AMAUTA Spanish School and its volunteers in Peru had the opportunity to take part in an anniversary celebration with one of our volunteer projects in Cusco. It was a big event with lots of typical dance, great Peruvian food, and wonderful people. The AMAUTA volunteers were treated as special guest and allowed to sit in some of the best seats. This project – a school – loves its volunteers as they help out in various areas, such as, physical education, art, English, and math. The volunteers also enjoyed watching the dances up-close and learned from this new cultural experience.
First of all there was a dance competition, and all ages participated from the smallest of the kids up to the adult teachers. The dances were beautiful and fast paced with the colorful and bright costumes making the show even more entertaining.
Later, AMAUTA had the privilege to give gifts to the primary school kids, ages 6 to 11, for their hard work in presenting this spectacular show. Every child after the performance received a present, including, literary works, calculators or dictionaries.
After the primary school kids had a snack, composed of a small sandwich and chicha morada – a typical local drink made out of purple corn – . The AMAUTA´s volunteer coordinator in Peru gave each individual kid his or her gift. The kids were very excited and grateful for their presents. After that, the children went home to rest and enjoy the rest of the day.
Afterwards the school invited AMAUTA and its volunteers to take part in a celebration with the teachers. There was more food than we could eat, drinks, and great conversation. The volunteers have a great relationship with the teachers whom they help and we spent a bit of time sharing smiles and laughs. After our bellies were full we danced a while and then said our goodbyes. Not only were we able to help this school project with donations, but as always in volunteering, the project gave back to us more than we could ever give.