So today is my last day of work with Expand Peru and over the past week I have had an amazing time getting more involved in the projects and trying to make as much of a difference as possible before I left.
We have finally started painting the decorations on the front of the building project and as I was the only one with any kind of art experience or skill so I was responsible for drawing the design on the front. Its good to know that although its not painted fully at the moment, that when it is complete my work will be there permanently on the building which is pretty awesome. On Tuesday I taught English for the first time. We had 2 classes in the same school and the first lesson was lots of fun and the kids picked up the language very quickly, however the second lesson was not as smooth. First of all the lesson is due to be from 11 to 12, but the teacher decided not to turn up until 11:20 and we arent allowed to start without the teacher being there. Following that she said that she only wanted us to teach for half an hour, however we need the full hour to get the kids engaged. She did not listen so we waited outside the class while she went inside. after 20 minutes she still did not reply so we went back inside and she had started teaching something completely different. Its very fustrating as this is the only english lesson the class gets a week and the teacher does not care about the education of the kids at all.
Yesterday was my last day in the orphanage and although its really sad to be leaving the kids it was an amazing day, and as it was sunny all the kids were happy so we played outside for the afternoon. I am still suprised how happy and friendly all the kids are and how loving the all are, regardless of their condition and their position in the orphanage, they seem to not let that effect them which is amazing! I am definitely going to miss those kids the most!
In the evening I made a Shepperds pie for the other volunteers, as a kind of english leaving meal, and I am surprised it turned out so well considering they have very few ingredients here in Peru.
This evening all the volunteers are going out for a leaving meal for myself and one of the french volunteers before we leave tomorrow. I cant believe how fast my time with Expand Peru has gone and I will never forget it. I am hoping to be able to provide financial support for the orphanage when I return to the UK to help with the kids education and medication as they are so important to these kids and they really appreciate everything you do for them so much.
Now as the first part of my trip is sadly coming to an end, on Saturday another part begins, which means I will meet up with Tucan Travel and begin my trip through Peru to Bolivia, stopping off at places such as Nazca, Arequipa, Cusco and of course Machu Picchu and the Amazon Basin before heading through to La Paz. I have a feeling its going to be a pretty crazy couple of weeks!