Best Volunteer Reviews 2017


1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?

I thought that everyone was very helpful and attentive from the day I called to inquire about the program. Everyone responded promptly with their emails.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?

Guatemalans have no sense of time. They move very slowly in comparison to how I spend my days. They are usually late, and I am always early. It was very surprising.

3- What was most difficult to experience?

The time like I mentioned above, as well as not being able to communicate as effectively as I do in English. I wanted to talk to the host family, but it was difficult with my limited Spanish knowledge.
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)

Travel light! Use a backpack instead of a suitcase. Baby wipes, toilet paper and hand sanitizer are always helpful J
5.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a. Plan to wear different layers of clothes to adjust to temperatures
b. Good walking shoes and a daily bag to use are helpful!
c. Bring your own washable water bottle!
d. Be flexible and just enjoy the experience.
e. Plan to stay extra days to explore more.

6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):

I think this was a great way to take my first trip abroad! Working with ABV gave me reassurance that I would be safe when going to another country, and it was very helpful for my family to see their webpage / FB page to know that I was going with an established organization I liked being able to stay with a host family and take Spanish lessons to refresh my memory. I had a great time here in Guatemala and can´t wait to travel more!
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)

Our host family was wonderful! I am so happy that my friend and I were able to stay at the same house. All of the food was great and she always had it ready when we came back from the day. I felt so safe at all time while at the house. They were a sweet family!


8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?

Spending the afternoon with my Spanish teacher and going to the Centro Comercial and La Democracia market. It was a great cultural experience. I also enjoyed working with the medical clinic and the children it helped.
9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?

Great! The US office communicated often and working with my busy schedule since I´m a student. They´re very knowledgeable.

10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?


Money Matters

A Broader View Volunteers work tirelessly year round to support our volunteers, and also to serve the local communities where ABV projects are based. As a tax-exempt 501 c(3) organization A Broader View receive 100% of our funding from volunteer contributions. Through your program fee contribution our non-profit charity organization can operate beneficial humanitarian aid programs which are successful and continuous supported year round.

Local, professional full-time coordinators, placement logistics, airport pick up and departure transportation, arrival orientation, food & local accommodations, are a major part of providing a safe, meaningful volunteer experience. When you join A Broader View, you will receive pre-trip visa and vaccination support, assistance with flights, fundraising planning, through our interactive online volunteer portal. Our local partners not only benefit from volunteers valuable contributions at the project, they benefit financially with year-round monetary support from A Broader View. In the last decade A Broader View has donated over 3.5 million dollars in international aid.

By joining A Broader View you are not only helping to make a difference during your own trip, your impact will last even after you go home.

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