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Working together at Piscacucho

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.
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Comments (6)

  1. Diana Galik
    June 16, 2017 at 2:29 am · Reply

    Are the baskets coming back home?

  2. Michael Diamond
    June 16, 2017 at 5:10 am · Reply

    Love that you guys jumped right in with the families, the basket-weaving, teaching at the school! What a great exchange of experience and learning. Fortifying yourself for the “cuy” to come I hope. Glad to see Will in the mix!

  3. Megan McAllister
    June 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm · Reply

    Looks like you’re off to great start at the school. I love all those bright colors outside and in. Thanks for the update Quinn and please keep those photos coming!

  4. Benny
    June 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm · Reply

    Sounds like you guys are making a good contribution and getting a lot in return. Nice dig on Mr. Abel’s basket weaving Quinn! Expect to be left behind at a ruin by “accident”!
    Yay Will! Glad you made it safe and sound.

  5. Dan Mullineaux
    June 18, 2017 at 10:21 am · Reply

    Funny stuff. Also love the pic of Quinn shuffling cards around a group of weary local boys. Are you sharking them ??

  6. Diane
    June 19, 2017 at 10:25 pm · Reply

    What an incredible opportunity! Can’t wait to see your basket. Teaching them exploding kittens ….no doubt. My grandson wouldn’t “shark” new friends! 😇 Love the pics!

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