Volunteer Name: Carol Dickinson
Project Location: Cusco , Peru
Program Dates: From 06/23/2014 to 07/11/2014
Volunteered at: Orphanage and kindergarten
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Our coordinator was great. She answered all of our questions before and during the trip. She helped us to get to know and adjust to the city. She also constantly made sure that we were comfortable with our work and host family. She also was great in helping us plan our extra weekend trips.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
The most surprising thing to me was how welcoming everyone was. Our coordinator welcomed us at the airport with open arms. Our host family always made sure that we were comfortable, safe and healthy. This friendly welcome also extended in to the places that we worked in.
3- What was most difficult to experience?
The most difficult was adjusting to a new culture. There are some pretty big differences between an American and a Peruvian life style, but having and open mind can make a huge difference. Get to know your new family and city and it will feel like home in no time.
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Bring all the things you expect to need. Things like shampoo and contact solution are not necessarily cheaper in Peru. Always keep items like phones and wallets secure while in town. Also, if possible, get to know other A Broader View volunteers. Doing so can really make your time more enjoyable.
4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.- Carry toilet paper with you
b.- Get to know other volunteers
c.- take advantage of weekend travel opportunities
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
I have really enjoyed may experience with A Broader View. I loved the balance between service and adventure. The work in the kindergarten and orphanage really was a great experience. I loved getting to know the kids. The weekend trips that I took were incredible! Seeing Machu Picchu was unbelievable. It was also great to really get to know another city. I loved venturing around Cusco during my free time. I always felt safe as well. Overall, my trip has been a wonderful experience.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
Some elements of the accommodations took a little adjusting, like food and plumbing, but after a few days it was fine. The kindness of my host family made the adjustment much easier.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
My favorite memory of this trip was my time spent at the kindergarten. The children were so fun and positive. They were very curious about my life in America and my blonde hair. They were very excited to play during recess and show off their skills during class time. They also showed interest in learning a few words in English.
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
The support was great. They answered all of my questions promptly and honestly. They made me feel comfortable traveling to Peru.
9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers
A Broader View Volunteer (ABV) allows every traveler to choose their own program start date. This means you can arrive on any flight, any day of the week. Since ABV program fees are 100% tax deductible* we encourage you to fund raise. ABV offers advice and assistance with flight planning, affordable travel insurance, as well as procuring a visa, if necessary. Our ABV staff is available to any your questions. Contact us by email, through the on-line chat feature on our website or call us toll free at 866-423-3258.