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.

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While in South America volunteer Gains Confidence and Improves Spanish

A Roofer from London who volunteered in Peru said that the experience had boosted his confidence, and improved his ability to speak Spanish.

‘He also praised the work of Original volunteers.’

Anthony Roberts, a Roofer from Southgate, London, spent 5 weeks volunteering at Orphanages in Peru, Argentina, and Brazil.

While he was there he took lessons every day in Spanish, and found that as a result he is now able to speak the language more fluently, and to be able to make a point.

‘The hardest part of the placement was going home’

He particularly spending time, and playing games with the children, and felt that by just ‘being a nice person’ was of great benefit to them.

He made lots of friends, has kept in touch with most of them, and found the people of Peru, Argentina, and Brazil to be very nice.

He praised the work of Original Volunteers, said that he has recommended volunteering abroad with the company to other people, and that he would definitely go with the company again.

He said that he would like to return to Peru again one day to see if they have been able to build a bigger Orphanage for the children.

He felt that he had gained a great deal of confidence from his time there, and that this has helped him to get on with people.

Speaking about teaching English to the children Anthony said that ‘ If one child remembers me, and what they learnt while I was there it will all have been wortwhile’.

We are pleased to hear that Anthony enjoyed his time in South America, and that his Spanish, and his sense of confidence have improved immensely, and should he ever decide to return to volunteer in Peru, or any other destination worldwide we would be more than happy to arrange for him to do so.

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Adventure Tourism Student Enjoyed Volunteering in South America

An Adventure Tourism student enjoyed volunteering in Peru so much that she left money behind for a young Peruvian band to record a C.D.

Sarah Hatwell spent 6 weeks volunteering at the Orphanage in Peru teaching English to, and playing games with the children.

When it came to the time for Sarah, and her friend Helen Travell to return home she left behind £200 that she had raised from donations before her trip, and a further £100 of her own money.

Sarah herself made a lot of friends while she was there

She did this so that a local band, comprising of young musicians aged between 11 and 17 could record a C.D. She said that the C.D would be ‘something that they could both keep, and sell and make money from’, and that she ‘can’t wait to get a copy’.

So far 3 songs have been recorded, and she added that the young musicians have found recording ‘a lot harder than they thought, partly because they have to be quite disciplined in the studio’.

She added that many other volunteers want a copy of the C.D to keep as a souvenir of their time spent there.

Currently the band don’t have a name, and when asked if she hoped that they might call themselves after Sarah and Helen she replied ‘that would be nice’.

Sarah felt that the most important thing was that the children are treated with compassion, and befriended.

Sarah herself made a lot of friends while she was there, has kept in touch with many other volunteers, and found the Peruvian people to be ‘friendly and lovely’.

Meanwhile, a young group of Peruvian musicians are realising their dream of recording their songs hoping that one day they will become the Peruvian equivalent of The Beatles or U2, all thanks to Sarah’s kind donation.

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Phil Reviews Volunteering in Peru

WATFORD MAN ENJOYED VOLUNTEERING IN PERU SO MUCH THAT HE STAYS ON IN THE COUNTRY

A Watford man who went to volunteer abroad at an Orphanage in Peru in November had such a great time that he decided to stay in the country until September.

Twenty One year old Phil Raymond went out to Peru with his brother Michael in November to volunteer for 3 months. He originally intended to begin by volunteering at the Cusco Orphanage before moving on to Guatemala and then Argentina. However, he enjoyed life in Peru so much that he decided to spend all of his time in the country. While his brother returned to the U.K Phil decided to stay on until September, and is currently on a Teaching English as a Foreign Language Course.

Phil’s Mother told us that he had had a great time, and everything had gone well whilst volunteering abroad, and that she is looking forward to seeing him later in the year.

We wish Phil well with the course, for his time spent teaching English as a result, and are pleased to hear that he enjoyed Peru so much that he decided to stay there.

