End of first week

Trip Start Sep 09, 2010
Trip End May 28, 2011

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172 Tanda Pata, San Blas, Cusco

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Day 7 Thursday 16th Sept

San Juan Clinica again this morning. As the Swiss voluneer was in with the younger children thought I might as well help out in another class. He asked around and I was sent to a class of young teenagers. I was there for 5 all of 5 minutes when the teacher said she was leaving for a while, thus leaving me in charge. The children were told to write from 1 to 100 and then do some sums. Some of the  children found this an easy exercise  while others struggled. I too struggled to communicate without speaking spanish. The kids were frustrated and bored. I did my best but in the end I too became bored and frustrated. The teacher left me with them for the whole morning, I was willing the bell to come for the playground break at 11am. I was not very happy that she had left me alone to supervise the children, so during the break I took some of the children who live in  the orphanage attached to the clinica and helped serve lunch. Many of the children are in wheelchairs. Some are orphans but others have parents who visit but just can`t look after them. The nurses are quite friendly and speak a little English. The children are always happy to see a new face.

Went to Chincheros with Jess later in the afternoon. This is an Inca town, very Peruvian, and about 45 mins by bus from Cusco. One of PODs projects is based here. There is an opportunity to teach a small group of local children English as well as some women weavers, who have set up a social enterprise selling tradional arts and crafts. They need to be able to speak better English to explain the weaving process to tourists and help with marketing. The project was funded by the community and profits go back into it. My only concern is getting there and back. The lessons with the kids are from 3pm to 5pm - mornings with the women. Sharing a `collectivo` taxi with other passengers means  the cost is only 2.5 sols each way,  however we couldnīt get one back and it was getting dark. Luckily a local bus turned up so we jumped on. It was only 2 sols. Happy to use the bus as long as it turns up apparently Peruvian bus timetables are not reliable, and taxis can charge up to 40 sols if you are travelling back on your own and that`s my daily budget. Anyway will give it a go in a week`s time....

Day 8 Friday 17th Sept

San Juan in the morning, in with the class of 5 and 6 year olds again. Much better than the older children, I feel a bit happier. The kids are very huggy but can be a bit of a handful, one of the girls has behavioural problems and is prone to hitting and spitting if she doesnīt get her own way.

Got back to the apartment and sat in the courtyard sunning myself for an hour or so its a real suntrap. Went to the SAE Clubhouse for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Saw Doris and Isabel again, Iīm Sue or Pam to them....I suppose combined thatīs nearly right!

Tea at Real Mccoy`s again, Jess has booked me on a one day white water rafting trip in a couple of weeks which is part of the POD package. One of the last time I`ll see her before she returns back to the UK for one month hols.
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