What was your favorite memory of this trip? Hiking Cotopaxi
What was the most difficult thing you experienced? Getting sick
What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for? I packed light and I wish I had my scrubs and medical supplies from home.
Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc) Try to venture out of the city every weekend, its refreshing and fun to travel around Ecuadorian country. Bring adventure clothes and clothes you like as well because you never know where you are going to go or the people you will meet :)
How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA? The staff kept me informed of what to expect and responded quickly to my concerns.
How was the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country? I loved how helpful they were and they were easy to access all the time if anything came up.
Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial): This experience has been beyond amazing. As a first time volunteer thought I came to Ecuador to strictly work and learn the language. I has proved to be so much more, I was immersed into a country where each person I have had the pleasure of meeting has openheartedly given me a part of themselves, whether it has been a warm greeting, a place to visit, or a kind word. One cannot understand Ecuadorian hospitality until they have received it, they have such big hearts and so much patience. Thanks to this program, I am forever grateful for the memories I’ve made here with others.
Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Sure, one on one though.
Anna Volunteer Abroad in Quito, Ecuador
Volunteer Name: Anna Zabek
Project Location: Quito, Ecuador
Program Dates: June 16th- July 13th
Volunteered At: Special needs daycare and Central de Salud
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