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Volunteer Name: Ashira Klein - Location: San Jose Costa Rica
Dates: 2/22- 3/28, 2015 - Volunteered: Hospital de Niños
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?
Very supportive in the case I needed something
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced? Name 2
Host Family: Wi-fi hot water 
Country: Very Americanized! Many people spoke English
3- Any tips for future volunteers…(Clothing, travel, personal items, and donations)
1. No scrubs needed, you can bring if you want
2. Stickers/ games for the children if financially possible
4-Other things volunteers should know before coming here: 
(That’s not in the orientation guide)
a. Extra sunscreen! (It’s expensive here)
5- Personal Paragraph about the experience (ABV Program Testimonial):
Overall, this was an excellent experience. My host family was welcoming and there to help me with whatever I needed. Volunteering at the hospital was incredibly rewarding. I got to know some incredible kids and parents with whom I will stay in contact.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security, friendliness, quality others: 
My host family became my family. The room was comfortable, and the food was delicious.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?:
Program: I spent most of my time in the Oxology ward, where the kids were always bright excited to play. 
Host Family: My host mom made me Arroz con Leche because I told her it was my favorite.
Country: Monteverde is beautiful
8- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling? (Who helped you, emails, phone calls, chat online, how fast did you got an answer, did you got all your answers)
Everyone responded to my question quickly
9- What do you think about the reservation system online?
No problem
9.1- Who did you find Abroaderview website (keywords, search engine, word mouth to mouth, recommended by .., other)
Search engine
10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes
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Samantha McReynold and Cristen Norman volunteering in Peru Cusco, Medical Program Local Hospital.

Samantha: "These past few months I have been working hard at Christian Brothers University in their Physician Assistant program.  The experience has been challenging, but incredibly rewarding because I am finally getting to achieve my life long dream of working in medicine.  Through our Physician Assistant program I have had the opportunity to serve our community in Memphis, and now I would like to broaden my horizons and serve abroad. I get a three week break for Christmas vacation and what better way to serve than do a medical mission in Cusco, Peru. Its been three years since my last medical mission to Guatemala and I had such an amazing experience helping the people there with the little training I had. Now that I have been working diligently in school what better way to use the skills I have learned with my roommate who shares a passion for incorporation of service and medicine"

Cristen: I am volunteering for the Medical program in Cusco Peru for many different reasons.  The Spanish culture and language has been a passion of mine ever since I was a little girl.  As I grew older my passion grew and grew and I eventually received a Bachelor's degree in Spanish.  In college I studied abroad in Spain which sparked the travel bug inside of me.  Later in college I decided to take my first of two medical trips to Honduras where I could combine my love for travel, the Spanish culture and language, and my medical knowledge.  I had such an enriching experience that it made me determined to pursue a career in medicine and eventually provide care in Spanish speaking communities.  Now that I am in physician assistant school and I am learning all the necessary skills and information to become a provider I want to put this knowledge to use.  I want to be able to experience Peru's rich culture while giving back and providing quality care to the people living there.

