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Are you excited for the holiday season? I am! I haven’t started any holiday shopping yet, but I already have laid out what I am getting for people. I’m shopping on a pretty tight budget this year, so I’ve decided to go with heartfelt and creative gifts.
Buying a gift for someone doesn’t need to be expensive or stress inducing. The holiday season should be exciting and full of joy!
Here are some articles that can help you this holiday season:
Below, I have included 10 gifts that are under $20. These are gifts that are necessary or convenient for traveling, as well as gifts that are just for fun!
Anyone who reads this most likely has a friend or two who are regularly sharing updates on their local animal shelter.
Maybe they’re sharing a photo of a pet who has been at the shelter for over 365 days or a lost pet who the shelter is caring for.
Whatever the case may be, animal shelters do a whole lot of good for animals, you, and the world as a whole.
Thousands, if not millions of animals get misplaced, tied up to trees, or left in crates in the pouring rain. The animals only hope is that someone will find him or her and then what’s next?
Most likely, the animal will be dropped off at an animal shelter, where the people there will have to do A LOT of work for 1 animal. (This is if they are found, sadly, many animals are left to die due to the person no longer wanting to care for the animal).
The animal shelter has to work with the animals possible behavior issues, fear, get the dog updated on vaccinations, get them spayed or neutered, and possibly much more depending on the health of the animals.
OneGreenPlanet states that 2.7 million adoptable animals die every year in shelters.
My time here in Cusco is nearing its end date and my experience with the IVHQ program has had its ups and downs.
For the most part, everything went smoothly and I obviously knew everything wouldn’t go as planned.
The company that helped me throughout my stay was called Maximo Nivel. They help volunteers from all over the world get placed into programs in the city, and they also teach English to Peruvians, as well as Spanish to English speakers…. Read more
My time in Cuzco, Peru has been absolutely wonderful. I definitely recommend everyone and anyone taking a few solo trips abroad. You will not only learn so much about a different country, but you will also learn so much about yourself.
Traveling solo has opened a whole new world for me and I’ve gained a boatload of confidence and independence that I would never have had before if I wouldn’t have traveled solo.
Below are some of my favorite and not so favorite things about where I live in Peru…. Read more
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I made my way to South America (Peru more specifically) on Thursday, May 14th. I had a 3-hour layover in Dallas, TX, as well as a 5-hour layover in Lima, Peru.
A week before my departure date, the nerves starting to set in. I began to ask myself what I was getting myself into, and how I was potentially putting myself in a dangerous situation by moving to a country that has some dangerous areas or is close to potentially dangerous areas.
There were days when my anxiety would shoot through the roof. I kept asking myself if I was prepared enough and if I would be physically and emotionally ready for this trip abroad. It would be my first trip abroad and I would also be going solo.
After only 2 days in Peru, I feel like a totally different person. Landing in Peru hit me like a ton of bricks. Very few people could understand English, and it was time to put my Spanish speaking skills to use. I know enough to get me by, and I also can understand a decent amount of what people are saying. Forming sentences is quite difficult for me, and thinking of what to say immediately back to someone is quite nerve wracking as well.
Getting around Peru is RIDICULOUSLY cheap. I had no idea just how cheap everything was in the city of Cusco. I spent 13 soles on a 5-course meal, which might’ve been the best meal of my life. If you are ever in Cusco, DEFINITELY check out Green Point. It is a vegetarian restaurant but doesn’t be fooled, if you are a meat eater you will STILL love this place. They have a set menu for the 5-course meal or you can order from the menu that has many different options. You can even see the cooks make the food. Oh yeah, unlimited salad with the set menu!
1 US dollar = approximately 3 Soles.
So that means my 5-course meal is approximate $4. The tip is already included as well.
Getting around Cusco is quite easy as well, as taxis are readily available. I get around Cusco for about US$1 each way. Amazing.
If you plan on visiting Cusco, make sure to use a local company. I will attach the link of the company that EVERYONE I know goes through. Once you land in Cusco, check out his spot in Plaza de Armas where you will find even MORE tours he has. His site only has a few, but he actually has a ton more to choose from. His name is German Flores so you can also add him on Facebook! He is very friendly and has perfect ratings online. Also, the prices are about as cheap as you’ll get here in Peru.
My volunteer trip ends July 11th, and I am planning to make the most out of every single day, especially weekends. I am starting to plan my weekend excursions and I already have my Machu date set. I will be taking a 4 day trip to Machu Picchu and I am so pumped for it already! I have been trying to figure out what I exactly want to do after my volunteer program ends. I was thinking about adding 2 weeks of jungle conservation in the Amazon, or backpacking to Santiago, Chile.
If you have any recommendations of other places to visit in South America, please let me know.
I have only been here 2 days and am already blown away. I walk outside and it hits me, I’m in Peru. I’m living in the beautiful city of Cusco filled with some of the most amazing histories in the world.
Have you ever been to Cusco, Peru? Or any other places surrounding Peru?
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EXCITING NEWS! Voting has gone live for the finalists for the IVHQ Teach English Abroad.
From IVHQ’s website:
Voting is now open to select a winner for the IVHQ Teach & Volunteer Abroad Scholarship, which includes a sponsored IVHQ volunteer program plus our internationally-recognized 100-hour online TEFL course for the winner to take before departing for the program.
Our scholarship recipient will be equipped with a TEFL certification from CCELT Online before departing to volunteer and teach English abroad with IVHQ. Outside of the classroom, our scholarship recipient will be blogging (or vlogging) for IVHQ, sharing the volunteering experience and and how the skills developed from the TEFL course can be applied to teach English abroad effectively.
I don’t get paid for ANY of this, I simply want to do what I can to help the kiddos out in a country that needs it. This is a life changing experience and if you vote for me, I get closer to reaching my goal!
Voting takes less than 5 seconds. All you have to do is enter your email and confirm it in your email, and DONE!
Yup, you read that right. If you are a new reader and haven’t read my past posts regarding my trip, I am taking a 2-3 month volunteer trip in Peru. I am remaining pretty flexible with my trip and I have a few ideas in mind regarding visiting other countries.
I honestly can’t believe I am leaving in 1 month. I have an online friend that is doing the same program and she has said nothing but AMAZING things about Cusco/Peru. To say I’m excited is by far an understatement. This trip is going to change my entire life and I can’t wait.
What I’ve done to prepare for departure:
I was inspired to write this post because of how many negative topics are floating around in the news lately. There’s been a buildup of some kind of fire in me to make the world a better place.
There’s also times when I think I can make a huge drastic change, but then I realize I’m only one person. I know I have the ability to help out the world in many ways, but I need to realize that the world is and will never be perfect…. Read more