A Broader View Volunteers Corp

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We arrange short-term international mission trips and long term volunteer projects in South America, Africa and Asia. Designed with flexibility and customized attention with volunteer options in African orphanages, teaching English, medical and dental volunteering, HIV awareness projects, conservation in national parks, animal welfare, environmental and community development.

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Thank you so much to ABV for facilitating my last four months of volunteer work. It was such an amazing experience. In the past four months, I have learned so much. This whole experience has taught me so much as an individual, as well as a person in this society today. I cannot believe how much I have seen and done and I am so grateful for being able to have done this trip at such a young age. It has changed me forever and I would never trade these experiences for anything.

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Posted: December 27, 2008
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I had a really great experience in La Cebia Honduras. The family I was placed me with were really welcoming and made me feel very comfortable in their home. The room was very clean and the food was varied and very tasty.
It was great that ABV managed to place me with another volunteer which was really nice. It meant that I had someone to talk to and travel around the area at weekends with. There were several other volunteers in the area at the same time as me and we were all introduced and made good friends together. At the weekends there are lots of things to do around La Ceiba. You can easily visit the Bay Islands which are all very beautiful. I was also able to go white water rafting and on a zip line canopy tour. These were both really great experiences.
I didn’t take Spanish lessons whilst I was in La Ceiba. However, all the volunteers i spoke to who were taking the lessons reported very highly of their experiences and the teaching quality. If I go again I would defiantly take the opportunity of taking these classes.
I worked in a school and at an all boys orphanage during my time in La Ceiba. Both experiences were really good and very rewarding. I got to know the boys I worked with at the orphanage really well. They were so grateful for the simplest of things I really enjoyed working with them and I miss them massively now that I’m back home in the UK.
Manuel, the ABV Project Director is a lovely guy and is very helpful. I was able to contact him whenever I needed to and he was always there to help me whatever the situation. He is very well connected in La Ceiba so was able to offer loads of advice. Manuel is really laid back and you can always have a laugh and a joke with him which I found put me at ease about my whole trip. Manuel was very concerned for our safety which made me feel safe. It made me feel like I could really rely on him.
ABV in general have been very supportive and friendly. They guided me through my whole trip and I would chose ABV do my next trip with.

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Posted: December 27, 2008
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I worked with two different programs throughout my time in Ecuador as a volunteer. My first placement was at Valle Del Rio where I taught English in 5 different surrounding elementary schools and my second was with the Casa del Sol Program in el Centro Historico de Quito where I was working in an indigenous daycare.
When I was living in Valle Del Rio I would spend every morning teaching English, grading past assignments, and interacting with the children of the 5 different schools. As an assistant at the daycare, I would wash the floors, tables, chairs, help cook, play with the children, give them homework assignments, help put them to sleep, and various other daycare activities.
The highlight of my experience was when my aunt came to visit me and we celebrated Mother's day with the community at Valle Del Rio. I loved my host family, and really anything that I did with them would be considered a highlight. I also really enjoyed the time I spent with my students as many of them lived so nearby and they would invite me over to play. The local Abroaderview coordinator was absolutely amazing and Laura and Myriam were more than helpful in everything and went way out on a limb to make sure that all of their volunteers were happy. Thanks again ABV for all of your help, it was truly an amazing experience. - Chelsea
George D. father of Chelsea
I am absolutely overwhelmed and dazzled by the POSITIVE difference between your organization and others. My wife Tracy and I feel as if our daughter Chelsea is the ONLY volunteer that you are coordinating. How do you do that!? How are you able to focus such attention on each volunteer without losing your minds? We are SO grateful and happy that Chelsea discovered A Broader View. Please pass our gratitude and our congratulations re: an organization exceptionally well run, along to everybody in view at Abroaderview. That must be everybody involved with your ABV organization because there is no way you could do such a professional and complete job without everybody carrying the same torch of passionate service and attention to detail.
Thank you and Congratulations!
Sincerely,
George D. (Tulsa,OK)

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Posted: December 8, 2008
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Each city, country has it own issues, if you are not in the problematic areas, you will be fine.
Hi-I'm wondering how safe you felt in Quito? Is it an easy city to get around in? Thanks so much. Pat S.

I worked with the Hospice in Lusaka Zambia. I did basic favors for the facility such as take documents and such to different parts of the hospice. I also worked in the laboratory and did HIV antibody tests and recorded Hb for patients. I was able to shadow the clinical officers that worked at the hospice.
Twice, I went on an HIV/Aid outreach workshop where the hospice provided home-based care for patients who were not able to come to the hospice. We went to remote parts of Zambia and provided basic care. The ABV coordinator Josphat was very helpful and polite. He was supportive and always asked if I needed any extra help. He kept in touch throughout my program.
THX ABV

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Posted: December 7, 2008
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Romita:
Everything went well when we were in Cusco. We really enjoyed our time with Mama Greta and the Montecino family. They were always very helpful and very caring for our needs. Mama Greta's cooking was also always wonderful. The whole family went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. Please thank them again from us. I also had a great experience at La Clinica. It was great working with Dr. Holgado and Dr. Vilca. We also had the opportunity to go to the Hospital Regional and work in the emergency room. That was also a good experience.
The Spanish classes were also very good and I feel like I can now speak some Spanish without feeling too nervous. I am grateful for the time in Cusco, to be exposed to a new place, a new culture, a new language. It was wonderful to work with Vanessa, the ABV Project Coordinator. She was great about helping us navigate in Cusco in the first few days and were a great source of information. I have no complaints about our stay. Our trip to Acopia was also a wonderful experience. We were able to use our training in "the real world" and at least try to help the people in the village. It was definitely worth it and it was a great experience. Overall everything went very well. We have lots of great memories. Thank you for everything.
Wilson:
I had a really great time during my month in Cusco. I really enjoyed working in La Clinica, the physicians and staff taught me so much. I also learned a lot from the Spanish classes.
The professor was excellent; he was very patient and professional. The host family was very warm and accommodating; they made me feel as thou I was part of their family. Vanessa was very helpful and kind, she helped us tremendously. in summary, my experience was great, if I could do it over again, I would a million times over.
Thank you for everything ABV.

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Posted: December 6, 2008
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