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Volunteer stays on in Peru

YORKSHIRE WOMAN WHO HAD ‘FANTASTIC’ TIME IN PERU PRAISES ORIGINAL VOLUNTEERS

A Student from Yorkshire who had a ‘fantastic time’ volunteering abroad in Peru praised Original Volunteers for being ‘well organised’ and reasonably priced.

Emma Burrett from Hull had wanted to volunteer abroad, but found that many companies were too expensive to travel with. When she discovered Original volunteers through an internet search she was amazed, but a little bit wary at first as we were so much cheaper than all of the other companies that she had read about.

After a short deliberation she decided to travel with the company in July of 2008 to Peru to volunteer at the Elim Orphanage in Cusco, and experience that she described as ‘fantastic’ and ‘brilliant’.

She praised Original Volunteers for being ‘well organised’ said that she had a ‘great time’ and was impressed with the trips that were organised, especially to Lake Titicaca. She made several friends during her two week stay, and described the people of Peru as ‘ welcoming and wonderful’. She found her time there to be ‘eye opening’ due to the level of poverty, but felt that by volunteering you can ‘ see a country for what it is’. She felt that this had been a ‘real life experience’, and added that it took a short while to acclimatise to being in the country.

Having studied Spanish to degree level she was able to converse with people, but she was impressed that Spanish lessons were available for the volunteers. She also enjoyed taking part in Salsa dance classes, and learning to cook Peruvian food.

Asked if she would like to return she would, but feels that it may be a one off experience as she would also like to volunteer in Mexico, and Costa Rica, but added that she would definitely recommend the experience, and Original Volunteers.

Should Emma wish to return to South America again to volunteer abroad we would be more than happy to arrange for her to do so, and we are delighted to hear that she was so full of praise for the work that we carry out.

Should you wish to follow in Emma’s footsteps by volunteering abroad in South America why not get in touch with us at [email protected]

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Hairdresser Goes to Peru & Kenya

HAIRDRESSER WHO SPENT NEW YEAR 2008 VOLUNTEERING IN PERU SPENDS NEW YEAR 2009 VOLUNTEERING IN MOMBASSA.

A Hairdresser from Chippenham who spent the new year in 2008 volunteering at an Orphanage in Peru enjoyed it so much that she decided to spend this new year volunteering in Mombassa.

Beverley Wilkins went to volunteer in Peru at an Orphanage on the 28th December 2008 having celebrated Christmas in the U.K. She enjoyed the experience so much that she decided to book with us again, but this time to work with the Street children in Mombassa, Kenya.

Beverley described the children from the Orphanage in Cuzco in Peru as ‘fantastic’, and ‘well behaved’, and found herself carrying out tasks such as ironing and sewing their clothes for them.

She took Alphabet charts with her to Peru to teach the children words and names of animals in English, and in return the children taught her the names in Peruvian. She thoroughly enjoyed working with the children, and as a thank you in return they made a ship in a bottle for her which she treasures.

She found the people of Peru to be ‘friendly and really nice’, and added that she felt very safe in the area in which she stayed. Beverley made several friends that she has stayed in touch with, and she has sent presents out to children since returning to the U.K.

Not only has she recommended volunteering with Original Volunteers to many other people, but her daughter is currently travelling the world, and stooping off in several countries to take part in Original Volunteers projects on her travels.

Beverley said that she originally chose to volunteer with Original Volunteers due to the fact that we are more affordable than many other companies, and because unlike another company who she had volunteered with before her money for the accommodation went straight back to the local people, and the Orphanage rather than into a companies funds.

Beverley added that volunteering has made her appreciate life and what she has a lot more, and that the experience has been very rewarding.

We wish Beverley well, and look forward to talking to her about her time in Mombassa.
If you would like to volunteer abroad over the Christmas or New year period why not contact us on 01603 859689 and we can arrange for you to do so.

