Elvira (3rd from Left) and Ebhert (2nd from Right)
In our last progress report we were excited to announce that we had met our fundraising goal to sponsor the 2012 Mosqoy Ambassadors to Canada, Ebhert and Elvira. The next few months were quite busy arranging their living accommodations, booking flights, sorting out Visa's and ensuring that we were ready to welcome them to Victoria, British Columbia.
We are pleased to announce that both Ebhert and Elvira arrived safely in Victoria last week and are quickly adjusting to their new situations. Both have homestays with lovely families and have started their English as a Second Language Classes at the University of Victoria. Their participation in the English Language Program is not only an opportunity to improve their English, but to meet and connect with students from all over the globe. Their presentation schedule has also been confirmed, and once they feel more comfortable with conversational English Ebhert and Elvira will begin a series of presentations at high schools and post secondary institutions. These presentation be an opportunity for Canadian youth to learn about Quechua culture, international not for profit organizations, and some of the economic and social challenges facing Peruvian youth at present. The presentations will also provide an opportunity for Ebhert and Elvira to develop their confidence in public presentation and speaking, both skills that will be useful in their work in the tourism industry in Peru.
Mosqoy volunteers in Victoria and Vancouver were very excited to meet and greet Ebhert and Elvira earlier this week. It has been wonderful for everyone to meet in person. For Ebhert and Elvira to witness operations and work in Canada first hand is another step towards continuing to build trust and commitment amongst those involved in the organization in both Canada and Peru. It is also an amazing learning opportunity for both Canadian volunteers and our Peruvian collegues, as we share, build connections and work together to vision our goals for the organization.
We have many exciting events planned for Ebhert and Elvira over the course of the three months, and look forward to sharing photos and anecdotes over the course of their stay. If you are interested in following Ebhert and Elvira's time in Canada you may be interested in checking out our facebook page, where both Ebhert and Elvira have been posting about their stay at http://www.facebook.com/mosqoy. For example, they recently posted the following:
Hello guys, how are you? What's new? I hope you're well. I am learning a lot about Canadian culture to share with you and I hope that you like it because it is beautiful. People are very friendly. On Monday and today I met a lot of people from China, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia. Take care and study a lot, like I am doing to fulfill my purpose. Bye. Greetings to all! - Elvira
Hello everyone! Thank you for all the support. I am now in Victoria and very happy and excited to learn Canadian culture. I hope you have a nice weekend! See you later! - Ebhert
Because Ebhert and Elvira have only been in Victoria for a week, we do not have any new photos to share at the present. However, there will be lots in our next progress report, which they will pick especially to share.