Advice from Past Volunteers

Get ready for your upcoming adventure with these gems of advice from past volunteers.

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‘’Enjoy every moment and give it your all.’’
 
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“Be kind. No matter what. It’s your job here to love. Love the kids, love the tías, love your assistant, love the other volunteers, even when (especially when) it’s hard.”
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“Don’t worry about being homesick. At the beginning, you count down the days, but by the end you can’t imagine being anywhere else.”
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“Learn Spanish. Be kind to one another. Volunteer disputes really distract from the reason that you are there. Give the children your love and attention and never make them feel less than. Don’t feel like you need to fix everything, and really be respectful of the full-time workers.”
“It’s hard at first, but don’t give up. This will become the greatest experience of your life.”
“Be ready to work hard. Be willing to smile always
even on the hard, homesick days.”
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‘’Hard at times. Days when I was exhausted or homesick or just crying my eyes out ... but also days of pure joy and love... I am so thankful!!!!”
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“..Lose [yourself] in the work. Absolutely let the kids, service, country, and culture just envelop you, and your experience will be so much greater than you could imagine. Come with your heart open and ready to love EVERYONE. Not just the cutest of most charming kids, but ALL OF THEM.”
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“Try to use electronic devices as little as possible (when off-shift, of course) because they can be a distraction.’’
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“[I want others to know] that it is the hardest work of your life but so rewarding and worth it. Not to expect a vacation and to expect long work days.”