Date: 2012 and 2014
I volunteered at Makikita for 4 weeks in the summer of 2012 with 5 friends from the same college. We were evenly spread out throughout the various volunteering sites and I mainly worked at the Andrés Avelino Cáceres Center, the all-boy’s orphanage. My experience there was incredible as I connected with the children and both taught them and learned from them. I helped them with their homework and attended various outings and soccer tournaments and they are always full of energy and happy! Their "¡Hola Yushie!" (what they used to call me) still resonates in my ears and they’ve all taken a big place in my heart. I promised them to go back soon to visit them and I plan on holding on that promise.
During the month, the 6 of us volunteers lived in the volunteer residence in the middle of Huancayo where commodities are very close. We often went for a stroll in the evening to downtown Huancayo and we found ourselves loving the people and the culture arounds us. Juliana would often take us to outings during the weekends, such as Inca ruins, fairs, and even a glacier! She truly cared for the program and for us and she would dedicate so much of her time towards organizing the program making sure that we were comfortable and well. She is only truly amazing woman and I sincerely wish for all of you to meet her!My time here in Huancayo has been more amazing than I could’ve ever wished it to be. I lived, I felt, and I shared. The different atmosphere and the people I met made me find myself a little more and understand what kind of person I was. I now want to live more than ever before, to experience more, and to feel so many more things in life and in the world. Huancayo has been deeply transforming and I will forever be grateful to Juliana, Makikita’s children, and this city.
I’ve kept a blog during my trip so feel free to read it through if you want more a detailed feedback and don’t hesitate to contact me by e-mail if you have any questions/concerns.