Volunteering in FairMail: Victor tells us what is like!
Hi Victor, tell us something about yourself.
My name is Victor, I’m 25 years old and I’m from Paris. I study Political Science at the UPEC (University Paris-Est Créteil). There are two things that I am very passionate about: helping others and learning more about Latin American.
How did you get to know FairMail and why did you choose to volunteer with us?
I’ve learned about FairMail from a web page of my university that promotes volunteer opportunities abroad and since I’ve always wanted to travel to Latin America, it seemed to be the perfect match, as I really love working with young people.
What were your tasks in FairMail?
I was a content creator for FairMail social media, so I took a lot of pictures and recorded a lot of videos, I was also in charge of all the ice-breaking activities and games that we normally play at the beginning of every photography session and of course, I was always around when the photographers needed help to set up their working stations and take their pictures.
What did you like the most about your volunteering experience in Peru?
Well, you need to believe me when I say that it was without any doubt the most incredible experience of my entire life. There are so many things that I liked but what I treasure the most is the relationship with the photographers. I feel like they are my younger siblings now and I really liked how different their personalities are.
I also loved the hike to Cerro Cabras and the 2-day trip to Pacasmayo, they were both great bonding experiences, it was very fun to spend time with the photographers outside the school.
Was it difficult to establish a relationship with them?
Not at all. We clicked since the very first day, I think my outgoing personality and the fact that I had some Spanish helped, they really welcomed me with open hearts, and I’ve felt part of the family since the very beginning.
How was your life in Huanchaco outside FairMail?
It was fantastic! Thanks to the fact that Huanchaco is home to a lot of organizations and associations that host volunteers from all over the world, I’ve met so many people! I’ve also become friends with local people and that’s what I’ve liked the most because it really helped me gain a better perspective of the Peruvian culture. Peruvian people are very easy-going so it’s really easy to get to know them!
What would you say to future FairMail volunteers? What can they expect from this experience?
I would tell them that they are going to meet incredible kids and that they are going to make a tangible difference in their lives. I would tell them that this experience will change their lives forever and that they are going to fall completely in love with Peru, which is an amazing country.
Don’t hesitate to apply as a volunteer, you won’t regret it!