A Broader View Volunteer is a 501 (c)(3) non profit charitable organization created in 2007 by Oliver and Sarah Ehlers. We arrange volunteer abroad programs for spring break journeys, gap year trips, humanitarian mission trip and peace corp alternative programs which provide an opportunity to do something so rewarding, that we guarantee you will never ever forget it.

A Broader View Team

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. Volunteer in Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, South Africa, Cameroon, Vietnam, Nepal, Cambodia, China and the Philippines. Make a lasting impact that changes lives and provides you one of the most rewarding experiences of your life: Volunteering Abroad.

Flexibility is the key to A Broader View volunteer abroad programs. Volunteers choose their own project location, program dates, length of stay and in some location: choose of accommodations. Volunteer abroad programs are offered year round, from one week to three months. Have long? Some projects have stays up to five and six months. Still want longer? Consider combining multiple countries for a long term mission trip.

Volunteering Abroad allows you to work side by side local people, learn a new language, immerse in a exotic culture, live with a local host family and participate in humanitarian mission work and make a meaningful contribution to your host community.

Here is a sample of Volunteer abroad projects:

  • Teaching English at a primary school in La Ceiba, Honduras
  • Help to finish construction on an orphanage school in Bulenga, Uganda
  • Sea Turtle preservation in Limon Region, Costa Rica
  • Woman's support and young girls in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • HIV/Aids prevention campaign in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Orphan support in Cusco, Peru
  • Law & Youth Rights in Lusaka, Zambia
  • Medical outreach in Volta Region, Ghana
  • Language Immersion in La Serena, Chile
  • Animal welfare program in Galapagos Island
  • Tree planting in the Amazon rainforest in Peru
  • HIV Orphan care center in Tembisa, South Africa
  • Work with special needs children in Hanoi, Vietnam

A Broader View Volunteer year-round commitment our hosting communities provides both short term fixes with financial support and long term solutions with sustainable results. Our volunteer and organizational support advocate the importance of education,bolsters international culture awareness, contributes to health care access in poor communities and is a champion for bettering the quality of life in developing nations. A Volunteer Abroad program stimulates the local economy by providing host families with second incomes, provides financial donations and hands on support by the volunteers, as well as strengthens a volunteers resolve to continue helping the program once they return back to their own homes. ABV partners with local, grass-roots organizations which are solidly established within each community. Our volunteers work in conjunction with the locals as aides or assistants and not replacements. We perform regular assessments with our in-country coordinators, project leaders and host families. We determine what works best and what does not.We procure feedback from our volunteers when they return and utilized their suggestions.

Volunteer fees cover accommodations that are pre-approved and monitored by ABV. These locations are safe, secure, and supervised. Accommodations can include host families, hostels, shared guest houses, on-site dorm rooms (in orphanages), and local hotels. Fees also cover two or three local meals per day. In addition, fees cover airport arrival "meet and greet", transfer from airport to project location, orientation and support by an in-country ABV director, and departure transfer to the airport. Fees also cover the placement and supervision of the volunteer into the project.

In preparing for a volunteer abroad program, our volunteers have direct telephone and email access to ABV, and we supply a detailed 25 page orientation guide. This covers information about visas, vaccinations, recommended packing lists, money exchange information, water and health safety issues, cultural differences, work expectations as well as fund-raising information. Our website is a plethora of information that includes detailed facts, resources for discounted air travel and travel insurance. We also have videos with clear explanations, as well as feedback from previous volunteers. When the volunteer arrives in-country, they receive a one-day overview orientation from the ABV coordinator.

One of the best things that ABV does is facilitate change for the good throughout the world. We know that our work directly connects our volunteers - sometimes for a lifetime - to people in need. Seeing the concrete results from a volunteers hard work, and knowing that we are a direct part of that is personally very satisfying.