ABV in a nut shell
- 501 (c)3 nonprofit USA based organization – you can tax deduct the program fees.
- Available year-round. You choose your own program start and end dates.
- 27 country locations to choose from. Programs available from 1 week up to 3 months in length.
- 245 perfectly balanced projects - experience, price, service.
- 100% cultural immersion including local home-stay and guesthouse accommodations.
- Program fees include airport transportation, orientation, housing/meals, 24/7 in-country support.
- Suitable options for solo travelers, gap year, honeymooners, families, mature travelers & groups.
- Excellent safety record and Platinum rated non-profit organization per Guidestar ABV alumni reviews.
- Between 1500-2000 volunteer per year with a high percentage of repeat volunteers.
These programs are not for the faint of heart. Programs range from heavy construction, to light manual labor tasks. As a volunteer you will take on activities such as mixing sand, making bricks from mud, digging, as well as painting schools and orphanages. You will be led and work side by side the local people all working for the improvement of their communities. By helping to set up basic infrastructure, lays a foundation that will allow the locals to continue the programs even after your volunteer work abroad has ended.
You do not need any previous building experience, though you should be physically fit and willing to work hard in order to partake on these projects. Most work locations are in rural areas, hot weather, limited shade, and using basic equipment.
The volunteer will be in charge of important tasks, both in the area of shelter, as in the administrative area. Will among other tasks, cleaning, maintenance using hand tools, management and tourist education.
Are you interested in global public health issues and want to help in a non clinical setting?
HIV/AIDS has devastated many communities around the world. In some areas the affects of this disease has left thousands of orphan children, families with lost love ones, and lots of fear, confusion and misinformation. Rural area communities have limited knowledge about HIV/AID. Without proper education, locals cannot understand the causes of AIDS and how it is transmitted. People who become infected are often excluded from their own family's home and from society. We offer you the opportunity to support local grassroots organization which are working to improve HIV/AIDS awareness, education, and care of HIV-infected patients. The project aims at fostering awareness of the disease and to work to change attitudes and behavior towards those unfortunate enough to be infected.
Have you ever considered going abroad to learn Spanish?
Delve into a new language! A Broader View Language & Cultural Immersion programs provide the opportunity to volunteer in a humanitarian mission (orphanage, clinic, schools) while learning Spanish at the same time.
Our Immersion programs range from one week up to one month. You can buy more lessons locally. Students at all levels are welcome.
Lessons are provided Monday to Friday, check each country for how many hours you will get, each country is different. The remainder of your day will be spent in the local orphanage, school, clinic - the project of your choice.
Choose from programs in Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Honduras, Ecuador and Guatemala.
Do you have the knowledge and skills needed to help those suffering from injustices of the law and society?
A Broader View Volunteer offers a program specifically dealing with human rights, youth advocacy and justice issues in Zambia. This is a unique possibility to gain deep insight into Zambian culture and the problems concerning its children and youth. Volunteer your time with an Advocacy Program that is partnering with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in a fight for children's rights in Zambia.
As a volunteer you would support the joint project which will be helping juveniles that come into conflict with the law with legal representation in the courts of law as well as fighting for children's rights in the juvenile justice system in Lusaka. Those with legal training, social work, human rights advocacy work experience, and law students are needed and preferred.
Volunteer Medical / Dental, Most health centers where our volunteers are placed are under resourced, and understaffed due to the exodus of health professionals to larger cities. There is a great need of efficient hands to help the doctors, nurses and medical staffs in treating the ever-growing number of patients in community clinics, hospices and small hospitals.
An important element of these placements is learning about healthcare practices in third World countries. Medical and dental placements are available worldwide which assist the local staff in whatever capacity they may need, such as taking medical history, checking vitals, providing check ups, giving vaccinations and HIV testing...Read more... As a medical volunteer, you will experience firsthand the discrepancy between the standards of care available in developed countries vs developing worlds. Dental programs engage the volunteer in patient checkups, extractions, simple surgeries and cleanings.
Volunteer Orphanage, A Broader View offers programs which specifically focus on child care abroad. Our volunteer aim is to provide hands on help with the day-to-day operation of the orphanage so they can provide the children with good quality food, housing, education and health care. By providing individual attention to a needy child, you too can make a lasting difference.
A hug and a smile provide meaning to the life of kids who had grown up deprived of love and care. Male and female volunteers are needed. Volunteers are asked to provide basic English education, to promote health and hygienic habits, organize recreational games and sports lessons and assist the staff in counseling the children. In these projects you could find yourself painting, changing diapers, organizing a soccer game, washing or cooking for the kids, or simply leading a sing a long.
A Broader View offers social welfare program which strive to promote the basic well being of all individuals. These projects offer organized provision of educational, cultural, medical, and financial assistance to the most needy and vulnerable in society: people with special needs, the elderly and abused or neglected woman and children. Choose from working with abused single mothers, in community food kitchens, at an old age home, in a center for people afflicted with Downs Syndrome, or at day care centers designed to aid some of the poorest families in the region.
A Broader View programs in Costa Rica engage volunteers in conservation work helping the endangered sea turtle populations on both the Caribbean and Pacific regions.
