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Organization Review

Overall Experience: 
5
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I recently completed a 3 month commitment with Blue Lagoon Volunteering. I first stayed at the Eco/Farm Recreation Park in a more rustic environment working with the animals and learning about medicinal plants and exotic fruits I never knew existed. I also worked on a citrus tree orchard where we transplanted baby trees to then ship as donations to needy families in other parts of Peru. Later I moved in with Profesor Patricio the director and his wife Blanca. I stayed in a newly remodeled room with new cement floor. The food was good with a large variety and a big meal in the middle of the day. But what I liked most about the program was teaching English and sports to the kids. Blue Lagoon Volunteering does not just teach English to the students and jungle living to the volunteers it teaches the children teamwork and accountability. The volunteers come from various parts of the world with various professions and the children gain the confidence from being with these different volunteers that they can go anywhere and do anything in this world. The is something like English that without Blue Lagoon Volunteering and the volunteers would be unavailable to the children of this beautiful rural environment. One more thing that must share is that the program also gives volunteers 3 days a week off and every afternoon so I had time to take trips and explore other parts of the Amazon on weekends. On weekdays and most weekends I spend my time hiking around the hills above the lagoon visiting waterfalls and fishing rivers and of course boating on the Lagoon. Besides the weekly volunteer fee I as very surprised at how little extra money I needed most of the recreation was free and the program is virtually all inclusive. I hope spend my next summer break from graduate school working with Blue Lagoon Volunteering once more ! .