A Broader View Volunteers Corp

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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 would consider us the not-so-typical volunteers. As a mother/daughter team, we went to Zambia to commemorate the end of an era as my daughter graduates from high school and moves onto the next chapter of her life. She spent a month volunteering in Zambia the previous year, and was eager to return, and even more eager to share the experience with me. Our decision to spend a school vacation week in this way, and the travel arrangements required to do so were all made hastily. She found A Broader View through a google search, and after some additional research, and a few phone conversations with Sarah, we felt confident that this would be a good match for us. Sarah and the team at A Broader View were so skilled at arranging things for us with such short notice, our transition to the volunteer project went off without a hitch.
I love babies, and since mine is now 18, I really miss everything about them. My personal volunteer goals could have easily been met just by the smell of a baby all day long. Sharing their smiles, quieting their cries, and watching them grow were all icing on the cake. However, the greatest reward for me that week, was reflecting on how my own baby has grown into such a loving, caring and generous woman, who would take a week (more if she could have) out of her life and spend her final school vacation giving back to others. This was an experience I wish every mother and daughter could share. We laughed at each other and sometimes yelled at each other as we tried to find our way in a strange place. We laughed at ourselves for being awkward in a new environment. I relished every second of being with her knowing that soon she’ll be heading off to college.
The orphanage was not what I expected at all. It was spotless, well-equipped, and safe, the staff were quite skilled, the babies were well fed, well dressed and well cared for. I truly felt as though they gave us so much more than we ever could have given them.
As far as sightseeing, we took a weekend to go to Livingstone. The host helped us at the bus station, which was invaluable, as it was really intimidating. There were many bus companies, and they were all very aggressive. He knew the best bus for us to take. It still ended up being a 9 hour trip (the bus left an hour late, and the 6 hour trip took 8 hours). We arrived in Livingstone at night with no where to stay, but ended up finding a hotel with no problem. Though it was adventurous on our part, I would strongly recommend planning this kind of stuff ahead of time. We also ended up flying back to Lusaka from Livingstone because I just couldn't risk the unreliable bus transportation back. It also gave us more time there. There is a new airline that flies from Livingstone to Lusaka called Mahogany, and it was about $225 for the two of us to fly back. The hotel helped us book it, but having all of this planned out ahead of time would have been better. Since out entire experience was very last minute, some of this was unavoidable for us.

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Posted: May 31, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
19

A broader view volunteer program gave me the opportunity to experience the Peruvian culture from the comfort of a safe, welcoming host family. The clinical sites that I was placed in gave me a great chance to learn more about the culture and observe everyday life unlike most tourists get to experience. Life outside of the clinic proved to be much more fulfilling than I could have imagined. I got involved with a wonderful church and made some great, lasting friendships. We would try new restaurants together and go out exploring the beautiful mountains and trails together.
My host family was awesome, above and beyond just a place to stay. I truly feel like I am now part of the family. We ate every meal together at the table. My host mom would serve the traditional Peruvian lunch with different courses and did a wonderful job of varying the meals so I got to try a little bit of everything. I have a wheat allergy and she did a great job of accommodating that. I got the chance to help her with her bakery work and she let me tag along to the big parties she was catering to experience it all. I watched futbol in the evenings with grandpa and learned cake decorating from grandma. They all did a great job of keeping me informed of what was going on that week as far as special celebrations or events, futbol games, etc, so that I could experience as much as possible. Thee house was always clean and I had my own room and bathroom downstairs so I could spend time with the family when I wanted but could also have my own private space which was great.
Here are some tips for anyone that wants to volunteer in Peru:
a.-They do not flush their toilet paper down the toilets, but throw it away.

b.-Try everything that you can from fresh fruits from the markets (make sure you take them home and wash them first) to cooked street foods, to neighborhood celebrations to live music, salsa classes, museums, futbol games, whatever comes up. It really helps you learn and experience the culture.

