Linda, Volunteer in Xela, Guatemala

Volunteer Name: Linda Romero
Project Location: Xela, Guatemala
Program Dates: From Jan. 2nd – Jan. 16th 2014
Volunteered at: Woman's Support

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

Excellent & very prompt.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?

Hardly any stop lights, crossing the street was very difficult, and how much McDonalds is liked here.

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3- What was most difficult to experience?

Saying ´no´ to street vendors.

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

Sunscreen!
Small purse for money
Try to always carry small bills
Bring something to read at the park!

5.1-Other things volunteers should know:

a. I hear strawberries are bad
b. Public restroom charge
c. Try the ziplining
d. Free salsa dancing classes on Wednesday
    Weaving classes (you can make your own scarf)

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6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):

The ABV program was excellent and at an affordable price. I always got my questions answered promptly. The coordinators were in constant communication. The site I was volunteering in was good. I do wish I would have spent more time with the “abuelitas” rather than in the kitchen, but I suppose that deals more with the actual home than the program. But it definitely humbled me as a person to have shared time with the lovely/funny grandma´s.

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

Great!! My host mom was funny and kind. Her food was nothing out of the ordinary for me so that was good. I don´t like surprises too much and the location was excellent, that´s why I didn´t get lost too much. Lovely friendly family and loved that my room was quite private outside of the actual house. And wifi for me is always perfect.

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8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?

I have good Spanish, or so I thought until I spoke to some of the locals. I enjoyed trying to make sense of myself and understand each other, because Guatemalans and Mexicans have different names for the same things.

9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?

Very informative and detailed, extremely helpful.

10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?

Yes!

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