This blog is for the Peru split session starting July 12, 2019, which includes both the 14-day and the 21-day student group.
Friday July 12, 2019
Hola Dear Parents!
We’ve finally started our Peru Spanish Adventure! All of our students have arrived and are at our Home Base in Pisac. Timothy and Lucia K arrived a bit later as their flight got delayed but thankfully they’re with us now.
Even though the team was tired after a long travel, we all enjoyed a delicious lunch / dinner together. We also had some time to settle down, go over our Home Base safety rules, and get to know each other. We took a lovely walk around town and exchanged some money.
After a good rest we look forward to a full day of activities tomorrow!
Due to late arrivals we couldn’t get a group photo but we promise we’ll will tomorrow.
Stay tuned for more news.
Sophie, Lauren, Javier, Estefany, and Luismi. El equipo.
Saturday July 13, 2019
Our first full day of program couldn’t have started in a better way. We played a couple of team building games and then created our acuerdo comunitario (community agreement). We then split into groups and rotated through stations where we learned about Peru local culture and traditions, responsible photography, made roommate contracts, and discussed our cellphone policy.
For lunch we went to an empanada class. We all learned to make empanadas and got to eat them for lunch. Afterwards we split into four groups and did a Yincana (scavenger hunt) around Pisac, where everyone had to step out of their comfort zone and interact with locals in Spanish.
We also went to Amistad Sagrada and learned about the service project we’ll be working on. After dinner we played a game to get to know our mentors better.
Sunday July 14, 2019
We had an early start this morning, because we were venturing to the mountains to hike through the ruins that the ancestors of Peru lived in. Even though the altitude effected many people, we all pushed through in order to see the landmarks. The views on top of the mountain were breathtaking and there was a peaceful and calm atmosphere.
After the ruins we had lunch at the Blue Llama, where several people enjoyed alpaca for lunch. Once we arrived back to home base, we were split into groups to debate the social struggles women in Peru face on a daily basis. The most favored part of the day for all students was visiting the local market and buying souvenirs. We wrapped up the night by getting into small groups and sharing our stories.
-by Macy and Charlie
Monday July 15, 2019
An early start today with the trips’ first Spanish class and later service work at Pampallacta.
Today was the first day we really immersed ourselves in the local culture of the Sacred Valley-more specifically, Pisac.
The ride up to Pampallacta was thrilling and the beautiful scenery was a good distraction.
The work was tough hauling adobe bricks from one end of the worksite to the other. Even a great working attitude couldn’t stop the hurt of a fulfilling work day.
Once back in Pisac, we joined the first night of the festival of the Virgin del Carmen.
The festival was a wild ride and everyone was reluctant to leave the thumping music and exuberant dancing.
Gracias y ciao!!
Samantha and Lucia I.
Buenos Dias, we started off the day with pottery and music. Most students created bowls however there were a few creative minded kids who created spoons, napkin holders, and faces. How fun! Our next activity was learning about traditional Peruvian music. We listened to 3 musicians who taught us not only about Peruvian culture but about each individual instrument. After their demonstration they allowed the kids to come up and play with them.
In the afternoon, we continued our service work at Pampallacta. This mainly consisted of moving blocks of adobe to the building site and laying the foundation with rocks. We only stopped for a water break and a quick game of “Wa”. We then returned to home base and prepared for our evening events. After our “chow circle” and cena (dinner) we participated in an activity called “Who Wants to Be a Volunteer”, which addressed both the pros and cons of voluntourism —- tourism with a focus on volunteer work (which encompasses programs such as GLA). This informative group discussion helped us become more conscious of our actions and motivations behind participating in GLA.
-By Tim and Kylie