Peru Pt. 1: Pisco Sin Fronteras

September 7, 2010


The first stop on our Peru trip was Pisco Sin Fronteras (PSF), a volunteer organization located in Pisco, a town about four hours south of Lima. PSF was started about two years ago after the town was hit by a large earthquake that left the town in rumbles. Volunteers from all over the world come to help the people of the town rebuild their lives in any way that they can. A typical day at PSF involved being up and ready for breakfast at 7, a group meeting at 8 to discuss the projects going on that day and sign up for the one you wanted to work on, leaving for work around 9, returning from work between 4:30-6, dinner at 6, and the rest of the night to do as you please.
Most of the days I worked at the Ludoteca, which is the town’s daycare center. The kids are so much fun to be around. We made balloon animals, made things out of play-doh, and of course, played countless games of soccer. And let me tell you, never underestimate the soccer skills of a Peruvian child. Another day I helped teach English lessons, which was definitely a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. But, the enthusiasm that they had while learning definitely made it worth it. The craziest day of volunteering was working at Toledo’s house. We were helping him add another room on to his house, which we were making out of sugar cane sticks and poop mud (dirt, manure, water). I never knew there was such an art to making and flinging mud.
This doesn’t even begin to explain everything wonderful that was Pisco & PSF, but I’m not sure there are words that could properly do that. PSF was such an amazing experience and we met some really awesome people, I really wish we could have stayed longer.

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