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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Working at the kindergarten and the girls home especially was an experience I won't forget. Laughing and playing with the kids and bonding with the girls was such a special time for all of us. I came here hoping just to do some good, but I am leaving truly touched by the relationships I've formed here. I hope that the 2 weeks of service I've done here will translate to greater success and happiness of the children and the girls in the future.
My favorite memory was at the orphanage during ceramics class one day. We asked the girls what they wanted to be when they grew up, and they all answered that they wanted to go to college and become nurses or lawyers or teachers. Watching them smile when we congratulated them on their goals, seeing how happy they were that someone believed in them, was my favorite moment.
I was most surprised by the willingness of the girls at the orphanage to open up to us and shower us with love, even without really knowing us. It made the time we spent together so special, and those girls will always have a special place in my heart.
Our local coordinator Beatriz was very accommodating and helpful. She checked in with us frequently, was helpful to me with the language barrier, and even went out of her way to give one in our group a gift on her birthday. She was great!

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Posted: June 8, 2014
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10
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10
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10
Age:
23

The people of Kpando! Everyone was so warm and welcoming; it made teaching in front of a class easier than expected. I loved greeting people on the way to school and children’s home and I loved being greeted by the children!

Also visiting the island was a great experience. The children were eager to learn and we got to show our donations to them, including showing the class how to use a jump rope and using the teacher as our subject; they loved it!

I felt very prepared. The orientation guide provided by ABV and reading previous reviews helped me with my packing list. We were lucky that the week we were there wasn’t too bad with the heat too. I feel we came to Ghana with an open mind and were ready for a new experience.

Definitely follow the guide provided by ABV. As far as donations, it may be best to contact Edem or Jesse directly. All of our donations went to good use, but it seemed as though they needed some things more than others. If you get the time be sure to check out Wli waterfalls and the monkey sanctuary!

Having only a week for spend in Ghana, we wanted to get the most out of each day. We taught health and hygiene at a local school in the mornings and helped out at the children’s home in the afternoon. The people of Kpando were amazing and very welcoming.

Living with Peter and Mary was great, if we ever needed something there was no hesitation to ask, they made us feel right at home… and Mary’s cooking was delicious. We were lucky to be volunteering at the same time as some other awesome volunteers, it made the experience all the more enjoyable.

I felt as if I was able to test the waters for volunteering in a foreign country. I would definitely like to do this again, but for at least 3 weeks! It’s amazing that only a week can leave such an impact.

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Posted: June 5, 2014
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10
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10
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10
Age:
24

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Hi Stephanie! A friend and I were hoping to talk to someone who has gone to Ghana with ABV. Is there a way we could email you? My email is emma.cunn4@gmail.com. Thanks, Emma.

Costa Rica was the best experience of my life until now. The ABV team was really helpful both in the USA and in-country. I was very prepared for the trip. It was really easy to get settled and used to the new surroundings. There was never a time that I felt uncomfortable or unclear on travel instructions or anything. My best memory was meeting and spending time with all the other international volunteers at the camp. And the most difficult thing was adjusting to the schedule that we had at camp and the work that we needed to do (2 shifts morning and night 6 days a week). But definitely going to go back some day... soon!

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Posted: May 31, 2014
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10
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10
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10
Age:
19

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
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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

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