Best Volunteer Reviews 2017

Volunteer Name: Michael Dofredo
Project Location: Xela, Guatemala
Volunteered at: Medical facility

Volunteer in Guatemala


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.


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.


Volunteer in Guatemala Medical Program

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


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.

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?


Money Matters

A Broader View Volunteers work tirelessly year round to support our volunteers, and also to serve the local communities where ABV projects are based. As a tax-exempt 501 c(3) organization A Broader View receive 100% of our funding from volunteer contributions. Through your program fee contribution our non-profit charity organization can operate beneficial humanitarian aid programs which are successful and continuous supported year round.

Local, professional full-time coordinators, placement logistics, airport pick up and departure transportation, arrival orientation, food & local accommodations, are a major part of providing a safe, meaningful volunteer experience. When you join A Broader View, you will receive pre-trip visa and vaccination support, assistance with flights, fundraising planning, through our interactive online volunteer portal. Our local partners not only benefit from volunteers valuable contributions at the project, they benefit financially with year-round monetary support from A Broader View. In the last decade A Broader View has donated over 3.5 million dollars in international aid.

By joining A Broader View you are not only helping to make a difference during your own trip, your impact will last even after you go home.

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