Sophie Maltby – Peru

Why did you want to volunteer?
For experience to get onto a masters in social work, to experience other culture, and to physically do something good for people that have much less than we do in England.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
I felt I made a difference just by being there, for cuddles with the children, buying them treats and taking them out at weekends.

What did you do for fun? Took the children swimming, to a football match, made bracelets, took them go karting and to play football.

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
My most enjoyable experience was cooking for all the children and volunteers, we bought the ingredients for spaghetti bolognese, jelly and cornflake cakes. The children ate more than one bowl each and the next day there was still tomato sauce round their mouths.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
I made friends with the other volunteers as I lived with them and shared living space with them. Also Hugo, Herbet and Davis as they also stayed at the orphanage almost full time and were of a similar age.

Where were the best places to hang out and socialise, why was this?
The best place to hang out was downstairs with the children in the kitchen. For the volunteers the best place to go out and hang out was in Frogs a chilled out bar with cocktails and a snooker table.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers? Please explain why.
I would definitely go back and volunteer in Peru but would be sceptical about doing another OV project because I have such high expectations after Peru, I’m not sure it would be the same.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
Take a raincoat, especially if going to Bolivia. Also take sturdy shoes as it’s dusty and rocky in Cusco. And bring chocolate as it’s rare in Peru.