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Frontier

Overall, the experience on the frontier Central America ecotrail has been amazing. I had no idea what I was getting into when I first signed up, but I'm so happy I did. The frontier office as well as my incredible trail leaders, Kelly and Rachel, have offered an immense amount of support and knowledge. I've had life changing experiences and had the pleasure of traveling with a great bunch who have just added to the joys of my trip. I recommend this trail to anyone who is looking for an adventure of a lifetime.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Central America
Posted: Feb 18, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Frontier

This trip is a great way to travel Central America! The possibilities are endless and there is so much to do and see that you can't ever be bored; from volcano boarding El Cerro Negro to visiting ancient Mayan ruins at Tikal, from a boat trip down the breathtaking El Cañon de Sumidero to swimming in beautiful blue waterfalls at Misol-ha and caving at Semuc-Champey! The trail leaders are so knowledgeable and great fun to be with! Thoroughly enjoyed myself over the past 6 weeks and I'm extremely excited about the next 4 volunteering in the Costa Rican jungle.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Central America
Posted: Feb 18, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
7

Frontier

A very enjoyable trip all round! The trail leaders were very knowledgeable in all of the areas we visited and knew all the best and cheapest places for trips and food! I would definitely recommend this trip to all my friends. Met lovely people the leaders were amazing!!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Central America
Posted: Feb 18, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
7

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

My 18 yr old daughter and I had decided to spend a week working in the orphanage in Bulenga, Uganda with ABV before working in Kampala on a project of mine and then exploring other parts of Uganda, and our plans were somewhat complex. Early in the planning stages I had to change the dates a few times, and I am very grateful to ABV for their flexibility and support. I also felt very well prepared by the US staff for the trip with well-organized contact numbers both here and abroad and with in-depth descriptions of the projects, country, living situation, and expectations.
My favorite memory of the trip was teaching four young, wildly enthusiastic and grateful 12 yr old girls mathematics in a tiny, brick room with red-clay floors, no windows or door, a chicken clucking at my heels and a baby (who had wandered into the classroom and asked to be held) in my arms. After we completed the lessons with me writing on a slab of slate propped against a wall and a tattered piece of cloth (shared with another classroom and passed back and forth through a small hole in the wall) used as an eraser, we decided to sing children’s songs, clapping for one another and trying to make music together. These kids and the adults working with them somehow navigate their extraordinarily challenging lives with unbridled positivity and love. It was a wonderful memory filled with unfathomable amounts of joy and hope and was a life lesson in acceptance and gratitude.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Feb 16, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Volunteering at a health clinic in Xela Guatemala for past two weeks was a revitalizing experience. During the past semester in college, I went through some emotional troubles and thankfully, this trip helped me get my life back on track. It inspired, within me, motivation to continue pursuing a career in the health field and self confidence that I saw disappearing in the past few years. During my time here in Xela, I had the opportunity to give vaccinations to babies, learn and practice Spanish, visit Fuentes Georginas, hike up a hill to see all of Xela, celebrate Christmas and New Year´s with my family, and many other things. I am extremely grateful for the time I spent volunteering in Xela, and I hope I can come back soon to work in the clinic again.
My host family was very welcoming. I really enjoyed eating their home-cooked meals. I had the chance to celebrate some festivities with my host family, and I had a lot of fun spending time with everyone. Tamales are a traditional food served during the holidays and I loved eating them! My host family made sure I was safe, but they also gave me a lot of freedom to explore Xela.
My main task at the health clinic was to give oral vaccinations to babies, and a lot of them cried afterwards because of the bitter taste. However, there was one baby boy who actually smiled after I gave him his vaccinations, and he also gave me a kiss on the cheek afterwards. It was the cutest gesture!
The ABV in the USA prepared me well for the trip. They sent me a program summary that outlined my daily schedule and explained how I would get to Xela from Guatemala City. The staff members answered my questions promptly and made sure I went over all of the important information.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Feb 15, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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