Hogar Niño Amor
Those who consider themselves true travelers long to discover places that embody and create the character of a country, a city, a neighborhood, a people. These places are located in the corners of deserted streets, lost behind the commotion of everyday life, and hidden behind the conventional tourist landmarks. These places, once discovered, give meaning to an adventure abroad. Nestled in the coastal city of Viña del Mar, Chile lays Hogar Niño Amor; an aged and isolated orphanage. An orphanage that is home to more than 15 young children… An orphanage that is falling apart and dangerous… An orphanage filled with kids yearning for the slightest bit of attention. Volunteering with Hogar Niño Amor is the type of experience that makes a trip memorable; it was a snapshot into the culture. Traveling is not always about experiencing the best and most beautiful parts of a country, but about being immersed in the culture and learning from the people. I believe experiencing a place like Hogar Niño Amor is what makes travel so satisfying, so extraordinary, and so inexplicable. There are no limits to travel; close the tourist book for a day and see where your heart takes you. It could change your life.