It seems to have been an emotional final week for the Gappers in Peru but all has ended up well and I believe they are excited about their onward travels or trips home. Here is the latest report from Liza in Cusco and photos attached.
The school, kids, teachers and mothers put on a lovely farewell for the group on Thursday afternoon. There were many speeches from students and teachers alike. The group received gifts of a scarf and beanie, and were covered in confetti as per any good Peruvian celebration. The teachers and mothers showed their gratitude for the groups hard work. The group shared some wine with their project foreman and teachers and then were treated to a meal of chicken and rice, prepared by the mothers of the community. It was wonderful to see.
They are all feeling sad about leaving. Their last teaching class was Wednesday - those didn't have classes taught anyway so they could say goodbye to the kids and do their final class. The group have all bonded really well with the kids in their classes and the kids were sad to farewell the group a their special farewell on Thursday.
The restaurant buildings are FINISHED! Painted inside and out, they were still working on the mural on Thursday and were planning to come back on Friday to finish.
All had a group dinner with all their families together on Thursday night, to say thanks to them. I think in some cases there will be tears, as some of kids really connected with their host families.
The group travelled through Bolivia and the jungle and returned to school last Monday. Apart from Ayla's health issues at Lake Titicaca all went well from what I am told. They had a great time and really enjoyed the jungle.
They were back at school from Monday to Thursday and then off to Salkyntine trek and Machu Picchu on Friday (10) and return on Wednesday 14.
Food eaten in the jungle has quite possibly come back to rear it's head and as a result a few of the girls ended up in the clinic. All were released on Sunday. We have managed to get them on the same train to Macchu Picchu as Ayla, so all will be travelling to Aguas Callients together and meeting the rest of the group there.