Cusco, Peru

It has officially been over a month and a half here in Cusco, Peru. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to Peru. If there’s one thing that comes to most people’s mind when they think of Peru is Machu Pichu, and certainly not wrong about that but there is much more to Peru than just this historic site. From the people, the culture, their history and the diversity in both their climate and abundance of fresh produce. The lush greenery that consists of Sacred Valley and the high peaks that surround Cusco is a marvellous sight itself. As part of my placement here we have been working with a group at a local orphanage doing activities like mandala drawings which are more so a form of art therapy for the girls 3 days a week and the other 2 days the girls spend a few hours learning or excelling their knitting skills. But its not so much the activities that we have been doing but more so the relationship we have started building with a few of the girls is the more rewarding part of this experience. We also teach English two days a week to a group of girls. Although there is a language barrier at times I have certainly learned to read body language and to read faces.

This is close to Calca which is a small town in Sacred Valley
This is another example of lush greenery on route to Puno
An example of a girl’s beautiful scarf that she knit along with the flower
Showing the girls how to draw their hand and create their own mandala
Another talented girls work

And I will conclude with this short clip of a baby Alpaca, which are native to Peru.


– Hamida Hamid, Social Service Worker Student

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