Best Volunteer Reviews 2017

Volunteer Name: Emma Hitchcock
Project Location: Belize    
Volunteered At: Children's Home

What was your favorite memory of this trip?
All the incredible people I met and the stories they told.

What was the most difficult thing you experienced?   
I saw two young children taken away from her their mother. 

What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for?  
I honestly felt prepared for everything by the A Broader View manual and information provided to me.

Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)
I have a couple things I would suggest: Plan for basically one can of bug spray per week. I would look into some destinations ahead of time, but don't specifically book anything because the in-country staff is good about suggestions and you might want to go with other volunteers. (Caye Caulker and Altun Ha are great!).  As much as you want to buy art and crafts for the kids, they already have a lot of those.  I would lean more towards toiletries and clothes for the older kids that people don't usually think about. Try and find linen (or other light fabric) pants and long sleeves to help with bugs

How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff  in the USA?
Easy! They answered all my endless questions and were great!

How was the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country?
Really awesome.  All the people working at the home are so sweet and kind

Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
Going into Belize, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I went alone when I was 17 and I was honestly a little scared, but I had an incredible time not only with the kids, caretakers, staff but also with the locals.  Belize is colorful and beautiful; full of odd shacks, fruit stands, and lovely people.  It was truly an amazing experience.

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Of course!

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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