Samuel Harris – Review

Why did you want to volunteer?
I wanted to visit Europe and do some volunteering at the same time. Some of my friends had been to Romania and Bulgaria and recommended the area.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Yes the children loved our visits and I nearly cried every time we arrived at the shanty town when everyone came out to meet us and walk with us up the hill. It was really special.

What did you do for fun?
Went into Varna centre to the main street to the bars and cafes. Our group’s favourite was Happy grill, massive menu!

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
Swimming in the evening, the sea was so warm.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
Yes I want to go back to Bulgaria and meet everyone again, it was the best time of my life so far!!!! Everyone has to do it!

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
Take outdoor games for the children as there is often not enough to go round.

How much money would you suggest you take per week?
£50 – £70 is enough. The kayak was £25.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
It’s a good one to start with if you are unsure or nervous. The staff are so friendly and will help you with anything you need.