Project #8692

Bring Peruvian Students to Canada to Educate Youth

by Mosqoy: Sacred Valley Youth Fund
Aug 17, 2012

Ebhert and Elvira Q&A in Peru

Elvira (centre) visits with friends.
Elvira (centre) visits with friends.

Now that our Mosqoy Ambassadors are back and settled in Peru, we’d like to thank everyone involved in making this program a huge success! Ehbert and Elvira continue to be dedicated volunteers and inspiring mentors to our current Mosqoy students, and we’re so happy to have been able to give them the opportunity to experience life in Canada. Our current Fellowship student, Amanda Yeo, got a chance got catch up with Ehbert and Elvira to chat about their experiences in Canada, and get some updates on their transitions back to life in Peru.  

We’ll start with our interview with Elvira, and we’ll be following up shortly with our conversation with Ebhert. Elvira is currently working as our Education and Volunteer Program Coordinator at Mosqoy house, and is a wonderful support to Mosqoy staff and students:


Location:  Juice Shop off the Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru.

Amanda              So I was talking to Ashli [Our program director] and she had asked if I could interview you and Ebert. She had told me that you    guys had gone to Canada to study, which sounds like so much fun. She was telling me that you went to the University of Victoria to study. Was it only for one semester?

Elvira                    Yeah, only for 1…it was for 3 months? Yeah 3 months.

Amanda               So what did you study there?

Elvira                    English

Amanda               What are you doing now that you are back in Peru?

Elvira                    Now I am working …at a small business.

Amanda               Are you still involved with Mosqoy then?

Elvira                    Yeah Sometimes we went to Mosqoy house and help everything. And sometimes we talk about the             experience in Canada or about the big experience in Canada. And sometimes we went to Mosqoy house to say “hello!”.

Amanda               Is it harder to come back from Canada then back to Peru?

Elvira                    Yes because it is very different. Canada is very very different. I like Canada but when I came back to Peru, it was very surprise for me because I saw a very different Peru...yeah….it’s very hard for me. Also looking for my work, my job… it is very hard.

Amanda               What did you find surprising, like why did you find it so hard to come back?

Elvira                    Yeah I don’t know, it the people, the place, the weather, very different. Very hard for me

Amanda               What do you miss about Canada then?

Elvira                    My friends, and also my host family, and also the food. A little bit.

Amanda               What did you eat in Canada that you really miss?

Elvira                    Lasagna

Amanda               There is lasagna here though! (laughs)

Elvira                    But it is very different. I love lasagne.

Amanda               What did you find your most valuable experience while you were there?

Elvira                    I know different people. I know people who have um…who is rich because I am poor. I don’t have a lot of  money but I know people have a lot of money. I don’t know, the culture also. The culture in Canada is very different and the people are very different… friendly..

Amanda               How do you think this experience can help you in the future? Do you think it would help you at all or not so much?

Elvira                    Yeah it helps a lot because it’s very important for my life, this experience .Now when people ask me about Canada I know. I talk about that.

Amanda               Do you find that it helps with the students? Because you tell the students about your experience. What do they ask you about Canada then?

Elvira                    What did you eat in Canada…and what are you doing in Canada.

Amanda               They want to know about the food?

Elvira                    Yeah but I know a lot about the Mosqoy volunteers, NGOs, I know what they’re doing in Canada for Mosqoy students. The Mosqoy volunteers work hard in Canada. And it’s very….and now I know what..I like the work about Mosqoy. It is so hard for them.

Amanda               Did you get to stay at their office?

Elvira                    Yeah I went to their office, two times but we didn’t work here.

Amanda               Yeah because you had to study right?

Elvira                    Yes but we also went to different places for presentations. We talked about Mosqoy and my experience with Mosqoy…you know?

Amanda               How many people were in your Mosqoy class?

Elvira                    Now? 20? Yeah 20.

Amanda               I was going to ask because there are so many of you guys, how did they pick who goes to Canada?

Elvira                    Only people who have a good I don’t how you say.. a good score at the institute and a …how do you say when it’s a good person?

Amanda              Yeah it a good person. It’s that they know you have good grades and are good person. They are going to make sure you will do alright and study.

Amanda              Did you like your English classes?

Elvira                    Yes, They were good because we only spoke in English. Every time. Also I know different people and my teacher is so … I don’t know…I miss my classmates and my teacher.

I went to different communities to talk about Mosqoy. When I talk to about Mosqoy. It’s very interesting because when you talk people listen, you know.

Amanda               Is there anything else you want to add about your trip to Canada? If there was anything you wanted to tell your Sponsors about your trip to Canada?

Elvira                    Yeah, for example: Gerry. I miss Gerry. He helped a lot and he told me about the indigenous people. It was very surprising to me because indigenous people are another person. It’s very different because they are like me.

Elvira                    Also when we went to the school. The schools are very different. Very very different f from Cusco or Ollantaytambo. Because in these schools there are many technologies. There are computers, there are different technologies, but in Ollantaytambo no, only have.. I think, 20 computers for 1000 students. You know it’s very hard and only 20 or 30 computers but in here, every student has one. It’s very different and good in Canada than in Ollantaytambo, Cusco, or Peru.

Amanda               Are you going to stay involved with Mosqoy even though you are done the program?

Elvira                    Yes.

Amanda               Do you plan on moving back to Ollantaytambo?

Elvira                    Yes, only I need to finish my English program here first and then I will go back to Ollantaytambo.

Amanda               What will you do when you get back to Ollantaytambo?

Elvira                    I don’t know maybe work in the hostels or I don’t know

Amanda               I guess you’ll find out when you get back

Elvira                    Yeah but in my community you can work in the farm or something else.                                                                                              

Thanks to Elvira and Amanda for putting together these reflections on the Student Ambassador Program. Be sure to look for Ehbert’s interview, coming soon.





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Mosqoy: Sacred Valley Youth Fund

Location: Victoria, BC - Canada
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Jasmine Nielsen
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