By Quinn Mullineaux ’19
Our first full day in Piscacucho began with the frequent visits of an inexplicably loud train carrying tourists to and from Machu Picchu.
Despite the rude awakening, we continued a relaxed morning in the home stay until the time came to begin our service work at the school.
We met with the principal who was kind enough to join us despite the teachers being on a nationwide strike!
Between painting, constructing shelves, weeding and digging fence posts, most of us were ready to eat and rest at our homes before beginning again in the afternoon.
Thankfully our next activity, basket weaving, proved less physically demanding than our work in the morning.
Midway through our work we were glad to welcome Will and Mr. Abel back to the group, and just in time to weave a basket of their own.
Despite his claims of basket mastery, Mr Abel’s basket failed to impress.
After completion, we took to the field to play soccer. The local children were sure to put us in our place.
Overall, I am really appreciative of everyone in the village who has come out to meet us and to work with us at the school.