Volunteer Abroad

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Abroader view offered great support both on site and away. With my time in Tanzania, I got to see first hand the HIV epidemic, and get more clarity into the daily struggles of those battling the disease. I also got insight into the current perception of HIV and got to see how the hospital structures their organization to best serve those infected.

The country was beautiful and many of the people were awesome to work with.

I would suggest bringing light pants and a t-shirt for most days. It gets cold at night so bring a few heavier shirts.sweaters. As far as shoes go, it is very dusty. I brought sneakers that I threw out upon completion of the program. Light boots might also be a good choice.

The most positive surprise I experienced was getting to interact with the older kids, who were really cool and independent. The accommodations were a lot of fun because of the constant flow of people coming through. The country so lively with a very young population. People are very social, and spend a great deal of time outside interacting with neighbors and friends.

Thank you guys again for the experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Aug 28, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

My name is Sophie and I’m from Canada (the French part!). I’m currently studying in psychology and I just finished volunteering in Quito, Ecuador, on the Shelter project. During the project I worked at the Albergue San Juan de Dios with the most amazing people in the world! They have the biggest hearts and they work so hard to help others in need; it was an honor for me to give them a hand. The opportunity to experience a different culture while still being able to give back to individuals who are in need, was something I could not pass up on. Seeing how some of them had a hard life made me more appreciative of the resources that are easily accessible to individuals such as myself. The experience overall was incredible and life changing. I loved every second and would volunteer again a million times. Ecuador feel like a second home to me now.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Aug 27, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

As soon as I was picked up from Cartagena airport, I felt very welcome in Colombia. My ABV in-country coordinator picked me up from the airport and had a sign with my name on it, so I was able to find him easily. My orientation helped me get my feet on the ground and my coordinator spoke English and answered every question I had. Everything was planned out extremely well. I never felt like I had any questions unanswered. I also really enjoyed my volunteer work and my Spanish classes. I felt like I learned a lot. My host family was so nice and was very easy to talk to. My host mother did not speak any English, but it was not hard to communicate with her and after the first few days there were not many miscommunications. Everyone was super nice and the country is beautiful! The tours are very fun and you have the weekend off, so I recommend going to see the rest of the country on the weekends. I knew this volunteer trip to Colombia would be a positive experience, but I had no idea how life changing it would be. My heart has grown three sizes. Thank you ABV for this incredible opportunity to help.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Colombia
Posted: Aug 25, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I chose 3 different programs in Nepal kathmandu that I liked. And I asked “A broader View” where I was most needed. One of which was the home for orphan girls I would go to work from 7:00 am -10:00 (30) am in the morning and this time I would help the girls with homework, eat with them, make sure they got dressed with enough time to get to school then walk with them to school. In the evening I would teach crafts; such as bracelet/Jewelry making, drawing & sewing then 4:00 – 7:00pm is direction time. They will sing, pray, read from the bible, pray again & try to get you to stay for dinner which works sometimes since they are so sweet & excited.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 24, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Before leaving for my trip with IVHQ to Brazil, besides all the guidance, preparation and help received I seriously considered not going, out of fear.
The moment I got to our hostel in Rio I knew right away I had made the right choice. I worked 3 weeks in the sports program in the favelas.
All the people, the volunteers, the beaches... Everything made this trip unforgettable and without a doubt of the best experiences of my life.
I invite all of you to do yourselves a favour and embark on this beautiful journey too.
Forever in my heart <3

Thank you IVHQ

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Brazil
Posted: Aug 20, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Before leaving for my trip with IVHQ to Brazil, besides all the guidance, preparation and help received I seriously considered not going, out of fear.
The moment I got to our hostel in Rio I knew right away I had made the right choice. I worked 3 weeks in the sports program in the favelas.
All the people, the volunteers, the beaches... Everything made this trip unforgettable and without a doubt of the best experiences of my life.
I invite all of you to do yourselves a favour and embark on this beautiful journey too.
Forever in my heart <3

Thank you IVHQ

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Brazil
Posted: Aug 20, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

