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:
1. Obtain my background check.
In order to start my program, I had to get a background check done. I went through SentryLink for my background check, and it only cost me $20.
This was great because a lot of other places were charging $50. All I have to do is print my background check out and bring it with me on my trip.
2. Obtain travel insurance.
I went through ISIC to get my travel insurance. ISIC stands for International Student ID Card which I HIGHLY encourage getting if you are currently a student. I'm not even sure if it's necessary to be a student because I had to show no proof of having a student ID.
This ISIC card was only $25 and is going to be paying for itself during my Machu Picchu trip. My travel insurance was only $190, and that covers about 2-3 months in a couple different countries. Travel insurance is a must if you are traveling outside of the country because you honestly don't know what could happen, and it's better to not take the risk.
3. Get certain vaccinations.
For Peru, it's recommended to get Hep A and Typhoid. Yellow Fever is also recommended if you are going to the Amazon Jungle area.
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4. Notify my bank a week before leaving.
This way I will be able to use my cards abroad.
5. Get an international phone plan.
I plan on doing this either through AT&T or getting an international card for 1 phone and having 1 sim card for an extra phone from Peru. I still need some help with this, so any advice please send my way.
6. Get Nuevo Sols currency here in the states before I depart.
I still have to do this, but I have quite a bit of time so I'm not in a rush for this.
7. Pay for my Machu Picchu trip ahead of time.
I already have my paperwork signed up and I am thinking about making my trip in July, on the last week of my trip in Peru. I volunteer on Monday's-Friday's and the trip I want to go on is about 5 days, so I would prefer not to miss days volunteering.
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8. Of course, bring my passport.
I did this a year ago. For Peru, you do not need a visa either. I simply tell them I am a tourist and I need absolutely nothing.
9. Proof of onward ticket.
I have heard from SO many people that this is unnecessary. I plan on having proof regardless or getting a simple refundable ticket out of the country to my next destination.
10. Plan for other countries.
I really want to visit Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Chile. Ideally, I would like to visit all of these countries but I'm not sure if that will happen.
Also, I have been named a finalist for IVHQ's volunteer and teach English abroad scholarship. This is HUGE because many people entered and only 12 are selected. I will be sending out voting details this week. I also thought about doing a giveaway as a thank you for voting for me. I really appreciate all of the support I've gotten from my trip and everything regarding my move around the country!
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What else do you think I should do before my departure? Any tips/advice in mind?
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