Group of College Students comes to Peru to volunteer
Meet this group of amazing volunteers here at AMAUTA Cusco, Peru. Hailey, Alex, Allison, Bill, Cayla, Chloe, Dan, Emily, Kelsey, Madalyn, all came from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States to participate in the AMAUTA Volunteer Program in Peru. This group of young college students spent two weeks with us here here in Cusco and made a big impact on our local after-school project that is located in the outskirts of the city in the mountains.
On the photos of this volunteer project in Cusco, you can see inside the local after-school project and what it looked like before the group of volunteers did their magic.
The UWM group in their first week worked on giving the place a makeover. It needed to be painted with a special paint that can be washed because the kids tend to dirty up the place quickly. All the volunteers in the group chipped in a bit of money to help buy the supplies to make it happen.
The volunteers worked hard every morning from 9:00 to 12:30, Monday to Friday. They even spent the entire day there on Thursday, from morning until evening; just so they could make sure they got all the work done. The director´s wife made the volunteers lunch so that they could work through the whole day. In the end the place looked awesome!
In their second week the volunteers in Cusco worked with the kids at the project from 4:00 to 6:30 each day. They played sports, taught English and did hands-on activities, such as, play-dough and puzzles.
At the end of their time, all volunteers received a certificate that recognizes their volunteer work in Peru. The group loved their time in Cusco and was very sad to leave. When asked what their favorite part was, some of them said finishing the painting job at the project, while others expressed the joy in seeing the kids run up to them at the project. Almost all of them said that they loved the tour to Machu Picchu. We hope it was an experience they will never forget and we appreciate all the help they gave to this after-school project.