City Lights

As the end of the first school year approaches, there’s naturally been a great emphasis on after school tutorials and late night study sessions. Nonetheless, we managed to sneak in a formality that neither school nor dormitory could possibly deny its students: an end of the year field trip. Last...

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Party Time!

It was Bianca’s birthday on Monday (Happy Birthday!) and we had a party at the dorm.  Maura cooked up some fried trout, choclo (big corn), chicken noodle soup and salad.  Yum! Shiva, our all-star volunteer and art teacher from earlier in the year, returned to Ollanta from her travels in...

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Our New Place

El Divino Maestro, once Ollantaytambo’s only private school, now stands abandoned. Along the river, its empty classrooms look out onto magnificent fort where the Incas once held back the Spanish invasion. Two buildings surround a walled in courtyard that is still half covered in grass. Cartoon characters are painted on...

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Maura with Nohemi It’s been a week of transition down here in Ollantaytambo. Bianca left the dormitory for her summer job with Rustic Pathways, leading groups of high school students up giant mountains and to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. In her place we have hired Maura, a teacher...

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A Vacation

A week ago I left the albergue for a stint in Chile. A vacation of sorts, but mostly a visa run exalted as vacation. The six girls were left in the care of Shiva, and I continually attempted to suppress the urges to worry and to instead relax on the...

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Class 101

Thirty-four kids. Some are vaguely attentive, most are blatantly not. They are taking some species of a test today, although the environment couldn’t be less conducive towards an exam. The kids speak freely; they turn around in their chairs to consult their neighbors. Some simply don’t bother with the test...

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Great People

Shiva’s art class I think you can tell from the bios below, but these young women are great! Besides being sweet, they are incredibly hard working and serious about their studies. No matter how hard their math homework is, they spend as long as it takes to understand it. Every...

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Mini Bios & Photo Shoots

I believe that it was weeks ago in which I promised all of you lovely individuals that I would post haste be sharing more information about our six delightful ladies. It would seem that I had failed in my promise and good will, but alas, I manage to pull through....

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