Margaret Volunteer Abroad in Cartagena, Colombia
How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA?
Excellent. Very efficient and appropriate. I will recommend them – sometimes people ask me about how I end up where I end up!

How was the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country? Also excellent. I felt very comfortable with the level of support.

What was surprising for you? No real surprises. Happy to see a much bigger middle class in Colombia than 30 years ago (when I was here)

What was the most difficult thing you experienced? Subpar training of the staff at the children’s center. Poor hygiene ( ie: one cup and a bucket to give water to 20-30 kids)
Not always best use of resources.

Margaret Volunteer Abroad in Cartagena, Colombia


Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)

I think the ABV website covers it very well. “Just go with it” and find your place is always the best advice.

Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
I am a 66 year old retired nurse who live in Colombia fro 1973-83. I wanted to revisit it. I found ABV from a casual internet search. It was just what I wanted. A direct short term placement with some local support. It was not expensive and I might repeat it!

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes, I might be too old for this but can do it if you think appropriate. Thank you for everything!

Margaret Volunteer Abroad in Cartagena, Colombia

Margaret Volunteer Abroad in Cartagena, Colombia

Margaret Volunteer Abroad in Cartagena, Colombia

Volunteer Name: Margaret Belzer
Project Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Program Dates: Feb 05 - Feb 28, 2013
Volunteered At: Children + Community Center

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