A Broader View (ABV)

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We arrange short-term international mission trips and long term volunteer projects in South America, Africa and Asia. Designed with flexibility and customized attention with volunteer options in African orphanages, teaching English, medical and dental volunteering, HIV awareness projects, conservation in national parks, animal welfare, environmental and community development.

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I had a wonderful experience in Ghana. ABV handled everything and made me feel very safe and welcome in the Kpando. The host family was kind and welcoming, and truly enjoyed having us as their guests. The trip was enlightening in many ways and very fulfilling. I cannot wait to return and be with the beautiful people of Ghana again!
Use the packing list provided by ABV, it covers almost everything you need! A few things I would add: baby wipes, portable fans, and a small backpack. Also, consider bringing electrolyte replacements, such as Gatorade packs to mix with water, because the heat will dehydrate you very quickly! I would recommend going to the market in town on market days (every fourth day). It is a great place to buy delicious foods and unique souvenirs, and to experience the beautiful culture of Ghana. The market was one of my favorite places to visit! If you’re looking for a short trip, try traveling to the beautiful Wli Falls on the weekend. It was a 1-hour taxi ride away and made a great getaway.
My favorite memory was on the first day that we arrived to do wound care for an elderly woman with a chronic wound. She was so thankful that we had come to help her, and her husband actually lifted his hands and praised God for our being there. They were so grateful! This very humbling and rewarding experience truly made me feel like I was making a difference in her life.
Also, the children of Ghana truly made an impact on heart. I have many wonderful memories of their smiles and giggles! 



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Posted: February 4, 2014
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Age:
27

This was my second trip with A Broader View, the first was to Colombia. Second one Nicaragua is an experience...one not to be missed. But remember that Nicaragua is the second poorest county in the Western Hemisphere and creature comforts aren't always available. On the plus side, everyone involved with the program was very helpful and thoughtful. And I was pleasantly surprised how positively the young people at the project interacted with me.

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Posted: February 4, 2014
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By: RichardM
Age:
68

Before this trip to Kpando, Ghana, I had never traveled outside of the country. I felt both nervous and excited to begin this adventure to an entirely different continent, on my own. However, my time in Ghana was the most amazing and life-changing experience I could ever ask for. I learned so much about myself and about a culture, unlike my own. I was greeted by a country full of smiling, kind-hearted, and welcoming people, who made my trip worthwhile. Working at the Children's Home, and at the hospitals and primary schools were so rewarding and I always looked forward to the next day and what it had to offer. I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to volunteer in Ghana. Whether you are alone or in a group, you will be warmly welcomed into their country and the time you spend here will be ever so rewarding.

ABV staff was very helpful in the planning of my trip to Ghana. They were always quick to respond via chat or e-mail, and were always very knowledgeable. The staff was always on top of approaching due dates and make sure to keep in continuous communication.

The local ABV Director and support in country was very helpful during my stay. While I wish that the coordinator would have been more direct in communicating details of plans, everything worked out just fine. They all made sure I felt comfortable while I was there and made sure to check in at least every other day!

I went during the dry season in Ghana. Most days were between 90 and 100 degrees. Have I packed again, I would pack more shorts (that reach the knees)! I packed a lot of maxi skirts and dresses that worked well, but since they were so long, they made the temperature seem a bit hotter. I also wish I would have packed more items to donate to the Children's Home. They are always in need of more baby diapers, wipes, any general medicine and first aid items. All of these items are extremely expensive for them to buy, and many times cannot be bought in Kpando. They are very appreciative of any and all donations!

I especially enjoyed working at Children's home! The children were always so excited when we would come in the evenings. It was wonderful how optimistic and excited about life they are... it was contagious! One day, in the beginning of my trip, we took the children to the Wli Waterfalls. It was their first time spending the night away from their home, so it was really special for them. They were all really excited to go swimming and eat the delicious meals. I am so glad that I was able to be apart of such a special day!

The most difficult thing I experienced was when I lost one of my two bags on arrival, in Ghana. However, this wasn't even a big deal, because the other volunteers who were there were extremely generous in letting me borrow clothing or other necessities until I was able to go pick up my bag. Everything else went perfectly, and in the scheme of things, losing my bag wasn't bad at all!.

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Posted: January 31, 2014
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By: Emily2014
Age:
21

I volunteered at the Main Hospital in Cusco Peru January 9th to the 27th, 2014. My recommendations are bring Green Scrubs! Specially seafoam/mint green colors. The nurses only wear these colored uniforms so it will be confusing if you’re not in the right color. Also bring red & blue pens because the charting is done a certain way with these colors. At the beginning of every shift, introduce yourself to the other nurses so that they know who you are & that you are ready to help wherever they need you. Ask the charge Nurses “when” you should work, because different shifts are busier & need more help than others. For example, I started out working in the mornings, until I asked when they needed the most help & the nurses told mainly the evenings. Since I was working in the Emergency Department, the number of patients varied from then on, I started to come at 7pm & stayed as long as they needed me each night. There was a significant difference at the time of day & they really did need the extra help then. Some nights it would calm down by 11 or 12 so I would leave then. Other nights there would be so many critical patients & not enough nurses so I would stay & help until the next morning. My best advice is to be willing to absorb & adapt to the different hospital environment. The quicker you learn how they do things there & accept that it’s not as clean & pretty as the hospital you’re used to at home, the quicker you can really jump in there & help.
Essential supplies that you should try your hardest to bring include:
-Stethoscope
-BP Cuffs(s)-There was only 1 for the whole ED
-Pulse Oximeter – Also only one for the whole ED & several patients needed close monitoring so try to bring a small one (US$50) that you can wear around your neck.
-Gloves – As many boxes as possible 3-4
-Hand Sanitizer – enough to last your self the entire time, keep a small one in your pocket at all times.
-Honestly any other supplies.. They need it!!!

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Posted: January 31, 2014
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By: KatiePo
Age:
23

My favorite memory of this trip was meeting all the people, and having an amazing time with all of the volunteers and locals. I also wish I was able to stay for a longer period of time, and I wish I was prepared for how much I would enjoy my time there.

The most difficult thing I experienced was dealing with the discrepancy in the health care system between the US and Tanzania. I wish I would have been able to do more education about evidence based practice that we learn in the US and come to understand why some things are done that probably shouldn’t be done in the hospital there.

The hospital HUGELY appreciates any donations that you can give to them, if you are raising money; use it to give to the hospital and not to pay for the trip because they need the support more than anything else. Beyond anything that you can give them in terms of your experience, they need the financial support.

Working with the staff in the US was very easy and any questions I ever had the support staff was on top of it right away. Their process was easy to get through and I always felt supported.

The local ABV staff was absolutely amazing. I cannot say enough good things about them. They were nice, fun, attentive to everything we needed, and absolutely wonderful. They always made us feel safe and comfortable and they helped give us a real local experience of the Arusha and made sure we were comfortable in the hospital setting, as well as really helpful processing our donations to the hospital.

I would highly recommend the Arusha, Tanzania medical project to anyone thinking about it. ABV was an amazing NonProfit Organization to go through, I only wish I could’ve stayed for longer!

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Posted: January 28, 2014
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Age:
24

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