Volunteer Name: Greg Epstein
Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates: June 11 – June 26, 2015
Volunteered at: Medical Center

1- How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?
It was fine.  Beatriz was wonderful…always available to help us out…exceeded expectations.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
Program: I did this program in Guatemala with ABV, so nothing was too surprising.
Host Family: It was weird that the internet was so unavailable.  The kids were surprisingly charming and talented.
Country: Nothing surprises me anymore…maybe all the dogs, everywhere.

3- What was the most challenging thing you experienced?
Host Family:  The internet restrictions were my only issue…they were wonderful hosts.
Country: I kept wanting to try and change the way people do things… medically / socially / food-wise. One must hold one’s tongue when one traveling abroad.

4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
1. Medshare.com has great stuff for donations.
2. Raise money using special media to offset costs of volunteering / donations. ABV fundraising page is an option.
3. Bring small items / snacks that you “cannot live without”
4. Mind the sun… it’s strong up here.

5- Personal Paragraph about the experience (ABV Program Testimonial):
This is a great program.  Support’s great, experiences cool, lots to see around the city.  Best part is that you can do something that makes you feel good while also seeing a new part of the world.

6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security, friendliness, quality others:
All above average… fun the most part.  Shower situations was a bit tricky, but just go with it… at least, it’s there.

7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?:
Program: I enjoyed my work with the ambulance, doing the festivities downtown.  Lots of kids needed help… good stuff.
Host Family:  Playing guitar with Octavio (host brother) was pretty fun.
Country:  All the great traveling… meeting other tourists… tour to lake Titicaca was great.

8- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling? (who helped you, emails, phone calls, chat online, how fast did you got an answer, did you got all your answers)
They were all great. They remembered me from my last trip, which was nice.

9- What do you think about the reservation system online?
All good… too easy.

9.1- Who did you find Abroaderview website (keywords, search engine, word mouth to mouth, recommended by .., other)
Google…last time, this time I just remembered it.

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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