Tabitha’s adventures in Lima
“There were so many great and unique moments with so many people. Whether it was beach trips or the endless party nights with my work colleague from the hostel. I met so many people that I instantly felt connected to.”
Our participant Tabitha lived in Lima for two months. She spent an unforgettable time there, lived and worked in a hostel and discovered the beautiful country and the impressive culture along the way. She now tells us personally what made her trip so special for her and why you should also dare the adventure Work & Travel in Latin America.
Anticipation is really the best joy! I really enjoyed the time before my departure, imagined my stay in Peru and informed myself a lot.
Of course, I was totally excited and eager for my adventure. That’s why I did a lot of research about the country of Peru, about the culture and the city of Lima where I was going to travel, and I already wrote a wish list of sights and places that I really wanted to discover. I also refreshed my Spanish skills from school and diligently practiced vocabulary. So the preparation time flew by.
My first steps on Peruvian soil
The first days in Peru were so exciting and thrilling. So many new things were waiting to be discovered by me and I was fascinated by the country and the city of Lima from the very beginning. My contact person Charly from WanderWorld Travel and I hit it off right away because he is very open and friendly. In the hostel, where my introductory meeting took place, I immediately felt at home.
My first day was already a complete success. First I explored the area on my own, walked to the beach and let the first impressions of the city work on me. In the evening I already met other travelers directly, who also lived longer in Peru. In the following days, I was shown my new workplace in the hostel and the tasks explained. It started for me with the breakfast shift. It took a good week, and then I had it down. Of course, I could always ask my colleagues questions if something was unclear, and there were no communication problems.
A normal day at the hostel
In the two months I spent in the hostel, I got to know two different jobs and accordingly had two different daily routines. So I learned a lot and still had enough free time to discover the country and meet other people.
In the first month, getting up early was on the agenda for the breakfast shift, but you quickly get used to that. Breakfast was served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and shortly before that I started with the preparations. After that, I tidied up and took care of the hostel beds until noon. From then on I had free time and could discover the impressive Lima.
In my second month in the hostel, my daily routine changed because I was allowed to work at the hostel bar. So I had free time during the day and only started working in the evening. There is a lot to do at the bar, everything is prepared and refilled before it went to serve cocktails. Actually, the shift went until 10 p.m. – but with the exuberant mood in the hostel also gladly a little longer. Time just flies by.
My free time
In my free time, I was almost always out and about. I explored the streets of Miraflores, met up with new friends in the park, savored the city’s fantastic restaurant and bar scene, and always went on excursions. For sunset, I loved to go jogging by the sea and enjoy the view. The evening is best spent partying with hotel guests or on the roof top above the rooftops of Lima. An unforgettable time.
I also came into contact with the Peruvian culture many times. 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.
The most beautiful moment
I absolutely can’t pinpoint one moment, because there were so many great and unique moments with so many people. Whether it was a simple beach trip right at the beginning of my trip, or the endless party nights with my work colleague from the hostel. I met so many people that I immediately felt connected to, even though I had only known them for a short time. But I was also thrilled by sights like El Parque de las Aguas in Lima at night and can’t get it out of my head.
There was a highlight right at the beginning, when I took a tour through Lima with my contact person Charly and we ended up in the middle of a street parade. Numerous people with beautiful costumes danced across the street. It was only by chance that I was able to experience this magical moment. The list of my most beautiful moments is endless!
My favorite place in Peru
Huaca Pucllana – in the middle of the city stands a part of Peru’s history, accessible to everyone and absolutely impressive. I am very interested in the exciting history of the country and love to take a closer look at such places. I can recommend a visit to everyone.
This is how the journey has changed me
I became confident in the use of foreign languages very quickly, which surprised me in a positive way. I spoke English and Spanish all day long, and my skills quickly improved.
For me, it was the people above all who won me over. The warm locals, but also the backpackers from all over the world.
I feel much freer now after the trip. The many conversations with like-minded travelers about their goals and their love for discovering the world have enriched and motivated me very much. I felt understood and included, and that has boosted my self-confidence.
My tip for future travelers
Don’t be shy, because the people in Latin America are very open and warm, and it is very easy to make friends. I would recommend such a trip to anyone who, like me, really wants to experience something new. There is so much to discover, so have the courage and start your adventure. I would not want to miss my experience.