1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country? Not much contact from the ABV coordinator but the host family provided more than ample support.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced? The most surprising thing is how comfortable the host family made me feel.
3- What was most difficult to experience? The cold weather!
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations) Be flexible, Cusco is very cold so pack in layers and be flexible.
4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.- Cusco, Peru is not as cheap as you think it is, many prices of things compare to the prices in the US.
b.- Very polluted with exhaust fumes (bring allergy medication if you are sensitive)
c.- The food is delicious, explore – with diarrhea medicine for backup.
d.- Peru has soo much to offer – make sure you allot time for volunteering and travel/fun!
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial): I wanted to volunteer in another country while mixing in travel/fun and found all of this and more in Cusco, Peru! My host family is amazing and I couldn’t ask for more.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared) Love my host family – felt safe with them and in the house. The home cooked meals were delicious.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip? Traveling up to the mountains with the medical staff to provide healthcare to the individuals who didn’t have the transportation down to the clinic.
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling? Great!
9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers. Yes.
Christina Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru