Behind the Scenes: Part III

Meet Gabriela Scarafioca, our 2012 Program Director! Gabriela, our brilliant Program Director, soaking up the sun at Machu Picchu Gabriela was born in Piamonte, a small village in Argentina. When she turned 17, she moved to the more populous city of Rosario to attend and eventually graduate from the Universidad Nacional...

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Behind the Scenes: Part II

Elena Terán, Program Director Elena, helping Maria-Elena with her homework   Meet Elena Terán, Program Director extraordinaire. Elena joined the SVP team in March of 2011, and though she has been with us a mere seven months, she has achieved great feats for our educational programs. Prior to moving down to the wee town...

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Behind the Scenes: Part I

Maria Pareja Delgado, Dormitory Supervisor Since you’ve had a chance to meet the young women who have been studying so diligently at the dorm, I thought it might be an opportune moment for us to start introducing the varied individuals that comprise the backbone of the project. So, today I present...

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Blogging from Lima

We’ve been seriously lagging behind in our blogging responsibilities. And for that, I (we) apologize. This lag is in no way owing to a dearth of happenings, stories and advancements. In fact, the relationship has been an inverse one: the busier we are at the dormitory, the less productive we...

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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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