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Volunteer: Alexis Stribbling - Location: Arusha, Tanzania
Dates: 03/07 to 03/15/2015 - Volunteered: HIV program/Hospice
1- How was the local Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?
Heather was awesome. She made me feel very welcomed and showed me around Arusha. I felt very comfortable and at home. It was also nice to be aware of her support throughout the week with an encouraging text message ensuring that I was doing alright and that I was getting to and from my volunteer placement alright.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
The most surprising thing I experienced was the structure of the health system and how local organization takes care of children who have no family and are diagnosed with a serious illness. It was surprising to me that these children are cared for better than individuals with HIV/Aids in America. I did not come in with any expectations of the health system in Tanzania because I was very unaware of the structure other than HIV/Aids being prevalent in the population.
3- What was most difficult to experience?
The most difficult experience for me was the language barrier. As a social worker I depend on language to build a rapport with my clients. It was difficult to try and interact with the younger children because they spoke very limited English. I knew a few words in Swahili but I felt like I could not really use my social work skill set when interacting with the younger children. That was difficult because I came in with the expectations that I could use my social work skill set to interact with the kids and brainstorm with the workers and Allen what they need.
Also I escorted a child to the HIV outpatient clinic and was thrown up on. This was not a big deal to me because I work in hospice and have seen some gruesome things-the difficult part was walking around the rest of the day with throw up all over my legs and shoes. The child who threw up on me was admitted into the hospital and was being tested for worms, typhoid, yellow fever or malaria. I felt like a walking health hazard with throw up on me. Another worker asked me to hold her baby (who was HIV positive) and I told her that I had throw up on me but she did not care. I was too far away to get a change of clothes so it was difficult to try and continue volunteering when I felt like I was risking the health of individuals around me.
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Prior to the trip I would recommend contacting the ABV coordinator and seeing what types of donations are most needed. I wish I would have done that prior to my trip. While in Tanzania I was able to buy some books but I wish I would have been able to have a wish list.
4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.- When volunteering at the hospice center take a dala dala to the hub in front of the Nakumat and then look for a dala dala to Chekereni. The person who rode with the first time did not do this and told me to walk from the Nakumat to the clock tower. It was fine the first day because he escorted me, but on the second day I did it by myself and was bombarded by fly catchers and people trying to selling me things. At one point I was surrounded by six individuals and realized that they were not going to let me go. I attempted to push past but they were not letting me. I desperately looked for a dala dala but could not find one that was stopping at the clock tower. I knew the only way I was going to escape was to buy one thing-but since they were not letting me go I was going to haggle like nobody’s business. I was able to get two bracelets for 5,000 which was a steal. Note to future volunteers that they can take a dala dala the entire way without having to walk or being dropped by the clock tower. 
b.- BUG SPRAY
c.- :Flashlight
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
Despite only being able to stay a week my ABV volunteer experience in Tanzania was worthwhile. I learned a lot about HIV/Aids I did not know and it was eye opening to see how a different culture handled the disease. It was amazing how open everyone was to answering all my questions and educating me on health care in Tanzania and the history of Tanzania as well. My individual placement was far away and as intimidating as it was to travel such a far distance-I increased my self-autonomy. I also considered myself an independent person but now I definitely know this to be true. It was also amazing how I was able to visit with the children at Good Hope and get that experience as well. I cannot wait to return back to Tanzania one day and stay for a longer period of time.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
My accommodations were amazing! Nelson was awesome and the other volunteers were awesome as well. The meals were delicious and I felt very much at home. The other volunteers were amazing and I felt lucky to have them there to share my experience with.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
My favorite memory from my trip was having an opportunity to play games with the kids and making them laugh. Smiles go a long way and even though I could not communicate with the children at St. Lucia’s-A smile can be universally understood across different languages.
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
ABV was so organized ! I felt very prepared prior to traveling. The ABV packet also gave my unsupportive parents some peace of mind at me J
9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers
I would love to speak to other potential volunteers and advocate for ABV and Tanzania!
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Volunteer in Chile Orphanage and teaching program La Serena Chile Lorrain Guerrini February 26 to March 26 2015

I love the idea of volunteering in a Chile orphanage, it is a safe country, and I would like to see whether it is something I would like to return to and do for a longer period of time.
I have been learning Spanish for the past two months, and although my language skills are very very basic, I love the idea that I can learn Spanish at the same time as volunteer, so that I can engage with the children more as my language skills improve.

