Volunteer Abroad

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I spent three weeks in the Belize orphanage as part of the A Broader View volunteer program. I helped in the preschool making costumes for a parade. It was a wonderful time. The kids and adults had a blast. I also worked in the yards with raking and cleaning. Some days I helped with homework as well and painting a mural. My accommodations were perfect. I had my own house and it was bug free and cool at night. The wifi in the office worked great. Sarah at ABV was very responsive and supportive throughout my entire program and Meghan at the chat online answered many of my first questions.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Belize
Posted: Oct 14, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I recently returned after spending two months in India as part of the ABV program in Jaipur. I was challenged every day by new ways of doing things (in a good way). Sushila, the director of the Care Center, found lots of ways to put my skills to use including an organized event to showcase students exhibiting safe childhood performances of dance and skits. The support provided by ABV staff was truly amazing. So much more than I could imagine. I have seen others in different programs with different support and I can tell you ABV staff does a terrific job. They guided and helped me throughout my stay. I was extremely happy during my stay in Jaipur. The ABV staff and their pre-trip information were spot on.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Oct 14, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

What a wonderful and eye-opening experience it was, working with the amazing Maximo Nivel staff and patients of Virgen del Socorro this past August. It has been extremely memorable and unproblematic. I am honored to have been a part of such a beneficial program, and I look forward to returning in the near future!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Oct 14, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

There comes times in everyones life where we look back on the many things we have done, big or small, and we say "that was something worth doing - that was something worth my time". That is exactly how I feel with volunteering through IVHQ. I did something that impacted, not only me, but also the people I worked alongside for a month. It was an experience where I can honestly assert that I helped make a difference in a community. Now, I am just dealing with the itch of wanting to return and do it all over again!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Oct 12, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I love to push my personal boundaries and think this experience at almost 65 has helped me do that. I loved both the Orphanage +the school experience and look forward to continuing with volunteering in other countries.
We each had our own room+ shared a bathroom. They were simple, clean and very adequate. Our host kindly provided heated mattress pods for us because we were cold. We got smart and put both our clothes our pj’s in our beds to warm them before putting them on.
The meals were mostly organic, very healthy, Vilma our host, is a great cook. There was lots of variety and she made 3 meals a day for us. While she is vegetarian, she always provided chicken, fish or meat for us.
I felt entirely safe but was never out at night on my own. I also never carried much money you can use a credit card for almost everything-except buses and tours. I was also cautious with my computer, Ipad, and cellphone.
Best memory being hugged by children every day at school, they were so excited to learn and really made me feel welcome.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Chile
Posted: Oct 8, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Ever since I was really little, it has always been my dream to travel, and with IVHQ I was given the perfect opportunity. My parents got married in Jamaica, which is one of the main reasons why I chose to serve in this location, and I am so glad that I did. The volunteer placement is located in a beautiful, very safe area of the island and was walking distance from James Bond Beach which all us volunteers loved. I volunteered in the local kindergarten, and honestly, working with the kids there truly changed my life. Both them, and the head teacher were so welcoming to me and the other volunteers, and I genuinely looked forward to going to work each day. Overall, IVHQ is an incredible and affordable option for people like me who love adventure and have a calling to travel. Can't wait to go on more IVHQ trips!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Jamaica
Posted: Oct 1, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

The prep for our trip was well thought out. I´m sure each mission brings with its own set of challenges. I do think that if there are certain supplies that are intensively utilized it would be nice to highlight those so that they can be procured ahead of time. In addition, we had a nice variety of toys and such for the children. Hopefully, that can be maintained for future clinics.
I honestly feel that providers who will be participating in missions in Guatemala need to understand that no matter how well a clinic is planned, things happen. There needs to be an understanding that flexibility and adaptation to any situation are key. You just need to take a breath, reevaluate and move forward.
I really enjoyed doing the popup clinics in rural areas. I met the most wonderful, appreciative people.
The host family was very welcoming and made me feel welcome from my first hello. The coordinator was fabulous. Being here in Xela, she kept us on track and was extremely knowledgeable about the area. Our translators ... invaluable. Without them, my job would have been difficult.
We were kept in the loop from the very beginning. Sarah's enthusiasm is phenomenal. The ability to keep 13 health providers satisfied was a tough position and she handled everything with a smile and grace.
Thank you for letting me be a small part of the mission in Guatemala!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Oct 1, 2019
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I had a wonderful time in peru! I did the medical program in Cusco. I had plenty of time after volunteering to do fun thing with fellow volunteers like ziplining and quad biking! We also went to Machu Picchu over the weekend. I definitely recommend this program!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 23, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Everything operated as planned. ABV was very efficient in providing all the information I needed to know. The Honduras coordinator was my host and made sure everything ran on time, and that I was always taken care of. If he wasn’t available to escort me somewhere, his son, Heber, was present. My orientation to the hospital was smooth and efficient.
They were extremely caring and welcoming. His wife, Jackie was so kind and an incredible cook. He connected me with a family friend, Henry, who took me on a hike through the jungle during one of my days off of work at the clinic (highly recommend). I was also provided Spanish lessons from his niece, who was a wonderful and diligent teacher.
The hospital was a great experience, as I was able to interact with several HIV patients, as well as their staff. If you plan on going to La Ceiba, try to bring as many medical supplies as you can.
Keep in mind that it is a third world country, so don’t be shocked when you can’t drink the water or flush toilet paper. I highly recommend taking some time to go on a hike during your off days or going to a beach to explore the country’s natural beauty.
If you work in healthcare and are wanting an overseas clinical experience, I highly recommend ABV. They are efficient, organized, and take great care of you. I literally didn’t have to organize anything besides my flight. It was probably the easiest trip I’ve ever had to plan for because everything was taken care of by ABV. Be prepared to be immersed in the culture, and have a life-changing experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Sep 21, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

My experience was amazing. When I got there, Maria Elena was waiting for me right outside the exit entrance of the Cusco airport. She welcomed me with a big hug. She let me sleep a lot on my first day so that I could get used to the altitude. Then she took me out and showed me all around Cusco and where I needed to go and what I needed to know. I started my first day at the clinic and I loved it. The kids were adorable and everyone there was able to accommodate me and help me learn what to. My Spanish classes were great as well. I learned so much great history of Cusco, and I learned a lot of Spanish. I also spent time at the orphanage which was great. All of the girls were so sweet and they loved that you were there which really makes you enjoy it. The food is amazing. You are kept very well fed, and everything tastes amazing. I felt very secure. The area itself was very safe, and there was a gate that was kept locked at all times in front of Marias so there was no way someone could get in. It was very safe. When it comes to clothing, it depends on the time you are coming. It is good to have a good regular jacket because it is still pretty chilly there at night. A good pair of tennis shoes also go a long way. When it comes to travel, be prepared to struggle at Lima airport. When you get there you are normally pretty tired and it can be challenging to figure out but it is possible and once you get through security, it is very easy. Bring more money than you think you need. It is better to be safe than sorry. When it comes to personal items, bring travel sized everything, and you can buy things when you get there.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 21, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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