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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We had an amazing experience and truly gained the "broader view" we were looking for. Having never done anything like this before, it's hard to know how it measures up. My only constructive feedback is that the paperwork (particularly the visas) was somewhat confusing and (even though abroaderview is on the cheap end of things) it would be nice to know more about what the money I sent them went towards. The Arusha abroaderview employee (Nelson) went above and beyond to make sure volunteers felt comfortable/safe upon arrival. If we go back to Tanzania we would probably not need to go through abroaderview (now that we know people there), but if we go somewhere different where we don't feel comfortable "figuring it out when we get there," we'll very likely go through abroaderview.

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Posted: July 10, 2010
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9
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10
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8
By: Anonymous
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The staff was really good about answering any questions I had. The value for the money was good, and the host family was nice and accepting. The staff kept up with me pretty well and also called when I was sick in the hospital to make sure everything went okay. They were very accepting of me traveling and taking days off from volunteering to enable me to do so.

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Posted: July 7, 2010
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7
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7
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8
By: Anonymous
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Volunteering through Abroaderview has been great. They were very supportive and very affordable as well. I requested to have a volunteer position in Mombasa Kenya with a host family for 4 months. Abroaderview sent me a very large instruction booklet that outlined everything about my trip; how to be safe, what to bring, the details of the area and many other subjects. I felt very prepared before I left the United States for Kenya.
When I arrived in Mombasa, I met the project director of ABV and Destiny Garden School, Jacob Boaz, at the airport and was taken to his home to meet his wife and baby daughter. I would be staying in their house with them for the next 4 months.
I found the living accommodations to be safe and comfortable. I very soon noticed the family's emphasis on safety which I found very professional. They really want to create a professional working environment in their home as well as the school.
Working in Destiny Garden School, my placement, was also very rewarding. Getting to know the kids and being part of another culture was an unforgettable experience.
Abroaderview supported me throughout my placement, checking in and communicating with my host family. They were very professional and I would definitely recommend them to anyone that is interested in working abroad.

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Posted: June 23, 2010
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9
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7
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8
By: Anonymous
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A Broader View has nothing to do with the program here. The hand their volunteers over to a company called IDEX. ABV barely knows what is going on here. Half of the information their provide is incorrect. They take a great portion of your money and have nothing to do with the program here. They company they go through IDEX is extremely disorganized. The program they advertise for Jaipur is the Street Children School. However when I came I was first placed with orphans, then moved to a school in a very poor area. Then another volunteer came and she is actually working in a orphanage for children rescued from the streets. However they did not even mention that there was this program available when I was getting placed. If you want to volunteer I would recommend going with a company in the country you want to go because using ABV is a wast of your money. They are just the middle man and they take the profit for themselves. The schools I worked in had next to nothing (not even a roof or four walls). I don't know where they money is going but not to the children who need it and definitely not to the housing and support of the volunteers. The program I have been working with could be twice as effective it is was better organized.

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Posted: June 17, 2010
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0 (worst)
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3
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By: Anonymous
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This volunteer signed on for our Jaipur Child Care program (which includes street kids homes, orphanages, babies homes). Six weeks prior to traveling to Jaipur (on April 08th) this volunteer was sent her Program Summary. This included the local contact, the local partner IDEX details, accommodation information and the ABV emergency telephone number. Three days after she arrived in Jaipur ABV emailed her to check in. She responded that she was very upset that she was not living with a host family. This was surprising to ABV since the ABV website which says the Jaipur program is a volunteer home. It is apparent that she neither read the website, nor the Program Summary with her details and information. Although we do our very best to get volunteers prepared for a placement with us, we can not force them to read the material sent to them This volunteer paid $1260 for 4 weeks. Her housing/meals, local support cost was $748 ($26 per day with 2 meals). Of the remaining money 20% is allocated for the ABV US expenses, and the balance is used primarily for financial program donations. ABV works with over a hundred partners all over the World. ABV Volunteers is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization that partners with local grassroots organizations all over the World. In India we partner with four NGOs and in Jaipur this is Idex. Our Jaipur volunteers (including this one) are provided orientation when they arrive, and are actually given the opportunity to see the various programs and decide which one suits them best. It is unfortunate that this volunteer came so ill prepared for her program, however ABV did all that we promise: we provided her with a suitable program, there were support staff on site, she was living with other volunteers and taking meals in the volunteer home. She has orientation and airport transportation on arrival and departure.

As a Mother of two young children at home, I wanted to find a company who I trusted and felt good about. I did not want my family to have to worry about me while I was in a foreign country. From the very beginning, A Broader View was very thorough and professional. I was met at the airport upon arrival in Buenos Aires and taken to my placement at the social service center on my first day. I knew I had chosen the right company to volunteer abroad with when the coordinator had to take pictures and videos of me at the center to send back to the office in the States. I always felt like they knew where I was and what I was doing. I had an incredible experience with the local people, got to use my Spanish all week, and gained a new perspective on both the world and my place in it. It was an incredibly rewarding experience and I can't wait to volunteer through ABV again in the near future!

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Posted: May 9, 2010
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10
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10
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10
By: Anonymous
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