Volunteer Name: Michael Dofredo
Project Location: Xela, Guatemala
Program Dates: From 12/15/2013  to 12/22/2013
Volunteered at: Medical facility

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

Very supportive, informative, persistent, hospitable and friendly. All were very welcoming and easy to approach and to communicate with.
 
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?

The culturally rich environment, the citizens are extremely welcoming, lively and beautiful. The city is rich in spirit.

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3- What was most difficult to experience?

I had few problems or issues while staying here. The biggest struggle I had although, was adapting to a Spanish-speaking environment, but I had much help.

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

- Bring layers of clothing / warm clothing.
- Bring bottled water
- Hand snacks
- Walking shoes
- Bring/learn how to translate
- Bring a notebook
- Presents are always a good idea
- Have an open mind to learning new things.

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5.1-Other things volunteers should know:

a. Spanish
b. Remain flexible
c. Show initiative
d. Comfortable shoes are necessary.

6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):

I had the best travel/volunteer experience of my life. Petra was extremely helpful, friendly and supportive. This experience has given me an entirely on the Spanish culture, life, and a general outlook on life. The host family (Sandra and Sergio) are the greatest, and I wish I could find the words to express how grateful I am for their open arms

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7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)

It was virtually flawless. I felt like I was home. Sergio and Sandra are nothing but hospitable. The meals were delicious and always on time. I have an extreme amount of respect for them. The security was not an issue during my stay.

8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?

It is hard to hand pick a particular moment. The city was beautiful, the host home was fun. I enjoyed the mountain hike, the salsa club, the restaurant, and getting to know the city of Xela. The missionary work was extremely heart-felt, and playing/helping the children was rewarding.

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9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?

Very helpful, they all kept us with the status changes. They were very up-to-date with everything and communicated well.

10 – 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.

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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