Best Volunteer Reviews 2017

Volunteer name: Grace Perry

Location: Cartagena, Colombia 

Program: Children Support

Volunteer in Colombia

What was your favourite memory of this trip?
My favorite memory from my trip was either when I cooked “arroz con coco” (coconut rice) with my host mother, or when the other volunteers and I went to Playa Blanca—one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever visited!

What was the most difficult thing you experienced?
The hardest thing I experienced was the terrible sun burn I got after visiting the beach. But thankfully, my host family literally had an aloe plant growing on their front porch, so I bounced back quickly (:

What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for?
I wish I was better prepared for the heat. It is ALWAYS hot and humid here no matter what time of year.

Any tips for future volunteers? (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing, etc)
For the heat, I highly recommend bringing a sweat towel, loose & breathable clothing, sandals, sunglasses, and a big hat.  Also, bring a small backpack for daily use!

How would you describe/rate your experience working with the A broader view staff in the USA?
The ABV staff in the USA was amazing! I never waited more than 24 hours for an email response. They also helped me reorganize my spring semester with only two weeks’ notice. Unbelievably helpful!!!!

How was the local ABV coordinator and the support provided in-country?
My local ABV coordinator was wonderful. I got the opportunity to live with her, so we became very close over my two weeks, and she is SO nice. She showed me around the city and helped with every technicality of my volunteer program.

Volunteer in Colombia: Child Care Center

Personal Paragraph (ABV testimonial):
I had an amazing two weeks in Colombia with A Broader View. I had the best host family, and the other volunteers here with me were equally phenomenal. I truly wish I was here for two months rather than two weeks. I am already planning my next trip down here (:

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes of course!

Money Matters

A Broader View Volunteers work tirelessly year round to support our volunteers, and also to serve the local communities where ABV projects are based. As a tax-exempt 501 c(3) organization A Broader View receive 100% of our funding from volunteer contributions. Through your program fee contribution our non-profit charity organization can operate beneficial humanitarian aid programs which are successful and continuous supported year round.

Local, professional full-time coordinators, placement logistics, airport pick up and departure transportation, arrival orientation, food & local accommodations, are a major part of providing a safe, meaningful volunteer experience. When you join A Broader View, you will receive pre-trip visa and vaccination support, assistance with flights, fundraising planning, through our interactive online volunteer portal. Our local partners not only benefit from volunteers valuable contributions at the project, they benefit financially with year-round monetary support from A Broader View. In the last decade A Broader View has donated over 3.5 million dollars in international aid.

By joining A Broader View you are not only helping to make a difference during your own trip, your impact will last even after you go home.

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