Every year, the owner of my former company used to randomly select two employees to go on an all-expenses paid volunteer trip in the undeveloped nation of their choice. Each year I threw my name in the hat and each year I wasn’t selected. So in 2006, I decided to do it on my own. My friend Alice in Seattle coordinated the trip and we met up in Peru with the rest of the volunteers from Globe Aware.
We volunteered at a dormitory in Cusco. The kids at the dorm live miles and miles from the city center, so they spend the school week in the dorms and then walk home on the weekends. In the daytime, the volunteers would do construction projects while the kids were at school, and at night, we played with the kids and attempted to give them mini English lessons.
This was really my first trip under these circumstances, so I had to go with the flow. And that meant eating local delicacies like Alpaca (aka llama) and this guy – a guinea pig. I felt this qualified me for Amazing Race status, but I have yet to be chosen for the show …
And of course, we went to Machu Picchu. I admit, I have been to just a small fraction of the world’s wonders, but I have to say, there are probably few places on earth that compare to this place. If ever you get a chance, I would HIGHLY recommend visiting this incredibly gorgeous and spiritual place. It really is a sight to see.