Review Julia Casagrande Volunteer in BELIZE at the Orphanage program

Review Volunteer Julia Casagrande in BELIZE at the Orphanage program

Review Julia Casagrande Volunteer in BELIZE at the Orphanage program

1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country, give details?
I taught everyone was really helpful and informative when I first arrived. The ABV pamphlets were very helpful and the staff on-site were great.

2- What was the most positive surprise you experienced?
At the program: How accepting and loving the kids were. The first day at least a dozen kids just came up and hugged me and it really made me feel at home and a part of the family.
At the accommodation: The accommodation was at the program, and I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy that. it was really nice because I could focus on the kids and working when I needed to and then go up and take a break when I needed to.
About the country: I love all the colors. The houses, animals and buildings were all colorful and I loved how bright everything was.

3- What was most difficult/cultural shock to experience?
At the program: I am close in age to a lot of these kids, and the difference in curriculum shocked me because it was so different than what we learn.
At the accommodation: The humidity was hard to handle because it was so intense. I was prepared for it but it was still everywhere, all the time.
The country: I walk through some residential areas to get to the post office one day and the poverty I saw was really shocking it’s one thing to know it’s there, but it’s another thing to see it.

Review Julia Casagrande Volunteer in BELIZE at the Orphanage program

4- Any tips for future volunteers, give as many details as possible…
Clothing: Light clothing, it doesn’t necessarily have to be sporty, but bring light clothing.
Donations: Ask when you get to the orphanage, because with kids you never know what they might need.
Weather: Drink lots of water to help with the humidity.

4.1-Other things volunteers should know, about what to bring, what to do in country, what to eat, transportation, other:
a.- There is a lot to do in Belize, so make sure you go out and experience it. I went to an Island and Mayan Ruin and they are both amazing.
b.- There is some mango trees at the orphanage, make sure you try some of them and some fruits because it is nothing like back home.
c.- Bring a lot of bug spray and make sure it is strong!
d.- Everything you might need is in a walking distance, so take a walk.

5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
My time in Belize is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. It taught me independence, compassion and patience. I’m so thankful I got to spend time with these kids and these people. I learned so much and truly feel so fortunate to have been able to be here. It really made me want to travel more and volunteer more, so I am so glad I went at such a young age. I would instantly recommend this program to anyone.

6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security in detail:
Everything was just fine. I am a vegetarian, they really accommodate meals very well. Even when I was the only volunteer here I never felt scared because the orphanage is very safe.

7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?

Program: Playing with the kids and seeing them laugh and smile.            
Country: All the friendly people and how everyone here is so welcoming.
Tours: Snorkeling in Caye Caulker was Amazing! I’ve never seen anything so beautiful.

8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat):
We were able to connect to ABV whenever and it was convenient and informative.
Website Information: The website info was great and really told you all you needed to know.

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 search “Volunteer Abroad” and just kept clicking links, eventually I came across ABV.

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