What was your favorite memory of this trip? Visiting the Community school with Josphat the ABV coordinator
What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for?
The only thing that I would want to be better prepared for would be exact knowledge of who runs the orphanage, admin information, staff information, background, ect. However; this seems to have been an unordinary experience as we were switched orphanages last minute.
How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA?
although there wasn’t much contact, that was not because of lack of support by ABV, I’m just super busy and non-imperative emails seem to slip past me. I had gotten all the information I needed and more pretrip, and I was also followed up while in country and now while back at home. I would volunteer with ABV again as I felt very safe and well looked after. This is a business which is run perfectly!
How was the local ABV Director and the support provided in-country?
Josphat was OUTSTANDING. Him and his family welcomed us into their home without hesitation. Once finding out about our troubles at the orphanage, he was quick to offer help and potential solutions and was very concerned for our experience and of the children who were at risk. There is not enough words to express my gratitude to Josphat and his family, without them, the trip would have not meant nearly as much. I am hoping to stay in contact with Josphat and be involved in with his local work.
Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
I have always wanted to travel to Africa. Ever since I can remember, I have dreamed of seeing elephants and lions in the wild, relaxing in the hot sun and experiencing the unique culture Africa has to offer. Six months ago while bored at work, I spontaneously decided to find a reason for traveling again and ABV was quick to be found. Volunteering gives you a heart warming feeling but volunteering in a far away country, surrounded by different faces and sights, living a way you are not accustomed to and helping those who are in the most need is unbelievable. During my trip to Zambia I not only experienced the wildlife, the culture and the family orientated community but I had the most amazing chance to work with people who volunteer as a way of life, that sacrifice themselves to help children have a better future and above all else make a lasting impact on my life. My host family went to the end of the world and back to accommodate and although I felt at home, the times I did need assistance, they were ready to do whatever it took so I could have a great experience. Spending only two weeks volunteering at the orphanage was enough to pull at some heartstrings. Leaving my 20 new friends, ages 2-5 proved one of my most difficult moments. During this trip, I found another cause which I am currently working on. The ABV coordinator for Zambia puts his entire life into helping others, especially underprivileged children needing education, safety and medical access. Because of the great relationship we have formed, I am excited and grateful to begin working with him from back here in Canada. ABV has done an exceptional job researching into places to send volunteers and providing useful information as well as a support system to allow you to feel comfortable and at ease. I would not hesitate to return to ABV for future volunteering. -Megan Lediet, CANADA.
Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Yes.
Megan & Barb Volunteers Abroad in Lusaka, Zambia