Peru

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

Global Crossroad

I had an excellent experience in Peru. First thing in the morning I took Spanish lessons. After that, I took a bus to an orphanage where I taught English and some math to teen moms for a couple of hours in the morning. I tutored high school students learning English in the afternoons. I also had an opportunity on one afternoon to visit a boys' orphanage where I played LEGO with them. My home stay was totally awesome. The family was welcoming and gracious and helpful. The room I had to myself was comfortable and the bathroom I shared with two other volunteers was also fine. There was always a huge quantity of food from all food groups available to eat when I wanted. The location was very convenient to bus stops and shopping amenities. After my week of volunteer teaching ended, I took lots of tours which I had arranged in advance through Global Crossroad to incredible places near Cusco as well as Puno/Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu. The transportation, tour guides, meals, and accommodation were fabulous. Communication with Global Crossroads and their local representatives was top notch. I highly recommend this agency, and in particular, this destination. I had the best time!!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 11, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I volunteered at the teen mom orphanage, Kyuki-do Wasi. It was truly a great experience to work with the girls and their babies. The girls are so positive and welcoming, despite all the struggles they have had to overcome. The girls and their babies were truly a joy to work with and I learned a lot from them. 3 weeks of volunteering was not enough and I wish I could have stayed longer. It was a wonderful challenge to be out of my comfort zone, speaking another language and offering my skills and abilities. I hope to return to visit the girls, but with more improved Spanish speaking skills!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 6, 2015
Overall:
7
Support:
6
Value:
7

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I decided to spend a month of my summer in Cusco, Peru volunteering at a home for teenage mothers and their babies. I had the best experience imaginable. I made so many new friends, from around the world, as well as made great connections with the moms and their babies. I can't wait to get the opportunity to go back to Cusco and see everyone again. It truly is a great program and I would recommend it to anyone.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jul 18, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I had a wonderful experience from the beginning to the end with ABV in Cusco, Peru, as well as with support in the United States. I am very grateful for my experience here and wouldn’t change one thing about it. My host house truly felt like home. Everyone was kind and willing to help me in my host family and at the clinic.
The advice I received from the director was invaluable and helped me adjust to life in Cusco. While here I enjoyed going on weekend trips with other volunteers to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. In addition, we enjoyed taking free salsa dancing lessons arranged by the ABV coordinator and exploring Cusco.
The house I stayed in was nice. I had a room to myself and there was a shower with warm water. The meals were delicious. Peruvian food is much different than American food, but I was always able to find something that I liked.
While in Cusco and the surrounding areas I was continually surprised by how friendly everyone was, even just the people I sat next to on the bus. In the clinic everyone was very nice. They always took the time to say hi to me and ask me how I was doing.
One of the things I was nervous about was my safety in the country. After arriving my director gave me some tips to stay safe and after getting used to being in Cusco for a few days I felt just as safe here as I do in the United States. Overall I felt like everything was really well organized.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jul 6, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I LOVED my experience in Peru! It was really the people in Peru, including my host family and fellow volunteers, that made my experience. We all get along so well its magical! I have had an amazing time exploring Cusco with them and learning about the public services in the city. If I could I would do it all over again and I would do it with ABV. ABVs design allowed me to personalize my experience so that I could go where and when I wanted to go and I could volunteer in a place that was perfect for me. ABV and Peru were truly magical!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jul 1, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I traveled to Peru for 3 weeks last summer with Global Leadership Adventures and was completely blown away by the experience. The programs are really cool and I highly suggest looking at their website for information on the service projects, excursions and other activities. They really focus on leadership, adventure, and cultural immersion, almost as much as they do meaningful service work. But let me try to get at a few other points you might not pick up on from the website. First, you will be completely safe. I hadn't done a trip without knowing anyone going into it, so I came into the experience more than a little nervous and wary, but there wasn't a moment where I didn't feel completely safe and secure, and that was a big deal to me. Secondly, the accommodations were great and I absolutely loved the staff that worked where we stayed. Thirdly, and one of the most important points, the mentors on the trips are absolutely fantastic. Right from the start, I felt welcomed and supported, and as the trip went on I only grew more in awe of how cool they were. My mentors are some of the best role models I've ever had and I'm still in contact with them (one even wrote one of my college recommendations). My last point is really to me what makes GLA stand out among other programs, and that is the other students. Before the trip, my friend who had done GLA Costa Rica told me that GLA attracts really cool people and I was going to make some really great friends, and that proved so true. Somehow I was lucky enough to get to explore Peru with 30 of the coolest, nicest, funniest people I had ever met. Lasting friendships just formed instantly and I'm so grateful for the friends I made on my trip. As I look at my opportunities in the future, I really don't know how anything could top my trip with GLA last summer, and as I look back on my time in Peru now, I wish every day that I could go back and relive it over and over again. I highly recommend any of Global Leadership Adventures' programs, especially Peru because it's absolutely breath-taking and 100% life-changing, and promise you won't regret going!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jun 14, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I went on Global Leadership Adventures' Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley trip over the summer of 2014. I had an amazing time and I believe that the experiences I had there were truly unique. My group was able to see firsthand how hard work and dedication pays off, as our service project focused on building the foundation to a greenhouse that would be used by a village outside of Cusco. The work was definitely challenging, but I feel that it shaped us as people and bettered our work ethic, and I could feel a transformation among my group members as the trip progressed. We also visited the village's school every day to spend time with the schoolchildren there, and at the end of our trip we had the amazing opportunity to watch them preform beautiful traditional Peruvian dances. Along with all the hard work we did, we also learned so much about Peru's history and culture. Global Leadership Adventures organized speakers to come in almost daily to teach us more about Peru and the things that makes it unique. I especially enjoyed taking Quechua classes because it made me feel more connected to the people there. The Peru programs, along with all of the other programs offered by Global Leadership Adventures, are filled with amazing experiences that will inspire and influence students to continue making a change, I definitely recommend this organization, and I encourage finding their Facebook page or visiting their website to learn more about their programs.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: May 13, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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