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July 14, 2009

Service Vacation in Peru

This one in a series of articles about taking a service vacation to Peru, coordinated by Globe Aware.

Heidi and I spent a week in Peru for our 15th anniversary on a service vacation. During the week we took a lot of photos, some short video clips, and kept a hand-written journal of the experience. This post brings together links to the photos and videos, and includes a brief summary of each day's activities.

Working in San Pedro de Casta, Peru
San Pedro de Casta
Marcahuasi, Peru
School Children from San Pedro de Casta
Lima and Cosica, Peru

Videos from Peru Trip (YouTube playlist)

Daily Summary

July 3 - Fly to Lima late. Ride in 70's VW bus to hotel in the middle of the night.

July 4 - Meet up with other members of the group; Chad, a musician from Michigan, and Jen, a kindergarden teacher from Washington, DC. Meet Jackie, the Globe Aware coordinator. Travel via taxi to Chosica, tour the city center and market. Eat lunch at Norky's. Ride the bus to San Pedro de Casta, climbing 10,000 vertical feet along Andean cliffs. Meet other group members; Mike and Adam, high school students from Chicago. Eat dinner, check into hotel, sleep with heavy wool blankets as there is no heat in San Pedro.

July 5 - Breakfast. Tour San Pedro de Casta, meet folks, learn about the village and culture. Lunch. Work on bathroom/shower project in primary school. Dinner.

July 6 - Work on bathroom/shower in primary school. Play against, and then watch soccer match between very skilled footballers. Visit home of residents to see baby goats born in past 24 hours. Say goodbye to coordinator Jackie.

July 7 - Work on bathroom/shower in primary school. Meet Globe Aware coordinator Melina in the evening.

July 8 - Finish work on bathroom/shower project. Start work on refurbishing school yard by painting volleyball court and installing volleyball net anchors. Play games with students at secondary school. Cook "American dinner" for students and teachers.

July 9 - Up early for a horse ride to and hiking in Marcahuasi, one of the 7 wonders of Peru. Dinner and dancing hosted by students and teachers.

July 10 - Finish work on school yard. Pack up bags, ride bus back down to Chosica, taxi back into Lima.

July 11 - Spend the day walking around Lima, fly out in evening.

Posted by mike at July 14, 2009 11:32 PM