Notes from the field: IAYI Participants in Peru

It takes three separate taxi rides to get from Cusco to Cuper Alto. As you climb out of the city, gradually, the cars and sounds of humanity give way to rolling hills and small farmsteads. Look out the rearview and you will see the city spreading out beneath you like some intricate tapestry. Keep driving, and winding down the road and suddenly the snowy mountain-tops of the Andean mountains come into view. Eventually you will …

Bonnita Preston: Love and Loss

This past week has been very busy. We attended more cultural forms that other teams put on and learned even more about various indigenous cultures. After the forums, we came up with new ideas for different types of cultural forums. This last week we put on a forum where we shared legends from our indigenous cultures. It was very special to hear the youth sharing their culture’s legends and having the chance to integrate the …

Bonnita Preston: Finding Common Ground

In the IAYI program, I have had the opportunity to meet some interesting people. My team is called IAYI Chimbote and we are a group of four women, three from Canada and one Perúvian- myself- Bonnita, Alexis, and Joanna. Alexis is Shuswap from the Tsq’escen First Nation and Joanna is Oji-Cree from North Caribou lake, ON. We are led by Pamela who works for Brigada De Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Perú. Pamela lives in the city …