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1. Posted by dorty (Inactive 8 posts) 10y

I've finally graduated university-biology degree... My dream -or one of them-has been to travel central/south america for a year-becoming fluent in spanish and volunteering along the way. I'm a serial volunteer-I don't actually know what I'll do for a career-but at least for the next year i won't have to worry about that. My passion is helping animals-always has been, always will be. Hope to do alot of that on my travels. I'm also very interested in helping people-those who need extra support, so would like to gain a little more volunteering experience in that area as well. I'm a little scared about this adventure as are all my friends and family-but i won't stop, I want to be as smart and safe as I can be, while having fun and experiences. To all of my fellow travelers-please help advise and support me and I'll do my best to support and advise as the journey continues. Now back to the crappy part-the financing stage..blah...

2. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Good luck Andrea!
Don't be nervous - South America is super exciting, beautiful and welcoming, and as soon as you learn the language you are gonna get along just fine! Try and learn some phrases and verbs before you go though, it helps a lot!


3. Posted by dorty (Inactive 8 posts) 10y

Thank you for the encouragement Susana-nice to hear from someone who made it!...Andrea

4. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 10y

Welcome to TP Andrea!!

Congrats on the Biology degree. It should serve you well wherever you travel, but especially with animals. I found it handy on my travels to be able to identify parasites and such.....

Good luck on the South America adventure......Susanna is right, a couple well learned phrases will get you far and make the trip easier.

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

Glad to welcome one of those travellers that one somehow always meets too few of... keep up the volunteering, South America is amazing!

Niels (Amsterdam)

6. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

Hi Andrea.

Welcome to TP. Glad to have you with us.


7. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Hello Andrea

Congratulations on your graduation. I hope everything goes well for you. It sounds like you're the kind of person who always wants to help both people and animals and whatever you do with your life, you'll have made it worthwhile!

If you do voluntary work now, then in the future it will always help if you want to do a worthwhile helping people type career, be it counselling, social work, nursing or anything like that, the experience will be so useful.

Good Luck

8. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

You can trust Clarabell, she has OVER a thousand posts, and is very proud of her little self

9. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Hello & Welcome to the site Andrea - Well done on your degree! Enjoy your trips! Heather