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A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Thank you for the opportunity to visit such a great country with culture deeply rooted. My time in Cusco, Peru has been a delight. Vanessa certainly made sure that things were going well - she frequently called the hotel, my Spanish instructor - Karen, made personal visits to me at least every day or two. My morning Spanish lessons were pottery session last Monday evening.
The lessons were very helpful, grammatically and eventually I guided Karen to give me additional vocabulary help. Hector, the school director was also very involved accompanying us to the folk/traditional dances, shopping at the market and even walking me to the ATM!.
Everyone made me feel so welcome. Vanessa (coordinator) did a great job picking the restaurant and my hostel, though humble, was in a fabulous location and had incredibly personable staff.
The staff even got involved in teaching me Spanish!. My volunteer work was with street children and others that came were so adorable and very willing to help with Spanish. I too, taught them a bit of English!. All in all was a great humanitarian and Cultural Immersion trip and a wonderful place to visit.
Thanks so much for the opportunity to serve. All the best, Michelle C.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Dec 29, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I just wanted to touch based since I've returned from the volunteer program in Costa Rica.
I first wanted to thank you for talking to my Mom who was worried about me in the beginning of my trip. The experience was overall an amazing one and I learned a great deal from the teaching English aspect.
Thanks A Broader View staff for everything.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 29, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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Costa Rica 2010 Reopen, check our website for Sea Turtle Conservation, and Social programs in San Jose, join us now, space are already full until October 1st 2010.
ABV Volunteers will be re-opening the Costa Rica program by the end of 2010/beginning of 2010. After making program changes, and scouting new project locations, the Costa Rica programs will return. Stay posted!
they don't have a costa rica program

Cross-Cultural Solutions

In September 2006 I volunteered with CCS in Salvador, Brazil. Everything about the CCS program exceeded my expectations. I was thinking about volunteering abroad for quite some time and had contacted quite a few international volunteer organizations. Although they were all friendly and somewhat informative they left me feeling uncomfortable about make the decision to go to a country I have never been too and volunteer. I was actually re-considering volunteering in another country because of this. This was until I spoke with a very intelligent, informative, and friendly enrollment manager by the name of Brooke at Cross-Cultural Solutions. She not only answered all of my questions but furthermore me feel extremely comfortable about the CCS program and staying in a country that I have never been too, let alone volunteered in. She also never pressured me to "sign up" like other organizations did. After hanging up the phone it took me little time to make the decision the CCS was the right organization for me. As the time got closer to my trip, CCS prepared me with all the necessary information about the volunteer placement program that I choose and the country I was staying in. They informed me on everything from safety issues to local customs and were always there to answer any questions I had.
When I finally arrived at the CCS home base I found that everyone from the van drivers to the kitchen staff to the security personal to the Capoeira instructor to the Country Director Grace was kind, informative, and always there to help with any questions or issues I had. I also feel that CCS did a great job in balancing volunteer time and cultural activities. I knew that I would be volunteering which is why I signed up but I was not aware with just how much cultural activities we would be doing. From local tours of the community to having a local professor come in and speak about Brazil. It added a more profound and fulfilling experience as I left with a better understanding of Brazil's rich history and culture.
Even after I sadly arrived back home they kept in touch with me and asked what feedback I had about my experience. That shows to me that they are truly an organization that cares about what they do and are always looking for improvement. Their Alumni Director Quinn is still in contact with me and does a great job in keeping me informed about the latest CCS is doing.
Overall, CCS has a dedicated, loyal, informative, and intelligent staff. I whole-heartedly and comfortably encourage and recommend CCS to anyone who is looking for a life changing volunteer experience. My time with CCS literally changed my life and the only regret I have about the whole experience is that I was only able to go for 2 weeks. I still to this day, nearly 3 years later keep in touch with the people I volunteered with and know I will for the rest of my life.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Brazil
Posted: Dec 29, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I had a really great experience in La Cebia Honduras. The family I was placed me with were really welcoming and made me feel very comfortable in their home. The room was very clean and the food was varied and very tasty.
It was great that ABV managed to place me with another volunteer which was really nice. It meant that I had someone to talk to and travel around the area at weekends with. There were several other volunteers in the area at the same time as me and we were all introduced and made good friends together. At the weekends there are lots of things to do around La Ceiba. You can easily visit the Bay Islands which are all very beautiful. I was also able to go white water rafting and on a zip line canopy tour. These were both really great experiences.
I didn’t take Spanish lessons whilst I was in La Ceiba. However, all the volunteers i spoke to who were taking the lessons reported very highly of their experiences and the teaching quality. If I go again I would defiantly take the opportunity of taking these classes.
I worked in a school and at an all boys orphanage during my time in La Ceiba. Both experiences were really good and very rewarding. I got to know the boys I worked with at the orphanage really well. They were so grateful for the simplest of things I really enjoyed working with them and I miss them massively now that I’m back home in the UK.
Manuel, the ABV Project Director is a lovely guy and is very helpful. I was able to contact him whenever I needed to and he was always there to help me whatever the situation. He is very well connected in La Ceiba so was able to offer loads of advice. Manuel is really laid back and you can always have a laugh and a joke with him which I found put me at ease about my whole trip. Manuel was very concerned for our safety which made me feel safe. It made me feel like I could really rely on him.
ABV in general have been very supportive and friendly. They guided me through my whole trip and I would chose ABV do my next trip with.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Dec 27, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Thank you so much to ABV for facilitating my last four months of volunteer work. It was such an amazing experience. In the past four months, I have learned so much. This whole experience has taught me so much as an individual, as well as a person in this society today. I cannot believe how much I have seen and done and I am so grateful for being able to have done this trip at such a young age. It has changed me forever and I would never trade these experiences for anything.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Dec 27, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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