The collection of entries below is supplementary to my previous blog post, A Stairway from Kamloops to Lima.
Team Cedar, checking in! Here we are in Lima, a 13 member group of Ced
ar Dental Centre employees along with family, friends, and significant others. It’s been a couple days now since the bulk of us left Kamloops for our South American destination. After about 14 hours of flights, shuttles and airport lines, we finally arrived in Lima. One night to regain the sleep we lost in transit, a whirlwind tour of the city most of us have never seen before, and another slumber brought us to this morning.
Today was the beginning of our hands-on volunteer excursion with Developing World Connections, and what an amazing experience it has been already! At 8am or so we boarded our bus, which carried us to our orientation with host partner IFEJANT. From there, we rode on beyond the limits of pavement to dirt roads rising to the hills of San José Obrero, the destination of our whole reason for being here in Peru. Upon arriving we were guided through the local school, a budding hub of education built partially with the assistance of past groups like our own, and one that we are here to further improve upon. We spent the remainder of the morning getting introduced to teachers, parents, and the vibrant smiling children that filled each classroom. Continue reading “Memories of San José Obrero”