Sunday, 17 July 2011

Training week and Ciudad de los Ninos, Lima

Got back off our training week a couple of days ago, which was ace! Met all the Peru girls, and a few others, and they're all lovely! It was just rammed with lessons on spotting abuse, running a club, bereavement, child to child, politics, sex, drugs and alcohol, what to do if there's a natural disaster etc. We had some time to chill out a bit in the evenings and get to know the rest of the volunteers as well- Evie, Shannon, Kirsty, Harriet, Rosanna,  Alex, Aneesha, Emily, Louise, Frances and Wendy are the Peru girls and Alex, Jack and Helen are going to Bolivia. Also, got our dates for leaving - we fly out on the 26th of August, which is about 40 days away now!

Our new project is called Ciudad de los Ninos and is in San Juan de Miraflores, Lima. It's an all boys orphanage and is broken up into houses based on the kids' age i.e. 3-6 year olds, and we'll each be assigned to a house. We'll work 6 days a week starting at 6am to get the boys up, fed and to school and ends around 8/9pm, but we should get some breaks inbetween. It's run by Capuchin monks and nuns and the kids are all very religious, which will be interesting. We'll get paid around 200 soles a month for our work a month and live in an apartment (with a shower and flushing toilet!). We get two months holiday from December - mid Feb while the boys are off school when we can travel, which I'm really looking forward to! I'm feeling a lot better about the new project now we've got more information about it and actually can't wait to go! Just got some (a lot of) last minute things to sort out now before we go away!

Adios amigos,
Moffy xxx

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