Climbing, Hiking, Teaching! Love!

Trip Start Jan 28, 2012
Trip End Jul 02, 2012

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Being here in Huaraz has been such a great experience. The opportunties I have had and the people I have met, have made my time here incredible! Since our trip to Trujillo we have taken it a bit slow and yet have had some great times.

With some friends from Huaraz, we decided to go rockclimbing! Our friends, Alan and Alamo took us outside of Huaraz to a small town called Marcara! Here we walked to this random spot off the side of the road. Here we were able to set up the gear and rockclimb. Here we spent the day relaxing and rockclimbing. It was such a great time and I love being able to spend time with great friends. Of course, since we are in Huaraz, it started to rain and eventually we made our way out. The thing about being here is that he transpotation is not always on schedule! We waited quite a long time in the rain for a conbi, mini bus, and everytime one came it was too full to fit anyone. We finally bolted for an open conbi to beat anyone else who was waiting for one and made our way home. It is truly amazing how many different outdoor activities there are in Huaraz. It is the spot to love nature!

As for my weekdays, I am still volunteer at the Jose Marello Institute but a few things have changed. My friend and I decided that we wanted to move out of the house that we were staying at for a few reasons but mainly because of the money. We wanted to save some of our money for travelling and decided to move into a hostel. Sadly, when we decided to leave the house, we were told that we were not allowed to be a part of the program Teach Huaraz Peru. I was very dissapointed in this becuase the whole point in coming to Peru was to volunteer. We still wanted to move and both my friend and I decided to just volunteer independently. I went to Margarita, the teacher I work with at Jose Marello, and work out a situation with here where I am still volunteering, but on my own terms. So i am still volunteering but now on my own. I love being with my students and really enjoy going everyday. When we moved out I went to pack my things and found the biggest spider I have ever seen! I did not plan on talking about packing but please look at the picture of this spider. I was absolutely terrified and I hope to never experience an insect that big ever again! Other than the spider, we left and moved into a small hostel in the middle of the city. We are very happy with our transition and I couldnt be happier at Jose Marello. 

Being at the school has been a very eye-opening experience for me as a teacher. The way school works here is very different from the states, and I have seen a lot of different ideas. Since I am working in a private school I only have a few students at a time and sometimes it is one on one. The student here dont go to school for the whole day, some are in the morning and others are in  the afternoon. I find that I am constantly questioning how certain things work here and I am still figuring out to relate my studies to the classroom. One aspect of teaching that I really want to look into is how to make English interesting, effective, and fun for all students, when I have no materials or technology to work with. In the States I have a good amount of resources but here is a different story. When I first started here all we did was work in a workbook and I would sometimes explain how things work on the whiteboard. Since I have gotten closer to the students I have realized that I need to relate to them in different ways. I have found that a little effort goes a long way and my plan is to work in what I have learned about teaching to the classroom here. When I came down to Peru I brought about thirty English books to give to different schools. I decided to donate all the books to Jose Marello and the reaction was more than I could ask for. I watched a few students´eyes light up when flipping through a book that was somewhat new. With this little gift (Thank you Melissa Osorio for the donation!) I was able to see how far something so small, like a book, can go.

Since our small rockclimbing adventure, my friends and I have been taking it easy until last weekend. My friends Kaytlin, Alex and I decided to go camping and let me tell you, it was quite the crazy adventure. We packed our bags for an overnight trip and set sail on Saturday. We decided to hike up to a small laguna named Shallap and stay the night there in a refuge. As we made our way through this 5 hour hike, we got to see some amazing views. We had to trek through this valley that reminded us all of Lord of the Rings. As we get to the other side of thie valley, we end up losing the trail (because there wasnt one) completely and now it is raining quite hard. Since many hikes here tend to be unlabeled, we were very unsure of our way. We ended up seeing a very questionable bridge and decided that since there was a bridge we should probably cross it. After crossing and hiking for about another hour or more my friend Alex bolted to the top of the mountain we were trying to get over and found that the refuge was on the other side of the river. We have to make our way back down the mountain, in the cold rain and cross the scary bridge again. Finally we make our way up the other side of the mountain and made it to the refuge, which was a stable for donkeys and cows. Freezing cold, my friend Kaytlin decides to go to the laguna(in the dark)  to get water for us to make dinner. As she opens the door, we see that it  was snowing!!! As she heads out in the snow, we realize we dont know how far the laguna really is.We ended up using our drinking water that night for our dinner and ended up getting water from the river the next day. Our hike back to Huaraz was still about 5 hours and in the rain the whole time. Since I have been in Huaraz I have wanted to go camping but this was not quite what I expected. Being here in the rainy season has made some thigns a bit difficult but definitely interesting. We had a crazy advetnture getting lost but can look back and laugh.
Being here is Huaraz has been great and I am looking forward to future adventures. Next week is Semana Santa ( Holy Week) and I will be experiencing many new tradtions!

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mwalker on


Dad on

Louise, You could have saved the spider for dinner and saved two bucks on food. Good trips, nice shots.The rock wall looked like fun, good picture. Does it ever turn brown with dryness up there?
Keep traveling and stay wise.

Love You

mum on

hi there honey, I cant believe the spider, makes me my stomach turn just looking at it. Love your blog and so enjoy your amazing pictures, stay safe, love you xo

Avril on

What fun! Sounds like you are really good at adapting to the unexpected and making the best of it! The ideal world traveler!

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