Community Service Projects in Peru with Awaiting Angels

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Awaiting Angels focuses on painting, decorating, repairing, and renovating infrastructures in the field. Groups of Volunteers will be improving the infrastructure of public schools, local health clinic, orphanages, child care centres, poor kindergartens, sports field, arts centre or community centers. The project also offers volunteers the opportunity to explore the local area and visit the famous citadel of Macchu Picchu.

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  • Impact 8.7
  • Support 7.7
  • Fun 8.7
  • Value 8.3
  • Safety 9.3
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Maia
9/10

Clinical Experience in Padre Cocha

I was placed in a small clinic in the town of Padre Cocha. As a medical student, I wanted a chance to see what real-world application my studies so far could provide, learn about health care delivery, and build up enough vocabulary to communicate with patients in Spanish. Never having been to South America, I can't say I had any concrete expectations or that I was prepared for my arrival in terms of clothing, language skills or clinical experience. Because I was going to go straight from Peru back to medical school in Israel at the end of the internship, I had packed an enormous suitcase full of everything I might need in Peru as well as what I would need for the upcoming academic year. I would suggest packing lighter! Iquitos is a boat ride away, and you can purchase most day-to-day items there.
At the clinic, the staff initially assumed that I had more experience and/or credentials than I did. While slightly unsettling at first, this gave me the opportunity to explain my limitations and learn from them. There, the greatest determinant of my experience was my ability and willingness to ask questions. Having completed only my first year of medical school, my knowledge was sparse and I had plenty of room to grow. While there are very few complicated cases coming into such a small and poorly equipped clinic, I learned an enormous amount in only three weeks. Clearly, this was not at all limited to medical knowledge. I became much better at understanding and communicating in Spanish and I learned a lot about health care delivery in a somewhat isolated area. I was able to see firsthand how social, political, and geographical circumstances affect people's ability to access and benefit from healthcare.
The experience was more than an internship, though. People inside and outside of the clinic were friendly, interesting, and open. The family that we stayed with was wonderful and included us in some of their social events, whether it was a party or just walking around town after dinner.

How can this program be improved?
More specific instructions pre-arrival would be useful. For instance, clearly stating that participants are responsible for arranging accomodations except during the exact dates of the internship, what kind of supplies are needed at the clinic, etc. These things didn't directly impact the quality of the experience after arriving, but they could have made arrival and settling in go more smoothly.
My case was a bit more confused than others, because I applied along with someone else who did not pass along some of the pre-arrival information. In the future, it would be safer to assume that if a participant does not receive information directly from Awaiting Angels, s/he has not received it at all.
Yes, I recommend
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Catherine
10/10

Winter in Cuzco

I had the opportunity to volunteer over the christmas break in 2010 and my experience with Awaiting Angels was amazing!! I volunteered as an english tutor with less fortunate children in one of the markets. I was very touched by the experience and I loved it so much that I will volunteer again this year.

Jenny and her family made me feel like at home, for a very comfortable price. The neighborhood is safe, the food is delicious and the amenities will make you feel at home.

Cuzco is an amazing place, beautiful ruins and history behind the area. The people is very warm and welcoming, the weather is cold and the altitude might be hard on some folks, but in general is a beautiful place. There everything to do, jut make sure you take a rain coat and hiking boots (just in case).

PS. spending Christmas and New Year's there was a lot of fun.

Yes, I recommend
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sveliz1
8/10

Amazing opportunity with Awaiting Angels

I volunteered for a month and a half in a medical clinic in Cusco. It was one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences I have ever done. I was given lots of responsibility and trusted among the staff to pull my weight. Definitely highly encouraged to speak close to fluent Spanish, because it makes it much easier to lend a helping hand and work independently. I loved my host family and plan on staying in touch with them and hopefully visiting them again!

Yes, I recommend

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Awaiting Angels Volunteering Program offers high quality and low cost cross-cultural experiences in eleven Peruvian locations. Our well organized volunteer opportunities cover a range of important areas such us child and adult education, women...