Our Homestay

I haven’t said much about our homestay, but I wanted to take some time to mention how great they were. We lived with our host mom, whose daughter, son-in-law, and two beautiful grandchildren were visiting for the summer. We lived with other students and volunteers from Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, and America. We had so much fun and have truly made some amazing friends that we hope to visit in Europe soon. We also had a housekeeper Toti, a handyman Yorky, and our hostmom’s oldest son Renzo the racecar driver was our roommate on the 2nd floor.

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Our First Volunteer Project

Our first volunteer project in Cusco, is located a short bus ride away from our homestay. We can’t communicate with the woman that runs the program, and can only sometimes communicate with the children, but we have an amazing time coming up with ideas for the lessons we teach. So far we have had several English lessons, and many art projects; including, painting self-portraits, drawing family-portraits, making animal flashcards in English, and making Valentine’s Day cards. The children come from a small town with dirt roads, and despite the language barrier, have been so much fun!

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Settling In

We have settled into our new home, and plan to stay here for a little over a month with a small break soon. We have our own apartment next to the main house. The cats and dogs are always wandering around. We have decided that Zenzaro (italian for ginger) is our cat. He sleeps in our house every night now and sometimes comes in when it is raining. The other 7 cats are named Lucretzia, Kanella (cinnamon), Meggy (nutmeg), Gilda, Muton, Smokey, and 37 or Trente Sette. The dogs are named Gastone, France, and Bella.

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