Embark on a Global Journey of Giving! Volunteer Abroad
ABV Volunteers programs offer invaluable support to local communities across the globe. More than ever, the contribution of our volunteers in terms of local time, expertise, and expenditures is critical to helping these communities recover. We understand the lingering uncertainty surrounding travel planning can be unsettling. Contact us to determine where you can travel and what our health and safety procedures are. Learn about current travel restrictions, as well as our flexible change policies. Get involved today, travel responsibly, and act as agents of positive change.
Don't you wish to do something meaningful with your life? Sometimes deciding what that meaningful thing can take us time. But while you do that, you can choose to volunteer abroad and help others while you find your own vocation.
Volunteering abroad is a life-changing experience. Many times in our life we spend a lot of time thinking about what to do with our time and choices, our problems, our happiness. But what about the others? What about the fulfillment we feel after doing good to someone else?
Taking volunteer trips show you a different side of life. And it's incredibly beneficial not only for many universities, colleges, and job applications, but it's also a trip that helps you find a path in this world.
You see, many people think about making transcendental travels after they finish high school and college. They want to see the world, but they see it from a distance, with a glass screen in between.
To volunteer abroad allows you to actually get in touch with people from different parts of the world. You get to meet their reality and enjoy a new country in a way you have never dreamed of before.
You will go somewhere where you are needed, independently of your career background and skills. With A Broader View, you get to choose your destination according to the causes that move you the most. But if you do not have a favorite program, you can request some assistance and travel to places you may have not known before.
I had some concerns because I am an older volunteer (66) and wasn´t sure if I would fit it.
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Overall, it was outstanding. I was fortunate in that my ABV Coordinator and my host family were the same. My ABV Coordinator was always extremely helpful in making sure I found my way around, took me to places where I needed to go at times, and feel welcomed and appreciated. She was able to answer any questions that I had regarding my project or taking advantage of sightseeing in and around Quito. My coordinator also arranged for my Spanish lessons and provided a location for us to meet.
2- What was most difficult to experience?
Not speaking Spanish was the most challenging aspect of my experience. However, I was lucky in that there were two German volunteers at my project that spoke very good English so that make my work experience manageable. And there were some English speakers at the home of my host family. I learned to get by with my limited Spanish Mission Trip Canada.
3- Any tips for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations).
Don´t bring more than you will really need. It never gets really warm in Quito nor really cold, so bring clothes you can layer. There are lots of tour agencies that have one day and multiday trips in and around Quito. Shop around for the right trip at the right price for you. There are lots of small group trips that are affordable and offer wonderful experiences with visitors from all over the world. If you like museums, Quito has some really good museums and a couple of outstanding ones as well.
4-Other things volunteers should know:
When you first arrive, you may feel a bit out of place and have second thoughts, but within a week to 10 days you will adjust to your new life in a different country and realize what a wonderful and interesting place it is and how kind and helpful everyone is to you Canada.
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
I had some concerns because I am an older volunteer (66) and wasn´t sure if I would fit it. However, I was always treated as if I was one of them and a valued member of volunteer community. My age was not an issue in the least. I really enjoyed the children and staff at the school where I volunteered. And my second family in Quito. I will cherish all of my memories of the people I met and the experiences I had. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared).
The meals were always delicious examples of Ecuadorian foods. The meals were always healthy, ample and varied. The accommodations were very comfortable and all that I could have asked for. I always felt very safe, both at my home in Quito and at my project site. Security is taken very seriously here.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
My favorite memory is the memory of meeting lots of new people from so many different countries in Ecuador. I met people from India, Germany, Panama, Canada, Switzerland and different parts of the United States. I seemed to immediately bond with fellow travelers and they to me. It’s a wonderful feeling that you can only get from sharing new experiences with other travelers.
8- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
They were great. I had to postpose my trip for a couple of months and they were very understanding and worked with me to reschedule my trip. Staff was great about keeping in touch both in the planning stages and after I had finalized my trip as well.