What was the most surprising thing… I was able to customize my classes so I could get the most of them. Using Spanish outside the “classroom” with a mix of outside lessons.
What was the most difficult thing you experienced… Really all I can think of is how difficult it will be to say goodbye to the kids and my host mom, Vilma.
My best received lesson… While I may not be in control of those around me, I am in control of how I shape my own experiences.
Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)
It will be incredibly cold in the winter, in the nights. Bring long johns for sleeping. Eco tourismo is a fantastic sightseeing option.
Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):
This trip was of a highly personal nature to me. The support, concern, and care given to me my by my host family will remain with me as long as I can imagine.
The hosts were unbelievably welcoming and supportive. Vilma’s suggestions and Juan Carlos handy fix-it presence and Romi’s compassionate conversations were priceless.
The home was filled with warmth despite the freezing weather!
Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? of course!
from Volunteers Abroad Reviews and Feedbacks http://feedback.abroaderview.org/2012/10/11/gennie-volunteer-abroad-in-la-serena-chile/