Peru

Projects Abroad

I had the great opportunity to be as a volunteer in Cusco, Peru. I was part of a group of 10 volunteers that went together throu the company we work for. It has been one of the most greatful experience I'd have.
At the beginning, Projects Abroad assistant was essential, they gave us the information we need to have everything prepared and ready for the trip. Step by step, they'd help us with our doubts and gave us advice. We'd know what type of clothing we'd need, the weather conditions in that period of the year, the coinage, traditions, type of food, among others; so we'd bring with us the stuff we actually need during the trip.
We arrived at Cusco, Peru at early morning, and Projects Abroad staff was already waiting for us with our transportation ready, they took us with our host families with a quick city tour included. The houses we're in, were comfortable, clean and safe, families were very kind, they'd always try to help us with our basic needs and give us some recommendations about the town and places to know.
During our volunteer activities we had the chance to be in primary level schools, where we'd help the teachers with some projects, do some teaching of our country of origin and interchange ideas about our cultures; kids were very happy to know about us and the activities we did with them, they'd participate actively and had great attitude. At the end of the week, it was hard to say good bye to them. We also visited a special school, where we spend time with different groups of students and do some art activities, kids were very emotional and they received us with their open arms. We had the chance to visit a nursing home too, helped with kitchen and cleaning duties and chat and interact with elderly people; this was a very heartwarming experience, we really appreciated it.
At the end of each day, we'd get together with our friends of Projects Abroad to review our journey, prepare next day material requirements and do some feedback about our volunteer experience. Projects Abroad members were always ahead of us, by planning, preparing and coordinating every activity, they demostrated how profesional they are, and how much they are committed to their job. I personally have a great opinion of this organization and its people.
Therefore, I'd recommend you to consider a Projects Abroad volunteer program, since they have many options worldwide, in many varieties of áreas (care, sports, medicine, archeology, teaching and more); I encourage you to live a volunteer trip, it will be definitevly a one life time experience. Have fun!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 16, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I loved my Peru medical volunteer experience. It was a great way for me to go out of my comfort zone and experience a new country! Volunteering in the clinic was so rewarding and was a great way to be truly immersed in the culture! I would definitely do it again!
I loved my accommodations! They were very comfortable and the host family was amazing. The food was excellent and I always felt very safe. Everyone was extremely friendly and was always willing to help.
The support I felt in country was awesome! Beatriz was always available when I needed her and showed me how to get around. She was very helpful when things changed and was always willing to help.
This is the program I did https://goo.gl/2BCzX9

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Oct 12, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I did really enjoyed my time volunteering in Peru, Cusco is a beautiful city with many activities. The girls and workers in the orphanage are very friendly. The most important things they need from volunteers are donations and helping hands. The donations can range from clothing to school supplies to personal hygiene items as they are teenagers. I really enjoyed communicating with the girls. I remember my first successful conversation with them in Spanish. It felt very rewarding.
I didn't expect to negotiate so much in Cusco. From taxis to local markets, there is often not a set price. For example, a taxi driver may say the taxi ride costs 6 soles, but you can and should argue for a fairer price when the drivers try to overcharge, ask your host family what are the typical fares.
It was shocking to see how quickly the weather conditions can change. It can be warm and sunny one moment and then cold and rainy the next go out with layers, sunscreen and sunglasses.
I really enjoyed traveling on the weekends and would highly recommend this. Travel was surprisingly inexpensive. Visit the Rainbow Mountains, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Once in a time life experience. Hopefully more!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Oct 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

My son and I volunteered together in Peru at an orphanage for teenage mothers. We stayed at a local host family, which exceeded our expectations. They had a beautiful home and cooked traditional Peruvian food. After a few weeks, we were very sad to leave. We also booked the Machu Picchu tour through Global Crossroad and Spanish class. The tour was amazing and Alyssa and Roger organized everything very well. We were pleased with the tour and the Spanish classes were invaluable. We were assessed and then put into a class that matches our level. The cooking class and salsa dance lessons were so fun! I felt like I learned a lot and it aided in my volunteer work. The project was also invaluable. We volunteered in the afternoon and helped the mothers' with their homework and chores, as well as teaching them English. We also played with their children and attempted to teach them English. All in all, we had a great time volunteering in Cusco, Peru. We could not have asked for a better experience with Global Crossroad!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I volunteered at a local clinic. I had a great time and Global Crossroad left me satisfied. I feel as though I had a great experience and learned a lot. I met many different volunteers and left with new friends all over the world. The country coordinators were more than nice and helped me whenever I needed it. I would volunteer with them again.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

After two volunteering in Peru, I am very pleased with IFRE. They were very accommodating and helped me plan every detail of my trip. I volunteered at an orphanage, and had an amazing experience! I made life long connections and wish that I could go back already. I would recommend IFRE to anyone.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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

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