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A Broader View Volunteers Corp

The most difficult thing I experienced in Peru Cusco was visiting an orphanage for children with special needs. All of them had been abandoned by their parents. The staff was working day and night to make their lives the best possible, but they desperately needed more help. The orphanage was severely understaffed, and they were dependent on volunteers' help. I urge all of you to come here and help these children, they need so much help and love. My local coordinator (Beatriz) in-country support was wonderful!. My coordinator took me on a tour of the city my first day, gave me a telephone, and was available every step of the way after that. Really really excellent! Make SURE you make time to visit Machu Picchu. It was absolutely spectacular and a must see when in Cusco. They won't exchange one dollar US bills, so make sure you have larger bills.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Dec 22, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

At first it was a bit of a shock to work with the children with special needs. They have such an unfortunate range of disabilities, and this kindergarten/pre-school is very understaffed. Many of them were also orphans. It was however really rewarding to see how much joy they still found in their everyday life, regardless of their circumstances.
My experience was great and working at the two placements I did got the opportunity to really help out with these children. I’m glad I went for as long a period as I did, as it takes time to get to know the children enough to really help them (especially the autistic and mentally challenged kids).
The coordinator was great, and helped me out with whatever I needed. She was really supportive and worked hard with me to help in my efforts to buy Christmas presents (clothes, blankets, toys) to over 400 orphans and disadvantaged children. I appreciate that a lot.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Dec 22, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

The Intern Group

I completed a 3 month journalism internship, had an amazing time. I gained much needed industry experience which helped me find full-time work, while simultaneously I was able to explore one of my favourite cities in the world and meet lots of interesting people through The Intern Group.

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Posted: Dec 22, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9

CEA - Cultural Experiences Abroad

It is truly ashame to charge parents the ridiculous amount for this program. The lack of orientation is by far none. The welcoming staff barely speaks English and was never seen again for four months . Your staff at CEA in Italy gave no through orientation or bare guidance to students.Your professors rude and condescending to students. When coming from a accredited University in the US to this program, one fines it lacks the respect between professor and student. As a parent paying 17k for this program , your level of staff should be professional and up to standard.

Your housing for students and housekeeping is bare minimum , leaving students to fend for themselves in a foreign country. Example : a rodent problem or an electric problem, no guidance or staff member is available to students. God Forbid, if there is a true emergency!!
The housekeeping staff showed up for 8 minutes and left. No issue for young adults to clean up after themselves but not acceptable when advised no major cleaning is needed and that it is taken care of. Instead at check out parents and students are left to major clean the housing themselves so it is left in acceptable standard or even better.
Items promised were never in the apartment., printer none, a poor internet connection for the number of students in the apartment .

If your college student is accustomed to professional level of education , please do not sign them up for this program. It is costly and not run professionally!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Dec 22, 2014
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I spent an amazing 8 weeks in Quito, Ecuador volunteering in the health care programs. I got to visit lots of amazing places and had incredible experiences in my free time and while volunteering. The people in Ecuador are super friendly and became great friends with many people all over the country. I also grew very close with my host family and have memories that I will never forget with them. Those 8 weeks were by far the most incredible weeks of my entire life.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Dec 21, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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