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Sabado, 18 de Enero del 2020


Kelsey Walsh

Nationality: United States 
Age: 28
Date: Fall 2015
Volunteering through Makikita Quykuway was truly one of the most rewarding international experiences of my life. Before deciding on Makikita I had spent a lot of time online researching volunteer opportunities throughout Peru that I thought might be a good fit for me. When I stumbled upon Makikita I knew I had found it. 
I went to Huancayo in the Fall of 2015 and volunteered for the Street Children Program (or Yachay) five days a week, six hours a day for two months. I can’t even begin to explain how amazing these kids are. They welcome you every day with hugs and kisses and laughter. They are truly so welcoming and so sweet, and they can’t wait to get to know you. The staff of Yachay provide the guidance and support you need to feel confident and prepared as a volunteer. Everyday I would help the children with their homework and play games. Occasionally I would assist the staff in leading informational lessons or basic English lessons. I would also assist with chaperoning field trips, to the park or the circus. 
As far as getting to know Peru and having the chance to understand and explore the culture, Huancayo is a great location. The volunteer apartment is cute, comfortable and in a great location for walking to the center of town or catching a bus. Plus, Juliana is an awesome host. She goes above and beyond to make sure all of her volunteers are comfortable, happy and entertained. You will meet her family, her friends, explore restaurants and markets together, and she is always willing to help plan a weekend excursion. 
On a deeper level, Makikita is a valuable and important organization, one that I am so proud to say that I have been a part of. So often these days volunteer organizations are designed in the US or far-away countries and then implemented in developing parts of the world with very little understanding of their true impact on the community. Makikita is different. This program is developed and run by local community members who are striving to help and assist in their own city. You directly see and understand where your help goes. You feel the impact. This program actually helped inspire me to pursue a Master’s degree in International Education. I continue to learn lessons from Yachay to this day as I continue to reflect on and grow from my experience in Huancayo. 

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Kira Guntli

Kiras Review Huancayo An unforgettable experience!  One and a half months I was volunteering at Makikita (nov/dec 2017). Juliana is an adorable person and cares a lot about your wellbeing. ...
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Hana Wong

  Nacionality: New Zealand Age: 26 Date: July - August, 2016.   I didn’t know what to expect when beginning my volunteer experience in Huancayo with Makikita Quykuway, ho...
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Melissa Woods

Nacionality: Australian Age:28 Date: April - May, 2016.   My time at Makikita was wonderful! I really felt like I made a difference to the children of Huancayo, and they were ...
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Kelsey Walsh

  Nationality: United States  Age: 28 Date: Fall 2015   Volunteering through Makikita Quykuway was truly one of the most rewarding international experiences of my lif...
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Alice Hand

Alice Hand Nacionality: English Age:28 Date: 2014 and 2015 I only have positive things to say about my experiences with the Makikita organisation. The main thing I love about Makikita is that ...
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Catherine Richardson

Nacionality: English Age:25 Date: 2010, 2013 and 2015. In summer 2015 I returned to Makikita for the third time, which I think speaks volumes about how wonderful the organisation is...
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Collete Cradock

Collete Cradock Nacionality: English Age:25 Date: 2012 and 2015 I have volunteered in various countries around the world but would say that my experience with Makikita was definitely the mos...
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Helena Stole

Helena Stole Nacionality: Norway Age:19 Date: 2013 and 2014 Testimonial of Makikita Quakuway I worked as a volunteer student at the Makikita Community Centre and at the Street kids program f...
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Sarah Argyle

Sarah Argyle Nacionality: English Age:25 Date: 2013 Makikita Quykuway is a fantastic charity. Working with the children in the Makikita programme was a fun and thoroughly rewarding experience....
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Yu Xin

Yu Xin Nacionality: Canada Age:20 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 t...
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Eli Ccanto

I’ve been to Peru several times to visit my birth family. On my last trip in 2015, I thought it would be interesting to volunteer up in the Andes Mountains and to learn more of the Andean cultu...
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Niall Malone

  Nacionality: Irish   Age: 24   Date: April, 2007   I would whole-heartedly  recommend Makikita Quykuway to anyone interested in pursuing a valuable, hands-on volu...
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Sigrid Solhaug

Nacionality: Irish   Age: 23   Date: April, 2007   My stay in Huancayo spring -07 was a stay I will never forget. I lived for about 6 weeks with a local family (mother Nelly,...
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Suzan Lagan

    Nacionality: Irish   Age: 25   Date: October, 2007   I volunteered for a month in September 2007 and it was a great experience. I have since worked in other volu...
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Georgina Ridgley

    Nacionality:  English   Age: 21   Date: November, 2007   What an amazing and fullfilling experience, aided by the wonderfull minds behind and fuelling this br...
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Helen Whitehead

  Nacionality: English   Age: 50   Date: February   Volunteering with Makikita Quykuway is not just for young people. Older people have much to contribute. At age 59, I star...
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Kim Rezel

      Nacionality: English   Age: 21   Date: November, 2007   I volunteered with Makikita last year over Christmas. I had a wonderful experience volunteering w...
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Jess Kirwan

    Nacionality: Australian   Age: 20   Date: January, 2008   I volunteered for Makikita Quykuway for 2 months in 2008 and during that time learnt so much about so m...
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Claire Fritzsch

  Nacionality: German   Age: 22   Date: March, 2008   I had a wonderful experience volunteering for Makikita Quykuway. I was able to work in a medical center located in a ve...

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How to get to Huancayo?

  Travelling to Huancayo from Lima (you will first have to fly into Lima) By Bus   Buses from Lima run several times a day through several different companies. The safest and most ...
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Weekend Excursions!

On weekends. volunteers have time to relax and visiting  tourist destinations. Huancayo has beautiful mountains, landscapes, lakes, ruins, and glaciers. Older surrounding villages are usually v...
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Spanish lessons

    Spanish lessons Most of our volunteers come to Peru with a very low level of Spanish. This creates a communication barrier with children in different projects where volunteers have ...