Volunteer Name: Adriana Ingwerson
Project Location: La Ceiba, Honduras
Program Dates: Dec 15 to 29, 2014
Volunteered at: Clinica and El Hospital

1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
It was incredible the A Broader View coordinator and I feel that I have a family here in La Ceiba. He is very organized + super coming we met lots of helpful nurses and doctors too + banded with them, creating new friends.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
At the program: How open the people of La Ceiba are to receiving help from strangers.
At the accommodation: It is beautiful and clean home with an incredible family.  I was impressed at how all the houses are guarded by gates.     
About the country: wow is ti beautiful, You have the Caribbean sea on one side + the beautiful mountains on the other. There are a lot of wild dogs but they are more behaved then domestic dogs in the U.S.

3- What was most difficult to experience?
At the program: Seeing a patient die.
At the accommodation: No water at late night.
The country: A lot, a lot of mosquitos.

4- Any tips for future volunteers…
Clothing: Loose, cotton clothing, shorts, T-shirts tanks + same nice outfits for night out and the church.
Donations: gloves, gauze, Ibuprofen, amoxicillin, Tylenol, Advil, aspirin, syringes, cotton balls and lots of everything not just one.
Weather: It is very hot & humid but you acclimate when it rains it rains very hard.

4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.- Don’t fool with your phones & cameras, especially in specific neighborhoods
b.- Bring Advil, bandages, & bug spray.
c.- Bring a useful & practical gift for your host family
d.- Make the best of your time, Get to know the Honduras & their culture! It is amazing.

5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
I have had an incredible time. Their lifestyle & the way they see 7 experience life is so different than in the USA. Everyone is so grateful here, always smiling & saying thank you for coming to their country. I’ve made great friends & it is definitely going to be hard to leave.

6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security:
Perfect. The house / room has bigger than expected. I feel very safe at the house & all the Honduran meals were delicious.

7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: All the Incredible things I got to learn & experience with the doctors and nurses here.
Country: Our trip to Cayos Cochinos was unforgettable, But my favorite memories are the big dinners & home open with all the volunteers & our new Honduran friends.

8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat): Great
Website Information: Good

9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes, I will

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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