Volunteer Abroad Guatemala Xela Linda Romero Elderly Center Social Welfare program

Volunteer Abroad Guatemala Xela Linda Romero Elderly Center Social Welfare program


Speaker 1: This is Linda. She’s been volunteering
here with A Broader View in Xela, Guatemala. Can you shortly introduce yourself?
Linda Romero: Hi, my name is Linda Romero and I’m from Los Angeles, California.
Speaker 1: And at what project have you volunteered? Linda Romero: I’m volunteering here at the
home for elderly women in Xela. Speaker 1: What were your daily tasks at the
project? Linda Romero: I would get here in the morning
around 8, between 8 and 8:30, serve breakfast to the women, and afterwards I would pass
out their medicine. After they finished breakfast I would take them out to the sun because they’re
cold and then I’ll spend some time with them, talking, just listening, whatever they wanted.
After that I usually go back into the kitchen and I help the cooks there prepare lunch and
that usually takes a little while. Afterwards I come in back to the women and take them
into room in time for lunch. Speaker 1: What was the most memorable of
your volunteer experience? Linda Romero: I really like talking to the
women. They’re very funny. They’re lovely, they like giving me advice, and they tell
me material stuff doesn’t matter, it’s all about the people in your life. Also I like
the cooks, they’re very funny, they’re always asking questions about LA and what’s the difference
between Xela and over there. They’re funny too. I’m cooking, I learned lots of new foods
to make. Speaker 1: What was your accommodation like,
your host family? Linda Romero: My accommodation was very, very
nice. My host mom, Veronica, she was very lovely, very, very funny. She always wanted
to talk and we always had much to talk about. I had my own room and she was just very nice,
I really liked them. Speaker 1: What did you do in Xela in your
free time? Linda Romero: I did a lot in Xela. I went
zip-lining, horseback riding, I went to the hot springs. The hot springs was my absolute
favorite. I also got a massage. I went to Takalik Abaj, the Mayan ruins yesterday, that
was very special. Just walking around the central park was enough. The markets, there
was a lot to do, I actually missed a lot. But yes, it was lots of fun.
Speaker 1: Okay. Why did you choose A Broader View and how was their support?
Linda Romero: Their support was really good, all my questions were answered promptly, Petra
was excellent. Why did I chose it? I went online searching for volunteer companies and
stuff and it just stood out to me. I like that I had a host family so that was very
helpful. They did a lot for you as opposed to me going through all these hostels and
doing it myself, that would have been very difficult especially because I don’t know
the area. And the food, it came with meals, that was definitely a plus for me. Yes, it
just sounded really good online and it was good and [inaudible 03:48]
Speaker 1: Would you recommend this program to future volunteers and do you have maybe
any tips for them, what they should bring or do?
Linda Romero: Yes. Definitely. Because they help you out with your flight, and they book
the bus for you, that’s just helpful, it’s just very helpful because when you’re doing
it yourself it’s kind of hard especially if you don’t know the area. The coordinators
were excellent, everything was very good. Any tips for future volunteers? Just enjoy
your time. And I heard don’t eat the strawberries. Just enjoy. It’s really nice here.
Speaker 1: All right, well thanks a lot. I hope you enjoyed your time and have a good
trip back. Linda Romero: Thank you.
Speaker 1: This is Linda. She’s been volunteering here with A Broader View in Xela, Guatemala.
Can you shortly introduce yourself? Linda Romero: Hi, my name is Linda Romero
and I’m from Los Angeles, California. Speaker 1: And at what project have you volunteered?
Linda Romero: I’m volunteering here at the home for elderly women in Xela.
Speaker 1: What were your daily tasks at the project?
Linda Romero: I would get here in the morning around 8, between 8 and 8:30, serve breakfast
to the women, and afterwards I would pass out their medicine. After they finished breakfast
I would take them out to the sun because they’re cold and then I’ll spend some time with them,
talking, just listening, whatever they wanted. After that I usually go back into the kitchen
and I help the cooks there prepare lunch and that usually takes a little while. Afterwards
I come in back to the women and take them into room in time for lunch.
Speaker 1: What was the most memorable of your volunteer experience?
Linda Romero: I really like talking to the women. They’re very funny. They’re lovely,
they like giving me advice, and they tell me material stuff doesn’t matter, it’s all
about the people in your life. Also I like the cooks, they’re very funny, they’re always
asking questions about LA and what’s the difference between Xela and over there. They’re funny
too. I’m cooking, I learned lots of new foods to make.
Speaker 1: What was your accommodation like, your host family?
Linda Romero: My accommodation was very, very nice. My host mom, Veronica, she was very
lovely, very, very funny. She always wanted to talk and we always had much to talk about.
I had my own room and she was just very nice, I really liked them.
Speaker 1: What did you do in Xela in your free time?
Linda Romero: I did a lot in Xela. I went zip-lining, horseback riding, I went to the
hot springs. The hot springs was my absolute favorite. I also got a massage. I went to
Takalik Abaj, the Mayan ruins yesterday, that was very special. Just walking around the
central park was enough. The markets, there was a lot to do, I actually missed a lot.
But yes, it was lots of fun. Speaker 1: Okay. Why did you choose A Broader
View and how was their support? Linda Romero: Their support was really good,
all my questions were answered promptly, Petra was excellent. Why did I chose it? I went
online searching for volunteer companies and stuff and it just stood out to me. I like
that I had a host family so that was very helpful. They did a lot for you as opposed
to me going through all these hostels and doing it myself, that would have been very
difficult especially because I don’t know the area. And the food, it came with meals,
that was definitely a plus for me. Yes, it just sounded really good online and it was
good and [inaudible 03:48] Speaker 1: Would you recommend this program
to future volunteers and do you have maybe any tips for them, what they should bring
or do? Linda Romero: Yes. Definitely. Because they
help you out with your flight, and they book the bus for you, that’s just helpful, it’s
just very helpful because when you’re doing it yourself it’s kind of hard especially if
you don’t know the area. The coordinators were excellent, everything was very good.
Any tips for future volunteers? Just enjoy your time. And I heard don’t eat the strawberries.
Just enjoy. It’s really nice here. Speaker 1: All right, well thanks a lot. I
hope you enjoyed your time and have a good trip back.
Linda Romero: Thank you.

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