We have concluded our first week emerged in the exotic and beautiful Amazon. It was spent integrating ourselves in the communities Santo Domingo and Puni Kotona, getting to know our host families and teaching English to the indigenous children. The educational system differs from what we’re used to in the United States. The educational system is more structured around oral and written repetition. In response to this, we are trying to introduce more critical thinking and creativity into their curriculum. Outside of the curriculum, the students are very vibrant and welcoming to us extranjeras. Everyday is new adventure with them!
Only a week into living in the communities we are starting to establish a rhythm in each of our living situations. For example, the food in the communities revolve around staples such as Yucca and white rice and are completed my small portions of meat. After eating certain meat for a few days, we were surprised to find out that “mountain meat” we were eating was actually monkey. You would never know because it is so appetizing.
As the first week comes to a close, we are already planning to implement our other projects which include building a chakra for the community and school to help raise money, implementing a recycling and compost project, and expanding our English classes to include teachers and students who don’t go to school in the community. Teaching these two groups of people will create a more sustainable impact on the community.
So far our initial arrival to our Amazonian communities have heightened our sense of awareness about the world and kindled a fire of positive change within our community and with ourselves! Yupaichany and Ally Tutta! (Thanks and good night!)