My Favorite Memory: That’s difficult – too many good! I was surprised that….The food was so delicious!
My Favorite Memory: On the first weekend I was there, we had dinner with my family, their friends, the other volunteer and myself.
My Favorite Memory: On the first weekend I was there, we had dinner with my family, their friends, the other volunteer and myself. We talked for hours about our countries and lives. It was so interesting to listen to their stories and be in good company.
I was surprised that... the staff and students at the school were so welcoming and every teacher invited me into their classrooms to help and teach. Also, the students were very eager to learn English words and phrases, and I was more than willing to help them learn!
The most difficult thing I experienced was...the language! Chilean Spanish is very different and took some time getting used to. However, my host family and the students at the school are very patient and I was always able to communicate with them.
My best received lesson... do not be afraid to ask! The Chilean people are very nice and willing to share their culture and experiences with you.
Tips for future volunteers... The students at the school loved to see pictures and items from my country, so try to bring things from home to show. Also, go on some of the trips that are offered on the weekends. They are fairly cheap and the tour guides speak English, which is helpful.
How would you describe your accommodation…AMAZING! My host family treated me like one of their own children and were very caring. I had my own bedroom and another volunteer was also staying at the house with me. The food was very good and I was always full. My host family provided suggestions of things that I could do and see on week nights and weekends and helped me with finding my way around town. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer host family!
Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Absolutely!
from Volunteers Abroad Reviews and Feedbacks http://feedback.abroaderview.org/2012/04/06/jessica-volunteer-abroad-in-la-serena-chile/