The Willows 3rd Service Learning Trip – To Peru Spring 2019
During Spring Break, 14 Middle School students and 4 chaperones from The Willows Community School traveled to Peru for our second international service learning trip. The group visited many sites such as Machu Picchu and worked with members of the Sacred Valley Project, which provides education, skills, and resources to indigenous girls 10 to 16-years old from rural Peru.
Students learned a great deal about the culture and people of Peru. They explored Lima and ventured on to Cusco and then the Sacred Valley. Students created tile paintings by carving alpacas, fish, and other shapes significant to the Incas, hiked Machu Picchu, visited an old Incan village and the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Condor.
In the town of Calca in the Sacred Valley, students worked at the Sacred Valley Project which provides a home for 30 girls who do not have secondary schools in the towns where they live. They performed various jobs including sanding and varnishing chairs, creating a garden, and carrying chopped wood for fires. Students mingled with the girls after their school day ended and even played soccer.
Willows students are doing a variation on the Middle School elective, The Memory Project. Photos were exchanged, and our students will draw the Sacred Valley Project girls, and the girls will draw our Willows students and exchange artwork to share memories of the trip.