A Broader View Volunteers Corp

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9.8 / 10 after 330 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings

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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A Broader View provided a very valuable service. My desire was to experience the culture of Africa, and the ability to live with a family while doing volunteer work was an exceptional opportunity. There was ample flexibility while I was there to work as little, or as much, as one wanted. One suggestion that I do have is that someone considering volunteer work come up with a definite plan as to what they would like to contribute. Do not plan to go there and say "What do you want me to do?" You could end up with a lot of spare time on your hands. Find out what is really needed directly from where you want to volunteer, and evaluate how you can help fulfill that need. And forget the generic "teaching English". They have plenty of teachers to do that. You will find you have much to contribute. I was fortunate to be able to do some construction while I was there. A word to the young volunteers. While I was in Africa, I had the opportunity to meet some exceptional young people with a genuine wish to give to the people. I also met those who, apparently, were using the "volunteering in Africa" as an excuse to get mom and dad to pay for a trip to party. If you want to underage drink or get high, there are much safer places to do it than Africa. At some point, you will become a burden to your host who has plenty to handle already.

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Posted: September 1, 2010
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9
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My experience in Peru has been a very positive one. The city is absolutely amazing and I have met people here who will be lifetime friends. My host family was great and Maria Elena truly tried to help each volunteer that came here
with anything they needed (setting up tours, for example). My only complaint about the home stay is that for both breakfast and dinner only bread was served. Dinners were sometimes accompanied with cheese or some type of meat, but there was never a true "dinner." I never said anything to Karem or Maria Elena because it was really only at the end that it bothered me, but I think that might be something to improve upon in the future. Lunches were great, but it was never like I was so full that I couldn't bear to eat anything else the
rest of the day, especially when I was walking about 2 hours every day.
My volunteer places were also a positive experience. I found it easier to work in Colibri than in San Juan Clinica de Dios because it was hard working with handicapped kids who can't walk or talk every day. It was rewarding though to see relationships grow with each of the kids, and it was definitely hard to leave them. Colibri is a great program and I could tell the kids really needed the help we were giving them. The only thing I would improve upon is making the volunteer hours the same for every one who goes through this program--everyone else who came here through ABV only had to work about 2-3 hours a day, while I was volunteering in two places for a total of 6 or more hours a day. It just
seems like something that should be standardized.
Cusco is an amazing city where there is more than enough things for volunteers to do. I took tons of weekend trips with other volunteers in my host stay. My extracurricular activities were probably the highlight of this trip. I would definitely recommend other people to come to Cusco because it has been such an amazing city and it started to feel like my home after two months.
My coordinator Karem was another positive part of my experience here. She is so sweet and would check in on me every couple of weeks to see how I was doing, We even spent time out together with her friends. She took me on a city tour the first day I got here, making me feel very welcome in the city and telling me to
call her whenever I had any problems. My relationship with her is so comfortable that when I come back to Cusco I am welcome to stay in her house.
Overall, I have loved my time here in Cusco and am beyond sad to have to leave today. I want to return some day with my friends and show them the place that has changed my life so much!

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Posted: August 10, 2010
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7
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6
By: Anonymous
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Experience was absolutely wonderful. The organization answered all my questions in a very timely and professional manner. The program coordinator at the site was very accessible, friendly, and accommodating.

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Posted: August 5, 2010
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9
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7
By: Anonymous
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I volunteered in the emergency room of the public hospital (as an EMT) for 5 weeks and took a Spanish immersion course for 4 weeks. The emergency room work was very challenging and probably not for the squeemish. Working with Sarah and Oliver Ehlers of A Broader View on the logistical aspects of my time in Honduras was a pleasure and I found them to be responsive and efficient. My host family was accommodating and friendly. The volunteer program - like many of the programs out there I suspect - depends on what you, as the volunteer, make of it. If I could afford to spend my life volunteering I would and I wouldn't hesitate to volunteer again through A Broader View.

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Posted: July 29, 2010
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8
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By: Anonymous
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I tried three different international volunteer organizations this year and I have to say that A Broader View was definitely the best one.
First of all, any questions that I had before leaving (and I had quite a few!) were answered immediately. Sarah was extremely kind and helpful with any pre-departure issues or concerns that I had. I got a lot of information beforehand on my host family and the places where I'd be volunteering.
I had a fantastic time in both Hanoi and Phnom Penh! The people were amazing, the food was delicious, and I loved my volunteer placements!
I got to work at two different placements in Vietnam, which was great, because I got the chance to see how differently things were run at the school for street children and the orphanage school.
In Cambodia, I worked at an orphanage for children with HIV. It gave me a chance to really come out of my comfort zone, and I learned to overcome my worries about working with people with AIDS.
Another thing that was difficult (especially in Phnom Penh) was adjusting to the slower pace of life. If you're used to the rush-rush pace of city life, then a place like Cambodia will be a huge change. I found it challenging at first, but by my second week there, I learned to embrace it, and I ended up loving it and wondering why everyone has to move so quickly all the time back home!
Although A Broader View doesn't operate out of the countries in which I stayed, their partner organizations were wonderful and I felt very well taken care of. Also, Sarah sent several e-mails to check in with me and make sure that everything was going well. And when I had any problems, she made sure to contact the partner organization immediately to get them fixed.
One thing to remember is that this will be very different from a vacation. There is a lot of work involved, but it is extremely rewarding. Travelling can (and should!) be done on weekends, and it's important to try to interact with the locals as much as possible. (Even if you don't speak the language, there are many other ways you can communicate!) You will meet some amazing people and make lifelong friends!
If you have questions, I'd be happy to answer them. If you contact Abroaderview, they can put you in touch with me!

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Posted: July 14, 2010
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9
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9
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Sure! The partner organization in Vietnam was VFCD. I think their website is www.vfcd.org (it isn't updated regularly, though)
Hello, just read your comments about volunteering in Vietnam; I plan to travel there in Dec. 2010. Can you tell me the group you were connected with there to volunteer. Many thanks. Shirley

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