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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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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This was my first experience volunteering overseas and it was challenging, rewarding, frustrating, satisfying, scary and joyful all at the same time! I don't think there is any way to understand what it is like and what it does for you other than to experience it first-hand. You will learn a lot about the daily realities of life in a developing country, learn even more about yourself and what you are made of, and most of all understand how even the smallest gestures of good-will and service go very far to help others in need.
My Favorite Memory: Meeting the 20+ youth at the Tabata Youth Center where Youth in Action does much of its work. I spent 2+ hours in a Q&A session talking to the youth about teen issues such as HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, religion, politics, and dating. I was their first visitor and they were so excited to perform one of their educational plays for me.
I was surprised that....
Resources are so incredibly scarce for local organizations; it seems to be the biggest limiting factor for getting things done and making progress. The organizations themselves struggle to stay in operation on a daily basis, and have virtually no support from within their own country.
The most difficult thing I experienced was....
Tourists and "mzungu" are rarely seen in the sections of town where I was, and it was hard to feel so conspicuous and stared at. People call out "mzungu" as you walk by, and you constantly feel eyes watching you. The "personal space" is also a much shorter distance, so people would come up pretty close to take a good look. It took several days to get comfortable with it. I can't say I ever got comfortable with it, but over time I was less uncomfortable!
My best received lesson...
Face each day with an open mind and a healthy dose of humor. There will be many times when you will ask yourself "what am I doing" or "why am I doing this" but if you put aside the critical thoughts and embrace the experience, you will be surprised how things always seem to work themselves out in the end.
Thank you A Broader View Team
http://www.abroaderview.org

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Posted: December 5, 2008
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I am a senior at Colorado College, and I was in Ghana (in the Volta region) this past summer. I had the most amazing experience in Ghana. The ABV project director Edem in Kpando is an amazing person! He is 29 I think, and incredibly active with the UN youth, and is actually a member of the royal family in Kpando. He is really really smart, and also very used to westerners. He will be very respectful towards you and your cultural background. Additionally, he made me feel extremely safe when I was there (first time is Ghana...especially Accra, can be a bit terrifying). Edem is one of the main reasons I had such a great experience, and hope that I can get back to Kpando very soon!
ABV is wonderful. For a new organization they are well organized. When I was there, I heard somewhat of horror stories about some other programs not really keeping in contact to make sure that the volunteers were safe. With ABV, Edem had to call Sarah in the US office the minute we got to our hotel when I arrived in Ghana. He would check in with her periodically to let her know I was doing fine, and when I got back, Sarah was great about checking in with me to see how my trip was. ABV is not perfect, but they are pretty damn close for sure!
Overall, I found my time in Kpando to be one of the most arth-shatteringly-perspective-changing experiences of my life. I learned so much from the kids at orphanage, from Edem, and from the kids at the school I worked at. There is no way to summarize what my trip was like or how much it meant to me in one short email, but all I can tell you is that, the most important thing to be prepared for is to be prepared for the fact that you cannot really be prepared for what will happen to you while you are there. Everyone has a very different experience....some face home sickness, others stomach sickness, some face enlightenment, others simply find joy and humility. Overall, this ABV program was an amazing opportunity for me!

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Posted: December 4, 2008
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