How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA? They were very informative and helpful
How was the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country? Again the were very helpful
What was your favorite memory of this trip? Memories are hard to pick but my favorite would probably when the older kids went sailing at st. Georges Cayes and one of the kids came third out of i believe over 40 kids
What was the most difficult thing you experienced? Leaving was probably the most difficult thing Ive experience it was really difficult to leave the kids you’ve learn to love
What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for? The bugs…. They were savages.. They are on you the moment u step out your dorms!
Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc) BRING LOTS OF BUG SPRAY…. NO EXAGGERATION I USED A BOTTLE IN A DAY AND A HALF AND I WAS STILL COVERED IN BUG BITES. clothing wise anything is fine… Its extremely hot there…. As for sightseeing Caye Caulker is my preference for a serene experience. Snorkeling, zip lining and the mayan ruins. The one in Tikal guatemala is worth it. The bus ride to San Ignacio is only 2 hrs express and you can get tour guides in san Ignacio to take you to the border and tikal itself. It is honestly beautiful and breath taking.
Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial): This was honestly the best decision i have ever made. It was difficult to start but everything is worth it after seeing the kids smile at you… How happy you make them. Even simply by just being there makes all that difference in their lives. The caregivers there were also amazing, so friendly and down to earth, but of course you have to initiate the conversation but after that they are amazing. This experience had opened my eyes to da developing countries, despite of what the western side of the world looks there is countries out there that are very under developed. Countries that have rich resources but has not been able to be cultivated. The children was the best part of the deal. They are very fun loving kids who really just want and needs love and attention. They all have different stories but at the end of the day they have all this love and dont have much people to share it with. Im thankful that i had the chance to experience their love and it does know NO BOUNDS… They love you unconditionally. That why it was very difficult to leave the kids behind. As i was leaving i felt that i left my heart with the kids. I feel now that I am back in my home country i feel like a stranger. I feel like my heart and home is back wherever those kids are. They were by far the best things that ever happened to me.
Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Yes!!!
Jem Volunteer Abroad in Belize
Volunteer Name: Jem (Jeremy) Pingol
Project Location: Ladyville,Belize
Program Dates: July 27 - Aug 31
Volunteered At: Liberty Children's Home
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