Colleen Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru

My Favorite Memory: One of my favorite memories was giving the girls at the orphanage the books I brought for them. The girls lit up as soon as they saw them and kept asking me a zillion questions about what everything meant. One girl was so happy to receive the Rainforest book because she was from there.

I was surprised that…. I got so connected to everyone so quickly. It was especially hard to leave the girls because in such a little amount of time we had bonded so much.

The most difficult thing I experienced was…. Getting sick. I don’t know what I ate or if I just got the flu but I was in bed for 2 days.

 Colleen Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru

My best received lesson… Was to approach everything with an open mind. Before I came to Cusco I was advised to go with an open mind. I did just that and everything turned out great!

Tip for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc) Bring warm clothes for at night because it gets really cold. Even when things are hard and you miss the comforts of home remember that you are in a beautiful country and seeing something not many people get to see. Bring sunscreen! I brought medicine for if I happened to get sick to my stomach and it was my savior! I was able to get over something that could have lasted a week.

Personal Paragraph(Testimonial): Coming to Cusco to do volunteer work was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I never regretted one second of it. There is so much culture and life in this city. It’s beautiful and so are the people.

How would you rate your experience working with the ABV staff, both in the USA, and in-country? In US an 8 out of 10. In the country a 10 out of 10.

How would you describe your accommodation (ie: host family, on-site, shared housing etc) FANTASTIC! I had the best time living w/ Maria Elena and want to come back so badly. She was like a second mother to me from the first time I met her. When I was sick she was by my bedside the entire time making sure I was okay. She is a fantastic host mother and her house is wonderful! Felt right at home!

Are you willing tos peak to other potential ABV volunteers? Yes.

Colleen Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru

Colleen Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru

Volunteer Name: Colleen Zarate
Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates: May 1-29th
Volunteered At: Girls's Orphanage

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