CADIP

First of all it was an incredible experience and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to do something meaningful and enjoyable. I volunteered in Thailand. The greatest aspect of the project was living among the local people and taking part in their customs and traditions. They are very intriguing and very kind. Despite the language barrier they very quickly became our friends, and it was very sad leaving them behind. Our camp leader was very catering to all of our needs (sightseeing and what not). This was my second volunteering with CADIP and I look forward to working with them again!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Aug 20, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

To be honest, entering the program I was very nervous because I had never traveled abroad with an organization outside of my university. However, there was nothing to worry about. My host family was very welcoming, ABV coordinators were very informative. All the staff at the clinic were also friendly and helpful. I learned a lot through my experience and it was interesting to see the differences with the US.
I had a unique experience since my family lives here in Guatemala, but my host family was very welcoming. Since I have such a big family, different relatives would go out with me, and I felt bad not being able to share as much time with my host family. However, the little time I did spend, they were extremely nice. I felt safe in their home, and meals were great.
Donations are always much appreciated in Guatemala. My family and I made donations to the clinic with medical equipment. However, I wish I would have had clothing donations and hygiene equipment like nail clippers, q-tips etc, to give to children that had dirty ears, dirty nails, or ripped clothes or clothes that didn’t fit anymore.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Aug 19, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

This experience was one of the best I have ever had. I have always wanted to volunteer and see other parts of the world. I came across IVHQ just surfing the web for safe and affordable programs. I am starting graduate school this fall so I did not have too much extra money to spend on traveling. I did research on some of the countries I was interested in and Buenos Aires seemed to be one of the safer choices so I felt comfortable in my decision to travel there.

I traveled to Argentina alone, but when I arrived, I was never alone unless I chose to be which was comforting. All the volunteers would go out to eat together and explore Buenos Aires together! The volunteers who were in the same program would travel to their volunteer program together. Where the childcare program is located is not a good area, but again, you are never alone. I always felt safe because there would always be 6 to 9 of us going together and no-one was left behind. The kids in the program truly have a piece of my heart. It was hard for me to communicate with them since my Spanish skills are very minimal. So while I was there, I focused on playing different sports and activities with the kids such as soccer, jump rope, catch, skateboarding, using the scooter, drawing, and etc. Even though I couldn't speak the same language, some of the kids truly gravitated towards me because they could see I was smiling, laughing and trying to have fun with them. It truly amazed me how close I felt to some of them even though I could not have real conversation with them.

I am so glad I went out of my comfort zone to volunteer in Buenos Aires because the memories and friends I made on this trip I will cherish and hold close to my heart forever. The kids I met during this program I will miss forever and cherish the memories I have with them. This trip truly gave me another perspective on life and truly helped me grow as a person. I would highly recommend taking this journey to anyone.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Aug 14, 2019
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
8

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I wanted to volunteer through a nonprofit organization based in the USA, Abroaderview was such an organization. They had a program in Nepal a country in a part of the world & had never visited & always wanted to see.
Nepal is a fascinating country. I enjoyed visiting the different sections of Kathmandu. I traveled to Lumbini and Chitwan & saw mountains, rice paddies, forest, and interesting towers.
The program that I chose was the teaching/Education and library programs. My Nepal coordinator, upon meeting me changed my school assignment to a more challenging one; I got to interact with more students both able-bodied & physically challenged. The teacher I was assigned to was most welcoming & allowed me to use the techniques I used as an ESL teacher in the states. The library program was a lot of fun. It gathered together children of different ages from the local community. We did many creative activities.
The accommodation was comfortable, clean and neat. It was near public transportation, a restaurant, and convenience store.
The host family was wonderful, a father, mother, 4 yrs old son, grandmother & grandfather. They did everything possible to make my stay a pleasant one. I felt very safe.
Roads & Traffic may not be what you’re used to. People have different ways of doing things. Go with the flow.
The weather was hot but not hotter than NYC. Cools downs at night. I slept comfortably. It was the beginning of the monsoon so be prepared for rain & mud.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 10, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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