Volunteer Review Nadyne Simard in Guatemala Quetzaltenango Woman Shelter Program

1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Petra was very professional and answered all my questions to my satisfaction. Also, she helped me organize other activities.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
All the people that I met in Guatemala were very friendly. I was pleasantly surprised!

3- What was most difficult to experience?
The women in the shelter spoke fast and sometimes did not pronounce the words properly. The communication was difficult sometimes with the mothers.

4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Any donations to the kids (clothes, cookies, and toys) are appreciated.

5.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a. Be open-minded
b. Be respectful
c. Try to speak Spanish as much as possible
d. Be patient

6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
The accommodation was very comfortable and the family was very friendly. The meals were good as well.

7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
All of it! The volunteering experience, the Spanish classes, and volcano climbing!

8- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
The support in the USA was great!

9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Yes!

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.


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.

up top

Volunteer Facebook Volunteer Twitter Volunteer Google+ Volunteer Flickr Volunteer  Youtube