I’ve only been in the states for two months, but I’m already itching to go overseas again. I imagine Drew needs a restock on Inka Kola… GLA is sending me to China in a few weeks to look into next summer’s programs – I can’t wait. I wish I could take Lucas with me to laugh at all of my jokes. I’ve taken time to reflect on our visit to Peru and how much of a growth opportunity that it was (and can continue to be) for all of us. Many, MANY good memories fill me with pride and admiration for you guys and some bring up feelings of confusion and disappointment. All are worth recalling.
Collectively we built eco-fridges in 12 houses and pathways in 14. According to Sandro (that hair…), the community was very happy with the work that we did and his hoping to continue the project during the rest of the year. The community president of Mancco, Santos, and one of the more active community members, Emilio, say the nicest things about our exchange. That work was tough, but the Papa John’s at the end of the day made it all worth it. I still laugh about the battle that Ryn and Elizabeth got into about stealing a pig from its mother! I’m glad Ryn won – GLA does not condone forced adoption of animals.
I wish I could transfer back to Andahuaylillas for a few days. Maybe we can do a reunion tour for the town anniversary and go dancing with all the aggressive old women? Sambath, you in? Although boat hopping in rapids and hiking through pre-Incan ruins was cool, my favorite time was spent chilling at the home base, talking trash with all of you. I was so impressed by Laura’s drawings of nature (even her log was good!) and couldn’t believe the summer reading you guys were crushing while on the trip – I think Sacha and Megan finished 10 books between the two of them!
I do my best to align my actions with my principles, so I did a few things as soon as I got back: I stopped eating beef, I switched to a credit union, I grocery shop almost exclusively at a farmers’ market and I started researching local organizations where I can volunteer my services as a public health educator. These are all things that I think are good for my community and are DEFINITELY within my time/money/skill limitations. I’m curious to know what changes you guys have made. What has stuck with you? What are you worried that you’ll forget?
You guys always amazed me – keep it going.