A Broader View Volunteers Corp
Rating: 4.92 stars 85 reviews
Issues: Human Services, Philanthropy
Location: 236 Glen Place Elkins Park PA 19027 USA
Results: We managed to finish 3 classrooms/dorms in an orphanage in Uganda, we need to finish the other 3 classrooms and dorms, as well as bathrooms, and a kitchen. We have 180 programs that we need to help as well.
Target demographics: Woman, orphan children, medical/health clinics, animals/mammels
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 15.000 people and thousands of sea turtles and other mammels
Geographic areas served: Worldwide (Belize, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines)
Programs: Teaching project, child care programs, woman's shelter support, rehabilitation and medical missions.
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During my time in Honduras with A Broader View, I volunteered at a public clinic in the town of La Ceiba. The second week I also spent time in the Emergency Department. Most of my time consisted of taking blood pressure, giving shots, and cleaning wounds. This trip was life changing in how much it changed my perspective on the world. The program itself ran smoothly, and therfore I was able to focus on giving my time as much as possible. I already knew I wanted to be a doctor and this merely reconfirmed my love of medicine. I was able to see up close the impact that being in medicine could have on the world. Overall, I would not only recommend Honduras, but volunteering through A Broader View.
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. 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.
I’m very glad that I chose this program in Honduras with A Broader View, the location, and to go over Spring Break. A Broader View was a great choice because of large amount of support and information given to me before and during my stay. The location was good because it was close (a short plane trip), good weather, friendly people, and very impactful with its culture and economy. The short time period was a good choice because it allowed me to have enough time to adjust but also ensure that if I did not like the program (since it was my first time traveling abroad for medical volunteering), I would return home soon. I learned a lot in how imperative it is to be able to improvise, think on the spot, communicate in a profession, understand and become integrated within a culture, and analyze a situation to find the underlying problems. I plan to do more of this kind of work once I improve my Spanish and experience.
Despite only being able to stay a week my 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 the program and get that experience as well. I cannot wait to return back to Tanzania one day and stay for a longer period of time.
The staff at A Broader View is without a doubt, one of the best-prepared, most responsive, professional offices that I have ever used. I am not sure what the person below is talking about. When I needed to postpone my trip I was given a chance to reschedule -- within a six month period. The folks at A Broader View were great. Not one question, no matter how trivial, went unanswered. They run a worthy business which does great things in the most desperate places in the world.
I have donated my time and also sponsored a child to attend school. I notice their Website is always being updated to try an answer most concerns and questions that arise. Their response time to calls and emails are immediate. This is a truly worthy Nonprofit to volunteer if not time then a monetary donation will also go along way.
This is the most unprofessional and disappointing organization I have ever encountered. I had a family emergency before I was scheduled to participate in one of their programs and the organization head told me that I would be able to reschedule my trip. When I tried to reschedule, I was confronted by three incredibly rude and unprofessional employees who contradicted themselves and each other. In the end, they refused to allow me to participate in the trip that I paid over $1250 to participate in. They also refused to provide a reimbursement. Normally I would be happy that the money is at least going to charity however in this case I noticed that in 2013, over 124,000 of the organization's approximately 442,000 revenue went to the salaries of two employees. I am not thrilled that 30% of my donation will be going to the salaries of the individuals who refused to allow me to participate and treated me with unbelievable disrespect. Next time I pair with a volunteer organization I will be much more careful to look into the legitimacy and professionalism of the organization before I hand over any money.
ABV welcomes feedback, both positive and negative. All that we ask is that the information provided by the commenter be truthful and factual. The criticism I am responding to is neither fully factual and not fully truthful. One month before traveling the volunteer inquired about our cancellation penalties and asked for a full refund. She was directed to contact her travel insurance provider (to file a claim) - which she never did. ABV also offered the volunteer the opportunity to push back her start date up to 6 months - which she never did. ALL volunteer donations/participation fees are used year round to support projects in the 24 countries where we have programs. When someone signs on to join one of our program they are making a charitable donation to support the work our organization does, and to join our volunteer team - with the full understanding of the mission of A BROADER VIEW as it is fully documented in all of our literature, website, paperwork.
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.
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Being here in Honduras for 2 weeks in the Premedical program seemed like a very short amount of time for me. I felt that I had a purpose there and was doing something useful. Also meeting and making friends with the nurse and doctors and helping them out was a rewarding experience for me.
The accommodation was really nice; no AC, cold showers which are really not a problem as its so hot in La Ceiba, the meals are good and although different, usually the hosts make sure you are well fed. As for security as long as you are aware of your surrounding and know when and where not to be, I felt safe.
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At first it was a bit of a shock to work with the children with special needs. They have such an unfortunate range of disabilities, and this kindergarten/pre-school is very understaffed. Many of them were also orphans. It was however really rewarding to see how much joy they still found in their everyday life, regardless of their circumstances.
My experience was great and working at the two placements I did got the opportunity to really help out with these children. I’m glad I went for as long a period as I did, as it takes time to get to know the children enough to really help them (especially the autistic and mentally challenged kids).
The coordinator was great, and helped me out with whatever I needed. She was really supportive and worked hard with me to help in my efforts to buy Christmas presents (clothes, blankets, toys) to over 400 orphans and disadvantaged children. I appreciate that a lot.