Saturday, May 19, 2007

ALMA Verde 2007!

Just in case this blog gives people the idea that Peace Corps is all about having strange experiences and learning new low tech tricks for better living, we wanted you to see some of the more fun parts of development in rural Peru. The volunteers of Lambyeque (with help from a couple of wonderful La Libertad friends) recently staged a wilderness camp for twenty some girls from around the region, aged 14 to 19. Every volunteer had the option of bringing two girls from their site. At first we had thought of not bringing any, but ended up bringing four. Camp took place at the Reserva Ecologica de Chaparri, a gorgeuos protected area where one can see endangered white winged turkeys, at least four species of hummingbirds, spectacled bears, foxes, deer, and lots more wildlife if you have the patience to look. The girls had sessions in leadership, making beads from strips of magazine paper, self esteem, botany, games, and much more. They had a great time and so did we. I'd say more but the pictures do a better job.

This doesn't do justice to how pretty the place is.

From left to right, Diana, Lorena, and Ketty, plus friends

Diana steps up to say thanks to us volunteers. Thanks Diana!

Making new friends!

Girls Rule!

Learning to make an herbal salve.