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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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When I first left for Cusco, I was honestly really nervous. I was traveling alone to a new city, country, and continent. However, when I arrived, my worries went away because I felt safe, welcomed, and at peace with my coordinator, host family. My coordinator here in cusco took me on a tour of the city and showed me where I was going to work for the next couple of weeks. During the morning, I worked in the Unidad de Quemados at the hospital, and during the afternoon I worked in emergency at the Clinic. Working in the hospital was amazing because I was getting hands-on experience treating and working with burned patients. I saw many different kinds of burns with varying intensities, and I think that seeing these harsh realities will help me in my future career as a nurse. In the clinic, I was not able to do much. I mostly spent my time following the nurses and observing them as they gave medications to patients, because Im a prenurse I was not allowed to have so much hands-on in the Clinic. Overall, I had an amazing experience traveling and working here in Cusco.
My host family was spectacular. They gave me everything I needed and more. I had three delicious meals per day, a large room with a comfy bed, and the freedom to do what I wanted. The family was very friendly and welcoming, and theymade me feel safe and calm. The house was a short bus ride away from the hospital and clinic that I worked in, and it was veru easy to find my way around.

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Posted: August 21, 2014
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Age:
20

After traveling two summers with Abroaderview, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I have had two amazing experiences and have been able to see two different parts of the world that have truly helped me in my life's journey. I felt safe, cared for, and empowered to meet new people and learn about myself! I believe each project will bring its different challenges, but the people in country really care about their work and helping the city and people around them. While this is considered a volunteer trip, it was truly me who gained knowledge and life experiences from this trip.
The apartment was huge and I had my own bedroom and shared a bathroom with only one other girl. The food was delicious and always plenty. The cook always accommodated to our preferences and made food that she knew we liked. The building had a security guard as well as a secure entrance. I always felt extremely safe at the apartment and in Quito in general. 

When the family and all of the volunteers traveled together to Quilotoa and Otavolo. It was such an amazing trip. We laughed, listened to music all together, and enjoyed each others company. We also truly felt like we got to understand the culture of some of the people that lived in Quilotoa as we had tea and cheese at a family's house! I will never forget that experience. 


I was surprised at how quickly all of the volunteers became friends. We were like a family at the volunteer house. The Cordovas even took us on a trip to Quilotoa and Otavalo one weekend. It was amazing to have a group of supportive people to live with while away from my own home. Even without other volunteers present, I knew I would feel at home with the Cordovas because they always say that their house is my house and they really mean it!

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Posted: August 19, 2014
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10
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By: KristenH
Age:
32

The Zambian people are an amazing people. Josphat and his wife were more than welcoming and offered gracious answers to my endless questions during my seven weeks there. Everyone I met, whether in town, at the orphanage, or in one of the many tourist places I visited, was more than willing to stop what they were doing and help me find my way. People would stop me on the street while I was walking and have a conversation with me. I have so many wonderful memories of my time in Zambia. I volunteered in Zambia because I had gone there for a week last year and I wanted to learn more about their culture and language. I had always wanted to work in a orphanage and this was a wonderful way to combine both desires. I had hoped to work there one day as a midwife and I was able to meet with the Zambian Deputy Director of Nursing while I was in country. What an amazing woman she is. I learned more about their culture than I had done reading books and internet websites. Olivia was more than willing to teach me how they live, cook, work, and have fun in Zambia. I had already learned some of the local language from friends I had made the previous year, and being in country with some language base made my experience even more enjoyable.
The culture shock was most difficult for me. Also watching those precious babies stay in one room day after day with no one to call them their own. The last day at the orphanage I sat on the floor and held one of the sweet babies and cried, tears running down my cheeks, because I did not want to leave them behind. I had bonded to two of the babies especially and it was so hard to leave them behind. I would not trade those short weeks with my precious babies for anything in the world.
I never felt unsafe there. And that includes when we (two other volunteers and myself, all girls) witnessed a vigil anti on our way to Livingstone. If I was ever lost, I had only to ask and someone would take me by the arm and lead me to where I needed to go. Accommodation is no hilton, but I was not uncomfortable. The meats are good, I did not try the Kapenta - dried minnow looking fish, the chicken and pig feet, or the caterpillar, I did try the Hippo and it was good. They mostly have chicken and fish. At Arcades (just ask one of her locals) there are great restaurants, ask where the Thai place behind Arcades is, it is amazing.

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Posted: August 18, 2014
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By: Corrie
Age:
28

I had an unbelievable experience. It was definitely life changing. Saying goodbye to the children was one of the hardest things I have done because it was such an indefinite goodbye. The only thing I could leave with them is the memories we spent together. I told them to stay in school and that I wanted to come back many years later to see how successful they were. Even though being there for a month seemed like a long time, in the end it was such a short period to make an impact on their lives. I am so happy I got to spend that time with the children; I got to teach them things and I learned from them as well. It was so interesting hearing from the staff about how different their society and culture is from mine. It has opened my eyes a lot to how privileged my life is here and how much suffering there is in other places in the world. I had such an amazing time while I was there and it continues to influence my daily life even after I have returned home. I hope to someday go back. And in the meantime, I look forward to finding ways to help them while I am here.
The accommodations were totally fine. There was beds with sheets and blankets, electricity, a shower, meals everyday, etc. It was definitely a different living style than what I am used to but that was part of the experience! The food was all starch, so just be prepared for that. Bring a lot of snacks from home and take advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables in the village! The security was fantastic! I never felt unsafe. There was always someone at the house to watch over it plus the gate helped the situation. The night guard, Nelson, was a great addition to the household!
My favorite memory of the trip was one day we got to the school and the younger kids had P.E. in the yard of the compound. Their P.E. consisted of dancing and singing in a big circle. At first, we just watched them, but then the teachers had us participate. We had to go into the middle of the circle and dance in front of the kids. They absolutely loved it and were laughing hysterically. The rest of the trip my students loved to imitate my dancing. It was a very sweet moment that we shared.

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Posted: August 18, 2014
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By: Frankies
Age:
24

This truly was the most amazing experience of my life. I met such beautiful children and it was so wonderful to be able to help out in any way I could to see their smile. I made such wonderful connections that I will forever hold in my heart. And I couldn't be anymore blessed with a host family I truly consider my family. I felt so comfortable, safe, and loved. Not a day would go by without a great laughter and warming hugs. I absolutely loved learning a new culture, this whole experience has changed my life, and give me a deeper understanding and perspective on life.
Be open-minded and enjoy every second because it goes by so fast! Learning new cultures are great. It is very helpful to fundraise before leaving on your trip, and then wherever you end up volunteering see what is needed and buy it for your project!
The most difficult experience was not being able to speak Spanish perfectly. I find it would be very useful to take a Spanish class that ABV offers. Luckily I speak Portuguese so it did help me out a lot. I found that at times I couldn’t express myself fully, and that was the most difficult part for me.
The coordinator was absolutely incredible. Extremely helpful with anything you needed, and had the most upbringing energy. She also checked on my daily to make sure everything was going well for me, and if there was anything she can do to help me.

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Posted: August 15, 2014
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10
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10
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10
Age:
21

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