Peru

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Overall I had an amazing time in Cusco, Peru! The people are so nice and welcoming, the weather is gorgeous, the city and mountains are like nothing I’ve ever seen, and the food was great (definitely try ceviche at least once, it’s amazing)! You certainly have to be able to roll with the punches, and if you’re more Type A, you definitely need to turn that switch off! The work was great at the clinic, but you have to be very assertive and have some Spanish skills. The patients are incredibly thankful and tough as nails, and it is so rewarding to just do simple things like give vaccines or hold a hand. Working at the girls orphanage was fantastic as well! The girls are so excited to meet someone new. The majority of the time I helped with homework (math, grammar, English), and when their homework was done we played volley ball! I think what they needed most was just hugs and affection. It´s been an incredible, eye opening experience, I hope someday I’ll be able to visit Peru again!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 17, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I had been considering volunteering abroad for a long time. IFRE was recommended by a friend and I'm glad I made the choice to choose them for a first-time volunteer experience in Cusco, Peru. My friend and I chose the shelter project that helps young girls and their babies.
My friend and I arrived in Cusco and were promptly picked up and taken to the shelter we were to stay and volunteer at. The volunteer duties were outlined, but not too clearly defined at times and the volunteer schedule needed a bit more structure. However, the lack of structure gave the volunteers flexibility to be able to pick and choose activities that we thought would benefit the girls and babies at the shelter. If you are someone that is able to work without being micromanaged, this is definitely the project for you! Creativity and flexibility is needed (things I prefer). The girls and their babies are lovely. You cannot help but instantly fall in love with them. I would also love to give a huge shoutout to the housemothers, other volunteers, and everyone involved in that project. It is definitely a hard task to take on, but one that is worth all the effort.
Although communication was a bit confusing at times because too many parties emailed both my friend and I with information (before we arrived in Peru)- the pros outweighed the cons. As stated previously, I would definitely recommend IFRE.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 16, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

My experience in Peru, though short, was one of the most memorable times I have had in my life. The memories and connections I made while in Cusco will last me a lifetime. The flexibility and yet security and support we received from IFRE was perfect. We were given proper information and never felt unsafe or unaware of what to do next. The volunteering projects at the girls orphanage, boys orphanage and teen mom center were extremely welcoming to have some unsuspecting teens come volunteer for a few weeks. The experiences and times spent at these places totally broadened my worldview and outlook for the future and the value I now place on volunteering.
I was in a group of 7 people and everyone agreed that this was a crucial trip at this transitional age in our lives. Cusco was a vibrant city full of shops and places to explore. We visited the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on two expeditions while on our trip. Transportation was clear and planned for us on both occasions. My next trip will definitely be with IFRE!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 15, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

My stay in Cuzco, Peru was wonderful! I traveled with a group and our host family was incredibly accommodating. All seven of us had plenty of room and the food cooked for us was delicious. We took Spanish lessons in the morning, then went to either the boys or girls orphanage or the teen moms center after lunch. Our weekend excursions to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu were incredibly well-planned and amazing. We had the perfect amount of freedom to walk around Cuzco during our free time. All in all, we were incredibly well taken care of and had a fantastic time.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 8, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Volunteering at Taricaya with Projects Abroad was one of the best months of my life. From the hands on activities to the supportive staff, I could not have asked for a better experience! It was amazing to be able to meet so many people from all over the world and to work with them to further the conservation of the rainforest.

All of the staff was so knowledgeable and ready to teach the volunteers everything they could. I learned so much not only about the Peruvian rainforest and animals that live there, but also about cultures and languages from all over the world. When we weren’t doing activities, the staff was more than happy to talk about their experience and what they have learned over the years and even sometimes gave lectures about their specialties.

