Last month at AMAUTA Spanish School in Peru, some great work has been done by a group of volunteers from the Rice University in the States. While all of the students were living in our student residence at the Calle Suecia and eating lunch at the school, they participated in our free cultural activities, and volunteering program in Cusco.
This great group of 12 has been teaching health education classes to kids in Cusco for three weeks. They were able to teach kids of all ages in two different grade schools and one after-school program. They also helped us paint a school and a mental hospital. These college students had a full day, working each week Monday through Friday from 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening with a break for lunch, of course. The volunteer group was very well-prepared and had all of their classes and materials planned out before coming. The group was broken up into 3 smaller groups: General Hygiene, Nutrition, and Dental Hygiene. The groups taught three to four classes each day in the morning, ate a yummy meal at our residence, and then in the afternoon either painted or taught classes at an after-school program. Each group shared something unique with the Cusco community and here are some pictures to show it.
The General Hygiene group teaching at the after-school program in Cusco about germs and the importance of washing your hands. The kids were able to put a white powder on their hands and hold it up to a light to see all the germs on their hands. They got so excited about it!
The nutrition group teaching the kids and their moms about the importance of eating a balanced meal. They had to draw on a plate their ideal meal with the correct portions of fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats.
The dental group was teaching at a grade school in Cusco the importance of flossing and brushing their teeth well. They showed different pictures of what could happen if they do not take care of their teeth.