‘if you can do even a little bit of good and try and help those that are less fortunate it’s time very well spent’
Landing in Lima I honestly had no idea what to expect of what my time in Villa Maria was going to be like. The initial shock of the conditions that these children live in was difficult to come to terms with, but what this project allows you to do is bring joy and happiness to children who have very little. You would never think that simply devoting your time and energy could have such an impact.
Volunteering organisations can often do more than harm than good, but this was definitely not the case with Quest Overseas. You can tell how appreciative the communities and families are for having this project working there and the positives it brings to the children. I developed connections and friendships with people that I would never get the chance to do so without this experience.
The people that work on this project are some of the most dedicated, hard working, lovely and fun people I’ve ever met. I was initially worried about a language barrier but spending time there made me realise that language isn’t everything and you can develop incredible bonds in other ways. Plus everyone makes the same jokes around the world! Although it is hard to say goodbye to the people you meet and the incredibly unique experience you get to have with quest I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. It’s a very special sight when the the siren sounds from the microphone and all the kids run to see you with a big grin on their face.
Gap years aren’t just about the generic “finding yourself” if you can do even a little bit of good and try and help those that are less fortunate it’s time very well spent.
– Eloise Massey, Villa Maria Volunteer 2018
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