Volunteer Name: MADISON DARBONNE
Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates: 08/23 to 08/30/2014
Volunteered at: Orphanage, nursery
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Great, organized in a way that made our arrival in the country very straightforward and easy to reach our host family and settle in.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
I was surprised by the volunteer experience actually. It was great to get to know and spend time with the kids – but I soon came to realize that this type of service seemed to be mostly on an individual way of helping-rather than a grander profound impact.
3- What was most difficult to experience?
Unexpected factors within the city itself – i.e. the altitude, the cold.
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Prepare for the cold-pack, many layers! To enjoy your experience more, be flexible with integrating into the host family’s timing and meals – and use free time to explore the city and get to know other volunteers. Read the volunteer orientation guide, all the information you will need is there.
4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.- Don’t expect to create a profound impact upon arrival – this type of service is a smaller, but very meaningful contribution to a bigger picture.
b.- The altitude will affect you in some way.
c.- If you are not comfortable with the language – TRY; you will surprise how much you learn in a little time.
d.- Living in a host family is an extremely valuable way to get to know the area and culture from the inside.
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
Working with ABV has been a great experience – organized, affordable, and informative from the beginning. I have really enjoyed my experience with them. They allow people an affordable option in order to volunteer and integrate into a foreign country in a truly authentic way.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)
A wonderful way to become immediately integrated with the culture & people in Cusco. Felt safe, happy, and was provided with more than enough food.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
During one of the painting sessions with the girls. not knowing much Spanish – and yet still attempting to talk to them and communicate, causing them to laugh and smile hysterically.
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Very attentive – sending emails and reminder to make sure everything was organized a head of time.
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.