Volunteering in Costa Rica

Volunteering (Shadowing) in Brasilito, Costa Rica The program I’m a volunteer with in Costa Rica is based in Playa Potrero where I currently am living. The primary goal is to provide English lessons to the town’s residents. It is important for them to learn so they can eventually be bilingual and therefore, more marketable. Currently, […]

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Peru, Week 12: Adios, Pachamamas!


Week Twelve Cusco, Peru Tomorrow is my last day at Casa Mantay. It’s hard to believe. The girls are my amigas, and I am sad to say goodbye to them and  their kids. I’ve totally bonded with them. My Spanish has become bueno enough that we can tell jokes and laugh together – which is […]

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Pachamamas: Teen Mom Peru Part 2


Week Eleven Cusco, Peru I learned about Pachamama this week. The Incas worshipped her as a benevolent, giving fertility goddess who embodies the mountains, looks over planting and harvesting, and even causes earthquakes. Pachamama literally means “Mother Earth.” There isn’t an equivalent word in English to sum up what Pachamama really means. I guess the […]

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Volunteering in Peru: Week Four


Week Four Arequipa, Peru The orphanage is looking (and smelling) so much better. I’m so extremely happy! Over the past two weeks, I’ve spent about 4 hours a day on each room in the house – scrubbing down every wall, crib, floor and surface I can get my hands on. It has been a humbling, […]

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Volunteering in Peru: Week Two

cleaning supplies

Week Two Arequipa, Peru Two muy bueno things happened: Supplies: Some other volunteers & I were able to load up on cleaning supplies and other necessary items for the orphanage. In Arequipa, it is quite pricey to buy this stuff at the grocery store. You have to go to the market and barter. The market […]

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