A Broader View Volunteers Corp

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A Broader View Volunteer's mission is to provide developing countries around the world with significant volunteer programs that both aid the neediest communities and forge a lasting bond between those volunteering and those they have helped.  A Broader View is a nonprofit organization with no religious affiliations.

Why? We believe that the best way to learn about cultural differences is to experience it first-hand. Volunteering to do meaningful work is not only beneficial to the community, it is self-rewarding.   Returnees usually state that their lives have been changed forever.

Our Goals: We hope to enlighten and educate the minds of those who choose to make that journey of caring to a different culture so unlike their own.   Volunteering in foreign countries helps promote communication and trust between nations, and provides everyone involved an opportunity to expand their global horizons.

ABV Impact: ABV has been sending volunteers abroad since 2007.  In that time, we have sent over 5,000 volunteers to 195 programs in 22 countries.  Many of these volunteers have assisted in the care and education of over 8,000 orphans.  Some have served in the medical and dental arena.  Numerous children  and students have been instructed by ABV teaching volunteers.  Many others have aided in the rescue of sea turtle and the conservation efforts in the Amazon.   And others have built schools, dorms, play grounds and fresh water wells. A Broader View raised and distributed over $1 million in donations We continue to be a part of the positive change within many communities around the world.

A Broader View Volunteers was founded by Sarah and Oliver Ehlers, after a trip to Chile, South America. While there, they saw the overwhelming need of the children and incredible difference volunteers made in helping a local orphanage. After returning home to the USA and researching different service organizations, they were stunned at how costly and restrictive many volunteering programs are.  They decided to create an affordable, safe and worthy program so that anyone who wished to travel and volunteer - could easily afford to do so.

Oliver Ehlers was born and raised in Chile, South America. He holds a BA degree in Business Administration and Tourism. He has extensive experience in Business Development, Marketing and sat on the faculty of Economy & Business at the University of La Serena, Chile. He has traveled extensive throughout South and Central America, and spent time living abroad in Denmark and Spain.

Sarah Ehlers was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA USA. She holds a degree in Hospitality Management and Business. She worked eleven years in the area of travel management, focusing on coordinating international programs for the US market. She has traveled extensively throughout Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Through their travels and backgrounds in Hospitality Management, Tourism, and Business, they have created an outstanding yet affordable program which offers the traveler the experience of their lifetime -- volunteering abroad and making a difference in the world.

  • Animal Rescue Center
  • Community Development Building
  • HIV / AIDS Prevention / Care Programs
  • Language and Cultural Immersion
  • Youth Human Rights
  • Medical + Dental / Healthcare
  • Orphanage / Child Care
  • Social Welfare Programs
  • Sea Turtle Conservation
  • Teaching / Education
  • Woman Support Projects
  • Street Kids Youth
  • Premedical / Predental
Central America South America Africa

Asia

Belize Chile Cameroon China
Costa Rica Colombia Ghana Cambodia
Guatemala Ecuador Kenya Vietnam
Honduras Peru Rwanda Nepal
Nicaragua   South Africa Philippines
    Tanzania  
    Uganda  
    Zambia  

Accommodations change from country to country and from program to program

Host families

On-Site at the program

Volunteer House

Program Requirements

  • 18 and older
  • Good health
    • ProActive
    • Patient
    • Flexible
    • Respectful
    • Friendly
    • Tolerant
    • Considerate
Organization Type:
NGO (Non-Governmental Organization)