Peru

Real Gap

I went to Cusco for 3 weeks, with 1 week's trip to Lake Titicaca at the end of the month as an inclusive program with Real Gap. It quickly became apparent that the company had charged over the odds for a program offered by the language school they were using, and none of the activities were actually offered by Real Gap themselves. I had a good time, and my homestay was good, but I am fluent in spanish, and fellow volunteers who were trying to learn from scratch really struggled initially as the families had almost no knowledge of english. Lessons at the Academia Latinoamericana were excellent, but I would recommend going direct to them for the program, rather than lining Real Gaps pockets when you dont really gain anything by using this company!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Dec 9, 2008
Overall:
6
Support:
5
Value:
4

Comments

Check out some of the other companies with good reviews like CCS or GVI?
I am living in Morocco and I want to apply for work program in Australia in Sydney . I would like to know if I am eligable for that program ? thank you
I'm looking to volunteer for 3wks in Peru Feb 2010. Do you reccomend another organization? I've been researching real gap for weeks. This is the first review i've read. Thank you. AR.
Apart from being expensive was the programme organised OK. did all the trips etc work out? I am thinking of doing the same trip next year

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Romita:
Everything went well when we were in Cusco. We really enjoyed our time with Mama Greta and the Montecino family. They were always very helpful and very caring for our needs. Mama Greta's cooking was also always wonderful. The whole family went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. Please thank them again from us. I also had a great experience at La Clinica. It was great working with Dr. Holgado and Dr. Vilca. We also had the opportunity to go to the Hospital Regional and work in the emergency room. That was also a good experience.
The Spanish classes were also very good and I feel like I can now speak some Spanish without feeling too nervous. I am grateful for the time in Cusco, to be exposed to a new place, a new culture, a new language. It was wonderful to work with Vanessa, the ABV Project Coordinator. She was great about helping us navigate in Cusco in the first few days and were a great source of information. I have no complaints about our stay. Our trip to Acopia was also a wonderful experience. We were able to use our training in "the real world" and at least try to help the people in the village. It was definitely worth it and it was a great experience. Overall everything went very well. We have lots of great memories. Thank you for everything.
Wilson:
I had a really great time during my month in Cusco. I really enjoyed working in La Clinica, the physicians and staff taught me so much. I also learned a lot from the Spanish classes.
The professor was excellent; he was very patient and professional. The host family was very warm and accommodating; they made me feel as thou I was part of their family. Vanessa was very helpful and kind, she helped us tremendously. in summary, my experience was great, if I could do it over again, I would a million times over.
Thank you for everything ABV.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Dec 6, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered with IVHQ in Cusco (I was one of their first volunteers there) and it was fun. It was really worthwile and the other volunteers and myself had a lot of fun. If yore thinking about it - DO IT!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 25, 2008
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10

Comments

Hi, i am thinking about doing the cusco program as well..i am planning on traveling alone and was wondering if you found it to be a problem considering you have to fly to lima and then to cusco? also wondering about the living situations..any help would be great

Madventurer

Were very helpful right from the beginning. I returned to Cusco on my own to the orphanage I'd worked in when I was there with Madventurer. They still gave me support even when I wasn't with them the second time

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 10, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

I worked on a Projects Abroad conservation project in the rainforest for 3 weeks. I had the time of my life! Looking after animals on the release programme; conducting observations; protecting turtle eggs and working on the pilot farm were just a few of the jobs I worked on and all were really worthwhile! The sense of adventure was great being based a relatively long way from normal western civilisation and the social side to living with other like-minded people was also a highlight. Throughout my stay I felt sufficiently independent but had the reassuring knowledge that if anything went wrong helo was at hand. I would love to go back if I had the chance!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 6, 2008
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

An amazing program - I volunteered with two other companies in the past but IVHQ was by far the best. Best program and best value for money - DO IT! Best experience of my life.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Oct 20, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

My daughter is also looking of the Ecuador trip. Does anyone have any feedback on Ecuador? Thanks.
Thank you for your comments. My Daughter is thinking about Ecuador, however I have not been able to get any comments or reviews of that area. Any feedback that you can provide would be helpful in that you have been to South America and may have come accross volenteers from the Equedor area.

Global Crossroad

My experience in Peru is truly one of the most memorable moments of my life. I stayed in Cuzco for about ten days from May 3 till 12, one day in Lima, and then flew back to Toronto, Canada. From start to end, Jenny and Martha, the national and local representatives, were very helpful and supportive, and facilitated our stay in Peru. We always talked with Jenny. My friend, Maryanne, and I had the fortune of meeting another volunteer (David Curtis) who works at an orphanage, whom we became good friends with during this trip.
The host family was extremely friendly and welcoming. Despite not speaking the Spanish language at all initially, I felt very comfortable interacting with them through other means (ex. sign language, drawing, dictionaries...). They served us many delicious local foods, such as the guinea pig, ceviche, maize, papaya juice..etc. They showed us around the city and took us to markets, small shops, cathedrals and other touristy places (ex. Plaza des Armas). On weekends, they even planned full-day trips for us to see Machu Picchu, other Inca ruins, and museums. We even got to go horse-back riding on mountains!!! The Peruvian scenary was stunning and the experience was exhilirating.
At home, we played soccer, drew pictures, watched TV and chatted with the host family. The house is nice and spacious, and the washroom is very clean. The only minor concern is that there isn't hot water to shower in, but it's easy to get used to. Our bedroom has two beds with lots of blankets (the night can get really chilly), and our privacy was always respected.
Our workplace was a geriatric center in a small, rural area that is 20 min away from home by bus. We usually worked from 9am-5pm, but time flies by when you're having a good time! The staff there (doctors, nurses, psychologists..etc) were as curious about our culture as we were to theirs! I learned how to apply hot packs and massage patients who had sore backs and necks, how to use various medical equipment, and learned some common Spanish medical vocabularies.
Many thanks to Global Crossroad and Jenny for organizing everything, Martha for matching us with our wonderful host family and workplace, the staff at the geriatric center for teaching us local medical practices, and of course, the host family (Beto, Hilda, Favio and Nicole) for sharing their wonderful culture with us. All of this was very fulfilling and worthwhile. I am thankful for Global Crossroad for providing us this opportunity. I will forever remember my time in Peru.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Oct 5, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Hi, I'm planning to use GC to go to Peru this summer and I was hoping to directly talk to some of the people who have already done so. If you could email me at dswanner@wharton.upenn.edu I'd really appreciate it.

Frontier

Frontier charged me £695 more than they passed on to the actual volunteer program in Huancayo.
They failed to arrange a pick-up when I arrived in Peru and misled me on many counts about the program before I arrived.
Although the staff in London appear very friendly it was almost impossible to get accurate information from them, or to get anyone to phone back.
Other volunteers have had similar experiences: I would not recommend Frontier to anyone.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 24, 2008
Overall:
0
Support:
2
Value:
0

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