Peru, Week 12: Adios, Pachamamas!


Week Twelve Cusco, Peru Tomorrow is my last day at Casa Mantay. It’s hard to believe. The girls are my amigas, and I am sad to say goodbye to them and  their kids. I’ve totally bonded with them. My Spanish has become bueno enough that we can tell jokes and laugh together – which is […]

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Pachamamas: Teen Mom Peru Part 2


Week Eleven Cusco, Peru I learned about Pachamama this week. The Incas worshipped her as a benevolent, giving fertility goddess who embodies the mountains, looks over planting and harvesting, and even causes earthquakes. Pachamama literally means “Mother Earth.” There isn’t an equivalent word in English to sum up what Pachamama really means. I guess the […]

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Lessons I Learned from the Orphanage


Week Six Arequipa, Peru For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying really hard to look at the bright side of things down here in Arequipa. It’s not hard to do that considering it is sunny and clear skies every single day here. I knew working in an orphanage in South America would be a […]

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Volunteering in Peru: Week Four


Week Four Arequipa, Peru The orphanage is looking (and smelling) so much better. I’m so extremely happy! Over the past two weeks, I’ve spent about 4 hours a day on each room in the house – scrubbing down every wall, crib, floor and surface I can get my hands on. It has been a humbling, […]

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Volunteering in Peru: Week Two

cleaning supplies

Week Two Arequipa, Peru Two muy bueno things happened: Supplies: Some other volunteers & I were able to load up on cleaning supplies and other necessary items for the orphanage. In Arequipa, it is quite pricey to buy this stuff at the grocery store. You have to go to the market and barter. The market […]

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