Breaking tiles and making waves
Trip Start Sep 17, 2012
10Trip End Dec 06, 2012
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We‘ve been working on our first community project in the small village of Mallco Rancho for nearly a week now. We’ve been plastering walls, laying cement floors, and tiling floors and walls in the community center that they’re building in the town.
The land was offered to the community by the pastor of the evangelical church here, so that local people of any religion will have a place to teach and learn new skills, from using a computer to making artisan crafts.
During our afternoons the team have been taking it in turns to teach English to the local community, so even though the center is still only half built, it’s being put to good use!!
We’re staying with local families here in Mallco Rancho, most of which are dairy farmers, so some of the team have been up early before the working day starts to help their families milk cows and cut alfalfa for the myriad livestock everyone seems to keep in their back gardens here! All in all it’s been a really good insight into the lives of a huge portion of the population here in Bolivia.
To reward ourselves for working so hard on the project, we went back into Cochabamba on Thursday night to watch a football match (that’s soccer to all my American cousins) between Wilstermann of Cochabamba and Real Potosi. Latin Americans LOVE their football, so watching a game here is a real experience. The teams are welcomed onto the pitch with fireworks and an explosion of confetti from the crowd, and regardless of the score the fans will sing from beginning to end! We adopted our home team of Cochabamba so were slightly disappointed when they lost 3-2, having missed a penalty in the 88th minute, but none the less it was an amazing experience for everybody.
The local masons who are helping us on the project don’t work Saturday afternoons or Sundays, so we spent this time back in the city of Cochabamba, visiting some of the sights
The work continues for this entire week, before we embark on a day hike to Tunari this coming Saturday. It is the highest mountain in the Cochabamba district, standing at 5035m (16,500 feet).
We’ll post again at the beginning of next week to let you know how it all went.
Bye for now.