It is difficult to imagine a warmer welcome than we received upon arrival in Cusco. As we exited the airport a group of fifteen girls from Peruvian Promise awaited us with a hand made welcome sign. They screamed “¡Bienvenidos!”, tossed confetti in the air, and greeted the group with big hugs and kisses on the cheek. After a group photo and introductions we said farewell for now to our Peruvian friends and jumped on the bus for a short ride to the hostel in Cusco.
Exploring Cusco and Saqsaywaman
Erika and Lucie take aim at Saqsaywaman. (Photo: J.Lambert)
Andrea explores Saqsaywaman with her camera. (Photo: J.Lambert)
Photography instructor Mr. Lambert, works with Eve at Saqsaywaman.
The group at Saqsaywaman.
Saqsaywaman, Cusco Perú (Photo: J.Lambert)
Nuala sets up a shot at Saqsaywaman ruins in Cusco. (Photo: J.Lambert)
The group pauses for a photo among some of the largest rocks used in Inca construction.
A stone doorway at Saqsaywaman.
Genna and Sophie take aim at Saqsaywaman. (Photo: J.Lambert)
A moment of rest at Saqsaywaman. (Photo: J.Lambert)
Dancers in Plaza de Armas celebrate harvest festival. (Photo: J.Lambert)
Brightly colored costumes and elaborate dances bring a local celebration of harvest fest to life. (Photo: J.Lambert)
Musicians play during a harvest fest celebration in Plaza de Armas. (Photo: J.Lambert)
Our first group meeting! We held our program orientation in the heart of Cusco, Plaza de Armas. We developed goals and expectations for the program and the group was introduced to their new teachers Brock and Erika. (Photo: J.Lambert)
Barakah at a local all girls school in Cusco. The school provides education opportunities for young woman from rural areas. (Photo: J.Lambert)
Dinner With Our New Friends From Peruvian Promise
While in Cusco we visited a local all girls school dedicated to providing education opportunities to girls from rural areas where access to education is limited. We toured the school and learned about the organizations history and ongoing goals. In the evening we went out for pizza with our new friends from the school and had a great night getting to know them and learning about their culture. For students in the Spanish workshop it was a great opportunity to practice their language skills and connect with local girls their age!
Our friends from Peruvian promise join us for dinner! (Photo: J.Lambert)