Meet the Volunteers: Marion

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Marion looking pretty

1. Where are you from?

I’m from Bordeaux, a city in the southwest of France. It’s an hour from the Atlantic coast and 2 ½ from Spain. My city is pretty big, there are about 250,000 inhabitants and it’s famous the world over for its wine.

2. How did you find Intiwawa?

I found Intiwawa online. I was travelling through Peru and looking to volunteer in Arequipa because I fell in love with the city. I sent an email to the volunteer coordinator, and now here I am.

3. What were you doing before Intiwawa?

For the five months before I came to Intiwawa, I was travelling through South America. I started out in Colombia for one month, then Ecuador for two, where I worked as a volunteer in Canoa (a small fishing village). The organization I worked with—Comparte Ecuador—formed in April 2016, after a huge earthquake devastated the coast. It started out as an emergency relief group servicing in disaster zones and later transitioned to reconstructing communities. I worked on an initiative called “Calle de Alegría,” rebuilding a main street in town. I arrived in Peru at the end of August, and travelled through the country until I reached Arequipa. Before all this, when I was in France, I managed social media and reception at “Mission Locale” in Bordeaux, an association that helps young people find jobs.

4. What will you do after Intiwawa?

The truth is I don’t really know what I’m going to do after Intiwawa. As since the beginning of my trip, I’ll just be blowing with the wind…money is the only constraint I have.

5. What has been your favorite moment at Intiwawa?

I think my favorite moment has been Halloween with the San Isidro community. It was a really happy day. Children and parents alike were absolutely enchanted & we all got to enjoy it together.

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