“Volunteering with this project is an intense cross cultural learning experience. The needs are varied and large among the families in the program, yet smiles and genuine personal relations are the norm. Frank and the other “tichers” are highly respected and warmly received.
I taught my first English lessons to elementary students and constructed an improved wood cook stove out of mud and bricks for a poor family cooking daily meals on an open fire. I breathed laboriously at the high altitude of the Mantaro Valley and learned first hand about muddy paths, Andean thunderstorms, and mountain travel by bus. I left with extended good byes, hugs from new friends and tears in my eyes.”