Best Volunteer Reviews 2017

Volunteer Name: Dorothy L.
Project Location: Cusco, Peru         
Volunteered at: Centro de Salud/Medical volunteer

What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Going in an ambulance to pick up a patient at her home.

What was the most difficult thing you experienced?   
Even the private hospitals are quite lacking in resources.  They did not always have pulse oximeters + did not have glucometers.  Seeing the lack of resources and staffing was difficult. Patients had to wait to receive care because there had only 1 nurse in the ER or 1 nurse for every 2 floors.

Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)
Pack in layers.  Weather fluctuates wildly!  Bring medical supplies if you have space, donate things like scrubs or white coats which can lighten your load when you leave.  Travel on the weekends - there are lots of great day weekend trips you can take.

How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA?
Excellent.  There was some delay, in the beginning, getting the clinic site/paperwork settled because of changes with the Ministry of Health accepting volunteers, but this was out of ABV's control.  Once sorted all staff was very reliable and responded quickly to my concerns or questions.

How were the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country?   
Very good.  Gretty in Cusco also made sure I got a second experience at the public clinic which was great for me.

Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
Volunteering with A Broader View in Cusco was a wonderful experience, as a doctor.  I learned a lot about the Peruvian healthcare system and appreciated positive and negative aspects of it.  I enjoyed working at both a private hospital and the public clinic and learned how healthcare resources are allocated in a system very different from ours in the USA.  I learned how important the family system is here in Peru and was pleased to see how patients often had multiple family members stay with them during their hospital stay.  These family members were instrumental in purchasing medications and seeing to their families needs.

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?

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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