Julia, who loves working with children and animals, went with a private organization to Chile. “I wanted to improve my Spanish, get to know new cultures and work with children or animals,” she recalls. Julia paid a rather high amount for registration and contact with a guest family in Chile but once she landed there, there was no way for her to get in touch the organization for further assistance.
Luckily, Julia spoke Spanish and managed to get around quite easily. But she warns that things could get rough for those who do not speak the local language or know anyone locally, should an emergency arise. Here, travel insurance can come to your rescue, with 24/7 hotlines and multilingual specialists there to help you deal with a range of problems from medical emergencies to trip interruption and lost baggage.
Julia not only helped disabled kids ride horses for ‘riding therapy’ but also volunteered at a home for stray dogs. “The experience helped me improve my language skills, make friends with young Chileans and it also made me stronger,” she says.