Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Inch by inch it is a cinch – yard by yard it is hard

This was seriously our first full day of working in the various areas. Our group declined hospital and labor. We are assigned with children of various ages and sibling groups. We are all exhausted and excited. Our language skills are lacking unfortunately. Everyone´s efforts are great and no two groups or sessions are the same. Our routine is not established with a meeting at 8´o´clock, lunch about 1 and completion of our workday at 5. Our lesson this morning was about the local fruits and vegetables. We learned that asparagus is their number one export, that there are 2,000 types of potatoes and lucuma and chirimoya are local products.

Monday, January 30, 2012

There is no I in team

This morning the entire team seemed enthusiastic to begin our mission as members of Global Volunteers. During the morning we practiced some Spanish before meeting with the staff of PPA. I think they were impressed with our effort in speaking their language. We also toured the entire campus both outdoors and in. Around noon we went to a local restaurant for a very good lunch. After lunch we went into our afternoon assignments to work with the loving and very energetic children. We finished the evening with a lovely dinner at the mall where we also learned of the shops selling traditional Peruvian items. Some of us had our first Pisco sour -- but not our last.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Peru Team Jan 29- Feb 10

She didn´t know it couldn´t be done, so she went ahead and did it.

After just a few hours sleep we met with our very energetic and wonderful team leader over breakfast. The entire team met with Edith to set our goals and expectations. We took a tour of Limalearning of its history and points of interest. After a delicious and beautifully prepared dinner at the hotel we went to bed to rest up for what would be our first afternoon with the children.