Tom Driscoll Peru

Was the experience good value for money?

Defiantly. Money has no value compared to the experience

Why did you want to volunteer?
I wanted to experience a different culture by travel but I wanted to make a difference to the country as well and not experience the country like a typical tourist.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Yes, even just meeting the children at the orphanage and day care centre made a difference. 

What did you do for fun?
In the daycare centre we threw a party for the children which involved lots sweets and dancing. And in the orphanage we taught the children how to make flowers out of vegetables and we done lots of origami.

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
In the girls orphanage in Peru where we took them all to the park and they refused to go home because they we’re enjoying themselves too much.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
All the volunteers. We were all there for the same reason and had lots in common and it was like we were a family.

Where were the best places to hang out and socialise, why was this?
In Ecuador, Finn Mccolls. It’s a friendly Irish owned pub which does pub quizzes on Tuesdays. And in Peru, The Muse. Lots of live music and circus acts.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers? Please explain why.
Yes. I’m already planning a trip to South Africa because i want to experience things like this more.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
I would say if you’re thinking about it then do it. It’s been the best experience of my life so far and i would want other people to feel the same way.

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
Defiantly a raincoat and a book on the country you’re volunteering at. And if you’re in a place with high altitude take some high calorie snacks.

How much money would you suggest you take per week?
Excluding accommodation, about £50 a week.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
Get involved in everything with the people your volunteering for, even if you think you won’t it. It might turn out that you do like it