some days were difficult but this program is something I will never forget.

 

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Jimmy Volunteer in Arusha, Tanzania

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I had a great experience with ABV- I have absolutely NO complaints.  From the moment I signed up with ABV until the day I completed my program the ABV staff was very quick and diligent to answer all my questions/concerns.  They were very honest as to what to expect and didn't sugar coat anything.  They set me up with amazing people in Arusha that made sure I was very well taken care of.  When I was in Arusha I heard the stories of other volunteers everything from how their host family treated them, what they ate, their living conditions, and the fees their programs charged them- by far what ABV set me up was the best out of all of them.


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