Please logged in to see pending comments.
Yes, she does deserve her own blog among other things including an award for definately being the best host mom in the world. Honestly, she´s probably the most dependable person I know. I even refer to her as mom in casual conversation, ¨No I can´t eat at the center, I didn´t tell mom I wasn´t coming home for lunch.¨ I even worry about being a little late for when she expects me to back because I don´t want to disappoint her. She literally spoils Cara and I. First, we have some kind of vegetable in or around every meal. It´s also starting to become rare for us to have potatos and rice on the same plate. Totally not in typical peruvian style. I know another volunteer who I call Denmark who only had brocoli once her entire stay in Peru. I had it what like 4 times the first week at least. Also, every morning she makes either some kind of fruit juice, avena, or a drink with quinou. It´s literally heaven. I don´t have a desire to eat my meals, unless someone offered me a fountain of peanutbutter, elsewhere. She even packed Cara and I dinner for when we went to MachuPiccu and was so worried we´d leave for our train before she came back from the market for lunch. She has such a big heart it´s incredible and she really cares about the well being of the volunteers under her roof.
I´m trying to remember how to cook the food she makes so I can make them at home, and americanize them just a tad. For instance today we had pretty much what I would call Tuna Burgers. It was tuna, eggs, vinegar, a little bit of flour, spinach, and tomatoes. It was heavenly. Add some onion and garlic in that and top with guacamole it would be ...
This weekend Cara and I went to MachuPiccu and climbed Huayna Piccu and I´ve never been so thoroughly exhausted. After the hike to Huayna Piccu my legs were seriously shaking. The Incas needed three carbs on their plate just to have enough energy to walk up those steep steps let alone carry impossibly large rocks and other materials to build their temples. I don´t know how they did it. Hosting my own body weight around MachuPiccu was exhausting enough for me. Anyway, MachuPiccu was spectacular. The views were incredible and it´s amazing how much the Incas accomplished with little tools. It was just amazing. They even let alpacas roam around the site too. I was so surprised when we saw one coming straight towards us... do they bite and is this creature going to charge at me? This experience is definately going to be one that I remember for the rest of my life.
This week the center finally opened in qotowincho. The first day was beyond frustrating. My sorority always jokes about being on AEPHI time which means we run late for everything, but peruvian time is a lot worse. Two of the workers didn´t even show up for three hours and then left within an hour. Also, it´s hard having all the activities planned out for the mothers as well. It´s so hard to keep their attention when they don´t even want to play the games we had. About 8 mothers came for breakfast and only two stayed all the way through lunch. The others of course returned for the lunch hour.
Today was a lot smoother, partially because Cara and I planned and were expected the frustration and partially because one of the other workers for the project actually does ...
I am sorry for the delay in writing my activity journals! Got caught up in holiday things and family emergencies. But now I'm ready to work on these blogs that I hope will help future volunteers going to Peru's Conservation Program in Taricaya understand more about their placement before they arrive. So here's the first one!
This is the activity that you will do most often in your stay are Taricaya, the one you’ll become the most familiar with, as it must be done twice a day, every single day, come rain or sunshine. By the end of three months, I had lost track of the number of times I’d done it. I felt like an expert and could even instruct new volunteers on the basics.
The start of the activity is preparing food for the animals in the Animal Kitchen. That means washing and cutting all the fruits and vegetables, boiling a whole pot full of eggs, and handle chicken legs and hearts. Each animal enclosure has its own bowl marked with the species that receives it. Sheets of diet information hang on the wall, displaying the morning and afternoon portions each creature eats. Once all the food is measured, washed, sliced, and placed in the right bowl, it is taken over to the Rescue Center, where the water tap is stationed so that you can get water for the animals.
In pairs, the volunteers and staff take a bowl of food and water, and spread out through the Center to each enclosure. Those with experience are always partnered with someone with less experience, and if there’s any animal that makes you uncomfortable, you only have to say so; no one will make you come face to face with an animal you don’t like. Following the protocol of each enclosure (dip your shoes in the disinfectant, locate the animals before ...
When my host mom first told me that a month of being in Peru would go by muy rapido I kind of shook my head in agreement while thinking the opposite. Well now here I am with ten days left in elsagrado valle and I can not believe it!! My host dad told me ¨´ya eres peruana´¨ one night at dinner the past week or so and I have to say I took it as quite the compliment! I can see myself adapting to different peruvian ways such as prefering hot drinks over cold water, becoming accustomed to lunch as the biggest meal, and i can finally say that I am confident in using the transportation here!
Last week, as the only two nutrition volunteers, Livia and I sat in on a meeting with the municipality regarding the start of the nutrition project, prepared materials to work in a summer school, and taught in summer schools in Ucay and Calca.
I enjoyed sitting in on the meeting about the nutrition`project and while it was all in spanish I was able to understand most of the lecture... Although it is a little frustrating because the government has hired women to work in the nutrition centers but failed to give them materials to work with or even ideas to reach the goals to better nutrition... That was where we came in in the meeting. With the help of Peter we explained different games and materials to the new workers so that thy could use them in their assigned clinics or develop their own similar games.
The summer schools in UCay and Calca went really well. We explained about the piramida alimenticia and played bingo and other games with the kids. The classes in Ucay were a bit smaller so it was easier to work with the kid because they paid better attention and the games went more smoothly without as much disruption. The kids were extremely grateful and it ...
Die zweite (ziemlich arbeits- und schweissreiche) Woche haben wir hinter uns. Sandschleppen zum Urwaldwege ausbessern, Bruecken ueber dem noch begehbaren Regenwaldboden ausbessern (fuer Ende Jaenner wird viel Regen erwartet), Schmetterlingsraupen und Schildkroeten fuettern, Fruechte ernten beim Bauern auf der anderen Flusseite und vieles mehr. Bananen sind hier offenbar ein Hauptnahrungsmittel. Es gibt verschiedene Sorten in verschiedenen Groessen. Frittiert, als Beilage-Knoedel, gesalzene Bananenchips, oder in Reis. Die grossen schmecken eher wie mehlige Kartoffeln, nicht alle sind suess. Christoph hat heute seinen ersten Bananenbaum mit der Machete umgeschnitten (aber natuerlich so weit oben wie es geht, damit er wieder nachwachsen kann), und zur Belohnung Kokosnussmilch frisch aus der Nuss getrunken. Kakao haben wir auch gelutscht, ganz suess innen, Konsistenz erinnert eher an was anderes und man braucht viel Phantasie um den Weg von der giftigen violetten Nussbohne zum fertigen Kakao nachzuvollziehen. Im Wasser hinter unserer Huette haben wir schon ein paarmal diesen Otter beobachtet, der da zum Fischen kommt. Der Chefchef hat gleich eine Kamera mit Bewegungssensor aufstellen lassen - angeblich ziemlich selten, dieser "giant otter", wird bis zu 2m gross. Eigentlich leben sie in einem See ein paar Kilometer entfernt. Das Wasser hinter der Huette ist ein Flusszweig, der diesen See mit dem Madre de Dios Fluss verbindet, und der nur da ist, wenn der Regen kommt. In der frueh kommt nicht selten der Kolibri und flattert kurz vor unserem "Fenster" auf der Stelle, als ob er nachschauen wuerde ob alles passt. Foto haben wir noch keins machen koennen - er ist einfach zu schnell (fuer uns). Chamaeleon-Haderdaxl gibt es hier auch, unglaublich, wie sich die der Umgebung ...