Volunteer Peru: My experience in Cusco was amazing. My host mom was like my second mom, and since I was living with other ABV volunteers they became my family. We were all one happy little family. The volunteers turned into my sisters, and were there for me no matter what.
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?
It was really good, the second I got off the plane, the director coordinator, was there holding a sign with my name so it was easy to find her. She helped me get my luggage. The next day she walked me to the orphanage so I felt comfortable and when I got home she gave me a tour of the city so I felt safe. The support provided by her in the country was amazing, and anytime I needed anything she was always there to help me. Since I was also flying alone on the way home she helped me feel settled and made sure everything was in order for me.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
Host Family: How welcoming and loving they were to me.
Country: How friendly everyone was.
3- What was the most challenging thing you experienced?
Host Family: adapting to the food.
Country: Getting used to the altitude
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
1. Don’t overpack, bring comfy clothes.
2. Keep an open mind and do not be afraid to try new things.
3. Be happy! You’re in another country don’t take anything for granted
5.1-Other things volunteers should know before coming here:
a. You have to be independent and go outside your comfort zone a lot.
6- Personal Paragraph about the experience (ABV Program Testimonial):
My experience in Cusco was amazing. My host mom was like my second mom, and since I was living with other ABV volunteers they became my family. We were all one happy little family. The volunteers turned into my sisters, and were there for me no matter what. Not only that, but working at the orphanage was an eye opening, amazing experience.
The first day I got there the girls came up to me hugging me and were filled with so much love. I want to say I helped them, but they helped me grow as a person and taught me lessons I will remember for my life. I helped teach them English, worked in the kitchen, and helped in the yard so I felt very involved.
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security, friendliness, quality others:
Everything was amazing, and everyone was so nice and loving. There was not one part on this trip where I didn’t feel safe.
8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?:
Going to Machu Picchu with other ABV girls I volunteered with.
9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
It was extremely helpful, anytime I wrote an email they always took under 24 hours to reply.
9.1- What do you think about the reservation system online?
Its very easy and clear.
9.2- How did you find Abroaderview website?
My mom and I were looking up volunteer trips that I could go on that were not ridiculously overpriced and we found Abroaderview which seemed like the perfect fit, and it was.
10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?