Volunteer Name: Riley Manion
Project Location: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Program Dates: 7/7/2013 – 07/21/2013
Volunteered at:  Clinic

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1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Petra was wonderful, helpful from day one. Juan Mario also made himself available. Petra helped us plan our weekend trips as well as our volunteer programs.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
The most surprising thing was the neutral attitude taken towards prostitutes at the clinic. I was surprised that they are given birth control + HIV tests, but no counseling on getting out of that life.

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3- What was most difficult to experience?
One of the most difficult things to see was the poverty and the fact that people throw trash on the ground. It is a beautiful country with piles of trash all over the place, and starving dogs digging through that trash.

4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
It really does get cold at night, so pack more than two sweatshirts if possible, and make sure to have a waterproof jacket with a hood.

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5.1-Other things volunteers should know:

a.- bring medication for headaches and/or stomachaches
b.- the altitude may take a few days to adjust to – you will be tired
c.- review Spanish before coming!

6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
Traveling and volunteering with ABV is a great way to truly immerse yourself in a different culture. You live with and work with local people. Each experience is unique, yet has the same sense of experiencing something authentic. I wouldn´t change a thing about my experience in Guatemala. It was a great way to practice my Spanish and learn about a different way of life.

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7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
he host family was great. I felt very safe the whole time. All the meals were good, I think I lucked out with having Veronica because she is a really good cook. She came up with many different dishes which gave me the feeling of truly experiencing the food of Guatemala.

8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
My favorite memories are those of the people I met and the stories they told me. Between my host family, my coworkers at the clinic and my Spanish teachers, I met some truly amazing and interesting people.

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9.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Prior to traveling was a little difficult. Our country was changed and then our placement within the new country. I would have liked a bit more help with the situation, especially since travel plans had already been made.

10 – 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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