All in all, I would not trade my month at Taricaya with Projects Abroad for anything! It was absolutely an amazing month and I learned so much! If you’re interesting in the rainforest and are okay with not living in 5-star conditions and doing some manual labor this trip is definitely for you. I would recommend volunteering at Taricaya in a heartbeat! Oh, but don’t forget DEET because you can’t buy any good stuff there.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 5, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I want to thank all of the wonderful, hard-working teen mothers in Cuzco and their beloved children. Peru was an amazing experience – one that I will not forget. I am already looking to see when I can go back. Everyone was very kind and welcoming. My colleague and I had the pleasure of teaching them research skills using the IPads as well as offering some fun-filled Zumba lessons (the girls LOVED it). One of my favorite moments while staying at the house was getting to know the teen mothers. I would talk on and on with them while also playing with their babies! The accommodations were very nice! They didn’t joke when they said that it gets VERY cold at night so if you’re planning on visiting, BRING (or buy) extra blankets! Aside from the volunteer experience, my colleague and I were able to visit one of the 7 wonders of the world: Machupicchu. We were equipped with a tour guide, tickets, and a hostel stay. Overall, the experience was unforgettable! Thank you Peru!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 5, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

Cuzco, Peru was a great experience for me. I had the pleasure of assisting in a low-cost medical clinic and rotated stations every other week. In the mornings, spanish classes were offered to me in order to better engage with the community. There was a lot to learn about the culture and daily life of this diverse city. My host familia were wonderful people and offered a variety of comforts and advice during my stay in Peru. The IFRE staff also were there to answer any of my questions or offer assistance as needed. They are very friendly! and I was able to enjoy the experience more because of their commitment to their work. I would definitely recommend IFRE in Peru!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 5, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I gained a lot of both knowledge and experience by volunteering with Projects Abroad. I was able to observe and sometimes assist doctors in a clinic, participate in workshops, and spend some time with other volunteers. I liked specifically about Projects Abroad that I was able to choose the dates I went there and came back. Not only do they have a plethora of programs to choose from, but you can choose a program that is focused on something specific. For example, I chose a program focused on medicine. I also liked that we did some sightseeing in the evenings and weekends. Although I picked a program focused on medicine, we did not just learn about medicine. I saw some tourist attractions and did fun activities with other volunteers.
The staff was very supportive of the volunteers. They helped us and explained everything as best they could. Also, the house I stayed in during my time in Peru was great. I was provided a clean, nice bedroom and bathroom with everything I need. A tasty and sufficient breakfast, lunch, and dinner were also provided everyday by my host family. The other volunteers in my program were very kind and I got along with them as soon as I met them. They have made the program more enjoyable. We still keep in touch.
All in all, volunteering abroad with Projects Abroad is a great way to go! I made unforgettable memories and got some once in a lifetime experiences.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 3, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
9

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I had once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in Cuzco Peru for a month, working at the orphanage and being there for a month you get very connected to the girls and get very connected to the city because of how different it is. You realize how beautiful the simpler things in life are, the local ABV coordinator made everything really easy for me to acclimate into Peru. I know Spanish from high school, but being down there for a month and immersing myself in the culture was really great for my Spanish. You pick up quickly on the language and for myself learning in a classroom isn't the same.
The US abroaderview staff did helped me a lot, any questions I had they would answer me within 24 hours. My mom called and they answered any and all of her questions! I had a few precautions before I actually signed with abroaderview but after talking to them and talking to other ABV volunteers who have gone I realize that this was the right choice for me.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 28, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I have met so many amazing people on this journey from other volunteers to the girls at the orphanage. I have built the strongest connections in so little time and fallen in love with Cusco. The girls at the orphanage are some of the sweetest girls I have ever met and I wish I could stay here with them so much longer. I would not trade this trip for anything in the world.
My favorite memory was just sitting and talking with the girls at the orphanage. I don’t speak much Spanish and they don’t speak much English but somehow it was a perfect fit. I learned so much from them and truly felt a companionship with these amazing girls.
The best memory of the country was Machu Picchu. On the weekend I had the opportunity to do an excursion to Machu Picchu and it was phenomenal. I not only met so many great people, but got to experience some of the best views Peru has to offer.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 19, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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