Some of our students learning Mandarin with Xin!
Last month at Picaflor House, we had the honour to welcome two new teaching interns into our programme! Emily comes to us from New Zealand and Xin from the United States. We are very excited to have them on board for a few months, and they are bringing with them much knowledge, experience, and great new ideas for our students! Along with assisting the students with their English, both Xin and Emily will be teaching supplementary courses.
Xin, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, will be giving Mandarin lessons! This will be unlike anything the students have experienced before, but in a region like Cusco where international tourism is the largest industry, it is sure to be valuable for any student who wishes to work with tourists professionally in the future. In addition to the English they are already learning, knowing Mandarin could open many doors. Though this will only be an introductory course, we hope it will inspire some students to continue the study of this and other languages!
Emily will be working with the students in a Child Protection course, making sure they are fully involved in our overall Child Protection Policy. This is extremely important, as all children should be aware of their rights, their value, their voice, and what they should do if they ever feel violated. Children all over the world are at risk for exploitation and abuse, and it is our duty to protect them. This includes educating them about personal boundaries, recognizing abuse, and ways of keeping themselves safe. We are dedicated to Child Protection at Picaflor House, and this supplemental course is invaluable for our students.
Upcoming in 2019
We are looking forward to welcoming the annual Durham University Charities Kommitte (DUCK) group at the end of this month! They are always a joy to have on our grounds and help us with so many in-house projects. We’re sure to have much to share with you about their visit in our next update.
And perhaps most exciting for the children – we are going to be building a new playground soon! Be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for photos and updates!
We’d like to give a shout out to the volunteers we have had since our last update. A very big thank you to Elin, Hanna, Deirdre, Vincent, Harshil, John, Nirekh, Ravi, and the Huffaker Family! Our work at Picaflor House simply wouldn’t be possible without your assistance and support! Thank you for joining us in Peru!
Thank you for taking the time to read our update, and as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. If you would like to donate, and we hope you do, please visit our page to do so!
Students with volunteer John
Students with volunteer Harshil