Emma Taylor – Review

Why did you want to volunteer?
I wanted to make friends and travel at the same time. A lot of my friends had already done projects or similar things before and recommended volunteering.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Yes every day, the kids have nothing and get abuse all the time at home, it’s really tough for them. I think they loved our visits and I really felt for them as some were so dirty. I bought some wetwipes and took them each day and they loved getting some attention when I wiped their hands and faces. That was quite moving.

What did you do for fun?
We went to bars near the volunteer flat. There’s a really good night life in the Buenos Ares and a lot to do at night. Because you work in the afternoon it’s easy to sleep and be ready again. We also did the famous Buenos Ares pub crawl which was a lot of fun.

What was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
At the time I was there they did a trip to the north to see an Indian village and make donations. That was really interesting and totally different to the city.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
With other volunteers from all over the world, mostly America and also with other young people we met in the evenings.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
Not sure Argentina again, but definitely Peru and see more of Brazil.

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
Clothes for the evening but take a coat too if you’re going between seasons. I got caught out but got away with it in May.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
Check the weather before you go as I was there in May and it was their Autumn so you need a winter coat, but it was warmer at the indian village because you’re further north.