My journey in Peru
Thanks to the generosity of Conservatory Insulations, I was able to embark on a month-long trip to Peru as a volunteer in August 2022.
I was situated in and around the city of Cusco for most of my visit. The first place I worked at was Picaflor House which was an afterschool club for children in the smaller district of Oropesa. The parents here can work 12-hour days and so Picaflor House provides children aged 3-11 with a safe space to learn things not commonly taught in schools, such as arts and crafts and traditional dances, instead of roaming the streets until their parents return home.
After this placement I moved onto the Mobile Library which was associated with Picaflor House and involved driving to remote mountainous communities to teach children who had been adversely affected by the pandemic. These rural communities typically have no Wi-Fi and local families do not have the technology to be able to do remote learning, so we sent up a local teacher to assist them with their homework and answer any questions they had. My first day on placement happened to be on the first day of term so none of the children had any homework they needed help with. I did arts and crafts, games, helped with homework and took part in the festival of stories where the children and I exchanged stories, riddles, and songs.