Traveling & Volunteering in Eastern Europe and South America

DONE BY: Anna Greene | Auburn High School '16 | Stanford U. '21

HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND: I just went for it; also used www.workaway.info for volunteering at hostel/farm 

LENGTH: 8 months overall

LOCATION: 

Most of Eastern Europe, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

FUN: ★★★★★

PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★★

KIND OF PERSONAL GROWTH MOST EXPERIENCED:

Discovering who I was without high school

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE: 

  • Wake up in the morning
  • Walk around wherever I was, go to museums
  • Do free walking tours
  • Make food in the hostel or host's home
  • Hang out/drink with new friends I've just made

DESCRIPTION OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE: 

  • Sight seeing
  • Hiking
  • Drinking

HOW MANY HOURS OF WORK DID YOU DO PER WEEK? ~30*

*for the periods that I volunteered between traveling

IN EXCHANGE OF WORK, PROVIDES: 

  • Free accommodation at the hostel in Macedonia
  • Free food AND accommodation at a farm in Romania

TOP TIPS: 

  • Go alone
  • Leave without a concrete plan
  • Let the world show you how amazing it is

MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY: 

The world is filled with the most amazing people, and love can be found everywhere.

Jiyoung Jeong