I didn’t know what to expect when I came to Belize. But I have been pleasantly surprised by the extremely friendly people. The accommodations at the orphanage, and the beautiful climate. The kids are great and I’m so happy that I come and get the chance to get to know them.
Being an international volunteer, especially for a short period of time, can be challenging. But it is so worth it. These kids, this place and this experience will stay with me long after I leave. I want to do right by these kids and this place and be an advocate and spread that joy and kindness that I found to be overflowing here in Belize, even if I physically can’t be here, the trip was just the beginning there is much more to do.
I will be forever changed by this program. I will forever understand the blessings in my life. And act upon those situations that people are in where they are in fortunate than I. I honestly feel that my world has change.
My perspective on life, as well as my heart, will never be the same after I return to the U.S. I will hold these children and this experience in me in everything I do. From choices I make to engagement in my community to a lifelong drive to serve the orphanage through volunteers and donations, this experience has molded me and will be a part of how I live daily.
Being an international volunteer is life changing. Immersing yourself in another culture and being present to the stories and needs of the people there is priceless.
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So far this has been an incredible experience and I hope to be able to return to Belize, specifically the orphanage again some day.
The orphanage is such an amazing wonderful place to volunteer at. It’s going to be very tough leaving, really it has a place in my heart. These kids are truly awesome and have so much love to give.
The Belize break out is unique as we provide “service” by simply begin here, spending time with the children, learning a new culture, and understanding that this way of life is just a full, valid and joyful as my own.
I would repeat this experience trip again in a heartbeat. I feel my soul has been cleansed and my faith in humanity restored. Every mission I go on I find myself repeated that I am the one who is change they have given me more than I ever imagined. THANK YOU!
I find the work being done here not only admirable, but extraordinary. I was constantly impressed by all the hard work put in each day by the caregivers. To give a child a house to live is one thing and to give a child a loving home is another. The orphanage goes above and beyond to make this a happy place for this to call home.
came here as a leader of a university immersion profgram and have been delighted and impressed with this program and the impact it has on me and my students. It has been wonderful to interact and get to know the kids and staff here and to experience the beauty of Belize.
I just wanted to thank everyone for this incredible experience. I will never forget the love that I was shown this week it was unforgettable. This volunteer trip has confirmed my passion for working with kids and helping others. This was not a one week program for me, I am going to forever hold the kids in my heart and hopefully come back in the near future and if not help from afar.
I am 17 years old and I live in Smithers, British Columba Canada. In school I am currently working on grade 11. I work at motorcycle/chainsaw shop do wild land firefighting and race motocross during the summer. I herd about ABV through my sister who also talk me into going. We chose Belize location because of feedback from friends who had previously been to Belize orphanage has been a great experience getting to know all of the kids as well as all the other volunteers. My work consisted mostly of cleaning, organizing, painting and fixing stuff. It’s great because whatever skills you already have, they will be able to use in some way. I will definitely consider coming again, only next time I hope to bring a few friends along. The accommodations have been good, the staff is fun and never boring to work with, and most of the kids seem to be well behaved.