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HD Video Feedback Mary Beth Holbrook Volunteer Guatemala Xela January to April 2014: "I have traveled many times throughout the world, but never quite in the manner as organized by ABV. I was quickly made to feel a part of the community surrounding me, and I was introduced to other volunteers and to my program, making me very much feel at home. Then without realizing it, Xela became my home, those with whom I worked and lived became my family, and my project was the highlight of every day.Working with children, and then adolescents at my projects, I had the fortune of gaining insight into the pain and yet the universal joy that exists within young minds. This joy allowed me to be energized when around the young persons even when my health began to fail towards the end of my 3 months.
ABV has a great way of not directing you, but working with you to accomplish tasks at projects. Never did I feel alone or without support from the ABV team as I dove into work at the projects, or interacted with the cultural community of Guatemala.I have been changed for the better because my mind flourished, and heart expanded, and my worldview broadened."
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Volunteer Name: Benjamin Keepers
Program Location: Honduras La Ceiba,
Volunteered at: Health Care Program
Program Dates: March 2014

I'm studying Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. I choose Honduras because I visited Guatemala last year and loved it. so I decided to visit another Central American country.

The Spanish Immersion program was fantastic, I feel much better at speaking Spanish now. The host family was very nice and did more than enough to accommodate me.

The local coordinator was a great teacher. Bring sterile gloves, usual hospital supplies, everyone coordinated & worked with me in a timely & professional manner.

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Volunteer Name: Robin Piper, Project Location: Ghana, West Africa, Program Dates:  February 14th – March 20th, 2014, Volunteered at:  Medical Volunteer in Hospitals / Clinics and Children’s Home

What was your favorite memory of this trip?
I have so many it is hard to choose! The first thing that comes to mind when I think about my trip is the people. The people of Kpando were the friendliest, warmest, most welcoming people I have ever met. Everyone was so happy to have us there and I always felt comfortable and safe. My favorite memories would have to be the small, everyday moments like having children from all over run up to say hello and smile or steal a quick hug. It was obvious to me how much just my presence there made the children so incredibly happy and I loved that. I also volunteered at the Children’s Home and I have countless special memories with the children there during tutoring and play time. One of my favorite days  was when we used the watercolor paint sets another volunteer brought and painted with the children. They were so excited and their pictures were beautiful! My sister and I also traveled around Ghana quite a bit and our favorite sites were the Wli Waterfall, Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, The Grotto, staying at The Oasis Beach Resort in Cape Coast, and the canopy walk at Kakum National Park.

What was the most difficult thing you experienced?   
The first few days of trip were a little difficult because you have to adjust to living in a completely different way. Doing a lot of research before you go and reading the ABV orientation manual thoroughly before your trip are a must. As long as you know what to expect, you will be fine. There are plenty of people to help you adjust if needed. Expect it to take a few days to a week depending on where you are staying at and how long your trip it. Aside from the living conditions, the hardest part of the trip for me as a medical volunteer was experiencing the lack of supplies, facilities, and practitioners, firsthand. I went into the trip open-minded, with the understanding things would be extremely limited and difficult, and ready for anything and that helped tremendously. Health care in Ghana is very different than what we are used to and that also took time to adjust to and accept.

What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for?  
There is nothing in particular that I wish I had been better prepared for. I think that proper planning and reading before the trip are both very important so that you are prepared! Also, reach out to past volunteers if you have questions or concerns before your trip. I also read a lot of travel blogs to decide what type of backpack to take and get tips for packing which was very helpful.

Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)
Don’t be afraid to leave Kpando and go for it! Every weekend other volunteers and I would take day trips to local sites most of which were under an hour away. Ghana is a beautiful country and I highly suggest taking every chance you can to experience as much as you can while you are there. Bring your own soap, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toothpaste, ect although if needed a version of those things can be found there in town. Also, bring a pillow and a sheet if you would like to have more than the one they will provide. As far as clothes, pack light-weight comfortable and conservative clothing. You do need to wear pants or shorts that reach just above your knee. I mainly wore shirts with sleeves but do know that you can wear tank tops if you would like to. If you are a female don’t be afraid to bring casual cotton dresses of appropriate length and neckline because they are nice in the heat! If you are going as a medical volunteer you MUST bring your own scrubs, gloves, stethoscope, BP cuff, gauze, band-aids (aka “plasters”), alcohol prep pads, ect because those items are in such short supply. I also brought and donated a glucometer which made a huge difference because the hospital I worked in did not have one and had to send patients almost an hour away for sugar readings. Finally, a journal to document what you do and see each day is an absolute must. 

How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff  in the USA?
Great! Everyone I worked with was very helpful, answered my questions quickly, and made sure all of the necessary steps were taken before the trip (i.e. getting a visa). Sarah Elhers was especially wonderful and I did most of my correspondence with her.

How was the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country?
Everyone on site in Ghana was awesome. Edem, Jessy, and Nathalie made me feel very comfortable and at home. If I needed anything I knew Nathalie was just a phone call or text away. For work I was placed in a small hospital in the region and I worked with a PA and nursing staff that also made me feel very welcome and appreciated. It was hard work but I enjoyed each and every day! I was able to learn and experience so much and I am forever grateful. Our host family was very gracious and I really enjoyed getting to know and spend time with them and the neighborhood children and extended family. After my five weeks in Ghana I felt like I had a really firm grasp of the culture, values, and strong sense of community in Kpando.

Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
A Broader View allowed me to travel safely and with confidence to a developing country seven thousand miles from home. This trip was a dream for me that I was able to put into action thanks to ABV. I had an incredible time and I would go back in a heartbeat! Regardless of the career path or field you are in, nothing is more important or game changing than experience. If you want to have an experience that will change the rest of your life – plan your trip and go for it. And do it with the support of ABV! 

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes! Absolutely. #volunteerabroad #ghana #abroaderview #helathcare
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Feedback Review Volunteer Creighton de Young Cusco Peru Pre Med Program and spanish Immersion
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Volunteer Sarah Brook Peru Cusco Health Care Program April 2014
I have an interest in the medical field and knowledge of the Spanish language. I also have been to Peru before and love it. 
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Volunteer Name: Creighton DeYoung, Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates: From 03/23/2014  to  03/30/2014
Volunteered at:  Pre-medical project

1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
This trip was the first time I had traveled abroad by myself, and I was a little bit nervous about the logistics.  However, I was very pleased to find that the ABV Coordinator (Beatriz) was exceptionally accommodating. Despite flight complications, and several other uncontrollable mishaps, my week in Peru was worry free and successful.  A large of which can be attributed to the ABV Coordinator.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
The most surprising thing for me was the standard of the medical facility and staff.  I was expecting far worse!  It was a clean building with professional staff.  While it is nice to know the patients at my clinic are in good hands, I wish I could have played a more integral role in the medical field.

3- What was most difficult to experience?
The most difficult thing for me was working with the children in the clinic.  I was concerned by the conditions in which they lived.  The physical environment was quite nice, however, the children lacked personal social attention.  At the end of the day, it was hard for me to tear myself away from the kids.

4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Make Machu at least a two day trip.

4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.Don’t carry all your money around with you, even if it is in a money belt.
b.-Buy a map of the city and keep it with you. Study it a little bit if you have time.
c.-You might be surprised by the amazing conversations you can have with completely random people, if take the time to initiate it.  
d.-Plan a group dinner with at least some of the other volunteers; it makes living in a foreign country far less lonely.

5 Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
Overall, I absolutely loved my experience in Cusco, Peru.  It was definitely the best way I could have spent my one week of spring break.  Although I volunteered in a medical setting, I would have liked to been included more in working with patients.  That being said, I do feel as though I made a difference in the lives of some – the children.  If asked whether or not I would sign up for this trip all over again, I would absolutely say, “Yes.” #abroaderview #volunteer #peru #cusco #premed
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