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La Ceiba, the capital of de department of Atlantida is located on the Caribbean Coast of Central America, and is world famous for its Carnival. The upcoming La Ceiba Carnival 2015 will take place in the month of May, which may sound strange, as a Carnival per se is usually celebrated in the days leading to Ash Wednesday. The truth is that in the case of the La Ceiba Carnival 2015, the dates are set to honor the patron saint, Isidore the Labourer, also known as Isidore the Farmer (San Isidro Labrador) whose day is celebrated on the 15th of May. This year, the dates for the La Ceiba Carnival 2015 will be from the 9th of May to the 23rd of May, with the big celebration being precisely the Carnival itself on the Saturday the 23rd of May.
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Volunteer Lauren Huber in Peru Cusco Orphanage program and Language Immersion program
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?
Everybody was excellent. Everyone was supportive and ready available at any time. I felt very comfortable with everyone as if I as with extended family.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced? Name 2
Program: How patient the girls were with me in speaking Spanish. If I didn’t learn a word, they would teach me or look it up in the dictionary for me.
Host Family: How at home I felt in another country.
Country: Cuy! (guinea pig) I have to try it.
3- What was the most challenging thing you experienced? 
Program: In all situations, my lack of Spanish speaking was my greatest challenge.
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
1. Wear sunscreen.
2. Set aside some time to practice some Spanish before coming.
3. Always carry your passport with you.
4. If you bring donations, be sure the appropriate people know about it, so they get to the right people.
5.1-Other things volunteers should know before coming here: 
(thats not in the orientation guide)
I’m sure it’s already there, but keep open an mind and take advantage of your time here.
6- Personal Paragraph about the experience (ABV Program Testimonial):
This trip for me was the perfect combination of travel and volunteering. I loved the time I spent at the girls orphanage, as well as the time I spent traveling and exploring the country. It was great.
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security, friendliness, quality others: 
Ana Maria and Dante were the best host-family I could have asked for. I truly felt like I was with family during my stay with them. Everyone I met here was extremely friendly and patient with me as I learned Spanish. I absolutely liked my time in Peru, Cusco. I walked often and haven’t felt unsafe at any time.
8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?:
Program: The time spent with the girls at the orphanage, it was all my favorite.
Host Family: Family meals with Dante and Ana Maria. Spanish lessons with Ana Maria
Country: Machu Picchu and daily walks.
9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling? 
Emails were always answered within the day and there was always some one available when I called.
9.1- What do you think about the reservation system online?
Everything was easy and efficient.
9.2- Who did you find Abroaderview website (keywords, search engine, word mouth to mouth, recommended by .., other)
Search in Google.
10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Absolutely.
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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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Review Volunteer Ashira Klein San Jose Costa Rica Medical Program https://www.abroaderview.org 
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Volunteer: Yetzenia Licea - Project Location: La Ceiba, Honduras
Dates: 2/9 to 4/5/15  -  Volunteered at: Clinic, Hospital

1.How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
The coordinated was very attentive. He made sure as to who I was with and what my whereabouts were. I felt very comfortable and safe throughout my stay.

2 What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
At the program: Volunteering at the hospital gave me a whole bunch of trauma related surprises on a daily basis. At the clinic I was treating infected wounds, diabetic ulcers, taking out sutures, ear irrigations, and abbess draining. Seeing such a wide variety of patients was defiantly mind blowing. At the hospital, the Emergency department was defiantly busy and I had the opportunity to learn how to suture, treat and manage gunshot wounds, fractures, and triage. I was fortunate enough to visit labor and delivery for a small rotation and was allowed to participate in a delivery. Also, I found a lot of the interns to be around my age and got along with them very well. I even found myself hanging out with them outside of the hospital. A lot of the interns spoke English as well which I saw to be helpful to the other volunteers who did not speak Spanish. There was one weekend where we were a part of a medical brigade in Sambo Creek. This was another great experience where we were providing care to people who could not make it out to the city. Here I assisted dentists in tooth extractions, and again found everyone to be very open to teaching in informative.
At the accommodation: I felt very at home since the day I came here, as if I were an extended part of the family.
About the country: Not that it was a major surprise, but the community here is very loving and welcoming.

3- What was most difficult to experience?
At the program: The lack of funding and supplies for medical treatment.
At the accommodation: Everything went pretty smoothly.
The country: Again, lack of government funding for social services.

4- Any tips for future volunteers…
Clothing: Mostly lightweight clothing.
Donations: Anything helps really. Gloves, sterile gauze, syringes, etc.
Weather: Hot and humid, but can be a little chilly some nights

4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.- Be open minded! Things may not be on time or run as smoothly as planed so just go with the flow.
b.- Try to learn the language.Even if you sound silly the effort is appreciated
c.- Plan weekend trips ahead of time. Theres a lot to do and time goes by quickly.
d.- Have a budget. Although some things are cheaper here, money can go by VERY fast especially if you're having fun.

5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial), don’t leave blank:
This trip was absolutely far beyond what I would have imagined. My experience was very hands on and I learned everything from cast molding to sutures. The staff in the hospital was very helpful.  I would highly recommend knowing at least some Spanish lessons.

6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security:
I felt right at home with my home stay. The meals were different but defiantly tasty. There weren’t any moments were I felt unsafe or uncared for.

7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: Doing patient follow ups and seeing how grateful they were for my service in their country.
Country: Utila is the craziest, most fun little island and having a mini vacation where I learned how to scuba dive in one of the best reefs in the world was the best experience!

8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling? Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat): Very helpful. I felt well prepared for my trip. There were plenty of emails about what to bring, where I would be staying, who I would be staying with, etc. While I was here, the coordinators from home were in contact with me in regards to how the trip was going.
Website Information: Very helpful.

9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes.

10 – Can you tell us how did you find or know about A Broader View?I was interested in finding some medical volunteer experience abroad in order to apply for a program that I was interested in. When conducting a Google search, I found a few different organizations that could offer that opportunity. I choose ABV based on its nonprofit status, positive reviews, and how it fit within my budget.

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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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