Best Volunteer Reviews 2017

Volunteer Name: Yetzenia Licea
Project Location: La Ceiba, Honduras
Volunteered at: Clinic, Hospital

1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
The coordinated was very attentive. He made sure as to who I was with and what my whereabouts were. I felt very comfortable and safe throughout my stay.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
At the program:
Volunteering at the hospital gave me a whole bunch of trauma related surprises on a daily basis. At the clinic I was treating infected wounds, diabetic ulcers, taking out sutures, ear irrigations, and abbess draining. Seeing such a wide variety of patients was defiantly mind blowing. At the hospital, the Emergency department was defiantly busy and I had the opportunity to learn how to suture, treat and manage gunshot wounds, fractures, and triage. I was fortunate enough to visit labor and delivery for a small rotation and was allowed to participate in a delivery. Also, I found a lot of the interns to be around my age and got along with them very well. I even found myself hanging out with them outside of the hospital. A lot of the interns spoke English as well which I saw to be helpful to the other volunteers who did not speak Spanish. There was one weekend where we were a part of a medical brigade in Sambo Creek. This was another great experience where we were providing care to people who could not make it out to the city. Here I assisted dentists in tooth extractions, and again found everyone to be very open to teaching in informative.
At the accommodation: I felt very at home since the day I came here, as if I were an extended part of the family.
About the country: Not that it was a major surprise, but the community here is very loving and welcoming.

3- What was most difficult to experience?
At the program:
The lack of funding and supplies for medical treatment.
At the accommodation: Everything went pretty smoothly.
The country: Again, lack of government funding for social services.

4- Any tips for future volunteers…
Clothing: Mostly lightweight clothing.
Donations: Anything helps really. Gloves, sterile gauze, syringes, etc.
Weather: Hot and humid, but can be a little chilly some nights

4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
Be open minded! Things may not be on time or run as smoothly as planed so just go with the flow.
b.- Try to learn the language.Even if you sound silly the effort is appreciated
c.- Plan weekend trips ahead of time. Theres a lot to do and time goes by quickly.
d.- Have a budget. Although some things are cheaper here, money can go by VERY fast especially if you're having fun.

5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial), don’t leave blank:
This trip was absolutely far beyond what I would have imagined. My experience was very hands on and I learned everything from cast molding to sutures. The staff in the hospital was very helpful.  I would highly recommend knowing at least some Spanish lessons.

6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security:
I felt right at home with my home stay. The meals were different but defiantly tasty. There weren’t any moments were I felt unsafe or uncared for.

7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: Doing patient follow ups and seeing how grateful they were for my service in their country.
Country: Utila is the craziest, most fun little island and having a mini vacation where I learned how to scuba dive in one of the best reefs in the world was the best experience!

8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling? Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat): Very helpful. I felt well prepared for my trip. There were plenty of emails about what to bring, where I would be staying, who I would be staying with, etc. While I was here, the coordinators from home were in contact with me in regards to how the trip was going.
Website Information: Very helpful.

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

10 – Can you tell us how did you find or know about A Broader View?I was interested in finding some medical volunteer experience abroad in order to apply for a program that I was interested in. When conducting a Google search, I found a few different organizations that could offer that opportunity. I choose ABV based on its nonprofit status, positive reviews, and how it fit within my budget.

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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