Peru

Global Crossroad

Traveled to Peru in August. The volunteer session was great - working in a hospital, with their clinical staff. Working with Global Crossroad was the issue. First, their fees were confusing. The registration fee online is $99, but it's really not, it's really $299 which they have in their website. Then they try to sell you different packages, Spanish classes, health insurance, travel insurance, excursions. Don't do it!! The Spanish lessons were great but you could probably do that on your own once you get there for like 1/3 of the cost they are charging. And the excursions are way overpriced like 5 times what it costs if you bought the tickets when you got there. And Global Crossroad is very disorganized itself. I signed up for one site and was moved to another when I arrived. I thought I was getting one type of housing and was put on a site a couple miles from my work-site so I had to trek it there while others in my program were right nearby, in nicer housing. I was told that one person who spoke English would be at the airport to pick me up and then another person who didn't speak any English was there. The excursion was also a disaster. I paid a lot of money and didn't get tickets to half the tour - it was very disorganized. I would tell anyone to not go through Global Crossroad and if you already paid through them I would tell you to make sure you have agreement on (a) the site, (b) housing, (c) what you will be doing, (d) who is picking you up, (e) where you will be living and what type of living arrangements they are, and most of all (f) don't sign up for the excursions.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 25, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

So many emotions in me while thinking back of my days in Cusco Peru. I would like to think that I did make a difference. I hope to have contributed and consolidated through my work with this Non Profit.
Culture is an antidote to violence, because it invites us to the prayer of others and fosters tolerance, by encouraging us to meet other imaginaries and other cultures. Through my experiences in Cusco, I gained in maturity. I came to be more open-minded and flexible. I learned to understand through hugs. Volunteering there was an opportunity to share with others. I made a lot of friends and filled my heart with a lot of unconditional love. We are not only a citizen of our country, but also a citizen of the world. Thus, we can be useful in any society. We are here not only for ourselves, but for others.
I brought clothes for kids and the second time we did a special breakfast for the patients in the cancer hospital, there were Kekes (soft orange cakes) left over. So, Maria Elena and I went down the street in the night distributing pieces of cakes and clothes for poor kids. We looked out for people in need and offered these. Happiness and gratefulness could be read on their face.
The US office was so fantastic. I don’t know how they can be so present. Indeed, all the time I had a question or a doubt, I was answered very quickly. I mostly used emails with Sarah and Lynn, and chat online with Lori. What is so nice is that you have the chat mode, where you can talk, modify and ask questions. For me, Lori was a precious help anytime I had a question. In less than 24 hours (sometimes minutes!!) I got my answers (all of them!). They are efficient, helpful, reliable and so kind.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Volunteering in Cusco, Peru at the government run hospital was a very great opportunity to immerse myself in medical Spanish and interact with patients on a day to day basis. Physicians at the hospital were open to teaching and made our time there interactive and purposeful. My homestay family was a very sweet couple, interested in all our activities and enjoyed our presence in their home. They cooked very traditional foods and even took us out on the weekends with them to restaurants/stores to make sure we knew which ones had the best deals. The projects abroad program was overall extremely helpful in the transition from the US to Peru and made sure we had the resources to make the best out of our time there. The office also provided workshops and social events to allow us to meet others also participating in the program. I had a great experience with this program and defiantly recommend it to others to take advantage of in the future!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My 4-week volunteer placement for a Care Project in Peru was the most enjoyable experience I have had abroad. Not only did I stay with an amazing family who welcomed me into their home with open arms, and make relationships with the greatest support staff in Urubamba/Cusco - but I spent my weekdays in a Kindergarten classroom with wonderful children. I spent time working alongside the teacher and she encouraged me to get involved by teaching games and basic lessons, in both English and Spanish. It was great to be involved and help out where I could. It is a placement I would do again and again, and an experience I will never forget!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I really really loved my time in Cusco. The people I met through traveling, and other volunteers were absolutely amazing. I always had something to do in town and the time flew by. Volunteering in Peru has taught me so much about different cultures, mentality, values, and way of life.
My program in the clinic was exactly what I wanted to do. The nurses I worked with were so kind and encouraging of me, which really motivated me to go work there everyday.
I absolutely fell in love with Peru and Cusco. I feel as though I really took advantage of my month in Cusco to explore the city and get integrated, and yet I still feel like I there was so much more I didn’t see. Cusco is incredibly beautiful and cultured with many quaint side streets, historical sights, and activities. You won’t be bored!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 10, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I have nothing but good things to say about my experience with Global Crossroad. I had a life changing experience volunteering at an orphanage for teenage mothers and their babies. My Spanish improved greatly with the offered Spanish lessons. The country coordinators were also very nice and helpful.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jun 28, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I am so thankful for this program! I had a great time volunteering at a hospital with abandoned children. I helped with physical therapy with the hopes that these children will walk some day. Alyssa and Roger were great coordinators and helped answer all of my questions. I had a great experience with my host family, and the mother treated me like one of her own. I would recommend Global Crossroad to anyone.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jun 28, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Walking Tree Travel

I try believe in Walking Tree Travel because of their dedication to their mission and vision: providing experiences that motivate high school students to become global citizens through engaging and immersive programming around the world. They work around the clock to provide safe, challenging, immersive, culturally sensitive (and FUN!!!) programs for high school students. They work with local communities to find homestay opportunities that give our students the opportunity to engage with other people and cultures around the world - truly a once in a lifetime experience. In Peru we worked in a local host community side by side with our host families on a project chosen and driven by them - allowing our students to engage culturally with community members in a responsible and sustainable way. Such a great, community-driven way to volunteer abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: May 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

I have just recently arrived back after volunteering in Cusco, Peru for 10 weeks! I can honestly say that it was the most amazing experience ever! I have learned so much from doing this volunteering program and I can't thank Original Volunteers enough! I have always wanted to volunteer abroad but was a little bit hesitant as I am only 18 and I was really nervous about going all the way to Peru on my own. Original volunteers were so kind and friendly from the minute I contacted them to enquire more about the project. They immediately made me feel at ease and reassured me that many volunteers travel out on their own but are never really on their own once they get there as there are so many other volunteers to make friends with. I knew then that I really liked the sound of the whole project and that I liked how friendly Original Volunteers were so I just decided to go for it and book everything! On the lead up to going, I was again really nervous about the whole trip because it was a big thing - going abroad for the first time and going alone at the age of 18. But Original Volunteers were so helpful! I felt like I was being a nuisance e-mailing them all the time with my questions but they were always more than happy to reply with informative answers to my questions. I felt so supported and felt like any worry or question I had about the trip, I could just e-mail Original Volunteers and they would reply with a helpful answer either the same day or the following day. They were so great. When I arrived in Cusco, no one was there to pick me up. I did panic a little as I had just landed in a different continent and no one was there to pick me up so it was a little bit scary. However, Original Volunteers had provided me with so much information before I left that I knew what to do. They had given me the Project Coordinator's number and so I just phoned that and the coordinator very politely apologised that he was running late and said that he would be there to pick me up as soon as possible. So it really wasn't that much of an issue - I just had to wait a little longer, but it was good to know that someone was coming to pick me up. When the co-ordinator arrived at the airport to pick me up, he was very kind and talkative. He instantly made me feel relaxed and welcome because he was so cheery and talkative. When we got to the girls orphanage, Jeremy (the coordinator) showed me to my room and introduced me to the children. For the first couple of days, I felt like I didn't know what I was doing as the routine of the orphanage wasn't explained to me and Jeremy wasn't always around. Therefore I felt like I had no one to really ask for help if I needed it. As Jeremy wasn't really around the only way to contact him was by text which he didn't always reply to quickly. It was easier for some of the other volunteers who spoke Spanish as they could ask the Mamita (the woman who looks after the children and cooks for them) any questions that they had about the orphanage and the routine. So all I am saying is that it would be useful to know some Spanish as it is very difficult to communicate when you know zero Spanish like me. However, I don't think this is Original Volunteers fault - they provided me with so much support leading up to the trip but when I got there, I just felt like the co-ordinator could have been around a lot more. And yes, having some Spanish phrases will make everything easier but I still had the most amazing experience ever and I didn't know any Spanish whatsoever. It was strange not being able to communicate with the children at first but I picked up some words and phrases as time went on and the children were really interested in learning English too! But really the children are so appreciative of even just your presence. They were always so excited to see me each day and it just really made me feel good. They are the happiest, most well-mannered and well-behaved children that I have ever met. They always had a smile on their face, were always giving me hugs and always thanked me when I treated them to an ice cream or when I took them to the park. Some