One day I was sitting on the couch at my Mom’s house and she said to me what about doing Global Volunteers Peru Program? I said I think that is a great idea! So the end of January and beginning of February 2012 my mom and I embarked on our journey to Lima Peru to serve at the Puericultorio Perez Aranibar (PPA) children’s home. What a life changing moment for me!
The very first day at PPA I met little Anderson who stole and owned my heart. I met so many great and wonderful kids, I learned that my capacity to love was far greater than I ever thought possible. Because of the relationships that I formed that very first time, I have had the opportunity, honor, and privilege to have served 4 more times meeting even more wonderful kids, especially Ricardo, who is like the son I never had and always wanted!
What does Global Volunteers mean to me? Global Volunteers has given me the opportunity to meet and form relationships with people in Lima Peru that I never would have otherwise. Being a Global Volunteer has taught me that it does not matter what and where you serve within the project but the size of the heart that you are bringing to the project and serving with. In the words of Global Volunteers Peru Country Manager and Team Leader, Edith Rodriguez Preciado, “if you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
Amanda Sweigart – Six Time Volunteer