Volunteer Name: Lori & Kelsey Risbrudt
Project Location:  Cartagena Colombia
Program Dates: March 16 - March 23, 2014
Volunteered At: Child/Youth Center

What was your favorite memory of this trip? 
Living with the Henriquez's, working at Institution. Meeting Libary and Karen

What was the most difficult thing you experienced?
Hmmmm...can't think of anything. I wanted to take pictures of our walk to work, but was told not a good idea.

What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for?
not sure, felt prepared

Any tips for future volunteers*…/ (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)
Don't have an agenda. Come open minded. Pack minimally, get a map before traveling.

How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA?
Muy bien!!! awesome personalities, very accommodating, Immediate feedback

How was the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country?
Couldn't have been better

Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
I enjoyed the experience with ABV. The language barrier could be an issue, but the staff is helpful, encouraging, and supportive. They are flexible and very available. My daughter and I were privileged to work with the staff at the Institution and fell in love with the children as well as the workers. Their way of running a daycare is different than America, but it was a great experience. Colombia is a beautiful country filled with beautiful people and a beautiful language. Though we walked everyday in a neighborhood that could "feel" intimidating due to the language, culture, and poverty, the staff helped us be confident and safe. We never felt afraid and we loved living in the neighborhood, meeting the friends of the family, and being part of their daily life.

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?

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.


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