other volunteers and I also took them ice-skating and to the chocolate museum which they absolutely loved. It just feels amazing to know that you are bringing joy to these children's lives by just being there and by showing them love and care. I also brought a massive suitcase full of toys and arts and crafts and toiletries for them. The kids loved that I brought something differnet for them to do each day. I brought paint, pens, pencils, colouring books, stamps, crayons, loom bands, origami, play dough, plasticine , knitting, card games, puzzles etc. The children are very content and grateful and so they were very happy when I and the other volunteers took them to the park for a couple of hours a day but they really enjoyed doing the various different activities that I brought for them as it was something different for them to do and for some of the children it was their first time doing some of those activities. I bonded with the childrne so quickly and grew to love the them. It was honestly the best couple months of my life as I had so much fun with the children and everyday they made me smile and laugh and I did the same for them which made me feel like I was doing good. The children come from a completely different world and have so little yet they are so happy. The whole experience was a complete learning curve for me as you really learn what's important in life. Sometimes we can get so caught up in our modern life's that we forget how grateful we are compared to these children who have very little money, toys, clothes etc. It's just made me realise how lucky I am and how much I want to continue helping those who are less fortunate. It also just shows that you don't need lots of money to be happy. The children were so happy because they were receiving so much love, care and affection from the volunteers and their Mamita and the rest of the team. It was so hard having to say goodbye to the children as I grew so close to them and felt like I had really bonded with them. I also just wanted to say that Original Volunteers were right when they said that most volunteers go alone and that you will never actually be alone when you get there. The day I arrived at the orphanage I met other volunteers who were all so lovely and made my experience even better. I went to Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain with some Volunteers that I made friends with. I am still in touch with the other volunteers that I met and hope to remain friends with them. The only negative thing that I have to say about my experience, but again I think it is more down to the Co-ordinator rather than Original Volunteers, is that there were some people staying in the same accommodation as me which was at the girls orphanage. They weren't volunteering through Original Volunteers and to me I don't know why they were even there. They didn't spend any time with the children and were so noisy. Late at night and during the early hours of the morning they were partying, drinking and blasting music when there are signs all throughout the accommodation saying that no alcohol is allowed in the accommodation and that you should be respectful and not make any noise when others are trying to sleep. I felt sorry for the children that probably could have heard them when they were trying to get to sleep. But anyway, I would like to give a massive thank you to Original Volunteers for giving me the best expierence that I could ever ask for! Thank you so much for all of the support that you gave me and for enabling me to take part in such a life-changing experience!

I put together a video of my volunteering trip to Peru which you can watch by clicking the link. Hopefully it will encourage some of you guys who are thinking of doing a volunteering project to just go for it and do it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOM8l4kok6o

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Apr 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered with IVHQ in May of 2016 in Cusco, Peru for 2 weeks. I volunteered caring for homeless dogs. Overall the experience was a good one and I am very glad I went. However, I am 53 years old and their website and communications made it sound like there would be volunteers of all ages. There were not. Everyone was college age except for me. I also thought I would be staying in a place with a group of other volunteers and getting to know the host family. Even though the house was huge there were only 2 other volunteers and their schedules were very different from mine. The mother/wife and 2 children were never home, it was always only the father. He was very nice and helpful but not the experience I was expecting. I also thought I would be volunteering with a group at the rescue shelter. I was the only volunteer. Again the 2 people than ran the shelter were very nice but it was not the experience I was expecting. I was alone most of the time.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Mar 19, 2017
Overall:
4
Support:
4
Value:
4

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