During my two years living in Peru I have witnessed one too many times, verbal abuse, expectations to be waited on hand and foot, expectations that the woman will take charge of the child’s every need, and many more examples of everyday machismo. That is why this Peruvian Profile goes out to the greatest Peruvian father I’ve ever met, Wilder, a change agent and example to his friends and extended family. The greatest part is that he doesn’t know it… He just does it.
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.
No Sleep Till Peace was started as a personal journal of my adventures in Peru, and surprisingly it has grown into a small community of almost 3,500 followers who have laughed, cried, and supported me and my Peruvian counterparts from afar.
My heart is full and so is my trashcan from all the tears and tissues. At the end of the day I am so glad to have something to miss and people who are going to miss me, because it means that I have integrated and done my job as one more member of this little Peruvian town. I am also so happy that my journey in Peru isn’t over and continuing as a third year volunteer in Lima means that I am only a 16 hour bus ride away from this little slice of home.
In Peru if one really wants to demand respect in their community there is a simple trick that works every time. It is the power of the vest!