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Sarah's Visit to Latin America

I have just returned from Latin America where I have been inspecting our Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia programs and accommodation. I caught up with many IVHQ volunteers on the way who were all enjoying their time and finding their experiences very rewarding.

Starting in Cuernavaca, Mexico I travelled each day down and around beautiful ravines overflowing with greenery and bright flowers that have taken off in the midnight thunderstorms of the rainy season. Mexico has recently adopted an environmentally friendly approach in the development of their cities and efforts are proving to sustain the beauty of the ravines in Cuernavaca. Our environmental program provides volunteers with the opportunity to be involved with cleaning rubbish from the bottoms of the ravines or you can learn new techniques and skills in hydroponics, planting vegetables at one of the local universities. Amelia Goodman is pleased she made the choice to go to Mexico with IVHQ on the childcare program, “I am having a great time here and I have also started doing language classes daily before my volunteer work. I really like it here, my coordinator and host mother has been very helpful and warm and welcoming and helped me with everything. I can't complain about anything.” Enjoy the rest of your stay Amelia. ☺

In Costa Rica I stayed with a local family who prepared delicious traditional meals and provided a fantastic cultural experience. We have a broad range of placements within each volunteer program in Costa Rica – be sure to let us know if you have any specific preferences. Long term volunteers have the opportunity to switch between placements, which can be arranged once you arrive. Volunteer, Chloe Panzo who is in Costa Rica for 6 months was able to commit substantial work to the Turtle, Environmental and Healthcare program during her stay. We have a placement in a slum area of San Jose where children have no education or exposure to life outside of their rough circumstances. Volunteers can work in the teaching, childcare or construction program in this area that is always in need of help.

Our volunteers in Colombia were doing an amazing job and had each found a connection with the people on their placements. Philip Kim showed great dedication to the Feed the homeless program and used his physical strength to gather crates of food from the markets in the morning and then help prepare and hand out meals to 150 men from the streets at lunch. Well done Philip! We have a new placement in the childcare program where volunteers spend time teaching blind children to swim, which is very rewarding. Our volunteer house has a really safe and friendly vibe and our staff are very caring and passionate about the work our volunteers are doing.

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