How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA? ABV did a great job with everything. ABV exceeded my expectations.
How was the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country? Sarah was able to answer all my questions very promptly and helped when I had an issue.
What was your favorite memory of this trip? My favorite memory of this trip was bringing the kids to their sailing competition on St. Georges Caye. We all had so much fun and it was awesome to see how happy they were when they succeeded and did well.
What was the most difficult thing you experienced? Leaving the kids was much harder than I anticipated.
What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for? It may have been helpful to know more about the culture in Belize and how I should expect the locals to react to me and other volunteers. It may have been nice to know more about the history of the Center. I also wish I was better prepared for how I was treated by the management staff.
Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)
The Center could use any kind of kitchen/dining utensils and any cleaning supplies. I would suggest giving any donations you bring direct to the children or caregivers to ensure they are used and not stored or taken away. Belize is a beautiful country and there is an abundance of things to see and do there. If you have time, go the Caye Caulker to relax on the beach and snorkel, see ruins like Altun Ha which is not too far, or visit the Tikal ruins in Guatemala which are spectacular. Cave tubing and zip lining with local tour guides are also very fun/popular things that volunteers enjoy doing.
Be prepared to drink a lot of water and wear bug spray constantly!
Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial): I would volunteer for ABV again. I think ABV did a great job of getting me ready for this trip/experience and they were there when I needed them. I couldn’t have asked for more from ABV.
Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Yes
Sarah Volunteer Abroad in Belize
Volunteer Name: Sarah Harpole
Project Location: Belize
Program Dates: July 16th - September 10, 2012
Volunteered At: Children's Home
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