This first week has been such a great start to my time here. Thankfully, I came in late Friday night, so I had the weekend to catch up on sleep and hang it before I had to start waking up early for school Monday.
This week has been a settling in of routines and figuring out just what I’m doing here so I’ll give a overview of my time here just like my week was.
I am staying in a region of Lima called Villa El Salvador. It is a little bit outside the city and is the poorest region. This region has a rich history of resilient people thrown out into this land in the seventies after political turmoil caused Lima to be overpopulated by immigrants from the Andes region. Soon the shanty town developed and is now a thriving community of almost half a million. Slowly, this region gets more and more essentials from the national government such as running water, electricity, and paved roads. I am living with a teacher from the elementary school where I am doing my internship. There are also three uni students from Spain staying with us in the home who are volunteering at the school and doing some other projects around the city.
The school serves students three years old through sixth grade. There classes for: 3 year old, 4s, 5s 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. Each classroom has two teachers up through 3rd grade. I am working with the English/ Music teacher; so each week we see each class once a week for Music and once a week for English. So far, I have been helping out and observing how things are done here at the school. (The blue portion of the building is the school.)
After school gets out at 2 o’clock, the five of us walk down the street to have lunch with another teacher. At her house, we take naps and then go to a few different places in the afternoons. Some days we go to a local theater group for kids that is run by a friend of our host family. This week, the students were preparing for a circus show they put on for another region in Villa El Salvador. We all bussed over and the students put on a wonderful show for the kiddos.
Some days after lunch and naps, we do to an orphanage and help the students with homework and play with them. Other days, we walk back up to the school and help teach volleyball to the neighborhood kids through an after school program.
I am really loving the opportunity to get involved in the community here behind the school and I am super excited to keep sharing with you all! This is just a little overview of what I think my next few weeks will be like, but who knows? It might change around 😊