Victoria Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru

My Favorite Memory: The day Luciana (one of the kids) was adopted and a trip I did with my kids to see a Peruvian show.

I was surprised that…. Police men dropped kids to the orphanage at any time, more than 2 kids in a week.

The most difficult thing I experienced was….saying goodbye to my kids.

Victoria Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru

My best received lesson… Even if a kid had been in an orphanage since birth they are aware they have no parents and they have an excessive need for love.

Tip for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc) Cusco is really cold and the sun is hard. Sunscreen and a good coat.

Personal Paragraph (Testimonial): If you do not have the willingness to work hard every single day, give your 100% love to the kids and bring new ideas and positive energy everyday, then do not even try this. They are more aware of what a regular kids with parents will be and they notice everything. They have a huge need for love and caring, so if you have doubts it is better you do not come and volunteer. The kids deserve the best because already they are at a disadvantage and some of them do not even have a birthday. Once here as a volunteer you are needed every single day. You have to put the kids before anything, even the late night partying that happens here in Cusco (sometime until 7am).
This is the best experience I ever had so far. These and all orphan kids need to be over protected and be sure that you can offer this to them.

Victoria Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru

How would you rate your experience working with the ABV staff, both in the USA, and in-country? 10. Gretty in Cusco was a perfect coordinator, she helped me in everything. The rest of the US staff, which I met on the emails, also a 10. They answered every single question I had.

How would you describe your accommodation ( ie: host family, on-site, shared housing etc) Amazing host family. Great food, great room, great people I felt like home.

Victoria Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru

Victoria Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru

Volunteer Name: Victoria Carmona
Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates: Sept 02 - October 04th 2011
Volunteered At: Infant orphanage

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