I’m sad to say that I am sick again. My host brought me to the hospital and I am now heavily medicated for a stomach infection. This means that I missed another day of work and won’t be able to go on my trip to Huancavelica this weekend as planned, but at least if I am going to be sick it is in an interesting country.
After many meetings and revisions I will be able to finally interview the staff at my placement this upcoming Tuesday. The women who work at the Casa de Bebes are all very sweet and capable caretakers and I am curious to see what recommendations they will have for their employers.
On another note, people are going crazy about the world cup here. I was in the mall a few days ago to use the internet and a huge screen was set up and people where cheering and making bets on the Brazil vs. Croatia game. People here are eagerly rooting for Brazil to win the cup!
Once again, I hope that I will be well soon. I have to be ready to do my interviews this week as it has been a very arduous undertaking to get these meetings set up. Wish me luck!
My time here in Peru is going by way to fast! I can’t believe that I arrived here almost four weeks ago! It doesn’t feel like I have been here for very long, but at the same time I feel very comfortable being here. I am confident to take the different combis(buses) around town now and to bargain for things that I need at the market.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays after my volunteering at the Casa de Bebes I have been giving English lessons to women in a nearby neighborhood. Helping them to learn English has also been very helpful for me in learning Spanish. They are improving very quickly, but I finally understand how difficult English is as a language. Nothing sounds the way it is spelled!
This week I unfortunately had to miss a few days of work due to Bronchitis. My host family made me soup and one of the family brought me to the doctor. Between the soup and pills I was back at work by Wednesday and feeling healthy again. Hopefully I am done with sickness for the rest of my stay here!
My placement with Expand Peru has been changed this week to the Casa de Bebes. I work Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at a small Casa de Bebes and at a large Casa de Bebes on Tuesday and Thursday. When I arrive to work in the mornings the kids are just beginning to show up and we immediately get to playing. There are tons of toys ranging from blocks, to books, and plastic animals to a kitchen play set.
After the kids eat lunch many take naps and some play quietly. I leave a little after lunch is finished and head back to my host’s house. Each day in the Mantaro Valley seems to be sunny and beautiful, so once I get home I head up to the roof of my hosts house to read in the sun and admire the view of the fields and neighborhoods around it. The scenery here is very different from my home in the United States, but very beautiful!
Ive finally arrived in Huancayo and been here for a little over a week. The town is beautiful and people have been very friendly and helpful as I find my way around the town.
Ivette and Bernabe of Expand Peru have both been very welcoming and have made me feel comfortable as I began working at the orphanage and settling into my two month stay.
The orphanage of San Juan Diego is where I began working the week I arrived. The children seem very happy and healthy and have an encouraging staff which supports them in completing homework, mealtimes, getting to school, etc.
Although my placement with Expand Peru has changed to the Casa de Bebes I am glad that I got to spend a week with the children of San Juan Diego.
I will write soon with updates about Casa de Bebes!