We are quite pleasantly surprised by Peru! Our first week has been incredibly fun and packed full of activities. We arrived in Lima, and were luckily able to spend 3 days there in a lovely side of town called Barranco. We ran along the beach, explored the Ican ruins of Pachacamac where we climbed to the top of a sun temple, and explored the many parks (including a water park), museums, and cathedrals beautiful downtown Lima had to offer.
On Sunday we were warmly greeted in Huanchaco by fellow Nourish and Moche members. We’ve gotten incredibly close in the short amount of time we’ve been together, and are quite looking forward to the next several weeks!
Today was our first official day on the job. We split up into two separate groups, 7 of us meeting with a Peace Corps volunteer staying in Bello Horizonte to work on community outreach projects such as health assesments and teaching English to the middle school students, and the other half working on clearing the pathway for the foundation of the next part of the clinic. As the work settled down towards the end of our work day we were able to spend some time playing soccer with the children of the community, as well as a few dance steps!
Aside from the main goal of the completion of the clinic, we were pleasantly surprised by many side projects tailored to the many interests of the project members, ranging from public health to engineering.