My Favorite Memory: when I entered a classroom for my 2nd day of volunteering, all the kids jumped up to give me a hug yelling “profe, profe”
I was surprised that…. Not much instruction was given to me at the volunteer site. I just had to jump in or ask what to do.
The most difficult thing I experienced was….the first 4 days I was very very tired and had a headache because of the altitude.
My best received lesson… Talk to strangers! Ask for directions, or just start a conversation even if you don’t speak the language well.
Tip for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)
Bring school supplies from your own country if you want to five something to the kids. Don’t expect to ever wear shorts in Cusco, and bring a warm jacket!
How would you rate your experience working with the ABV staff, both in the USA, and in-country?
Good. ABV answered questions when I had them and have me all the information, but I never felt micromanaged, which I like.
How would you describe your accommodation ( ie: host family, on-site, shared housing etc)
Great. They had everything I needed, and the meals were delicious.
Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Yes.
Joanna Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru
Volunteer Name: Joanna Weber
Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates: June 06 -20th, 2011
Volunteered At: Teaching/Education
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