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Incredible Volunteering in Cusco: Costs from USD320!
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Incredible Volunteering in Cusco: Costs from USD320!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

Teaching English - Cusco, Peru - Tej Dhillon

Overall, if I can do this program again I would! The attitude you have is very important when teaching english is important. Especially if the kids are only 7 years old and up! Bear in mind when teaching (If you can not teach and explain the topic to someone like they are five years old then you are making it too hard!) this was a rule of thumb I tried to use when teaching and helping each student. Ensuring they understand, numbers, words, climate, landscapes, and Animals each with a simple lesson. With pictures, worksheets, games, tandem conversation, one on one practice and repetition.

Key tip if you are doing this program for over two weeks take the time to learn Spanish it greatly improves the learning for the kids and your growth and experience while teaching english. I took Spanish classes for a total of 3.5 weeks and the kids will help you learn Spanish! Funny enough it is like an exchange or tandem conversation sometimes my Spanish greatly improved with the combination of lessons, and kids helping me. Correcting me and laughing at my broken Spanish! Practicing with kids is one of the best ways to improve your Spanish. You have nothing to lose they are young and only care to laugh, learn, and help you! Just like how you might find it funny when they are speaking english and say some words with a different accent. You are a team help each other get better at English and Spanish. I was very glad to have practiced Spanish and if there is one additional recommendation I would try to have done more tandem conversations or one on one Spanish lessons in addition to my group lessons as I have come to the final week my Spanish has really gotten stronger as a result of working with the kids and teaching English.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review June 14, 2018 at 2:08 AM

    Hi Tejbir, Thanks for all of the great tips and ideas - I'm sure future volunteers will find these helpful! It's great to hear that you found the local team's language lessons helpful and enjoyed practicing your Spanish with the children! Thanks for being an IVHQer! ^Charlotte - IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Animal protection in Cusco

This program has taught me what it’s like to not only help the community in any way possible and the citizens of Peru but to really indulge into the Peruvian culture. The staff made sure everyday that I was doing okay and I was comfortable in my home stay and not only that they were there for every little problem and made sure I got the best medical attention needed when I fell ill. IVHQ made sure I was comfortable were I was placed and even changed my program when I wasn’t comfortable. They were such an incredible staff that made this experience so much easier and more fun. The program was so incredibly beneficial to the community it was amazing how much hard work and determination went into the animal protection shelter it melt my heart. Not only did the program supply us with tools necessary but they took the time to come in and put that hard work into use. It was such a life changing experience and I wish I could go back and do it a million times more.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review April 03, 2018 at 2:17 PM

    Hi Anna, Thanks for sharing this awesome review. We love to hear when a volunteer has a life-changing experience. It's great to hear you felt your efforts left a positive mark on the local community. We'd love to have you join us again in the near further. ^Andrea - IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Medical Care with IVHQ Cusco

Overall, Volunteering with IVHQ was an amazing oppurtunity! I was able meet amazing other volunteers while working in a medical clinical in Cusco. As I am a nursing student it was an amazing oppurtunity to be able to see the medical system in Cusco. I was also able to tour Cusco and see amazing things such as Macchu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain! The accomedations and food was amazing and if give the opportunity I would go back in a heart beat!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review January 23, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Hi Nicole, Thanks for sharing this awesome review! We are glad to hear your experience was amazing all around. We have loved having you volunteer with us and we would happily welcome you again in the future! ^Andrea - IVHQ Peru Cusco Program Manager

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Cusco Jungle Conservation + Machu Picchu

IVHQ and local organization Maximo Nivel were awesome to work with. Both were very organized and made sure to tailor the program to best fit our group's needs. Our time in Cusco was utilized to the max. Never a dull moment and all very purposeful. Our group of five volunteered with InkaTerra for the jungle conservation for a week, where we helped out at the organic Gamitana Farm. We also had a chance to partake in other memorable experiences including a night walk, canopy walk, and swimming/canoeing in the Amazon. Everyone we worked with, from the staff to locals to other volunteers, were all great people! I would definitely recommend these two organizations for their excellent service.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review July 08, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Hi Sylvia, Thanks for the recommendation. It’s great to hear that you felt that both IVHQ and our local team in Peru - Cusco provided service that met your expectations. We hope to see you on another of our programs again in the future. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

Medical Program

I absolutely loved IVHQ and Maximo Nivel's program in Cusco, Peru. It was the most amazing experience of my life. My host family and the staff were awesome and I couldn't have asked for anything better. This experience was life changing and I never wanted to leave. I would recommend this program to everyone looking to lend a helping hand and explore the world.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review July 06, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Hi Ashley, Thanks for the recommendation. It’s great to hear that you had such a positive experience and you felt looked after by our local team and your host family. We hope to see you back on another IVHQ program soon.