Field report


Living in a hostel was really something new for me at first, but after a short time I loved it more than anything. We volunteers from all over the world got on really well with each other and went out together almost every evening.

Our participant Emilia with llamas in Peru

Our former participant Emilia spent two months traveling in Peru. She spent her first month with volunteers from all over the world in our partner hostel in Cusco. She had a great and exciting time there and made many new friends. She used the second month to travel alone through the breathtaking country and learned a lot about herself in the process. With this report, she wants to give all future participants courage and self-confidence, because it is a unique experience to embark on an adventure alone!


The first days

I still remember very well when I arrived in tropical Lima from cold Germany in the middle of the night. Fortunately, I immediately met the other participant there.

We spent the next two days with our contact Carlos, who showed us around Lima and introduced us to Peruvian culture with ceviche and pisco sours. Then we went on to Cusco. As soon as I landed in the city, I knew that I would feel at home here. As I drove from the airport through the Andean city to the hostel, I was incredibly happy to have arrived here. And I could hardly wait to live here for a month.

A day in the Hostel Experience project

I was immediately made to feel very welcome in my hostel. In addition to two other participants from WanderWorld Travel, there were many volunteers from Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela staying there, which really helped my Spanish skills.

My job consisted of helping at reception and showing guests to their rooms. At the beginning I was really shy about speaking Spanish, but my coworkers really taught me everything so that after a few days there I could give a perfect tour in Spanish.

Living in a hostel was really something new for me at first, but after a short time I loved it more than anything. We volunteers all got on really well with each other and went out together almost every evening. I also made friends very quickly with other guests, some of whom I still keep in touch with today.

I have particularly fond memories of the street dogs in Cusco, who ran around the city and greeted us happily every day when we left the hostel. They were very trusting and well-groomed and were also popular with the locals.

During my hostel experience, I worked 5 hours a day, 6 days a week. However, if I wanted to go on a longer trip, I could simply change my shift.

Otherwise, I got up in the morning, had a Spanish lesson with a private teacher from WanderWorld, went to the market and worked in the hostel. In the evening, we all met up in the bar to round off the day together.

I also often came into contact with Peruvian culture. I will never forget the friendliness and warmth of the people. I had very enriching conversations, made great contacts and simply got to know cool people.

Why I love Latin America

My first trip - all by myself! I could hardly wait to finally pack my things and get to the airport. A few weeks before my departure, I received all the information about my trip and my work locations. I was to arrive in Lima with another participant and start my induction program there. I was really happy to have someone by my side and to know her a bit beforehand.

My tips for future participants

  1. Don't be afraid of your trip and don't go away alone!

WanderWorld looked after me very well and I was given a very warm welcome at every program location. Even when I was traveling alone during my trip, I was able to get in touch with my contacts at any time. I also didn't have any bad experiences. You can also travel through Peru on your own as a girl.

  1. Be open to new people and new situations!

I can well understand that you are a bit shy at first and find it difficult to approach strangers in a foreign language, but everyone is happy to meet new people, especially in the hostels. I made a lot of new friends with people who lead a completely different life to me. Discovering new things is the best thing about traveling for me.

  1. Ask for help if you need it!

Even if you don't speak perfect Spanish - which was definitely the case for me - the vast majority of people were incredibly helpful. You don't need to be afraid.

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Sophia, founder of Wanderworld Travel

Lisa, Coordinator & Participant Support 

Amanda, Support and advice before departure


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