Recently we had a great group of students from Canada come to Peru, to take Spanish classes and do volunteer work in Cusco. The students participated during their first week in our Spanish in the Sacred Valley Program, where the all lived together with our Spanish teachers in our beautiful campus school. The group volunteered for two weeks at an orphanage in the Sacred Valley. After that, they returned to Cusco for a week to volunteer at a local school in Cusco, where their help was needed.
Volunteering in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
During the first week and during the afternoons, after Spanish classes, the students greatly helped the orphanage in the Sacred Valley with construction of the home. The building of the orphanage was in desperate need of repair, so the students worked with a contractor to paint the walls and re-do the baseboard of the building.
The students did a thorough job and completed the volunteer project in two weeks. The walls look pristine and the baseboard adds an elegant touch. The orphanage will be forever grateful for the hard work that these students put in to making the home a more comfortable place for the children of Peru.
Spanish homestay and volunteer in Cusco
After two weeks, the students returned to Cusco for one last week of Spanish immersion in Cusco: Spanish classes, homestay with a Peruvian homestay and volunteering a local school. They spent some mornings volunteering as teacher´s assistants in 1st grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade. The volunteers aided the teachers in a variety of ways, ranging from teaching English to the kids of Cusco, to classroom management to individual tutoring.
After lunch with the guest families, they returned to the school to continue helping out the school in other areas: we painted the children´s bathrooms, weeded the garden, cleaned the classrooms, and took care of the plants around the school´s patio. The administration was very appreciative of the dedication that the AMAUTA students showed to this school throughout the week.
Starting in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and ending in Cusco, this group of Canadian students dedicated much of their time to volunteering in Peru. One of the students, Alexis said about his time volunteering in Peru: “This Spanish Immersion Program in Peru was a great experience! We got to meet and help a lot of different people through the projects that we did. It was a really great experience living and volunteering in Peru! I enjoyed living with the family in Cusco and my Spanish improved a lot!”
This group of students were volunteer rock stars; they worked with perseverance and dedication in all that they did, and they took initiative to jump into the various projects with zeal.
Thanks, guys, we hope to see you back in Cusco!