Lessons from Summer School

Teaching summer school, known as Vacaciones Útiles, is my favorite project that I have tackled, so far. In site, I am definitely most happy when I am working, and vacaciones útiles filled my February with 98 kids with amazingly unique personalities from all over the province of Asunción, Ancash.  That means I got 98+ hugs a…

State of Emergency

All over the world, there have been news broadcasts showing the horrible flooding and landslides that have officially put Perú in a state of emergency. More than 70 lives have been claimed, hundreds are left missing, and over 100,000 people are now without homes. The situation is devastating to say the least, and I am…

When Culture Requires that You Cut Down a Tree

Carnaval is upon us! In Ancash, this is the time for dodging flour bombs and dancing to the constant beat of the Huayno drums. Sheer happiness clouds the air as people dance and laugh and drink to celebrate this time. Everywhere celebrates Carnaval slightly differently, but this year, I spent the celebration in one of…

My Cusco Top 10

Happy New Year, Everyone! The end of December and the beginning of January were a complete blur and have been super busy. I was fortunate enough to get to take a vacation with my family over the holidays and it was a trip of a lifetime. Having my mom, sister, and brother in one place…

A Visit with Carrie Hessler-Radelet

The Peace Corps has been full of unexpected and humbling experiences. Daily, I have to pinch myself to remind myself that this is my life. I’m living in Perú. In fact, right now, I’m writing this blog post while sitting outside and watching the most incredible bright orange sun fade into dark blue wisps of clouds…

Somos Emprendedores, Somos Perú

Goal 2 of a Community Economic Peace Corps volunteer is to help promote economic opportunities for women and young people through trainings and education on income generating activities. To help fulfill this goal, I spent 10 weeks from October through December teaching a course at the high school called, Somos Emprendedores, Somos Perú. This course…

Four Steps to the Perfect Campo Trout

Some of my favorite memories from this experience are the times that I get to spend with my host family sharing in things that they love. As I’ve mentioned before, in Perú food is love, so much of the experiences are centered around the dinner table. To celebrate my host mom’s birthday, my host parents, two…

My Truth about Peace Corps

When starting this blog, I decided I always want to be honest. I want to form confianza with the readers and share with potential new Peace Corps volunteers, family members, friends, and curious readers what the Peace Corps experience has really been like for me. Every single volunteer has a personalized experience, which is the beautiful…

Banco Asunción

The third goal of a Community Economic Development volunteer in the Peace Corps is Personal Money Management. This goal helps community members to improve their financial management capacity in order to increase their household economic security and, ultimately, increase quality of life. This is my favorite Peace Corps goal so far. Shortly after coming to…

The Hoax Known as Climate Change

Living in the Cordillera Blancas of the Andes mountains means spending weekends climbing towering mountains, visiting crystal blue lakes, and exploring the most magical glaciers you could ever imagine. Right outside my bedroom window, I get a view of the snowcapped peaks of Comchas Mountain, which reflect pink rays off the glowing white snow as the…