|A few of the kids at the school|
|All of the moms|
|Cleaning in the heat!|
We started a new project painting a school in a community called Santa Sara. The first day we spent cleaning up the outside of the school and leveling out the sand so that we can build a garden there later. We were there in the afternoon when the kids were out of school and it was so hot!! It still wasn't completely done before I left, but it will look so great when it is all painted!
I did a lot of work in schools the past few weeks. I also got to go with another volunteer to a school in a community called La Mariposa. The school has 2 classrooms so there are 3 grades per classroom and the teachers have to be the best multitaskers I've ever seen. We worked in one of the classrooms and helped with 2 boys who have special needs. They require a lot of one-on-one time which the teacher can't give. Sometimes we just had to go play outside with them because they couldn't sit still any longer. But they were really sweet. As soon as we got there, one boy just came up and hugged our legs. They also loved my camera, and insisted on taking pictures themselves. The pictures didn't really turn out, but at least they had fun!
|Finishing up the mural|
Really I learned that people are so similar no matter where you are in the world. There are cute boys everywhere who just want to play and just want to be loved. My last night at the orphanage was very emotional. Another volunteer and I were both flying out the next day and had come to really love these boys. They didn't want us to leave and we didn't want to go either.
|Me getting beat at arm-wrestling|
If I learned anything in Peru, it's that there is always more that can be done. Classes can be taught, kids can be loved, schools can be painted. Sometimes it was frustrating when I couldn't express myself fully because I couldn't speak the language. But we discovered that smiles and hugs are universal. Sometimes I would get down and feel useless because my contribution was so small. But even then, I would get a hug and a thank you and that made it all worthwhile. Everyone knew we were there to help and they were really accepting and appreciative.
|Me and Victor (8)|
Goodbye Peru, until next time!
|Part of the mural|