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Day One of Placements

May 26, 2014
by Danielle Schwartz '16
Kusi Kawsay School

Our first day at our placements was amazing. Marina and I are working at a school while Ingrid, Virginia, and Kelleen are working with the Amaru Cultural Center. At the school we learned about the importance of love, respect, and happiness within their school community. Carlos, the school’s music teacher, explained that in Peruvian schools children do not have as much of a voice as they do in American schools; that taught through discipline. He went on to explain that he believes students should be “taught with love and music to represent the community feeling."

As I hope you can gather, Carlos is a very spiritual man. Marina and I enjoyed learning from him. We also visited a first grade class and it was a lot of fun.

Meanwhile, Ingrid, Virginia, and Kelleen worked at the inn on a plan for a pamphlet. They talked to Lucilla, a women who creates textiles, to learn more about the native culture, and with Roman, co-proprietor of the Pisac Inn and husband of Fielding (a Madeira alum and the other proprietor of the inn). They hope to be able to create a facebook page so people around the world learn about this Amaru culture and beautiful art. 

Ms. Morgan and Mrs. Smith sent us on a "Drop-off Activity" in which we had to find certain places in the town. It was very hard but also a lot of fun to explore. Lastly we went star gazing with Roman, his son, and a few friends. It was amazing. We learned about all constellations and Roman described symbols found in the stars that guide their lives. The evening ended with our hosts playing music and dancing with us. Today was amazing and I look forward to more adventures in Peru!