Want to know what it might be like to volunteer abroad?
Omprakash volunteers have been posting stories, photos and even videos from their time abroad since 2007. We now have an extensive collection of personal stories from volunteers who've worked with our partners abroad. You can browse through the most recent stories below or use the category selection tool to narrow your search. Alternatively click on the Stories tab for each organization we work with to see specific accounts from a particular organization. Be careful - you might lose a couple hours of your day in here! Happy reading.
SKIP and Meprint story
September 05, 2012
Supporting Kids in Peru (SKIP) is an education and community development NGO based in Trujillo, Peru. SKIP has been working in the impoverished outskirts of Trujillo since 2003 and uses a holistic approach to development, fostering “the capacity of children and families to be the principle agents of change in their own lives.” I worked at SKIP from May 2010 to March 2011 and since leaving I have kept in constant contact, helping out where I can and following its development. It has been fantastic to see the organization go from strength to strength; growing in scope and developing its variety of programmes. Now, over a year later, I am planning on returning to Peru to be involved in some stimulating projects and help contribute to SKIP’s continuing success.
There are three main reasons that I am keen to go back and work for SKIP: firstly, I believe strongly in the ethos and mission of the organization; secondly, SKIP is an incredibly stimulating and vibrant environment within to which to work; and finally there are the kids and the community in general. I could post at length on all these, and I will in due time. However, for all these reasons, amongst many others, I learnt a great deal whilst at SKIP. I am very passionate about the cause and keen to keep building my own skills alongside this remarkable organization. I will post more soon regarding my future plans for projects at SKIP, however, for now, here is a link to a post on my previous time at SKIP that I wrote soon after returning last year:
…and a speech that I gave at a national European volunteer conference about SKIP and my experience: