Thursday, August 27, 2015

Peruvian Fiesta

Wednesday August 26, 2015

((Birthday shoutout to my dad! Love you!))

It's already our second last day with Vive Peru! Time flies when you're having fun. We headed over to the office to meet Claudia after breakfast.


We presented for three classrooms today. They were a bit challenging this morning; middle school students can get rather talkative (who knew!) but we ultimately got through everything!


I've been meaning to try Alfajores, a classic Peruvian caramel cookie, so we stopped at the bakery up the street on our way home for lunch. The cookie itself is similar to a butter cookie, and the center is dulce de leche or caramel. Both components are not nearly as sweet as they would be in the United States. They sell a variety of desserts that while they look incredible, still leave something to be desired in the sweetness department.

Lunch was soup with rice, beef and a vegetable medley of onions, peppers, broccoli and carrots.

In the afternoon we went out into the Senor de Los Milagros community in Trujillo. Although it was only several kilometers from where we are staying, it was an entirely different side of Peru that we have yet to see. There aren't landfills here for the garbage and the further outside of the city you go the more trash there is accumulating on the side of the road. It is shocking and saddening to see this area where people live.

The children that we saw were an entirely different story. Donning their Mickey Mouse, Frozen and Red Bank Elementary shirts, they were all smiles (not that that shows in the picture of me with two kids below; I promise they were smiling!). We started with our presentation on hearing health and then the other volunteers taught the children about digestion and the importance of eating fruits and vegetables.

In the evening, Vive Peru hosted a farewell dinner for their summer session volunteers. The three host families cooked for everyone and they hired traditional Peruvian dancers as entertainment. There was a set of dancers from the Northern Highland Region and another set from the Amazonian Jungle Region. After dinner, they played salsa music and the four of us tried our best to keep up ;)

                     Merci's son, Eluid, came along!

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