Volunteer Name: Diane Oshin
Project Location: Belize
Program Dates: June 7 -  13, 2015
Volunteered at: Orphanage

My Favorite Memory: Seeing the children’s faces when they saw photos of themselves in the video we made.

I was surprised that…. The Children are so happy almost all the time (despite the usual spats)

The most difficult thing I experienced was….. Finding a way to add real value to a child life.

My best received lesson……… How little one needs to be satisfied.

Tip for future volunteers…..  
Jump in immediately however/wherever you can. Don’t wait! 

Personal paragraph (Testimonial): Had a great time, enjoy spending time with the kids and see how happy they all were.

How would you rate your experience working with the ABV staff, both in the USA and in country?  Very positive at the outset. I struggled a bit with the website getting my fundraising page up. Many of my donors and potent and potential donors were displeased with/did not want to use PayPal. Sending checks is too much time-consuming in a digital world. I would recommend finding a new way to receive donations. LLS (Hemphoema Lauhenua Sacrely) has an easy-to-use, effective system.   

How would you describe your accommodation (ie: host family, on-site, shared housing etc)

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?  Yes

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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