How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA? Very efficient
How was the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country? Laura Cordova was a reassuring and efficient hostess,
What was your favorite memory of this trip? The diversity of people (as tourists, volunteers and residents) as well as the diversity in plant and animal species
What was the most difficult thing you experienced? Mental fatigue from struggling to comprehend the rapid Spanish. I had expected some English.
What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for? Spanish submersion
Any tips for future volunteers… study the language; and go with the flow
Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
The personnel of ABV have been very helpful online and in Ecuador. Laura and Vincente Cordova were gracious and helpful in Quito. It was reassuring to be met by someone and definitely a relief that someone was escorting us through the new airport on our trip Quito to Galapagos! On our return, the ride from Quito airport to the Cordova residence was over 2 hrs in very heavy traffic. We were grateful indeed! Both residences (Quito & San Cristobal)where we stayed were clean and comfortable. However, there was no hot water in our Galapagos residence even though there was a heater on the shower and the owner insisted it should work. We adapted and went with the flow (literally).
The meals in both residences were adequate, hygienically served, and adventurous for our palates! I’m not sure our our “work” had relevance to the Galapagera. Our work seemed to lack efficiency of resources. It seemed micro-managed with many last minute changes. We had worked 2 days pulling weeds in a Darwin Society garden, counting iguanas on a beach and 2 days with the agricultural service to check traps for fruits flies on private property. I want to thank A Broader View for the opportunity to volunteer. I was most impressed with the care and concern of everyone in your organization. The personnel were most helpful and concerned for our well being. Everything was right on schedule with very nice accommodations and meals.
Traveling does indeed offer a A Broader View of the world and it’s cultures. I am glad I had the opportunity, but I will recommend it to younger adventurers.
Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? yes
Stan and Jeanette Volunteer Abroad in Ecuador Galapagos
Volunteer Name: Stan and Jeanette Ozimek
Project Location: Ecuador
Program Dates: Feb 18, 2012 - Mar 4,2013
Volunteered At: San Cristobal, Galapagos
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