Volunteers will be actively involved in nightly beach patrols, digging holes, moving sand, and charting nesting patterns of the turtles, recording births and also during the release phases. This is a challenging program. There are odd work hours, primitive living conditions, cabana living accommodations, however the setting cannot be beat.
What can be more rewarding then helping a child to read?
A Broader View offers programs that specifically focus helping street kids and destitute youth.
Community centers offer a safe haven from the streets, and opportunity for education, even a simple meal and a place to sleep. Many of these youth have lost their way because they lack compassion and love from their own family. Volunteers can help with training lessons to make the youth self-reliant, or self employed through education, support and counseling. Teaching English and the importance of education is a main focus.
The project addresses social and physical issues affecting youth, such as gender, reproductive health, and drug abuse through counseling and education. Volunteers help initiate talks about the existence of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. Prior experience not required, just a caring heart for these disadvantaged children. Choose from programs in Peru, Tanzania, Vietnam and Philippines. .
In communities around the World there is a an ongoing need for native English speakers to help provide lessons and instructions in rural and urban schools. Most of the schools we place volunteers are in poor neighborhoods and rural locations and the schools lack native English-speaking teachers. As an education volunteer you will help children learn the correct use of English words and master English grammar. Children are very eager to learn and develop their conversational English.
As a volunteer you will not only assist teaching, your presence is a proven morale booster to the teachers, parents and students alike. You do not have to be a teacher to volunteer to volunteer on our English teaching project. Volunteers receive assistance from the local teacher with lesson plans.
A Broader View offers programs specifically focusing on the plight of young woman and destitute woman in poverty communities. The programs aim to help the women giving them support, guidance and life skill training. Volunteers work with grassroots woman’s group and teaching English; help to initiate income generating activities and to create sustainable solutions to the challenges the woman face on a day to day basis.
You will assist with training woman in several life and income generating skills and to carry out research to find alternative solutions to fight poverty No specific requirements except willingness and enthusiasm to help women. The mission on this program is to help foster the growth of independent, self-sufficient, decision-making women, by encouraging self empowerment.
We have many undergraduate students who volunteer with us in health related projects. These projects, which welcome pre-medical and pre-nursing, pre-dental students, provide a learning opportunity in universal health care practices. Pre-dental students can shadow in a local dental office and assist the staff with non evasive tasks.
+ What dental, nursing and medical student volunteer abroad programs are available?
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Options for pre-medical and pre-nursing students include a children's clinic which provides care to kids with cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, and other disabilities. Another program is a residential center for adults and children residents with physical and mental ailments. Volunteers would help with early stimulation therapy, physical therapy support, verbal interaction, as well as feeding and cleaning.
The Program provides international volunteers with opportunities to study not only the Mandarin language and Chinese culture, but also its history and modern society as well through daily cultural immersion activities and the organized events in the local communities in the typical traditional Chinese city mixed with modern life.
The home has the right infrastructure so that the elderly can live in a nice environment of care and protection. Here, they receive feeding, medical assistance and physical therapies, they count with support personnel and are organized in different working areas.
The main objective to offer rehabilitation and integrate recreational programs through therapies with horses for children, youth, and adults with mental or physical disabilities.
Volunteers should expect the slow working rhythm and the total absence of timetables, which is common in these locations. Pregnant patients come to the prenatal department for regular check ups before and after delivery they are being given counseling of family planning and how to take care of their baby. There is a pediatric department in the health center where children under 5 years old are taken care.
As an ungraduated healthcare student this is an excellent opportunity to assist in a medical center. Gain universal knowledge and experience in your future career path. Volunteer with a local foundation that believes in the physical recovery of all individuals, offering rehabilitation to all people from the La Mesa Colombian community.
This is a unique opportunity to volunteer your time at the Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (MADC) in San Jose. This project can easily be combined with a language immersion program, or one of our social welfare projects.
A Broader View offers programs which specifically focus on child care abroad. Our volunteer aim is to provide hands on help with the day-to-day operation of the children center so they can provide the children with good quality food, housing, education and health care. By providing individual attention to a needy child, you too can make a lasting difference. A hug and a smile provide meaning to the life of kids who had grown up deprived of love and care. Male and female volunteers are needed. Volunteers are asked to provide basic English education, to promote health and hygienic habits, organize recreational games and sports lessons and assist the staff in counseling the children. In these projects you could find yourself painting, changing diapers, organizing a soccer game, washing or cooking for the kids, or simply leading a sing a long.
This is a unique opportunity to learn and support the work of professional paramedics. Volunteer will have the opportunity to accompany the medical team as they provide emergency medical support throughout the city of San Jose.
This is a challenging but rewarding special needs school project that caters to children with development delays as well as vision and hearing impairments. There are several students who are deaf, and sign language is commonly used to help communicate with the children. Some of the children live with autism, Down’s syndrome and are being provided speech therapy.
The objectives of making this is to promote and exchange cultural ties with volunteers giving the possibility to improve their Spanish through interaction with the various broadcasters
In this program you will participate in football practice sessions including coaches and referees coaching, the evaluation and monitoring of players, players and coaches database development, football tournaments organization
Dance in Africa is part of everyday life and deeply rooted in the local culture. Dance is used as a means to bring community together, also used for educative purposes at schools and orphanages. Volunteers with a background or passion in dance are welcome!