FIE Peru Service Blog
Voluntarios en Chaclacayo
Hogar San Francisco De Asis
Here our students will share reflections on their experience in Peru in realtime. We encourage you check back throughout the week to read about our time with our Peruvian brothers and sisters and see some photos of our journey.
Before entering the Hogar, I was a
little nervous to be surrounded by young children with disabilities. Sure
enough, the first kid I saw when we arrived had burns on his face. As we were
shown the baby room, I was saddened to see that there were so many babies with
full casts on their legs and to hear that some of them had different mental
problems. Yet, as I spent more time with them, I got more used to being around
them. Really, they were just normal kids: they laughed, they liked to play with
each other, they liked to joke around. Seeing a child missing a limb didn't
make me feel as uneasy anymore. In a way, I felt I matured a bit. I can't wait
to spend more time with them.
- Valentina Marzulli
Analyzing this week, I expected to
meet and understand not only Peruvian culture, but the people living day in and
day out in this incredible environment. I'd like to better understand South
America through Peru. While I can, I'd also like to bestow all of my effort and
time as a volunteer toward the betterment of these children's lives. Even if
I'm only here for about 10 days, I want to match a smile to a face. By the end
of week, I know that the gratification of helping change the life of an
individual in another part of the world will be the true peak of my summer.
- Cesar Santana
When signing up to be a part of this experience I knew that this wasn’t going to be a vacation. I came because of the girls at Dancing Dreams. Dancing Dreams is an organization in New York where children with disabilities that aspire to dance take a class and get the opportunity to be a part of something. The girls at Dancing Dreams taught me that you cannot take the opportunities you have in life for granted. Because of that I wanted to experience a day in the life of a person with challenges.
- Adriana Pardo
Upon coming to Peru I knew that I would be
helping children and providing a hand to others in need, but I wanted to come
to be able to experience the different lives of these people in a different
country because I feel like I take many things for granted. My education, my
lifestyle, and especially money are examples of the many things I take for
granted. We get a lot of things handed to us and many people put themselves before
others who are more in need. Today, I was taking care of a little boy name Jason
who can get very frustrated very easily. I thought about what he must be like
when there aren't volunteers around and how he probably doesn't get the
attention he needs. It warmed my heart when I finally got him to be calm and
fall asleep in my arms. It made me think about all of the things that these
children don’t have.
it comes to our Peru trip as a whole, at first I didn’t feel that it was a
“calling” and I just mainly saw it as an opportunity to leave my country and
see somewhere new. After a few days into the trip, I realize that this was a
clear calling. I feel like I was called to this trip so that I can get a
reality check and realize my life isn’t so bad. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a
very negative person and I often take things for granted, but after seeing how
the kids make the best out of everything they have, I realize that I should
never be ungrateful again.
has been an amazing and life changing experience. Today I want to remember that today was the
first time I really got to spend time with the girls upstairs. They can’t get out of bed. We didn’t talk much, but this was the first
time they didn’t kick me out of their room. I painted their names on paper and painted flowers for them. They smiled when I showed them the paintings
and I really felt like I made them happy.
- Victoria DeVine