Left to Right: Rolando, Ebhert, Adrienne & Elvira
Just a few short months ago the Mosqoy team was wondering how we would raise all the necessary funds to sponsor this years Peruvian Student Ambassadors to Canada, but now with the assistance of our local supporters and all those who rallied to support us through GlobalGiving, Ebhert and Elvira will be arriving in Victoria in January of 2012! Ebhert and Elvira were nominated as the 2012 ambassadors for a number of reasons. They have been involved with the Mosqoy project since its inauguration in 2006, have repeatedly demonstrated leadership, integrity and commitment to the project, and successfully graduated from the Mosqoy program and continue to volunteer as student leaders, mentoring those entering and completing the program.
Currently our Peru Liaison, Reanna, is in Peru. Among other activities, she is assisting Ebhert and Elvria in obtaining their travel visas and preparing for their trip to Canada. In the meantime, Mosqoy's Canadian volunteers have been eagerly preparing for Ebhert and Elvira's arrival. We have been working hard to arrange home stays, and plan a variety of social and educational activities, from university lectures to hikes along the coast of Vancouver Island to a cooking class where we will share Canadian and Peruvian recipes and then sit down to enjoy a meal together. Our goal is to ensure that Ebhert and Elvira feel welcomed and comfortable, and that they are provided with as many opportunities as possible to meet with other Canadian students and share and educate about their experience in Peru and with the Mosqoy project.
Besides facilitating cross cultural learning, presenting about Quechua culture, and sharing their own perspectives on international collaboration, Ebhert and Elvira will have the opportunity to develop many practical skills that will assist them in their careers in Peru. Both ambassadors will be participating in the UVic ESL program (where they will not only improve their English but have the opportunity to meet many other international students), have the opportunity to develop their presentation and public speaking skills, and have the opportunity to network with other professionals in their chosen fields of work.
We are very excited to be well underway in prepping for Ebhert and Elvira's arrival in Victoria. Besides the many practical benefits of the ambassadorship program, one of the most important opportunities it offers is the chance to build friendships and relationships amongst our Canadian-Peruvian participants and supporters, many of whom are youth between the ages of 18-30. These friendships serve to inspire and motivate our team both in Canada and Peru, as well as the many students who have the opportunity to attend the lectures the ambassadors host. By meeting in person and sharing ideas, perspectives and dreams, we see some tangible examples of the positive connections that can be built despite many of the negative issues our international community is currently facing. We look forward to meeting, sharing and learning with Ebhert and Elvira, and the many opportunities for cross cultural collaboration and understanding that their time in Victoria may serve to create both during their stay here, and upon their return to Peru.
The Mosqoy Team in both Canada and Peru would like to sincerely thank all those who have supported the program via GlobalGiving. We have been amazed and touched by the power of collective fundraising! Your support means that we can continue to offer international learning opportunities to our Peruvian participants who could not otherwise afford it. We look forward to keeping you updated of Ebhert and Elvira's time in Canada upon their arrival in January.
For those interested in learning more about the program, we recommend you review our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510775969#!/mosqoy) where the students update regularly, or the blog of our Peru Liaison (http://mosqoyfellowship.blogspot.com/). If you have any questions or comments about the program we encourage you to email Jasmine at firstname.lastname@example.org.