The real work of construction started today at Santa Rosa de Llanavilla School. Due to regulations and guidelines in Peru we were not able to work on the classroom foundation as we originally thought we would, as we are not qualified to do foundation work in Peru. Instead, we spent a majority of the day cleaning up the yard, prepping the vegetable garden, and demolishing old and incredibly rusty playground equipment with a pickaxe.
After the construction was finished the contingent split up for the night. One half stayed with the Peruvian Scouts at the school overnight. We had a great party/campfire where we set the evening playing charades and broken telephone in our limited Spanish, both of which ended in thunderous laughter from the Peruvians as we attempted miserably to figure out what they were saying in Spanish. We then did campfire songs where we copied the Peruvians on both the words they were singing and the dances they were doing. The most accurate description of Peruvian campfire songs would be very loud, very enthusiastic and very happy with a healthy dose of hip-shaking. It was awesome and it got even better when we played the Peruvian game “spider.” Spider is essentially a complex human pyramid where we jumped, climbed and supported other scouts in order to create a shape that ultimately, you guessed it, looks like a spider. It was tough to support the couple dozen people involved but it was the best teambuilding game I’ve ever had the pleasure to take part in.
Written by Daniel in (exceptionally) limited collaboration with Dylan.