A true friend is the greatest of all blessings. Meet Adrienne, a fellow Peace Corps Peru 23 business volunteer who spent her two years of service in the cute coastal town of Moche. Her resume includes expert listener, sturdy shoulder to cry on, and delicious brownie baker… as well as IBM consultant, super volunteer and future Peace Corps director. Basically I would not have made it the whole two years without her support!
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.
For many of these students it was not only a business class, but a process of individual growth. Peruvian schools are centered around a formal education system where the students memorize and repeat all the information… there is very little creativity used in the classroom. So for the seniors in these classes it was an eye opening experience to have to think of business ideas, participate in class discussions, and plan an event in small groups. They started off reserved and ended taking full ownership of their final projects!