With the high school entrepreneurship class I started each day with the video project and they LOVED it! The class clown even tried to solicit a North American girlfriend. The video pen pals were a class of students in Washington D.C. who were studying Spanish, so we communicated entirely in Spanish. The Spanish teacher also happens to be a RPCV from the first group of volunteers who re-entered Peru! Due to privacy issues, I can’t make the US videos public but here are the ones from my students in Peru.
Peruvian women are some of the strongest people I have ever met. I will never forget the first time I saw my 90 something year old host grandma walking through the field dressed in colorful skirts, black rubber boots, and a big brimmed hat, with a 35 pound pile of alfalfa strapped to her back…
My dad is a basketball coach, perfect! So after a quick meeting with the high school athletic director in my town it was decided that my dad would facilitate a 3-day basketball camp with the two P.E. teachers. We started with dribbling, passing, and shooting drills! It was the first time I had seen boys and girls playing the same sport together at this specific high school.
In Peru the custom of using social media is just starting to catch fire. In my town specifically they got accessible internet less than four years ago. Now what does this mean for professional development and Internet use? Well it means that now is the time that Peruvians are in need of education on proper social media etiquette in workplace, and as a modern day Peace Corps Business Volunteer that has become a part of my work duties!
They also latched on to the concept of being role models and empowering the women around them, which was so exciting to hear! Peru is going through a crucial change nationally in regards to gender equality and women´s rights, which makes our work in IGAs for women that much more important.