Best Volunteer Reviews 2017

Volunteer Name: Laura Ziesmer
Project Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa          
Volunteered At: Holiday Program

What was your favorite memory of this trip?
The whole trip was phenomenal I could not pin point one moment that was significantly better than the rest. I definitely made friendships that will last a life time.

What was the most difficult thing you experienced? 
Our luggage took 4 days to arrive, it got left behind due to the late arrival of a connecting flight. ):

What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for? 
It is cold in the winter in Africa, I wish I had been more prepared with warmer clothes.

Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc) 
We went to Addo with Junayne which was amazing Junayne has so much knowledge of the park because he used to work there. Also, Cubana has amazing food so spicy, so delicious, all of the food everywhere is spicy.  

How was the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country?
ABV had told us we would be working in childcare, we were under the impression that we were working for an orphanage or at a school but we ended up being essentially 'camp leaders'.   I know that we went at a difficult date because the children were out of school for winter break, looking back now I would have changed the dates if we would have known that is what we would be doing. However, I had an amazing experience and would not trade it for the world.  The volunteer coordinator Junayne was awesome, so helpful with everything so hysterical and knew the answer to almost any question!

Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
I had a life changing experience in Port Elizabeth, I learned that poverty truly is only a state of mind and that even the poorest individuals can be rich in life. I would highly recommend any and everyone to experience Port Elizabeth and everything the city and it's people have to offer. South Africa is an amazing place filled with amazing people. I have made life long friends and wish to return soon!

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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