Volunteer Experiences


A few stories from some of our favorite volunteers

Susie Naficy: Group Family Travel

Mom, I really can't believe you packed up three kids and took us to live in Peru for almost a month!" my now 12 year old son reminisced as we looked at photos of our trip to Cusco.  Our family is now embarking on our 3rd volunteer trip to South America - a now annual...

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Volunteer Experience in Cusco

Katie Muzzy is from New Hope, PA. A recent gradute in special education, Katie was looking for a volunteer experience where she could combine her two passions: international travel and children with disabilities. She found Manos Unidas volunteer program and decided it...

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UW GROW Team in Peru

Manos Unidas Peru had the pleasure of receiving eight University of Washington Global Rehabilitation Organization of Washington (GROW) students and three clinical supervisors in September, 2018.

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Teenagers Unite: Friendship Despite Differences

Manos Unidas Youth have spent the month of October participating in a variety of activities with San Francisco Asis students, a private catholic school for boys in Cusco. Part of the initiative of Cafe Daria is to promote inclusive activities with MU youth and the...

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Lisa Gonzales Volunteer Experience in Cusco

I can't find words that fully encompass the transformative experience of moving to Cusco for 5 weeks to volunteer with Manos Unidas. Having just graduated PLNU with a degree in kinesiology, I wanted to break from the routine I'd known my entire life and do something...

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Bellevue family runs toy drive for MU

Bellevue family Martha Hoyos and Andres Sanchez learned about Manos Unidas Peru through their parish, St. Louise Catholic church via a note in the bulletin to support their book drive for MU. Martha decided to do much more! She reached out to her children's...

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Volunteer Intern Experience: Alecia Harris

"My experience here has been life-changing. I have learned to be patient with myself and others as I was embraced by a new culture and language, and my compassion and understand have grown immeasurably. This is an experience I recommend to anyone interested in working...

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UW Physical Therapy Students Volunteer with Manos Unidas

In September, Manos Unidas welcomed University of Washington Doctorate of Physical Therapy students for the 4th consecutive year. GROW, the student chapter of the university's global rehabilitation department, once again impressed. Four second -year doctorate of PT...

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Volunteer Experience at Manos Unidas

Alice Grimmelsmen: Bi-lingual Speech and Language Pathologist shares her experience Alice is a bi-lingual SLP from Denver, CO. She dedicated hours of time this summer to assessing some of students for Alternative Communication Devices and training staff on their...

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