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Volunteers experience in Peru. Our volunteers share some of their experiences and memorable photos.

Peru, Lima: Bodwell High School – exploring and building

Posted in Peru on April 19, 2016

Exploring Lima On our third day, we had a break from construction work. In the morning, we visited a local fruit market where we met people from Ato Colibri, an organization that helps teenagers like ourselves to have better working conditions for their jobs in the market. We bought various fruits including mangoes, watermelons, pineapples Read More…

Peru, Lima: Bodwell High School – project starts

Posted in Peru on April 19, 2016

The adventure begins First day of the project in San Jose Obrero 1. On the first day of the project we arrived at the elementary school that we are helping. We went into each classroom to greet these adorable children and their teachers. In the old and rough classrooms, the children were excited about the Read More…

Peru, Lima: U30

Posted in Peru on November 30, 2015

Here’s a presentation made by Magdalena Ragiel, one of the under-30 participants on a volunteer trip to Peru in 2015, to her sponsors.

Peru, Lima – U30: Final Week

Posted in Peru on June 16, 2015

The final week was bittersweet. And cold. We got a taste of what fall feels and looks like in Peru. The heavy mist and temperature would be associated with the same weather on Vancouver Island. But we kept working through it and the mud. Throughout the period of four days we were able to finish Read More…

Peru, Lima – U30: Week 3

Posted in Peru on June 16, 2015

It was a short week coming into the third week we were here. It started to get colder coming into the season of fall. Cloud covered our worksite most of the day, but we never stopped being positive and working through it. The parents started to help us out by moving big rocks, raking the Read More…

Peru, Lima – U30 Team: Week Two, working on the wall

Posted in Peru on June 16, 2015

We started week two through the dusty wind, working hard on the wall. It was nothing what we’ve expected before and we were all sweating buckets at the end of the day. We hauled so much dirt that I never wanted to see it again. But though all the mixing and rock digging, we slowly Read More…

Peru, Lima – U30 Team: First Day at Work Site

Posted in Peru on May 12, 2015

From the jungle of towering buildings, to the dusty hill of Pueblos Jóvenes, Lima is living city home to over nine million people, heavy traffic, and a rich culture almost as old as time itself.  The day started through the jumbled mess of traffic, maneuvering through a labyrinth of streets, and passing cars where you Read More…

Lima – Bodwell Team: Final Day at Work Site and Goodbyes

Posted in Peru on May 1, 2015

 A week of hard work later and we have 3 mostly completed projects. Miguel is going to put the final coat of red paint on the school and take the retaining boards off the wall once our freshly poured concrete dries. We had a lovely goodbye ceremony by the students in 6th grade and then Read More…

Lima – Bodwell Team: Work progressing

Posted in Peru on May 1, 2015

Sometimes we feel like big moose going up and down the school staircase, while we watch nimble children navigate the angles (with no railings all week). Today, Jerrmy in particular can feel some success because he was determined to see that project through to the end. The railings are up!    We put on a Read More…

Lima – Bodwell Team: Working, Walls, Posts and Paths

Posted in Peru on May 1, 2015

It took us almost a whole day to erect the structure that will be used to hold the concrete for half the wall. It constantly amazes us how hard we work and how slow the visible progress. Miguel, our foreman, never takes a break and constantly teaches us new skills.     Jeremy has been Read More…

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