Peru

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

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I was lucky to be placed with a very nice host family. The father is 90 years old and in very good health. His wife too is in very good health. They are both very cheerful and fun to be around. Their two daughters, one of them is our host mother are extremely pleasant. They know amazing English and help us with anything we need.
I wish I had bought a nice gift for the host family. Also if you are planning to teach, bring your material or simple English books as material in English is hard to find here.
The orphanage was well run by teachers, volunteers and administrators. The girls were being taken care very well with all round development. I saw girls begin given music lessons, painting lessons, pottery, stitching, cooking etc.
The local coordinator, Beatrice, was a very nice person with great support for any needs. She took us around the first day and showed us the important landmarks as well as grocery store, laundry, supermarket, money exchange place etc which was very useful.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 15, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I traveled to Lima, Peru with CCS for two weeks. It was the most amazing and eye-opening experience of my life. As a sixteen year old girl, getting onto a plane and traveling eight hours away from home can seem very daunting. Once I arrived in Peru, I felt welcome and safe. The in country staff were so welcoming and responsive. Our group of nine volunteers quickly became good friends and we all got fully immersed into the new culture. The school we volunteered with was for children five years old and younger. It was easy to communicate with the children even with a language barrier. My favorite part of every day was definitely attending the school and working with the children! After we volunteered, we had cultural learning activities. I loved hearing about Peru's history and learning about the devastating Shining Path. Spanish lessons were my favorite activity, but dance lessons were a big hit. Also, we went to a huge Incan market where you could find alpaca blankets, hats, socks, jackets, teddy bears, and everything else alpaca. We toured downtown Lima and visited exciting attractions like the Palacio de Gobierno. I've never learned so much about one country! The two weeks flew by too fast and it was very hard to say goodbye. I would go back in a heart beat and I definitely plan to volunteer with CCS in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Working at the kindergarten and the girls home especially was an experience I won't forget. Laughing and playing with the kids and bonding with the girls was such a special time for all of us. I came here hoping just to do some good, but I am leaving truly touched by the relationships I've formed here. I hope that the 2 weeks of service I've done here will translate to greater success and happiness of the children and the girls in the future.
My favorite memory was at the orphanage during ceramics class one day. We asked the girls what they wanted to be when they grew up, and they all answered that they wanted to go to college and become nurses or lawyers or teachers. Watching them smile when we congratulated them on their goals, seeing how happy they were that someone believed in them, was my favorite moment.
I was most surprised by the willingness of the girls at the orphanage to open up to us and shower us with love, even without really knowing us. It made the time we spent together so special, and those girls will always have a special place in my heart.
Our local coordinator Beatriz was very accommodating and helpful. She checked in with us frequently, was helpful to me with the language barrier, and even went out of her way to give one in our group a gift on her birthday. She was great!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jun 8, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cross-Cultural Solutions

This was my first volunteer abroad trip, and I didn't know what to expect beyond the presentation and documents that CCS provided. First off, I'd like to acknowledge that these files were spot on accurate and really provided a good sense of expectations. Next, the accommodations were more than comfortable, and exceeded my expectations. The beds linen was clean, the bed made for us each day, the house immaculately clean (albeit a little old and dark, which is expected), and the garden a real treat. The service of the in house staff exceeded expectations, and the simple meals we ate at the house was better than some meals outside! The program director, Kique, is friendly, helpful, funny, and always there to help you start the day off on the right foot. Our drivers were also wonderful, always patient with us Americans who were occasionally fashionably late, and always with a smile.

Now, the program itself is a huge success. Our team worked with seniors, and although we were a little apprehensive going into the program due to our lack of experience in caring for the elderly, we were all amazed by the care and consideration that went into running this community center. The permanent staff are all angels, all of them kind, sweet, patient, efficient, caring, and all seem to really enjoy the work they do there. The seniors themselves were amazing, and they cared for each other as though everyone were family. The fact that they were accepted into this community center indicates that they are in fact in dire need of the services provided here and that their conditions at home could be incredibly poor. But upon meeting these lovely seniors, you soon realize that you couldn't possibly begin to imagine how hard their lives are through their smile, laughter, and positive energy. We were all awed by how kind, loving, and caring, and positive these seniors were, and I think we were all expecting a sadder bunch. The work that CCS is doing here is incredible, and we were given the opportunity to serve these incredible people. Not only is the program here a success, but we came to understand that this program and other programs like this are necessities. The work we were assigned were clear and efficient, also the variety of work allowed us a glimpse into a wide range of daily tasks that the permanent volunteers perform, and we also had a glimpse into the simpler life here in Lima. This is an incredible experience that I think will humble all who have the opportunity to participate.

Program:
Location: Peru
Posted: May 27, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

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