Review Volunteer Melissa McKenzie in Belize Orphanage Program

 Review Melissa McKenzie Volunteer in Belize Orphanage Program

1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country, give details ?
Very thorough and seamless. I felt informed every step of the way

2- What was the most positive surprise you experienced?
At the program: I like being able to help out with different projects each day.
At the accommodation: The newly renovated bathroom was beautiful and having my own room was a pleasant surprise.
About the country: Everyone in the orphanage was very friendly. Loved all the “hellos” and greetings as I walked down the streets.

3- What was most difficult/cultural shock to experience?
At the program: The ratio of children to Caregivers was shocking. The caregivers have so many “hats” / roles to play. It seemed like they really really welcomed the extra hands of the volunteers.
At the accommodation: Nothing too shocking. Just be prepared to purchase some basics like toilet paper, paper towels. But you can get all you need at the grocery store nearby for less than $10 USD.
The country: No shockers.

4- Any tips for future volunteers, give as many details as possible…
Clothing: Pack light. It’s easy to hand wash clothing or borrow the washing machine for bigger loads, help by paying  US$5. 
Donations: Cash donations for the operational expenses are definitely needed. Educational games for grades 1-4, simple activities with the kids – Frisbees, balls, bubbles, cards etc
Weather: June was hot!

Review Melissa McKenzie Volunteer in Belize Orphanage Program

4.1-Other things volunteers should know, about what to bring, what to do in country, what to eat, transportation, other:
a.- Places to visit – Old Belize, Bacab and Caye Caulker.
b.- Buy some local fruits to have between meals.

5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial), don’t leave blank:
This is my second trip with ABV and they exceeded my expectations both times, I am an experienced traveller and I’m confident I will use ABV for more trips I in the future.

6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security in detail:
The accommodations as I describe were very good. The meals were light but we ate with the kids ate so you get a sense of how we in the states over indulge. Security was great in the gated community there was a guard.

7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: Of course, the amazing kids and the awesome staff.
Country: Friendly people 
Tours: Snorkeling at caye caulker and the fish tacos at the split.

Review Melissa McKenzie Volunteer in Belize Orphanage Program

8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat): Very timely and completely accessible.
Website Information: The website is what sold me on traveling through ABV.

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

10 – Can you be specific how did you find or know about A Broader View? 
Mission trips 2016

A Broader View Volunteer (ABV)  allows every traveler to choose their own program start date. This means you can arrive on any flight, any day of the week. Since ABV program fees are 100% tax deductible* we encourage you to fund raise. ABV offers advice and assistance with flight planning, affordable travel insurance, as well as procuring a visa, if necessary. Our ABV staff is available to any your questions. Contact us by email, through the on-line chat feature on our website or call us toll free at 866-423-3258.


Volunteer Registration Fee – ongoing support from ABV staff, program marketing costs, information pack, administration costs, ABV donation Fund, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

Volunteer Program Fee – ABV donation fund, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs. As a US Non-Profit Charity Organization all your fees are tax deductible and you can fundraise from our website to pay for the fees.

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