Volunteer Teaching in Trujillo, Peru: Another Photo Blog

We spent the month of September living & volunteering in Trujillo, Peru. Our favorite volunteer site was the USDA (Una Sonrisa de Amor) school in Alta Trujillo, an underpriviledged neighborhood about 40 minutes outside of the city center. There we spent time teaching English to young children ages 4-9. We hope you enjoy this photo blog of our volunteer teaching experience!

Vasilisa Teaching "Thank You" at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Vasilisa Teaching “Thank You” at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Vasilisa Teaching at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Vasilisa Teaching at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Teaching English to these young children taught me a lot about lesson planning. For children of this age, just learning a few words (e.g. “thank you”, “please”, “sorry” and “excuse me”) was easily enough material for an entire class or two.
What can be better than candy from the Gringo teacher! It is amazing how genuine these kids are. They love life and their school and their teachers; they smile and laugh a lot.

Distancia, Firma, Atencion at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Distancia, Firma, Atencion at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Washing Hands at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Washing Hands at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Each time the children went outside, they had to line up military style like this, and the teacher would shout three commands: “Distancia, Firma, Atencion” — a little unsettling, but great discipline learning!
There is no running water in the bathrooms – this is how kids wash their hands before every class. Their very disciplined but still some of them tried to skip this water procedure.

Joshua Teaching at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Joshua Teaching at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vasilisa Teaching at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Vasilisa Teaching at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

One of the hardest parts about teaching young children is keeping them engaged and disciplined throughout the entire class. I found myself constantly modeling good classroom behavior and asking for their full attention.
Though it was difficult for the kids to except the existence of other language and to understand necessity of learning it, they tried they best in class.

Joshua at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Joshua at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

 
 
 
 
 
 

Vasilisa at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Vasilisa at USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

The kids at the school were all so loving towards us. They seemed to hold our hands and give us hugs at every possible opportunity!
The amount of love they gave to us was uncountable. They hugged us every time they saw us. They talk to us though we could hardly understand them.

Returning Home from USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Returning Home from USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

 
 
 
 
 

Outside USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

Outside USDA School (Alta Trujillo, Peru)

The kids in the school lived in a bare bones neighborhood so different from anything I´d ever experienced before. I wonder how one of these children would react if he or she would visit a middle or upper-class neighborhood in America…
This is the typical street in Alta, this is where all those kids live. It is desert area, the houses hardly have roofs and windows…

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