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A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I felt comforted when I saw the sign, "Ms. Janice" when I passed all of the necessary procedures at the Quito airport. A pleasant man was holding up the sign; I assumed he was the the director of the program (I am staying with her family). He kindly greeted me and offered to take my maletas (suitcases). My host family in Ecuador treated me with kindness, as if I were their own daughter. The apartment I stayed in with the family was quaint and well-kept.
I volunteered at an orphanage Maria Campi de Yoder. There, I found children with a variety of needs, physical, emotional, and mental. The staff members inspired me with their selfless attitudes and genuine concern for the children. My role was a helper for the teachers, including helping control behavior, mentoring, teaching, and feeding. I took the opportunity to use my knowledge in speech and language (I am a speech language pathologist) by providing occasional lessons. However, my favorite part about working there was being there to comfort the children, playing with them on the playground, and interacting with each one. The staff members were very flexible with regard to what roles I played in the site; they were all appreciative. For instance, since I wanted to be involved in a variety of situations, they allowed me to work with both the preschool aged children and older children. My experience working in Quito was overall positive, and a tremendous learning experience. I felt safe and taken care of in both the home of my host family and the center in which I worked.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Aug 24, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

I also feel that same person is writing many reviews. Basically all volunteer companies work through local organizations. And just work as middle man to make money so better to join program with local organization.
A Broader View Volunteers works incredibly hard to maximize each and every volunteer experience. We are proud that our volunteers think we are "amazing". Janice Ruelo traveled with A Broader View Volunteers for 6 weeks in Quito this summer (June16-July27). Janice made a travel blog of her Ecuador experience which you can read at: http://travelpod.com/members/fulana84 If you have any further doubts of her authenticity we would be happy to put you in touch with her. Janice has given ABV permission to use her as a reference. We thank Janice, and all of our wonderful volunteers who traveled with ABV this year. For potential volunteers we are happy to supply you with a list of past participants, please contact our office for more information. We hope in the future Abroad Reviews.com will allow only valid postings, and not post comments which are proven to be inaccurate. Thank you, Sarah Ehlers A Broader View Volunteers Founder
give me a break. almost all of these reviews appear to be written by the same person. when you really look at the style and the phrasing, it is very clear that this is just a person at the company making these posts up. that was my biggest concern about using this website to vet my choices. i've had my antennas up for this kind of thing, as I imagine it is hard to stop, but this one shines through as plain lying. for example, note how the usage of parenthetical statements is repeated by several reviewers that have different names. search for the word "amazing" and you will be amazed! search for the word "absolutely". notice how much praise is given for how hard ABV works. even the types of comments are clearly from a marketing person at ABV and not a real volunteer. i wish you could prevent these kinds of things from happening so people can trust your site more. please try to monitor these better.

Village Volunteers

Village Volunteers is a great program. Since they are non-profit, most of the money goes to the areas they support. I also volunteered with a for-profit program in South Africa and was very disappointed that most of the money did not go to the local program. The staff at VV is very supportive also. I felt completely supported every step of the way. The people at VV really care about trying to make a difference across the world. Compared to other programs, the fees are very reasonable. Also, since they are a 501(3)(C) non-profit, US residents may be eligible for a tax deduction for costs and donations and will have the confidence that it is a legitimate non-profit. I highly recommend the program.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Aug 23, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

i-to-i TEFL

I had a very bad experience with this company. The place they put us with had no heat, mold, outside doors didn't lock, etc. People where getting sick and asked them to get heaters or wood for the fireplace and they refused. We were also 8 people crammed into a small room. There were numerous other problems and the in-county coordinator essentially did not care about the volunteers. The worst part was the fact that most of the money you pay does not go to the local programs. There was even an article in the local newspaper after a volunteer complained about the large amounts of money not going to the programs. I suggest you look for a non-profit organization or go directly through the local program you are interested in. The local people are so happy to have you there and I had a good experience with the people at the local program. A group of volunteers tried to find out how much of our money went to the local program and we never got a straight answer from i-to-i. It is so sad that the thousands of dollars I paid, I suspect that less than $100 went to the program. Further, they do not provide food, transportation to the local program, etc. Basically, the money you pay to i-to-i is for housing (which could be easily found on your own) and to make money for the company. I also volunteered with a non-profit at Dago Village in Kenya, Village Volunteers, and the experience was so much better and most of the money I paid went directly to the local program. Further, they provided food and transportation while I was in country. I highly recommend volunteering abroad as it is a life-changing experience, but I suggest you go through a non-profit program so your volunteer money can make a difference.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Aug 23, 2009
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Comments

I had a similar experience, yes a nonprofit organization with clear prices and service, do your homework
What was the name of the local program? Do you have a contact for them?

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I just got back from 1 months stay in Costa Rica. I volunteered in rennovation/construction in Carpio, which is one the poorest areas in Costa Rica. I was very satisfied with my project site, where we had to rebuild the back wall/foundation of a church. The church also served as a daycare for the local kids to play and learn English. During our off times, we got to interact and bond with the children. Everything was amazing, and beyond my expectations. My host family was very sweet and and i made life long friends with my roomates and at my site. Maximo Nivel was very supportive and informative whenever i had any questions or concerns. Maximo made it clear to us during orientation that if we were not satisfied at any time with our site placement, they would have no problem changing our location. I highly reccomend IVHQ to anyone who is looking to volunteer abroad. The prices are exceptionally reasonable and the service is great. Everyone was always very pleasant and friendly at Maximo. All my emails with questions to IVHQ/Maximo were answered promptly and i never felt like a burden. This was a great experience!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 23, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Road2Argentina

Road2Argentina is an excellent program for the student who wishes to save a few thousand dollars and also be part of a smaller, more intimate community of students, professionals, and travelers. The people running this program are extremely warm, approachable, and in touch with the needs and interests of the participants. Although this program does not carry the glitz and extra trips included in many other programs, it will save you money and give you the independence (and support) to plan your own adventure while in South America.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Aug 22, 2009
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
9

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