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Day 16 - Coming home!

Bye Peru and thanks for everything

We are all packed up and ready to go. This is our last full day in Peru before embarking for the airport at 11:00 p.m. Our plane leaves early morning (2:40 a.m.) and we anticipate touching down tomorrow (Monday) at 11:40 a.m. at Terminal One. We are sad to leave but looking forward to coming home.

The sun sets in Peru at the end of our trip. Thanks to all those who followed our adventures.

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Day 14 - Placements are finished

Students are successful!

Hola. Trabajo bien hecho (job well done!). Bloggers today are the faculty leads Philip Burge and Linda Hill pictured here with our Cross Cultural Solutions National Director, Lawrence Book McKnight.

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This was our final day in placement. Students at the primary school completed English lessons with each of the 6 classes and finished painting the exterior wall mural depicting friendship between Canada and Peru.

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The School's Director and teachers hosted our students with a generous good-bye lunch. Cards were made by children to thank our students for their time and expertise in the classroom. The creative cards were touchingly received with thanks.

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The Early Year's School was a buzz with activities on our last day. The teachers had a special thank you event for our students and presented them each with hand made Peruvian gloves. Each teaching team - Peruvian teachers and our students, were photographed for the school archives.

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Humber students donated educational resources to both Schools with approval from our partner organization.

Students are enjoying free-time this weekend. Two students have already embarked on previously arranged extensions to the southern city of Cusco. We are enjoying our final weekend before returning to Canada.

Adios!

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Day 13 - Calligraphy

Peruvian printing class

Hola! Another busy day in placement. At the Kusi Wawa Kuna school, the 3-year olds had dance lessons. We serve lots of food while there so kitchen duty is endless - breakfast, snack and a hot lunch. The food is donated by a local church and ensures the children have access to regular meals. At the Santisima Virgen De Fatima school we are teaching English to older children. We are also creating a community mural on an outside wall of the school. It is almost finished ... stay tuned for the unveiling tomorrow.

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We had a busy afternoon with a Spanish lesson followed by a Peruvian Calligraphy class. This traditional art form was taught to us by a local artisan. We created our own name plates after lots of practice. It is harder than it looks!

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Day 12 - Museum of Memories, Tolerance and Social Inclusion

Learning about Peru's Shining Path Movement

Today we worked in placements with the children. The two weeks are flying by! This afternoon we visited the Museum of Memories, Tolerance and Social Inclusion. It is built into the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The museum is a memorial of sorts to over 70,000 Peruvians who were murdered during a time of civil unrest in the 1980s up to 2000.

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We were given a tour of the museum and facts about that period in Peruvian history. Large videos hanging around the room allowed us to hear first hand the stories of survivors.

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The exhibits included historical photos and and personal belongings of people who disappeared and have never been found.

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Throughout the exhibit is artwork and community pieces like these handmade scarves that hang from the ceiling and commemorate the coming together of people to heal and remember.

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Day 11 - Hola!

Placement and Spanish Lesson

Our blogger today is John Kruzlics, a Child and Youth Care Accelerated student.

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Today we spent time teaching children reading and writing. We ourselves learned something in Spanish learning about verbs and conjugation. Spanish is a complicated language but were picking up some key words that help us with the kids. We also had some more free time than usual to go out, do laundry or catch up on some sleep.

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