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My Volunteer experience of Peru

Whilst I was a volunteer in Peru I found that everyone was really nice and Cuzco in particular was a very easy place to meet new people, not only in the orphanage, but in town aswell. The orphanage was a good place to stay , because you´re surrounded by like-minded people who have all come for the same reason. Some of them were experienced travellers, but for a lot it was their first time doing anything like this. Cusco was a very touristy city, and the bars were always busy on the weekends- it´s a fantastic nightlife, and great atmosphere, and the nights out are often the best times to get to know the other volunteers.

The orphanage is very busy most of the year round, and the two women who run the girls orphanage speak very little English but it was a great way to learn Spanish. The others volunteering in Peru were all very helpful passing on their insights and how to do things and I quickly got used the daily routine of when I was needed where. It was very much an atmosphere of any help was greatly appreciated, so I didn’t feel too bad taking some time out on some days to go into town because I could make it up later.
The accommodation was a lot nicer than I thought it would be and during my visit I got my own room. The kitchen facilities were fairly basic- usually one gas powered stove along with a unit to keep your knives, forks, plates etc. There is no oven, but most of the local food that you buy for yourself can be prepared with everything that the orphanage provides you.

I really enjoyed my time volunteering abroad and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Definitely lucky I had the chance to do it.

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Pippa Watts Peru

Why did you want to volunteer?

Gain experience working with children

Do you feel you made a difference, how? 
Yes because we were able to work with the children on a relaxed basis and it gave us more freedom to enjoy the time that we had with them.

What did you do for fun?
We made bracelets and danced with the girls, in the evenings the volunteers would go for dinner and a few drinks

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
The whole thing! Especially Machu Picchu.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
All of the other volunteers, everyone was so friendly

Where were the best places to hang out and socialise, why was this?
In Plaza de Armas there are lots of nice restaurants, bars, cafés, and a few clubs! It’s beautiful both in the day and at night.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers? Please explain why.
I would love to go back but there are so many other places I want to visit that I think I would go with another OV project because it is safe and well organised.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
Make sure that they know that the project in Peru doesn’t have a structure, it is very laid back and you do get a lot of free time. Ensure that you make time to get to know the kids because they wait for you to make the first move at first it can seem quite intimidating

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Laura Rogers Peru

What members of staff do you remember?

The guys working at the orphanage really made us all feel welcome

What were your impressions of the accommodation?
It was my first time volunteering where I lived with the kids in the Orphanage. I loved this experience as we were always round to help out and spend time with the children

Why did you want to volunteer?
I have volunteered previously with OV (Morocco and Mexico) and loved it so wanted to do it again and Peru is a country I have always wanted to visit.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
I really feel the children appreciated the time we spent with them, even if it was just sitting in class with them or watching a film

What did you do for fun?
We took the children out to play football and took them swimming which was great. I also did many tours and trips in and around Cusco

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
The highlight of Peru was definitely Machu Picchu. The highlight of the volunteering was a birthday party we had for one of the girls; so much fun.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
I made friends with all the other volunteers and the staff at the orphanage.

Where were the best places to hang out and socialise, why was this?
The Plaza is a great place to just sit and watch the world go by. The best places to eat are definitely Juanito’s and Jacks.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers? Please explain why.
I would definitely go back to Peru and would recommend OV. It was well organised and an awesome experience.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
Don’t expect luxury at the accommodation, be ready to get involved with the children, whether it be play or teaching and just enjoy the experience!

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
For the time of year I went (August/September) I would say to take lots of warm clothing as it was freezing at night!

How much money would you suggest you take per week?
This really depends what trips you plan to do and whether you will eat out etc. I did lots of trips and tours and ate out all the time and probably spent an average of £200 a week. (If I add up all I spent and divide by number of weeks I was there)

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
There were lots of volunteers in August so was a good time to go to meet lots of new people!

Anything else you wish to share?
Absolutely fantastic experience, wish I had stayed for longer! Peru is a beautiful country and the children at the Orphanage are brilliant.

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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

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