By Owen and Cal
We started our day at seven thirty. We ate at the shelter’s kitchen and were greeted by a friendly monkey named Toyore. We were excited to finally head to the shelter located in the community where we will be staying for the next four nights. After getting set up we then analyzed the risks for the coming activities like mosquitoes and getting sunburn, and talked about preventing these risks from the start. We are ready! We walked to the school and looked at what we will be doing for the service project. Later we met our host families, and had a delicious meal and attempted to break the ice in Spanish. It was awkward at first for the most part because we are still learning, but the families were patient with us and we think it will get a lot better.
We hiked home and relaxed before our learning session. During the learning session we talked and wrote about our skills and key events in our life. This let us reflect on past expirences. Then we ate a pasta and chicken dinner. Lastly, we did ANCHOR. ANCHOR stands for apreciation (where we can talk about something that we enjoyed), news(tomorrow’s plan), concerns for the coming day, hopes for the coming day, obscurities (things different from home) and reading, this is a passage or quote that the leaders of the day choose. The leaders of the day are two volunteers that ensure that everyone is hydrated, has bug spray/sunscreen, and the one that talked throught the risks of the day. We then wrote this blog entry! Wow that’s crazy!
P.s not included below: photo of the tarantula (1 of 5) that Johan found. Turns out they are more scared of us.
-Owen and Cal
After an incredible dinner at Villa Hermosa in Puerto Maldonado (with a surprise monkey guest) we are settling in and getting used to the jungle at our first learning session. More updates to come tomorrow, but we were excited to share a few more photos from our day in Lima and the villa tonight.
Jill, Jake, Colin, and Johan
Hello friends and family of the Gilman/Bryn Mawr program in Peru,
The group arrived safely in Lima last night and had a restful night in the hotel! They are now on a bus tour around Lima before heading to the airport for their flights to Puerto Maldonado. Everyone is happy, healthy, and in great spirits. They will update this blog once they get wifi access, but meanwhile feel free to give us a call at 303-679-3412 with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your continued trust and support,
The WLS team