We have completed the first week of our Urban homestays and already a lot has happened. Some of the highlights include:
-Most mornings begin with breakfast with the homestay families followed by three hours of intense language classes. As instructors, we are already noticing the improvement in students’ language skills and confidence!
-This week we have learned a great deal about farming in the Sacred Valley. We also took a visit to a family run agroecology farm where we helped prepare beds for planting and planted lots of potatoes.
-On Saturday we took a bus ride to visit traditional weavers. There we learned about the process of dyeing wool and we were even able to weave our own bracelets!
-We finished the week with a soccer match with some of our homestay family members as well.
Coming up next week, students begin their Independent Study Projects with topics ranging from weaving to cooking to history. We also will be finalizing plans for our student-led trip to Machu Picchu which will begin on March 5th.
As an instructor team, we would also like to point out how impressed we are with the students’ willingness to immerse themselves culturally and linguistically. Living with a new family can be a very challenging situation, but all the students have welcomed this opportunity as a great learning experience.
Until next time.