Making community connections
Wow oh wow, I am amazed by how much I can learn, experience and gain from my time here. I was introduced to the community where we will be doing our service-learning projects. We are building stoves, ovens and chimneys out of available materials including, bricks, mud and water for the community homes.
After our first day out there, I was absolutely exhausted but impressed with how my team and I built a stove with MUD! Though I have zero experience with building things, our in-country leaders walked us through the process and assisted throughout. The results from our work are absolutely incredible, and I am so excited to see the community use a better resource for cooking.
We also got the opportunity to paint the community's school and homes. The kids were adorable and excited when they met us. Their energy gave me the motivation to create and design pictures for their school’s wall! It was a challenge, not going to lie, in the hot weather, nevertheless, I would love to do it again and again for the kids.
Lastly, I had the opportunity to visit the clinic to observe and watch doctors and nurses working to help patients. This experience was an eye-opening moment, where I was exposed to a different medical culture. Everyone was engaged, ready to assist patients and excited to have ASU volunteers come to help in any way possible. It was an honor to spend my time in the laboratory with a doctor who explained the things he does, showed me his work and even let me help him with samples from patients. I was in awe of the fact that he did all of this on his own. His organization, determination and energy inspired me so much.
Peru has so much to offer, and I am so ready to take it all in! Ready for the next blog? Well I am too!! See you next time!