Best Volunteer Reviews 2017

Review Volunteer Brenda Bodnar in Belize Orphanage House

1- How was the local Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?  What could be improved to help volunteers? 
Local ABV coordinator was fine.  We had more interaction however with the staff and the director at the orphanage.  Actually last time I went with ABV I do not recall having an in-country coordinator just the director of the home.   

ABV: all the staff and director of the orphanage are the coordinators, you can talk with any of them and rely if you need anything.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced at the program?
No surprises except in the ABV in country coordinator which I probably overlooked in the paperwork.  

3- What was most difficult thing you experienced as a volunteer? 
Leaving... I will come back again

4- Any tips for future volunteers going to this project…
Just have an open heart, and once in country see what the orphanage needs, a good idea is to celebrate the children's birthday

4.1-Other things volunteers should know:

a.- LOVE
b.- LOVE
 c.- LOVE d.- LOVE

5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):  
Second trip with ABV to Belize and wasn’t disappointed.  Amazing group of people. Miss my Belizean family already!

6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared) 
Accommodations are on site, volunteer dorms and a cabin for a large group.  Actually couldn’t wait to have some of the cooks local food.  Never felt unsafe, its a gated orphanage and there is a guard.  The locals are very friendly and offer help if you just ask.

7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Spending time with my Belizean family!!

8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?   Was the website easy to navigate?  Would you make recommendations for pre-trip information?  
Support was fine, prompt answers and the website was easy to navigate.  

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

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