Volunteer Name: Joe Arguinchona
Project Location: Xela, Guatemala
Volunteered at: Health clinic
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Very good! Coordinators were very friendly and helpful.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
Hiking a 14,000 ft volcano.
3- What was most difficult to experience?
Working in the orphanage for a day. The children had nothing.
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Don´t pack very much. It is easy, cheap and quick to do laundry in the city.
5.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a. Be open to change
b. Don´t have expectations
c. Come ready to learn
d. Be adventurous
6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
The medical trip to Xela through ABV was a great opportunity to challenge oneself in both their learning and the things they were willing to experience. It was a fantastic adventure.
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
Very good. Family was funny and nice, and the food was good.
8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Meeting fun people in the city and hiking and adventuring on the weekends.
9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Great, well organized.