This post was written by Local Roots Journalism Fellow, Faye, who is currently discovering Peru with Walking Tree Travel.
A typical day consists of waking up to the roosters outside our window and heading downstairs for breakfast. From there, we gather up our work gloves and head off on the cobblestone streets of an already busy town to work. As we dodge buses, cars, stray dogs and people, we realize how lucky we are to witness the upbeat start to everyone’s day in the town of 2,000 people. Often times, we will pick up some produce or a sublime bar (Peruvian chocolate bar) on our way to the service site. As we get closer to the school, we receive many ¨hola!¨s from the students who are making their way to their elementary school as well. Throughout the morning we set rocks as the foundation for the floor and mix plaster to apply to all walls. All the while, we embrace getting dirt under our fingernails and watch as the school kids weave in and out excited to see fresh faces at their school. At noon, we head home for lunch with our host families and hope to catch a siesta before heading back to work. The rest of the afternoon includes the continuations of work on the soon-to-be cafeteria. Once we are released, we grab hot chocolates on the plaza and hang around until dinner at 7:00pm. After dinner, we spend time with our family or go over to a friend´s house to learn how to make dolls from their host mom or return to the plaza.