This past week, July 19-July26, twelve high school students from my high school, Catholic Memorial Schools in West Roxbury, Massachusetts came to Peru. This trip is one of many offered by the Brother Edmund Rice Solidarity Initiative (BERSI) and was the fourth annual trip to Peru. It has special significance to me because four years ago, when I fell in love with Peru, I came with the BERSI program. Now, several years after my BERSI experience I find myself here studying in Peru for an entire year…
I worked with the high school students as a leader and guide. We saw all the touristy attractions of Lima, but something special about this trip is we also work and go into the poor neighborhoods and Pueblos Jovenes. We spend two days at Fe y Alegría N°26, where I volunteer, painting houses, one day in Villa Salvador and another day in Jicamarca—all poor in the outskirts of Lima.
I was with the students every day and all day and in the night, when I had a chance I would study for my finals, which are coming up next week. The students left last night and although I am completely exhausted it was such a great experience—one of my most memorable weeks here in Peru. I’ve attached a couple pictures of the group working in Canto Grande and other barrios that we visited.
**Right now I cannot upload fotos….I will do that as soon as the server problem is fixed!!
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