Peru 2016 Service Trip

February 12 - February 21

service trip to peru

On Friday, February 12, 18 Austin Prep Upper School students embarked on a week-long service trip to Peru. The students are dedicating their winter break to helping those in need. They are: Pedro Castro ’17, Grace Choma ’18, Tori DaSilva ’19, Alexandra Farina ’16, Michael Flynn ’17, Gianna Gravalese ’16, Kate Horgan ’19, Eric Kim ’17, Maddy Kokot ’19, Emily Kuter ’19, Lizzy May ’19, Shannon McKie ’16, Emily Morris ’16, Alison Richmond ’16, Kelsey Roy ’19, Katherine Ventola ’16, Amanda Williams ’19, and Crystal Zhao ’19. Accompanying them are trip leader, Ms. Carolyn Warner, Math Faculty, and Mr. Michael McLaughlin, Head of Middle School.

The group is keeping us updated on their amazing journey through this blog. 

Second Sunday


Church bells broke the silence of Sunday in Cusco as we prepared for our final few hours in Peru.

After breakfast, we walked to the Plaza de Armas and followed the crowd into the Cathedral of Cusco for the celebration of the Holy Mass. We were struck by the reverence of the congregants and the …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Sunday February 21, 2016
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Salsa Lessons


After our trek to Machu Picchu, we boarded the Peruvian Rail train bound for Ollantaytambo. Along the way, we passed more Incan ruins guarding the approach to Machu Picchu and from the windows on top of our carriage could spy the towering snow-capped volcano Veronica.\

We transferred from train …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Saturday February 20, 2016
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Machu Picchu: Wonder of the World


Machu Picchu is regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. And the site truly lived up to its name when we arrived at the cloud-shrouded summit at day break. As our guide, Eddie, a native of Cuzco and expert in the field of Incan studies, shared the history of the city's founding, the sun …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Friday February 19, 2016
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Day 4 of Service

 

Today, we completed our final day of service in Urubamba. We got right to work completing the painting of three Upper School classrooms. Another team created athletic murals to decorate the walls opening onto the soccer pitch/courtyard. As we completed our work, we added one more mural to …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Thursday February 18, 2016
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Day 3 of Service


We boarded our vans this morning and cruised along the river back to the former Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo. We returned to the dormitories of the Sacred Valley Project, though our commute was but a fraction of the time it took for the students and their families to also be at the compound …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Wednesday February 17, 2016
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Day 2 of Service


Have you seen the documentary "We go to School"? The film traces the long, often dangerous, journey that girls in underdeveloped countries must take to arrive at their classrooms order to receive even the most basic education. For the girls in the mountainous region of Peru, this is a daily …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Tuesday February 16, 2016
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Day 1 of Service

 

At $36 dollars per month tuition, the Sacred Heart of Jesus School in downtown Urubamba is home to 350 students and 29 faculty for primary and secondary school. Several years ago, the school constructed a three-floor, nine-classroom addition to be able to allow all students to attend class …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Monday February 15, 2016
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Meeting Our Hosts

We are acclimating to the mountains of Peru. After a solid night of sleep, several of us arose early to experience a meditation rooted in traditional Andean cosmology. Elders spoke of the importance of the earth, water, air, and fire to life and the centrality of the sun. An exchange of peace of a…

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Sunday February 14, 2016
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Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru


We spent our first full day in Peru flying from Lima, which is at sea level, to Cusco, which stands at an elevation of 14,000 feet. 

From the plane windows, we spied snow-capped mountains poking through the clouds and imagined how the Incan civilization once mastered this mountainous …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Saturday February 13, 2016
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Breathtaking Drive Up The Coast

We arrived in Lima late last night and drove along the Pacific Coast to our hotel for a quick overnight. The beautiful vistas and breaking waves are reminiscent of California's Route 1 - plus the addition of an enormous lighted cross and purple Christ the Redeemer statue on the cliff side.

We …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Saturday February 13, 2016
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