A Day in the Life

Hi, It’s Mene again! This blog post is going to be dedicated to a life lesson learned while working at the Sacred Valley Project. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit the community of Socma, about a 4 hour walk from Ollantaytambo, or a 2 hour walk from the...

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Teachers’ Strike & Winter Vacations

The Young Women of the Dorm Talk About the Recent Teacher Strikes in Ollantaytambo During July and August, teacher strikes and a regularly scheduled winter break caused the girls of the Sacred Valley Project to miss several weeks of school. While the schools were closed, the young women either remained at...

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Meet the Girls

Having finally managed to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together, we bring to you photos and mini bios of the newest additions to the dormitory! Just as we did in our first year, the girls wrote their own biographies (though somewhat hesitantly), and we translated them as best...

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Year Two: Inaugurated

On Sunday, 20th of March, the Sacred Valley Project celebrated the start of its’ second operational year and inauguration of the new dormitory building. This 2011 school year, with twelve students and twelve families, management will surely be a tricky issue. However, the families and students alike have impressed us...

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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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A New Set of First Impressions

Another Gringo Arrives on the Scene After finishing up my first year of grad school stateside this past year, I am finally down in the Sacred Valley to see what we have put together, and to work on developing the organizational aspects of the dormitory. My major goal is to figure...

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Transitioning

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...

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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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