Elizabeth Volunteer in Xela, Guatemala

Volunteer Name: Elizabeth Baggett
Project Location: Xela, Guatemala
Program Dates: May 11  to May 25 2014
Volunteered at: Children's Project and Pre-medical

1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Excellent! The coordinators answered any questions I ever had and always were checking in on me.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
Public transportation. Easy and safe but very different from the US

3- What was most difficult to experience?
The rain!

4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
If you´re coming during the rainy season, bring rain boots, umbrella, rain coat, etc.

5.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.  Always have an open mind
b.  Be ready for anything
c.  Learn the language while you´re here!
d.  Taste all the foods.

6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
ABV provided me an excellent experience in Xela. I couldn´t have been happier. I am so glad ABV was able to get connected with such great volunteer locations. I really loved it all.

7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
Great! My host family felt like family. Great food, great people, and safe!

8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
The kids at the volunteer centers.

9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Excellent. Always responded to questions ASAP. Thank you!

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.

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