Volunteer Name: Tricia Schmidt
Project Location: Cusco, Peru
Program Dates: 8/16 – 8/30/2015
Volunteered at:  Kindergarten

1- How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?
Beatriz was great! She was always available whenever I needed help.  She organized a weekend trip for me and showed me around the city.  Beatriz is so friendly and really cares about the volunteers.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced? Name 2
Program:  How well I could communicate with the children without knowing Spanish (i.e. through play, laughter, facial expressions, etc.)
Host Family: The big lunches and it was very modern.
Country:  The Inca ruins were incredible and the locals eat a type of guinea pig!

3- What was the most challenging thing you experienced?
Program:  Building rapport with the students and maintaining an organized classroom despite the language barrier.
Host Family: Maintaining communication and always letting them know where I am at.
Country: Finding my way around a new city and seeing sights by myself during the first week.

4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
1. Bring a variety of clothing, because it’s very warm when the sun is out, but cold at night.
2. Bring bug spray to Machu Picchu because there are a lot of mosquitoes.
3. Bring a student ID if you have one because tourist tickets will be cheaper.
4. There is one tourist ticket that covers most of the sights in Cusco.

5.1-Other things volunteers should know before coming here:
(thats not in the orientation guide)
a. Keep your belongings secure when walking in the streets.

6- Personal Paragraph about the experience (ABV Program Testimonial):
Cusco is a wonderful city with many things to see!  I loved working in the kindergarten during the day.  The kids were so nice and loving, and the staff always appreciated the help.

7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security, friendliness, quality others:
My hosts were so friendly and treated me like family.  Three meals were available throughout during the day and food was left for me if I was not home.  The house was in a safe neighborhood and just a five minute walk to the volunteer site.

8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: Helping the teacher with a dance for the students and watching them perform it in front of their grandparents.
Host Family: Being able to tell my host about my day every night, and eating lunch together.
Country: Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley.

9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Sarah helped me through email and she was always incredibly quick with her responses.

9.1- What do you think about the reservation system online?
It worked very well.

9.2- Who did you find Abroaderview website
I searched on line for international volunteer experiences.

10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes.

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