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Volunteer Name: Matthew Crissman, Location: La Ceiba, Honduras
Program Dates: 03-16 to 03-27-2015, Volunteered at: Teaching School
1.How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
The coordinator was amazing and had a lot of things planned out for us to do and was very helpful with anything questions and concerns I had.
2 What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
At the program: how everyone helps each other and if I needed something someone helped me and was very willing to do what needed to be done.
About the country: The absolute beauty of the mountains and the ocean being right beside each other and how the clouds were suspended above the mountain.
3- What was most difficult to experience?
At the program: Mostly not knowing exactly how to help with certain things because I am not trained in that field of work.
At the accommodation: There was nothing that was not that difficult.
The country: The heat was different than were I had just been at where it was cold and the climate change.
4- Any tips for future volunteers…
Clothing: I would suggest packing shorts and short sleeved shirts.
Donations: I think mostly where I was at just money would help because most places can not afford to pay for construction.
Weather: It really depends where you go, but in La Ceiba it is hot and humid a lot and there is a lot of sun.
4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.- I would say just be expected for anything your plans may change at any moment.
b.- Also be respectful to whoever you stay with because they may ask you to stay there again if you go back.
c.- The communication to back home may be a bit difficult because of internet problems but it will still work.
d.- The most important to me is just have fun and do whatever you can to help out.
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial), don’t leave blank:
My experience here in La Ceiba Honduras has been amazing for my first time being out of my home country. The school was full of nice respectful children and I had a lot of fun playing with them and I would love to come back someday.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security?
I would say it has been quite excellent because they always ask me if I want food and I had a nice place to sleep at and kept me comfortable while I was in the home.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: On Saturday, when we went to a city and helped out people with medical things and seeing how that different group of people live.
Country: I have to say where I worked at because of all of the children they seemed really happy and excited to have volunteers and people come and hug them and be around them.
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat): I am not sure because my mother did most of the communication for the trip.
Website Information: The website has a lot of good references and advice and tips for other volunteers.
9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes I would speak to other ABV volunteers about their experience and my own as well.
10 – Can you tell us how did you find or know about A Broader View? 
My mother did the research for this trip mostly and I just helped out with looking at where I wanted to go and did research on the website and also elsewhere.
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Sea Turtle Program in Costa Rica from 2 weeks to 6 weeks and for the internship we have a 12 week program, year round program. Here are some pictures of the work and the accommodations.
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Volunteer Liana Buessecker in Peru Cusco Children/teaching program February 5th to march 19, 2015
"I am interested in the orphanage / child care program in Cusco, Peru. I enjoy working with children and people less fortunate than myself. I find joy in helping others and participating in activities with kids".
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Volunteer Dr. Robert Fierer MD. medical program in honduras La Ceiba
 
"Very happy with all aspects of the program rapheal, john, host denise al were excellent I hope to return one day . I learn a lot and felt that I was able to be a doctor for people that appreciated my help and learn the people and the country".
 
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Volunteer in Chile Day Care Center ad teaching La Serena Chile Megan Moore and Bailey Katz March to May 2015

Megan: Children shouldn't be denied the right to learn a second language, or anything else, just because there is a shortage of people to teach them. Helping kids to reach their full potentials in their education is something that I am very passionate about, and I would love the opportunity to work with the kids in Chile.
I also think that being bilingual is a very useful skill, and is something that I am working on myself. Another reason I am interested in this program is because I have the opportunity to participate in the Spanish immersion where I can advance my Spanish knowledge and work on becoming bilingual while still helping others.
Bailey: It sounds like a great opportunity to work in another country and gain an understanding of another culture. My favorite hobby is to travel and meet others who experience life in a different way then I have. Learning about different lifestyles through children and through a host family is extremely appealing and being able to make a difference in their lives is a huge bonus. Volunteering has been a part of my life for a very long time so doing that along with traveling would be amazing.

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Ecuadorian Aboriginal Community Development Program - Jungle Amazon area.

COMMUNITY WORK
To help with farm work, accompanied by each of the families that make up the community, participating in activities such as cleaning trails, nursery preparation, sowing, harvesting and construction. It is necessary to be open and be willing to participate in the activities that the community needs. In the community there is a cacao and wooden trees green house, also, the volunteers by sowing, harvesting and recollecting the fruits in the communitarian area.

Teaching English, the work of the volunteers is to teach English and other  subjects to the local children and grownups.
Teaching Computers, the school has 7 computers; volunteers can teach the children how to use the computers.
School support, The school has one director and 3 teachers. One teacher is in charge of teaching 6 grades, therefore they need assistance to complete the academic program.
Educational programs. This is the reason why the presence of volunteers has been really valuable for reinforcing the knowledge in homework. 

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What was your favorite memory of this trip? My favorite memory consists of several different memories: The look on people's faces when they

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