Volunteer Name: Elizabeth Rooker
Project Location: Quito, Ecuador
Program Dates: June 13th to July 24th 2015

Volunteered at:  Child care center



1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?

Laura and her staff were amazing and incredibly helpful. I felt very secure and confident of the resources available to me.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?

I was suprised at how welcoming and friendly all the workers and family members were. 


3- What was most difficult to experience?

The culture can be difficult once in a while, and it was different to see how certain situations are handled.

4- Any tips for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations)

Be aware of safety tips before traveling. Pack a wide variety of clothes and a good pair of closed toe shoes.


5.1-Other things volunteers should know:

a. Be open to everything
b. Try the food
c. Attempt to speak the language

6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):

I am beyond satisfied with my trip with ABV. The family and project they set me up with was better than I could have ever imagined. I was well taken care of and all my questions and concerns were easily solved. ABV is a wonderful program, and I absolutely recommend it.


7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
The accommodations were above and beyond what I imaged. The food was amazing and the family was even better. Outstanding.


8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?

I most enjoyed spending time with the family at home and traveling throughout Ecuador with other volunteers. 


9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Great. I felt very confident with support and assistance.

10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?

Definitely.

 

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.

WHAT DO MY FEES PAY FOR?

Volunteer Registration Fee – ongoing support from ABV staff, program marketing costs, information pack, administration costs, ABV donation Fund, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

Volunteer Program Fee – ABV donation fund, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs. As a US Non-Profit Charity Organization all your fees are tax deductible and you can fundraise from our website to pay for the fees.

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