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A Broader View (ABV)

The most surprising thing would be the culture change. I didn't know what to expect. I haven't traveled anywhere outside the US before so it was very different for me and I had to adjust. It was nice to see what else is out there in the world.
A difficult thing I experienced was seeing the lives some children have to live. I've been pretty sheltered living in Utah. It was sad and sometimes hard to see but it made me so grateful for what I have and made me realize how minimal my trials are.
I would definitely recommend if you're going to a country that speaks a different language to get a basic knowledge of it. The hardest thing for me was the language barrier. It would have been a lot easier to communicate effectively had I learned some Spanish before coming. I would also pack light. I didn't bring much for 3 months and I don't regret it. You don't need a lot to live.
Beatriz (my local coordinator) was so great! She showed me many places around the city and took me out frequently. I know if I ever needed anything I could call her and she would make sure it happened.
My host family was awesome! They treated me like I was part of the family from the beginning. They always made sure I was fed and comfortable. They showed concern and wanted me to be safe and I really like that.
Overall it was been a wonderful experience. I got to witness a different culture, meet some amazing people, and have so nice memories I'll keep with me for the rest of my life. It was eye opening to see a little part of the world away from home.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Apr 19, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View (ABV)

I volunteered in Ecuador Quito in the Centro de Salud from February 21st to April 14th and my time there was very rewarding. I would say it was the perfect mix of work, gaining experience and free time to see the country and have fun.
The apartment was full with volunteers, but still spacious (everyone had there own room). The meals were very good, and it was a fully modern apartment.
Ecuador is 99.9% Spanish only. Bring small denominations of US$ money. Have an open mind, plans change.


Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Apr 19, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Volunteer Network

I helped organize a trip through the GVN and my fiancé was sexually assaulted and her friend was also raped by one of the staff that they were placed with. Her trip was suppose to be 7 weeks. The last 2-3 weeks were not spent in the program, instead spending her own money for medical exams, filing police reports, and finally rescheduling her flights out of her own pocket as well. Of the $2500 paid to GVN, they kindly refunded her $395. What an absolute disgrace and a sick and terrible organization. I'm very supportive of volunteer organizations and whole heartedly believe in the good work that the local program was doing despite what happened. The disappointment lands in the handling of the matter by GVN. Beware. The larger GVN clearly does not care about their volunteers. The local programs that have little to no money did everything they could do to help with the situation. Shame on you GVN.

Program:
Location: Peru
Posted: Apr 19, 2014
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Global Volunteer Network

I helped organize a trip through the GVN and my fiancé was sexually assaulted and her friend was also raped by one of the staff that they were placed with. Her trip was suppose to be 7 weeks. The last 2-3 weeks were not spent in the program, instead spending her own money for medical exams, filing police reports, and finally rescheduling her flights out of her own pocket as well. Of the $2500 paid to GVN, they kindly refunded her $395. What an absolute disgrace and a sick and terrible organization. I'm very supportive of volunteer organizations and whole heartedly believe in the good work that the local program was doing despite what happened. The disappointment lands in the handling of the matter by GVN. Beware. The larger GVN clearly does not care about their volunteers. The local programs that have little to no money did everything they could do to help with the situation. Shame on you GVN.

Program:
Location: Peru
Posted: Apr 19, 2014
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Global Volunteer Projects

We have volunteer programs for those who want to work with us at our site locations, either on health, environment, economic, human rights and other related work.

Tanzania volunteerism
We are based in two cities–Mbeya city and Arusha city. Opportunities are available at these and other locations across the region.
visit our site www.mellowswanafrica.org for more information
or communicate with us through email. mfaarusha2011@gmail.com

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Apr 18, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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