[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A new and unique experience — that’s what Peru gave me. From being a hostel receptionist and teaching English in South America, I now upgraded to bartending! Okay, I didn’t have any idea that this will be the job not until I arrived. I was directed to the bar manager of Kokopelli Hostel in Paracas and boom, I started right away.
What am I doing here?
Drinks, I guess. I never had any experience making mojitos, margaritas, caipirinhas, etc but now, I can say that I can do all these things even under time pressure! This is so different from my volunteer work in Colombia and Ecuador and I really am having fun! Sleeping habits are 100% wrecked as I always worked during the night. I’m a bit worried about it but I’ll figure something out in the future.
What do I get in exchange?
A bed, breakfast, 40% off on drinks, confidential tour prices and many more! I told you traveling is easy and cheap when you know what to do and where to go! I will further discuss in another post how you can afford a life of travel by volunteering so keep it here!
The long-term tenats in Paracas: Kane (New Zealand), Allie (Peru), I, Melissa (Peru), Romy (Peru)
Bar co-workers, Laura and Malaika are best friends from Denmark.
Always on the same spot. At this job, you will also get to know the hostel guests.
100% hostel guests from Lima whom I went out with after one night shift.
A lot of people came for the Holy Week and I was given a huge challenge: taking orders over the bar. There are 6 of us volunteering here and only two of us are equipped in both English and Spanish so they had to divide us into shifts. On normal days, the guests of the hostel all speak English but this weekend was different. The percentage of Peruvians are higher than that of foreigners. Hence, the delegation of tasks and change of system.
… and we all survived! Plus, I was really surprised with my Spanish skills. It gets better and better as I go down to South America. This task gave me my first Spanish argument (with a customer complaining about his tab), people phrasing my Spanish, my first understanding-without-paying-too-much-attention-skill and lastly, speaking rapidly. Every night, after each shift over the Holy Week, I look back and try to absorb how far I’ve gone with this language and it makes me feel accomplished. From speaking zero, and learning from scratch, I can now communicate fluently.
Ahhh, Paracas. As always, I have to move on. I’m on my last week in volunteering here and this was one of the best volunteering experiences. It’s unique, it’s fresh and best of all, I learned new things. I’m off to Cusco next week volunteering again for a vegan restaurant (yes, I will be cooking) and of course, to finally meet the famous Machu Picchu.
Pardon my English. In exchange for fluently speaking Spanish, my English was compromised.
Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak, and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She’d like to believe she’s not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. In no particular order, her favorite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv.