CONGRATULATIONS to all the Challengers on our first six Charity Challenges of 2011, biking from Guatemala to Honduras, the inaugural Nicaragua Volcano Challenge, Brazil's Chapada Diamantina Challenge , Guatemala's first Caribbean Kayak Challenge, Perú´s Cerani Pass and Ecuador's Volcano Challenge. Nicaragua's second volcano Challenge is set for 3rd-6th November and the third Guatemala Volcano Challenge dates are set for 27th November -2nd December.

Click on the following for our most recent official project reports for Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Perú and Brazil.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

In a volunteer's words - long-term teaching in Perú

My name is Matt Dunn and back home in the UK I am an actor and Director. I am now in my 7th week (of a 1 year long term teaching position) here in Arequipa and am loving every second! I work at the school in Triunfo with 3rd and 4th grade children, teaching everything from maths and English to P.E and geography!

Though the children can be a bit of a handful some of the time, for the most part it is like nothing I have ever experienced. I am constantly amazed by the amount of Spanish I pick up every day; which is a good thing considering I had none when I first arrived! I think I am learning more from the children than they are learning from me.

My host family in Arequipa have been absolutely brilliant, bending over backwards to make sure that I have everything that I need, from asking about dietry requirements to helping improve my Spanish when I get home. The other volunteers here are a wide mix of people from all walks of life and covering a multitude of ages, which is fantastic. On the social side, my personal favourite are our Friday night BBQs when we all can get together at the end of the week, relax and may even have a drink (or two).

I have no idea what is going to happen during the rest of my time here. All I will say is that if things carry on the way they are, going home will not be easy!!


Anonymous said...

goog for you for breaking away-what lucky children they are to have such a creative young man in their presence-and how fortunate are you to learn from the children. Espero que aprendas mucho mas espanol!

How does GVI Phoenix make a difference?

The following film was made in Guatemala, though the message is the same across all GVI Phoenix projects