1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
I felt that my local coordinator would have done anything to fix any problem I may have had. She was great!
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
I thought that I would have to spend a couple days with the kids before they would open up to me, but right from the first moment they saw me they ran up to me and hugged me and completely accepted me.
3- What was most difficult to experience?
I got a cold and a little bit of an ear infection while I was there. But if really wasn´t anything bad.
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
There is no indoor heating and very little insulation in the houses here, so it can get a little cold at night. Be sure to pack accordingly.
4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.- Forget yourself what you are doing and you are sure to love it.
b.- Be Patient and don´t allow yourself to be offended by a different culture.
c.- Talk to people. Their stories and lives are always very interesting.
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
I never have done anything like this before, nor have I known anyone who has gone through a volunteer abroad organization before, so I was a little nervous before committing myself to this program. But, everything has been better than I was expecting and I have no regrets participating in this A Broader View program.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
I have never felt as secure in another country than I have felt in this area. My host family is great, and used to own a restaurant, so the food they make is very good. Living area is private and comfortable.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
This may sound a little cheesy, but I will never forget the smiles on the faces of the kids. It´s hard to believe they can be so loving and happy.
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
The information I received before coming was very helpful in preparing me for the new culture I would be entering.
Andrew Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru