It was a cold start to day 4 of our trip, and a brave few started their day with a shower. A majority of the group began the day by preparing their work materials, and after the entire group was prepared, we ate a good breakfast. Our energized group then went off to begin work at the school. Our mission was to dig holes in order to erect wooden poles for the bleachers. Our task was made easy by our team work and the project's progress was greatly improved. During our day we played the school children in soccer. We were quickly humbled by their skill and athleticism with were superior to ours! We lost 6-0. After soccer, we were sent to our host families for lunch, and following our lunch a village elder discussed the community's history. After the presentation was delivered we were sent back to our shelter where we began a challenging game. The objective was to make it through a pathway while blindfolded. The path was obstructed by water bottles and our partners had to navigate us around them. Eventually our entire group passed the task and we celebrated with a great dinner.
Written by Nico, edited by Auden
Today, we left the hotel early in the morning. Fueled by a delicious breakfast, our group was ready to roll and displayed awesome positivity. Arriving at the Saona Reservation, we explored the campsite, and many students exclaimed how their expectations were exceeded. On the hike to the school, we surveyed the beautiful scenery and saw many chickens and dogs roaming the streets. The people here like to let their pets roam freely. When we arrived, the younger students seemed excited to greet us, and they joyfully hugged us and gave us beautiful flowers. We quickly toured the school and then got to work. Our job was to clear the tall grass and trash from an area to make space for benches that we will eventually build (we used machetes and rakes). Afterward, we went home to eat lunch with our host families. Most of the meals in Peru consist of rice, veggies, and chicken. Later, we explored another trail and made our way to the Tambopata River. The view was spectacular! An obscurity we have seen was that kids of any age can ride motorbikes on the roads. Today was very interesting and opened our eyes to how different our lives are compared to the people here and how fortunate we are.
- Andrew and Taylor
Hello family and friends of the Gilman/Bryn Mawr program in Peru,
The group has arrived to Puerto Maldonado safe and sound and are settling into their hotel and new routine! They are finishing up dinner and will return to the hotel soon for a good night's rest after a long day of travel. They will post blog updates once they get a reliable wifi connection.
Don't hesitate to reach out to the WLS office with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your continued trust and support,
The WLS team