Jared and I are changing continents and heading to South America! I will begin a 4 week volunteer teaching program in Arequipa, Peru on November 13, 2010. We both thought it would be a great time to travel solo for a little while and I wanted to use my skills as an Occupational Therapist to work with children in another country.
I will be a volunteer with GVI (Global Vision International) and be working with children ages 4 and up. I will also be living with a local family and learning Spanish so I can communicate with my host family and all the children I will be working with in the schools. These schools are located in the ‘pueblos jovenes’ or the ‘young towns’ which are more rural and benefit greatly from the extra help. There are too few teachers in the area so we are able to lend a hand and spend one on one time with the children who may need extra attention. We also concentrate on fine motor skills, and classroom basics such as letters and numbers with the younger children. Along with donating school supplies, GVI hopes to promote literacy and education reinforcement.
You can find out more about GVI at http://www.gviusa.com/about-us.
You can also find out more about my specific trip at http://www.gviusa.com/projects/south-america/peru/volunteer-project-peru/home.
These days you pay to volunteer and I am trying to raise money to cover the cost of this 4 week program. My goal is to raise $3000.00 to cover the cost of the trip (flight, stay with family, all meals, Spanish lessons, and donations to the schools). GVI is not a non-profit organization and therefore the donation is not tax deductible. If you feel inclined, you can help sponsor my trip at https://www.donate.net/splash.asp?dept_id=1203
I will try to update the blog as often as possible with pictures and stories from my adventure! Thanks for your help.