Review Volunteer Brooke Freeman in Belize Orphanage Program
1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country
Airport pickup was great!
2- What was the most positive surprise you experienced?
At the program: The kids! It so warming how they welcome you and immediately look up to you.
At the accommodation: it had Wifi! (to contact my parents)
About the country: How friendly everyone is.
3- What was most difficult/cultural shock to experience?
At the program: It was shocking to see how little the children have in comparison to myself.
At the accommodation: Due to hurricane, we had no electricity (no fans or lights or outlets to charge phones or wifi) or running water for 2 days
4- Any tips for future volunteers, give as many details as possible…
Clothing: Long sleeves and pants for nighttime if you do not want to get bit.
Donations: Bring money instead of physical donation. Then see what they need when you get here.
Weather: You will be hot, drink lots of water.
4.1-Other things volunteers should know, about what to bring, what to do in country, what to eat, transportation, other:
a.- Bring a lot of your own food.
b.- Bring hand sanitizer and wipes.
c.- Lots of bug cream and mosquito net!.
d.- Always be kind to everyone.
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial), don’t leave blank:
Spending time with the children here made the hurricane and losing water and power worth it! I wish I could take them home with me. Thank you ABV for allowing me to have this experience which changed my life and made me look at the world in a different way.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security in detail:
I was too nervous to the food but dont worry its good, and I felt extremely secure and safe at the orphanage.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: Playing basketball with a boy named Kyron!
Country: Visiting Caye Caulker, trying to learn Creol!
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat):
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? What keywords did you use, what did you search for.
I Heard about it through my friend, Kelly Zartarian, who already sign up.