This week Constantin would like to share his experiences of staying in one of our homestays in Arequipa, Peru.
Constantin is a student from the University of Cologne, Germany. He already knew the organisation Intiwawa when he decided to book a trip via Socialbnb, because he has already voluntarily worked for them 3 years ago.
If you book a trip to Intiwawa, you are already helping them to finance their project of empowering children just because you sleep there. You really do not have to do any more voluntary work for them. But of course there is the option to do so, if you want to, just like Constantin:
“Intiwawa is open for everyone who is motivated to make his contribution to the daily work. The NGO’s main focus is placed on children who grow up in bad living conditions in the outskirts of Arequipa. There is a house, la casa de Intiwawa, where all the children from the surrounding villages are welcome to spend a good and carefree time together. As a volunteer you are asked to help the children by doing their homework, taking them to a dentist, cooking a healthy lunch or just playing with them. Apart from that they are open to suggestions of own projects based on the individual knowledge or interest, like theater classes or lessons for sexual education. It was really interesting to see how the NGO does their daily work and it felt good to be a support for them.
Furthermore, the location is simply great. I really fell in love with Arequipa. The city is beautiful and perfect if you like to party. It was really easy to become friends with welcoming Peruvians and other volunteers from different countries of the world. Everything was easy to reach by foot. I heard Initwawa now rents out a house very close to the Plaza de Armas where all the volunteers stay together. Therefore this accodomation with the name “Intihouse” is also the home for all the travelers from Socialbnb. With this many people from all over the world it’s definitely never getting boring.
I’m really glad that Intiwawa offers their “Intihouse” for such an important organisation like Socialbnb. If you decide to visit Arequipa and Intiwawa, I’m sure that you won’t regret it and have a wonderful time.”
Are you curious to learn more? You can read all about Intiwawa on our website. Or even better: book a trip via Socialbnb to experience this great atmosphere all by yourself! Feel free to tell us about your trip!
Written by: Sophie Fritzen
Edited by: Robert Beahr