A group of Carolina Day School eighth grade Spanish students went on a service-learning tour through Peru. Students learned about ancient Peruvian cultures and how those cultures are continuing to influence modern day Peru. The group explored historic landmarks in Lima, Sacred Valley of the Incas, and Machu Picchu. They also visited the seventeen century San Francisco Monastery where Jude the Apostle is buried, explored the Larco Museum for a look at pre-Columbian art, learned about Peruvian pottery at the Seminario Ceramics workshop in Urubamba, visited the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu, explored the vibrant Pisac Market known for its Peruvian crafts, and took a walking tour of Miraflores’ shopping district and beaches.
The group spent two days working alongside residents of a village in the Sacred Valley of the Andean Highlands for their service-learning project. Students learned to chisel, shovel, mix cement, plaster ceilings, and lay bricks while helping to construct a building that will house a workshop, bathroom, storage room, and office space. When complete, this building will be used for a group of indigenous women of the Highlands to operate their Fair Trade Weaving Co-Op.
“Several students commented what an eye-opening experience they had learning from and working with the Peruvian villagers,” said Ana Ogle, Carolina Day School Middle School Spanish teacher and group leader. “As an educator, I'm grateful for the support and encouragement of the CDS administration to provide such enriching opportunities to the eighth-grade students. I was blown away by the maturity and inquisitiveness our students demonstrated while in Peru and I look forward to hearing their reflections now that they've returned to school.”
Carolina Day School eighth-grader Peyton Jenkins organized a partnership with the organization Charity Ball, a soccer charity that provides new quality soccer balls to kids in poverty-stricken communities around the world. The group hand-delivered 12 soccer balls to children in the small village where they were volunteering.
“When we brought the soccer balls into the village, the kid’s faces lit up. We could feel their excitement,” said Jenkins. “Before we handed the balls out, we stored them in a small building near the worksite and all of the kids were peeking in through the open doorway, peering at all of the soccer balls in the corner. The word spread and kids started coming out of the woodwork. They even started to help us with our jobs, making working so much more fun. All of the kids loved helping us and after about an hour of working, we had all become tight friends, which would make handing out the soccer balls even more special.”
After the soccer balls were dispersed, the group went to a nearby soccer field and played with the local children.
“Soccer is such a beautiful and amazing sport that brings people together no matter what language you speak, your age, race, or gender,” said Peyton.
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