A Broader View Volunteers Corphttp://www.abroaderview.org/
236 Glen Place Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027 United States
Ecuador: Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Quito
1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks, 3-6 months (includes high school academic semester abroad)
Typical Duration of Program
Check our Website for dates
We have various programs, located all over Quito helping the impoverished, underprivileged children or those with disabilities (blind and deaf children). Some programs help 2-4 year olds. We also have programs helping 5-16 year old kids.
The parents of the children are so poor that they cannot afford to keep their children healthy or well fed. The projects serve as a day care, kindergarten and support center. Volunteers assist the local staff with the basic needs such as feeding, bathing and clothing, helping with homework, playing sports, and arranges games and day trips with the kids. Teaching basic English, as well as manual labor (sweeping, painting, and gardening) may be involved. Basic in Spanish is required, as well as a positive and flexible attitude.
* Program Length : 1 to 24 weeks
* Program Date: Flexible Start and End Date
* Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hour per day
* Accommodations: Local guesthouse or homestay
* Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day
* Requirements: 18 years + , Basic Spanish knowledge, an able body and caring spirit.
To be a successful volunteer with a local NGO, you need to be able to motivate yourself. Regardless of the country and program, to get the most out of your time abroad, you need to quickly get to know the placement.
Find out where you can be of the most help and jump right in. Sometimes you might be the only person working on your particular project. You will have to decide what to do and how to do it. While our ABV Directors and local staff are a great resource for getting ideas and talking about your plans, you shouldn't be surprised when they leave the big decisions up to you. Successful ABV Volunteers all have one thing in common: they take advantage of this freedom to design really excellent projects or manage existing ones and are capable of working hard without a great deal of supervision.
- Proactive: Jump in and maintain a positive attitude.
- Patient: Life in your host country moves slower than one might be used to. Relax and enjoy the slow pace. Remember, not everything is as organized and predictable as life in the US or UK.
- Flexible: Plans change, roads get flooded, and electricity goes out. Realize that not everything goes as planned, but good intention is always there.
- Considerate: Respect those around you and be a reliable worker at the program site. Tell your host family if you will be late. Advise the Project Coordinator if you are sick and can not work.
- Respectful: Remember that the local people you are working with, side by side, do so with little or no salary. They do this work because they believe in it. There are times when you may not agree with or understand the organizations decisions or direction. Although your suggestions are always welcome, your faith, respect and consideration for their long term work and commitment is appreciated.
- Friendly: In order to truly help someone you must get to know them. Do not be afraid to make friends with the local people. Smile, wave and see how fast you are welcomed into the community.
- Tolerant: The food, the culture, the smells and the sounds will be unfamiliar to you at first. We recommend that you dive in and experience life head-on. You will be surprised at how quickly you will adapt.
* Local Accommodation - You must:
- Respect the policies of the community and the rules of the host family in which you are staying.
- Ask permission before inviting guest to the homestay.
- Be aware that overnight guests are not allowed.
- Respect the accommodation, and pay for any damage you may cause.
- Keep your room clean and neat. Offer to help with chores around the home.
- Not smoke or use alcohol in your accommodation.
Starting at 895 for 1 week and up
- Pre-departure Orientation Guide: Includes detailed travel, safety and cultural information and many tips that will make your trip planning easier.
- Detailed Fundraising Guide that will help you raise the funds needed to travel, as well as provide donations to the project.
- Accommodations: Home stay, shared volunteer residence, guesthouses. Safe, clean, comfortable local housing, inspected by our local coordinators.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Special meals at request.
Airport meet and greet by our ABV project coordinator (At any time, any day!)
- First night hotel accommodation *some programs
- Guidance and support of a local project coordinator, 24/7 in case of emergency
- Orientation/city briefing on arrival by our ABV project coordinator.
- Placement in a quality project, allowing you to maximize your time and efforts in a good cause.
- Transportation to project site with our ABV project coordinator. Includes introduction to local staff and community members with whom you will be working with.
- Volunteer Program: Half day (4 hours only) Spanish refresher Lesson. - Part of volunteer orientation on arrival. (*Some countries)
- Departure transfer by our ABV project coordinator.
- A Feedback page on our ABV website with pictures of your trip.
- The President's Volunteer Service Award lapel pin (Bronze, Silver or Gold)
- Personalized President's Volunteer Service Award certificate of achievement.
- Letter of completion from A Broader View Volunteers Corp·· ··By request, A Letter of Recommendation provided by the local organization detailing the activities developed by the volunteer during his or her stay.
Language and Immersion Programs: include 20 hours a week of Spanish Lessons. Refer to the specific country/city page for more details and cost (this is not included in the general volunteer program). Make sure we offer this program in that country.
General Volunteers are required to: Follow the rules, advice and policies set by the local Project Coordinator. You are required to fulfill a 40 hour work week. Sightseeing and side trips are strictly limited to weekends. Work schedule is pre-determined by ABV and You can not make changes to this schedule. Request for days off, or time away from the program are based on the sole discretion of ABV US and the Country Coordinator. Any disregard for the work schedule will result in the immediate termination of Your program placement. Recognize they are representatives of ABV, and their home country and should act accordingly. Remember this is a chance to be an ambassador of your country. Acknowledge that possession of illegal substances is a grave violation of ABV policy, and if discovered will result in the immediate cancellation of your program. Participants are cautioned that the possession of drugs is often dealt with severe punishment by host country law enforcement. Travel with an open mind; be respectful to the culture and customs of the country you are volunteering in. This means practicing patience and understanding. Understand the alcohol consumption is not permitted in the host family, at the project site or at the local ABV offices. Responsible consumption is expected, gross misbehavior will result in the termination of your program. Be aware of the potential hazards of becoming involved in a sexual relationship with local people in the country which you are volunteering. (ie: HIV, STDs) Treat all people with respect and dignity, especially the elders of the community. Dress properly with regard to the local culture, as well as weather conditions. Realize what is socially acceptable in western countries, can be considered offensive in others. Avoid all political demonstrations and activities. Remember you are guests in the host country and subject to local laws and punishment. Acknowledge the program and accommodations provided are customized for you and not changeable in country without approval and consent of ABV and our Project Coordinator Advise the host family and Project Coordinators
18 to 65
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.
Independently or in Groups
Independently or in Groups