Peru

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

The support provided in country was very impressive. If I had any questions at all they would be answered within the day. The local ABV coordinator (Beatriz) was amazing. She went above and beyond by showing me everything I needed in cusco and was also extremely helpful with any questions or concerns.
I was surprised and impressed by the simple laid back lifestyle in cusco. It was refreshing to and interesting to learn and experience day to day life here.
If working in the orphanage the girls cannot receive makeup or nail polish. Simpler items such as hair clips, bracelets, etc. are accepted. Layers are a necessity with the changing weather in cusco as well as cough drops due to the air and altitude!
My accommodation was amazing. I lived with two sisters, Cecilia and Eva, both in their fifties and their parents who are in their nineties. It was great to learn from the different generations. My host family prepared amazing food and were always so considerate to the fact I am a vegetarian. They also provided many blankets because it is so cold at night, they are truly caring people.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 4, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Rustic Volunteer and Travel

I've had a great experience with this company. The staff are helpful and the projects were great as well. I would definitely do it again!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 3, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I have loved working with Global Crossroads. This is my second year working with them and I hope to continue working with them in the future. Both times I have worked with them, everything was excellent. I have felt welcomed by the people of Cusco and have felt like we have made a positive impact on them. The project that I have been a part of is building an orphanage in Cusco, Peru. The current orphanages are overcrowded and ill equipped. In building this new one, we will offer them a spacious facility that will offer them a healthier environment to grow up in. When we arrived at the work site, the orphans welcomed us with cheers and signs. It is amazing to see how excited they are to see us. On top of feeling effective, the entire trip was more than comfortable. We were treated like royalty. The food was great and the lodging was clean. The Peruvian people are some of the most hospitable people I have ever met. I would absolutely recommend my friends to work with Global Crossroads in the future. The people in this organization are quality people determined to make this world a place of hope and opportunity for the hurting and poor.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 3, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I had a great expirence they were very helpful and the best around I participated two times with them the food was great and the hostel was great. The staff was great we built an orphanage and spent time going to visit other orphanages and to see the impact on the kids was life changing.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 2, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Healthyouth

I was a volunteer intern on the Heathyouth Clinical Medicine and Public Health program in Peru (Summer '13). In a word, the experience was life-changing. This program not only offers its interns an incredible opportunity to actively participate in the operations of local clinics and hospitals, but also the chance to design and lead health education programs. I worked in a small clinic in Huari with several other volunteers, and there we had the chance to assist with the daily demands of the clinic, tour the local schools for vaccination campaigns, and even lead an anti-parasite program to take action against the endemic infections that plague the area.

Outside of the clinic, our group of about 20 volunteers were split into local homes, hosted by wonderful families. Even now, I am still in touch with my host brother and sister. The main family, Eli and Neto, are equally wonderful, and very supportive of the volunteers and their work. They provide daily Spanish lessons for all volunteers (divided by level) and also plan several cultural trips for the group to the Peruvian jungle (not the Amazon), an Andean glacier, and several other fascinating sites in the Altiplano region.

Finally, I can not say enough about the wonderful time I had working with my fellow volunteers and the trip coordinator. Everything was well-run and organized, and I never felt unsafe or poorly taken care of. Our group grew exceptionally close over our 5 weeks together, and we are all still in touch today. After completing my internship, I came home knowing that my experience had undoubtedly changed my perspective of medicine and health, and that it would surely leave a lasting impact my professional development.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 29, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Healthyouth

Healthyouth is a unique program that allowed me to be culturally immersed in Peruvian life by living with host families, contribute to local communities for medical and educational purposes, and visit historical and natural landmarks....all at an incredibly affordable rate. What I loved most about working at a medical clinic in Huari, an impoverished sector of Peru, was that I was able to witness medical care firsthand and be involved with educational health programs for young children and their families. Healthyouth also arranged some incredible trips during our down time, including excursions in the jungle, a glacier hike, and visits to ruins. Although I have traveled to other Latin American countries, the amount of activities and lessons that Healthyouth provided is unmatchable by any other program.

Program:
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 29, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I definitely had a rewarding experience and am glad that I had the opportunity to come to Cusco. I'm in love with the city and the overall atmosphere and have made some amazing memories. It was hard adjusting the first week (as it is with all new experiences) but once I got comfortable and settled in the city started to feel like a new home. I truly hope I remember all that I've learned here for the rest of my life.
If you choose to go to the girl’s orphanage, spend meaningful time with orphan girls’ ages (11-17) that need and will greatly appreciate the love and warmth you will bring to them. Help the girls overcome their homework difficulties with patience and kindness. On Thursdays you will play sports with them and be part of other various activities. Overall your presence and talks with the girls will help inspire hope within them and make them feel loved. Don`t expect to make drastic changes right away but know that you are making a difference as small as it may be. In order to make the most of your time it is extremely important to brush up on your Spanish as most of the girls cannot speak a word of English. Doing so you will have a much more rewarding and fulfilling experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 17, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I went to Cusco, Peru this summer to volunteer in a boys orphanage. I had an amazing time getting to know the kids and playing with them. Considering their situations, they are all very kind, loving children who appreciate each volunteer taking the time to come to the orphanage. I also got to see some other projects such as the girls orphanage and an after-school program for kids whose parents work at a brick making site. Through Global Crossroads, I was able to find my love for volunteer work and helping out. With the help of the coordinators, Angelika and Wildon, I was able to adjust very well, considering this was my first time out of the country alone. I met wonderful volunteers in Peru and had an amazing time sight-seeing while also fulfilling my main goal, helping out at the orphanage. I highly recommend this program for anyone interested in volunteer work in different countries.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 2, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Quest Overseas

Absolutely incredible company to travel with!! I went on the 6 week Andean Expedition through Peru and Bolivia and it couldn't have been better. We travelled so much and saw so much of the countries, from desert, snow capped mountains, rainforest, canyons, volcanoes and beautiful cities.We also got to visit and help out at the Quest volunteering sites in Lima and the Amazon rainforest. Our leaders were experienced and very knowledgeable of the countries and we always felt safe and got to see the non-tourist routes and interesting places to eat. For the price of the trip and having everything included, the value for money was brilliant. I would recommend the company to everyone. They have an amazing itinerary and approachable staff, also supplying great travel insurance in with the price, I strongly recommend them to anyone.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Bolivia, Peru
Posted: Aug 31, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

When I first left for Cusco, I was honestly really nervous. I was traveling alone to a new city, country, and continent. However, when I arrived, my worries went away because I felt safe, welcomed, and at peace with my coordinator, host family. My coordinator here in cusco took me on a tour of the city and showed me where I was going to work for the next couple of weeks. During the morning, I worked in the Unidad de Quemados at the hospital, and during the afternoon I worked in emergency at the Clinic. Working in the hospital was amazing because I was getting hands-on experience treating and working with burned patients. I saw many different kinds of burns with varying intensities, and I think that seeing these harsh realities will help me in my future career as a nurse. In the clinic, I was not able to do much. I mostly spent my time following the nurses and observing them as they gave medications to patients, because Im a prenurse I was not allowed to have so much hands-on in the Clinic. Overall, I had an amazing experience traveling and working here in Cusco.
My host family was spectacular. They gave me everything I needed and more. I had three delicious meals per day, a large room with a comfy bed, and the freedom to do what I wanted. The family was very friendly and welcoming, and theymade me feel safe and calm. The house was a short bus ride away from the hospital and clinic that I worked in, and it was veru easy to find my way around.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 21, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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