c.-Pedestrians do NOT have the right of way on the streets. Make sure to move quickly because the cars will not stop for you.

d.- Do as much as possible with your host family, join them when they go to the market, or church, or help prepare a meal. Ask them about what you see and what is going on when you are there. They are your best source of information and your personal direct tie to the community and the culture.
e.- Take a Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour

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Posted: May 19, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Vonna
Age:
30

This journey started a year ago when I decided that I wanted to go to Africa and Volunteer. There was hours of research and planing done to make sure that I choose the program that fit me perfectly- and I did- ABV was just right from me. From the moment I signed up they made me feel at ease and even when I was abroad, they checked in on my occasionally, I couldn't have asked for a better program. They set me up at a great orphanage where I felt I could make an impact & a difference. My experience was both emotionally & physically challenging and each day I endured a new and different challenge. Would I change any of it? Not in a heart beat. Being there for those children and being able to enrich their lives for the 7 weeks I was with them was by far the most rewarding things I've done. Nothing can ever beat the sound of the children who speak little to no English chanting your name as you make the long trek up a hill to the orphanage and them meeting you with smiles once you reach the front door. The kids were amazing each in there own individual way and i will never be able to forget the the positive impact they had on me. I can not thank ABV enough for setting me up at such a great facility with such great welcoming staff and amazing children.
When I was in Arusha I heard the stories of other volunteers everything from how their host family treated them, what they ate, their living conditions, and the fees their programs charged them- by far what ABV set me up was the best out of all of them

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Posted: May 17, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Jimmy
Age:
29

My overall experience was so eye opening and hard to describe in brief. Having this opportunity to experience a different way of life is like nothing I have done in my life before. This program definitely has impacted how I wish to continue with my future and do more volunteer work around the world.
We were warmly greeted by Nathalie in the airport and she was there the whole way to answer any questions and help us out. The local coordinator was also great, he gave us a lot of background information on the culture of Ghana and what to expect.
I would say that we were very well prepared. You can't possibly come prepared for everything, some things just need to be experienced and we were told to come with an open mind.
There were so many wonderful little memories from my trip, I would say that just the people of Kpando themselves were so memorable. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly that it really stuck with me. And of course the children at the program will be with me always.
Medical items are always needed, mainly gauze and wraps that the program can use for wound care. The children's home could always use more white writing paper. The volunteer book at the compound is great to look at, we covered almost everything in the book that past volunteers wrote about.
The A Broader View staff was great! They fully prepared us and answered all of our questions, we never felt like we didn't get enough information before traveling to Ghana.

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Posted: April 29, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Courtney
Age:
20

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Hi Courtney, A friend and I are hoping to talk to a few people who have been to Ghana about their experience. Would you mind talking with us? My email is emma.cunn4@gmail.com. Thanks, Emma

The most surprising thing would be the culture change. I didn't know what to expect. I haven't traveled anywhere outside the US before so it was very different for me and I had to adjust. It was nice to see what else is out there in the world.
A difficult thing I experienced was seeing the lives some children have to live. I've been pretty sheltered living in Utah. It was sad and sometimes hard to see but it made me so grateful for what I have and made me realize how minimal my trials are.
I would definitely recommend if you're going to a country that speaks a different language to get a basic knowledge of it. The hardest thing for me was the language barrier. It would have been a lot easier to communicate effectively had I learned some Spanish before coming. I would also pack light. I didn't bring much for 3 months and I don't regret it. You don't need a lot to live.
Beatriz (my local coordinator) was so great! She showed me many places around the city and took me out frequently. I know if I ever needed anything I could call her and she would make sure it happened.
My host family was awesome! They treated me like I was part of the family from the beginning. They always made sure I was fed and comfortable. They showed concern and wanted me to be safe and I really like that.
Overall it was been a wonderful experience. I got to witness a different culture, meet some amazing people, and have so nice memories I'll keep with me for the rest of my life. It was eye opening to see a little part of the world away from home.

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Posted: April 19, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
22

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