Review Volunteer Andrea Pincumbe Guatemala Quetzaltenango at the mother-child care center
How was the local ABV coordinator and the support provided in-country?
The support was very good. I was immediately given a map with important places and landmarks marked, and a number at which I could meet my coordinator. She texted partway through my time here to arrange a time to check in and chat.
What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
The most surprising thing I experienced was that I’m comfortable communicating in Spanish and didn’t have any trouble with accents or dialects. I was really happy with this in the family and during the project.
What was most difficult to experience?
The mornings when I would show up and find all the babies crying at once.
Any tips for future volunteers? (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, etc. ?
Laundry is really easy but may take overnight.
Buy donations here, it is way easier and cheaper
Other things volunteers should know?
a. Go to Trama Textiles
b. Introduce yourself to the girls in the shelter. Some talk to volunteers, others don’t.
c. Break the ice.
Personal paragraph (ABV program testimonial):
I got to practice my Spanish a lot. I really want to come back with ABV to visit my host family, see more of the country and volunteer at the shelter.
How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security
I love my host family. The home is clean and plenty space and the food is great.
What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Playing with the older babies. They have more personality and expressions as well as a few words.
How was the ABV USA support prior to traveling?
Very good. Whenever I had a question, I could send an email and get it answered.
Are you willing to speak to potential ABV volunteers?