Volunteer Peru Cusco

Volunteer Peru Cusco Review Roxanna R Orphanage Program

Volunteer in Peru, This volunteer position opened my eyes and gave me a greater perspective on the world and dentistry.  I had the opportunity to experience different standards, cultures, and places.  I would definitely recommend this program for anyone who wants to help people, gain experience or even travel.

Volunteer in Peru

1.- Whats was a daily schedule at the program, hours volunteered?

During week days, I would wake up at 7:30 in the morning, have breakfast and volunteer from 8.30 am until 12:30 pm.  Then, I would come home for lunch. Some afternoons, I would volunteer and some afternoons I would go sight-seeing. At the end of a long day, I would come back to our host family´s house.  I would eat a freshly prepared dinner, and go to sleep.  I spent the weekends exploring Cusco.

2.- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?

Host Family:  Our host family, Marie Elena was very kind and was willing to compromise her schedule and cater our needs.
Program:  The patients at hospital and orphanage were very patient, and hardly complained about pain.
Country:  It is a beautiful city, but was somewhat cold.  Weather changes very quickly, and I would suggest bringing layers of clothing.  I didn’t experience any safety problems and the people of Peru were very kind.

3.- What was the most challenging thing you experienced?

Host Family:  No challenges with host family
Program:  No challenges
Country:  It was cold at times, especially at night.  I also had to adjust to lower oxygen levels due to the higher altitude of the city, Cusco.

4.- Any tips for future volunteers…

I would suggest packing layers of clothing for all future volunteers coming in August.  For dental volunteers, I would suggest bringing extra materials.

5.- Other things volunteers should know before coming here:

Host Family:  Future volunteers should know that the host family’s house is safe and the hosts are welcoming.
Program:  Volunteers should work with an open-mind.  Many things are done differently here than in North America or Europe.
Country:  I would advise future volunteers to learn about the rich Peruvian culture while they are in Peru.  There are also many herbs and tees that are used for different health reasons.  I would advise future volunteers to try them.

6.- Personal Paragraph about the experience (ABV Program Testimonial):

This volunteer position opened my eyes and gave me a greater perspective on the world and dentistry.  I had the opportunity to experience different standards, cultures, and places.  I would definitely recommend this program for anyone who wants to help people, gain experience or even travel.

7.- How would you describe your accommodation: meals, security, friendliness, quality others:

Meals:  The host family provided me with three fresh meals a day.  She also showed us great restaurants.
Security:  There were no security problems.  I felt safe and my belongings were also safe.
Friendliness:  My host family was welcoming and friendly.  She made sure that there were no problems with our accommodation.
Quality:  Everything was excellent quality.

7.1.- Score the following from 1 to 10:

  • Quality of meals: 10
  • Quantity of each meal: _10
  • How clean was the house: 10
  • How safe was the house: 10

8.- How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country: Airport, orientation, introduction to the program, schedule of the program, friendliness, solving problems?

Our host family – Marie Elena picked us from airport, holding a sign.  She was very friendly.    She offered me four different volunteer opportunities .  She ensured that I  had a good balance of volunteering and exploring the city.

9.- Whats was a daily schedule at the program, hours volunteered, activities you did?

During week days, I would wake up at 7:30 in the morning, have breakfast and volunteer from 8.30 am until 12:30 pm.  Then, I would come home for lunch. Some afternoons, I would volunteer and some afternoons I would go sight-seeing. At the end of a long day, I would come back to our host family´s house.  I would eat a freshly prepared dinner, and go to sleep.  I spent the weekends exploring Cusco.

10.- What was your favorite memory of this trip?:

Accommodation:  During one of my last days of this trip, Mary-Elena prepared a beautiful and delicious dinner for us.
Program:  I met a lot of kind people and gained a lot of experience.
Country:  I took a beautiful refreshing two-day hike to Machu Picchu.

11.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling? Emails, chat online, calls, volunteer guide:

The staff and coordinators were quick and efficient to answer emails.  This made it easier to make arrangements.

12.- What do you think about the reservation system online?

The coordinators responded quickly with detailed emails.

 

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Volunteer in Peru by Roxanna R
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