Volunteer Review Hillary Gap year in La Serena Chile Orphanage

Volunteer Name: Hillary Herbruck
Project Location: La Serena Chile
Volunteered At: Orphanage Program

What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Too many to choose! Time spent with my family and friends here. I never felt homesick because everyone make you feel like you belong.

What was the most difficult thing you experienced?
The houses are not heated. Figuring out the collective/taxi routes

What surprised you?
How advanced Chile is.

Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)
If you come during their winter/spring (our summer) it is cold. Bring warm clothes. Interact with the locals as much as possible that’s how you learn the culture.

How would you describe/rate your experience with the host family in Chile?

1) Patient with me having limited Spanish.
2) My host mother was a very good cook
3) Extended family I met were very welcoming

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