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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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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You know that you had an amazing experience when you haven’t stopped talking about it since you got back to the States. Or looking back at pictures and either hysterically laughing, smiling, or crying because you miss those memories! In a few days, I developed a love for everything Peruvian. I realized how important family is and how grateful I am for what I have. Our host family, Laura, her children, and Matilda provided us with love, attention, and the best Peruvian food on a daily basis. We became family very fast, including our host brother, another ABV volunteer. I volunteered at the Clinic San Juan de Dios in Cusco, Peru. It is a clinic for children with special needs and disabilities and unfortunately a place where many or most of the children have lost all contact with their family. At the clinic, the children paint a picture of what life is like for them in Cusco, living with a disability, no family, just the nurses, staff, volunteers, and other children who fill their roles as family, taking care, talking, disciplining , and feeding these wonderful children. All they were looking for was love and attention, and volunteering at the clinic became a very rewarding experience in such a short time. It was difficult to say goodbye each day, especially with the older girls due to the quick turnaround of volunteers each week. Simple activities to them made their days a little bit brighter.
Besides volunteering, my friends and I also participated in the language and culture immersion where my high school Spanish kicked in quickly on day one. Lessons were a nice way to end the busy day and our field trips around the city allowed us to understand and learn more about the culture. The highlight of my two week trip was our weekend to Machu Picchu. Thank you to Guido, our guide, who was recommended by Karem, for the excursion of a lifetime! I’m definitely coming back to hike the Inca trail and visit with my host family.
Definitely leave all expectations back in your homeland. Our trip started out crazy, delayed flights, missed connections, but once we got to Cusco, everything bad that happened was forgotten. I'm looking forward to planning another trip abroad to volunteer!

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Posted: February 2, 2010
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I just finished a three month trip around South America, part of my trip dedicated to volunteer work. A Broader View set me up a 2 week program in Argentina and I completed their 4 week Language course in Chile. The Program Coordinators were both great ladies. Vanessa in Buenos Aires and Lone in Chile were organized and available if I needed anything. I liked my Spanish teacher Daniela who was very patient! She was easy to work with and I learned a lot. I would definitely recommend the language program if you want to learn or advance your Spanish. I lived with two wonderful families, ate very well and had my own bedroom. I think A Broader View does a good job and they are affordable. I am considering their Africa programs for next summer.

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Posted: December 14, 2009
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hello I am looking forward to volunteer in la serena in oct., i was wondering if u would please share with me what your experience was like...thank you..appreciate it!! zapata86@live.com

My experience in Morocco was amazing; the staff at the orphanage was so helpful and the kids were so nice! I learned a lot during my stay, and A Broader View made sure that I was comfortable and happy the whole time I was there. Everyone was accomodating and even though there was a language barrier, everything worked out wonderfully! I highly recommend this program.

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Posted: October 12, 2009
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When you say language barrier, what do you mean? I was told I couldn't do the Moroccan program because my Arabic is less than fluent (though I have rudimentary knowledge) and my French is minimal. In which of these languages are you conversant?

Thanks to Abroaderview I was able to do something I have planned for a long time. I definitely had some trepidation about traveling to Africa on my own, however they made it easy. I had planned to contact three different organizations before making a decision, but from my first contact everything went so smoothly I just moved forward.
Having recently returned from the Arusha region of Tanzania, I can tell you it was a great experience. I was at an Orphanage/school in a rural mountainous area. The countryside was beautiful, and the kids were great. But what you really want to know is how comfortable I was with both my accommodations and the people I worked with. Simply put both were great. I lived with the orphanage director’s family and was made to feel at home. From the time I walked off the plane and met the in country coordinator to the time I walked back onto the plane, I was comfortable with the people and my surroundings. I was only there for 3 weeks and was truly sad to leave. I realize I have to go back. As far as my terrific time at Peace Matunda visit Abroaderview’s face book page for more info. You are welcome to contact me directly, for more info.

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Posted: October 12, 2009
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You can go to Ghana, Kenya, Peru, Honduras, they have healthcare programs in these countries
Hey there i am a student nurse and would like to go abroad for some health care experience in another country. the only thing is there is only me who wouold like to go abroad. did you go with anybody else and how safe is it? Thanks jess

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