There are many things that are just a little bit different in this part of the world, Easter is one of them. Many years ago, as a 16 year old in Mexico, I witnessed my first non-bonnet Easter parade. The entire 14 Stations of the Cross were reenacted, complete with the hanging of Judas played by my friend Edgar. I vividly remember watching him being strung up from the tree at our local bus-stop as women wept and the younger folk giggled and booed. As his legs dangled he winked at me, clearly trying to reassure me that this was all quite normal and safe.
Camps International Blog - ecuador
It’s hard not to love a place where the local wild life meet you with such obvious disdain, not even blinking an eye lid as they continue to sun themselves on the backs of boats and park benches or waddle their way along the board walk. Their cavalier, ‘seen one tourist seen them all’ attitude only serves to make them more adorable and worthy of stalking for that ultimate ‘sealfie’.
At times working for Camps allows you to go out and make a real difference. Last year I visited an orphanage in Cusco, not far from my house at the time. Lily, our Projects Manager here in Peru, and I were looking for a small project in Cusco that our gap teams could help out with. We arrived at the small, inner city orphanage to a great reception from the excited children. We then met the lady who is in charge of the house. She showed us around, introduced us to the ten children she was responsible for and told us a few of their stories.
Por Andrea Meza, Líder de proyectos – Camp Ecuador.
Cuando llegaron los estudiantes del Colegio Bequerel, estaban bastante entusiasmados e intrigados por la magia de la Amazonía. Para la mayoría, era su primera vez en un lugar así. Al principio, todos se asustaban por la presencia de insectos de gran tamaño, y era muy común escucharlos gritar cuando algún insecto se les acercaba. Eso fue cambiando con el paso de los días, cuando no les quedó otra opción y se acostumbraron a ellos.
Camp Ecuador started the year with a hard-working and strong group of gappers. In January they were in Camp Maqui working hard to improve valuable infrastructure in the community including the construction of large water tanks to improve the standard of running water in the community.
After another incredible school expedition season draws to an end, we have been lucky enough to experience some of your highlights through our annual Photographic competition, which is getting bigger and better every year! We were blown away by the number and quality of entries this year and really enjoyed seeing some of the amazing and heart-warming moments that you captured during your time with us.
And the winners are…
This year for the first time, Camp Ecuador ran an internal photo competition for our volunteers over team season. We chose three separate categories that we hoped would bring out the best in our budding photographers, ‘Funniest’, ‘Inspiring’ and ‘What Camps is All About’. After receiving many entries and deliberating over countless cups of caffeine in the office we have decided on the winners.
Before we announce them, we’d like to show you some of our favourites that didn’t quite make the cut.
Part 2 - Peru
So I promised to give you the weekend to recover from our lengthy part 1 Ecuador wrap up, and now that you have here is part 2 - Peru. Not quite as long as currently there is one less camp but equally chock block full of incredible project work efforts, outcomes and fun times. So without further adieu...
Our Teams have been making good progress on the projects across the camps so far this season.
Here are a few pictures of two of the projects on which we have been working, at Camp Maqui and Camp Kuri Kuchu. They are very different in their nature, but very similar in their need for some hard labour.