Blogs from Huancayo, Junin, Peru, South America


South America » Peru » Junin » Huancayo June 7th 2015

Overview – Volunteering Experience (2nd Month) Since the three guys have left the place, it has been quite in the house. I moved up to sleep on the second floor because the nights were getting colder and it was warmer in the room upstairs. NOTE: I watched many of the NHL playoff games as I missed hockey. Initially, I was watching the games on my phone. However, after a while, I couldn´t stream the games on my phone so I was going to an Internet place that was close to my house. It was so funny seeing the kids staring at me watching hockey as they probably never seen that in the life. Huari (May 2) On Sunday, I went with the girls (Stefany and Gwen) to a little village near Huancayo called Huari. If I ... read more
Huancavelica - Sunday Market
Gwen´s Going Away Party - Torta de Coco
Mothers´ Day - Pachamanca

South America » Peru » Junin » Huancayo May 9th 2015

Overview – Volunteering Experience So far, my volunteering experience is going pretty well. Initially, I was supposed to be on different projects, such as Microfinance and others. Due to circumstances, I ended up teaching English in an Elementary school for about 5 hours a day (2nd and 4th grades). With time, I got used to it and I like working with kids. However, I also realized that I am not very patient with them. As the kids didn’t really have any exposure to English language, I am pretty much teaching the same thing to both grades, and those things are very basic such as colors, greetings, etc. I have classes every day from 1pm to 6pm. My mornings are always the same: 1) Waking up at 7:30am (or earlier if one of the brothers put some ... read more
Traditional Dances
Preparing the ''Torta de Tres Leches''
''Torta de Tres Leches''

South America » Peru » Junin » Huancayo April 11th 2015

Our last few weeks in Huancayo were very busy. Teaching took most of the weekdays, and exploration took the weekends. We visited Wari ruins, that pre-date the Incas, climbed to about 5100meters on Huaytapallana, a mountain with a glacier, and took the train to Huacavallica. Now we are in Huaraz, another town high in the Andes, circled by huge craggy mountains covered in snow and glaciers. Mountaineering folks from around the world come here. Unfortunately, our first couple of days were pretty raining, so we don't have the best of photos to show. On our big climb on Huaytapallana, the breathing got pretty laboured. I had the most trouble, working hard just to breathe OUT! I also fell and wrecked my baby finger on my right hand pretty badly, cuts, sprained and sore. Spectacular mountain though. ... read more

South America » Peru » Junin » Huancayo March 25th 2015

We continue to teach, at a fairly organized primary school. Each of us teaches 3 classes a day, and together we cover all 42 classes in the entire place! And we have heard there will be 2 volunteers when we leave, so that´s great. We got to a local dance festival and they didn´t want us to watch, we were all pulled in. Amazingly, Dave is the one who did the most animated dancing, they put a vest and hat on him, and told him to kick up his heels! We are tired of seeing the sick scrawny dogs everywhere, and the occassional dead dog as well. Really time for Peru to address this problem. We also see a fair number of hairless dogs , and they seem well cared for. We took a bus trip ... read more

South America » Peru » Junin » Huancayo August 16th 2014

We stepped into the courtyard and straight into the heart of a little family business. And it was more heart than business. On a low bench along a wall a young man sat pencilling designs on small rounded tan-coloured gourds. Two young women next to him, carving out his drawings, using nothing more than a nail sharpened to a point. I noticed the plasters wound around finger tips; saw the concentration on their faces and felt their cameraderie as they worked together, chatting, smiling, laughing. Standing, a few meters away, a world unto himself, worked Pedro Veli, the master. A little padded bib hung over his chest, he peered over his glasses and worked steadily. On his gourd there was no pencil drawing. His image came from memory, from imagination, from life, from himself. He carves ... read more

South America » Peru » Junin » Huancayo July 27th 2013

Une aventure se termine mais voila qu'une autre commence....! Je suis deja a la moitier de mon voyage mais j'ai encore un mois pour parcourir en itinerance le sud du Perou, depuis Jauja (l'association humanitaire) jusqu'a la Paz en Bolivie, avant de remonter au Perou pour faire le Machu Pichu. En quelques etapes, je vais d'abord a Huacavelica (toujours dans la montagne) puis Paracas et les iles Balestas, Huancachina (une oasis pres d'Ica), puis Arequipa et son canyon le plus profond du monde (Pas celui de Colca!), le lac Titicaca, la Paz en Bolivie, puis Cuzco avec le Machu Pichu et la vallee sacree! Tout cela en un mois! Mais je compte vraiment prendre le temps au gres des rencontres... Depuis Jauja, j'ai commence mon mois d'itinerance avec les 3 autres volontaires de mon association: Romane, ... read more
En route pour Huancavelica
De belles rencontres
Nos amis peruviens ^^

South America » Peru » Junin » Huancayo July 26th 2013

Me voila partie pour ma derniere semaine dans l'ecole d'INICUDE a Jauja. La fete nationale etant le 28 Juillet au Perou, l'ecole dans laquelle je suis participe cette semaine pour cette occasion, au grand defile des ecoles des alentours de Jauja. Une marche impressionnante d'enfants entre 4 et 18 ans qui defilent aux pas militaires, les jambes hautes, le dos droit et les bras tendus. Impressionant! D'abord j'ai assiste au chant de l'hymne national du perou, par toute la population, debout, la main sur le coeur... Cela ne laisse pas indifferent de voir des gens fiers de leur pays et qui essaient de se raccrocher a quelque chose finalement, a appartenir a une unite... Apres le chant de l'hymne national, j'ai assiste aux defiles de beaucoup d'enfants, les tous petits de 4 ans d'abord, puis les ... read more
Hymne national du perou
Debut du defile

South America » Peru » Junin » Huancayo July 20th 2013

Ayant mes weeks-ends de libre avec les autres volontaires, nous avons voulu decouvrir un peu plus les villages andins... Apres avoir pris un "combi" (bus local) et marche un peu au milieu de villages un peu desert, quelle surprise de decouvrir une fete locale andine, qui ne se deroule qu'une fois par an. Nous avons ete attires par le son d'une fanfare au milieu d'un chemin sableux... Pour decouvrir une petite foule en train de couper des arbres a la hache, aux sons de leur fanfare! Nous avons ete tout de suite bien acceuilli, sous des saveurs de vin blanc sucre de la ville de Pisco, un vin plutot ressamblant a du muscat. La fete commencait :) ! Le chef du village nous a presente au reste des habitants, en nous disant que nous etions les ... read more
Fete locale
Fete locale
Embarquees !!

South America » Peru » Junin » Huancayo July 8th 2013

Me voila partie pour une autre destination, a savoir a Jauja, dans la region de Huancayo, en pleine cordillere des Andes! Le changement de paysage et de climat fut radical. Adieu au ciel grisonant et au froid, me voila en pleine montagne avec un soleil puissant, pour des journees a 25degres ! L'association pour laquelle j'interviens en tant que professeur de langues/animatrice s'appelle INICUDE. C'est une association qui a cree une ecole, pour des enfants de 4 a 12 ans. L'ecole se trouve en peripherie de la ville de Jauja et est entouree de montagnes. Je suis partie pour intervenir 3 semaines dans cette ecole. J'ai deja realise un peu plus d'une semaine la-bas et je peux dire que les enfants sont attachants... Autant qu'au Cambodge... Des mon premier jours avec les enfants, l'acceuil fut vraiment ... read more
Pres de l'ecole
En plein jeu!

South America » Peru » Junin » Huancayo October 27th 2010

Spent the weekend in Chupaca. Got to do a little ministry, went and saw some ruins, and went to the fair in town. ... read more

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