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Volunteer Diaries


Julia Rivera's diary:

Less than 24 hours till I am off to Costa Rica for 10 weeks, doing healthcare as well as the turtle conservation. Trying to pack light was not as easy as I thought it was going to be, but it was done with a lot of folding and rolling. Really hoping there will be some great people there that I will be able to share this amazing experience with. Taking this gap year from college was well worth it, would have never gotten to travel abroad without it!!

The Chipmunks

Okay, I haven't written for a while. In short, volunteering has been a great experience so far. The school I've been teaching at is great, the teachers are so passionate and eager to see kids learn. We have a prize giving coming up for the kids who performed well in their exams, which has everyone, even the community, excited.

The beginning of the end

Ayla Duggan's diary:

Woke up at 3:30 in the morning to take the 5am train to Colombo with Chloé, Kez and Felipe. As I sat waiting for our taxi to arrive, I noticed we had a full moon hanging low, between the trees, behind a thin veil of clouds. The one street light I could see didn't light up much for my vantage point but did give the black, early morning some depth. I watched bats fly silently through the neighorhood, while the other volunteers scrambled to bring the last of their bags down and eat a quick breakfast. Our driver was Ivomi's dad.

El tiempo pasa volando aqui

Elke Wijnants's diary:

If there wasn't a new adventure waiting for me when I come home (university / kot) I probably would hide in a little village somewhere far from civilization, to stay here some (a lot!) time more.


Valerie Orellana's diary:

Just hit me that I leave in about 2 weeks! This entire process has been smooth sailing (although torture for my post-college grad wallet)! It's still more affordable than other volunteer companies, but still makes you freak out a little if you're like me and are financially independent and just fresh off the college boat.

Pe Ra He Ra festival

Ayla Duggan's diary:

It was the 2nd day of the Pe Ra He Ra festival on the 21st, and a few of us decided to brave the crowds to see the parade. As advised, we got into town around 5 pm to try to get a good spot, the parade wouldn't start until at least 8 pm. After several merchandise ts tried to sell us tarps for 100 rupees or seats in their store fronts for thousands of rupees, Emma got one of them to admit that we could get into the yard of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth for free, which was where the parade would start.

10 Days To Launch

Leela Siecienski's diary:

Wow this is real. I'm actually doing this. Like....soon. I'm getting extremely excited -- AND SCARED!!! It's funny, I think I'm more afraid of navigating foreign airports than actually being in Peru. I've traveled alone before, but I've never experienced a four hour layover in Colombia...Or a twelve hour layover in Lima! This is going to be such an unnerving adventure for me, but that's kind of the point. I need to be unnerved.

One of the many beautiful waterfalls in Morocco (2010)

What exactly am I doing for five months, you ask?

Bunmi Odubanjo's diary:

Well, in my five months away I will be spending 2-3 weeks doing voluntary (unpaid) work in each country visited. Starting with...

Kenya: Women's Education.
On the Women’s Education project, I will work closely with centers supporting females affected by HIV/AIDS by providing counselling, guidance, and sometimes childcare, whilst also empowering the women through income-generating projects, education and skills training.

The Start

Dean Hart's diary:

Paid registration fee this evening and am starting to plan for the 9th November. Excited!!!

Ostional, Costa Rica


Russell Livingston's diary:

I have only 3 weeks or so until I leave for Fiji! I was all signed up for the Turtle Project but as that was cancelled I switched to construction; hope I survive.

This will be my fifth trip. I always wanted to travel but as a school teacher with a dancing teacher wife, I never had the $$ or time, having to work summer jobs. Now, I am retired and have enough money and time to take off and have adventures and hopefully provide some small help here and there.