Preparing for possible trip to Peru
For the longest time I've wanted to follow in the footsteps of my brother and take the "mission trip" that my church offers. You have the option of going to the Dominican Republic, Peru or Mexico. My brother went to Mexico. While you are there you help the locals by building things, taking care of people and running the mission house. After the devastation from the hurricanes the mission focused on helping those displaced. Not only would I be going to a Spanish speaking country but I would need Spanish to communicate with those I was working with.
This morning I just realized how close it is! If I want to go this year I need to apply in January! They receive TONS of applicants, each year. So from now on I WONT slack with Spanish. I will dedicate myself to practicing my hearing ability and ability to speak in Spanish without arranging it in my head first! Wish me luck!
Ciao WinterSoldier. What a great incentive. Thanks for telling us about it and I wish you all the very best with Listening and Speaking. I'm sure you'll be just fine:-)
WinterSoldier, that is excellent, I am excited for you and hope you will be able to go! Peru is a very beautiful country from pictures I have seen and what people have told me. I don't know if you have any Peruvian material to listen to, but lately I take a few months and focus on two Spanish countries and I have noticed differences in pronunciation, certain vocab, etc. so I don't know if you have seen this YouTube channel, it is called Easy Languages but they have a lot of videos focused on Peru and the Spanish spoken there https://www.youtube.com/user/magauchsein
I have the opportunity to go to Costa Rica for a missions trip at an orphanage and I will probably be able to go in a year and a half. So I will be interested to hear how everything goes for you.
What a great motivator! I look forward to hearing more from you as you prepare for this opportunity. Let us know what works, what keeps you going, and what you discover to be a waste of time (please and thank you).
As someone who worked in a mission situation for a number of years, albeit in 2 different countries in Africa (one with a lingua franca of French and the other Portuguese - although people spoke their tribal languages mostly), when we had volunteer teams out we didn't expect them to speak the language because the work they would be doing would be helping and supporting us.
However in saying that I think it would be a brilliant idea to have some of the language. Make sure that it is S American Spanish you are learning. It takes a long time before you can be fluent enough to think in another language without "rearranging it in your head" But the folks on the ground will really appreciate it even if can can just manage some basic phrases. They will love you for it.
You are doing worthwhile work and missionaries and aid workers on the field need people like you to release them to do the work that they are actually trained to do.
So God bless and have 2 lingots. Keep at it.
A great place to travel! But I have promised myself If I shall ever go to Peru I will not eat their signature dish. What is that? Roasted guinea pig called "cuy", in honor of my deceased guinea pig. I hope your experience will be better though and travel safety! (▰∀◕)ﾉ
What's that "mission" about? If you want a mission, there's tons of work to be done in Puerto Rico's recovery from the hurricane that hit them last year. Make this be your mission, because they could use the help.
The mission is basically the a charity who uses volunteers to help people who need aid building, and helping. Besides building houses, the volunteers take children to school, farm, and teach.
There are so many areas that need "help" but you should only go with a recognised organisation, to get visas, know what you are doing, have a base and get proper clearance. It is not a "fun" trip. You are there to help, not have a holiday - although you might have times which are fun, however that is not what you are there for. So well done WinterSoldier, you recognise that.
We once had a young lady turned up at our mission - no idea who she was, or what her skill set was. She had a visitor's visa only for a month. She had limited Portuguese. She just "wanted to help" !!! She was a nightmare because we didn't have anything she could fit into and she had wild ideas about "helping people" without understanding language or culture. She expected us to put her up and feed her too - in a very poor country where resources were scarce. She then suggested that she teach English. One of our colleagues thought they could let her do a lesson on two. She hadn't a clue. She was a disaster and just mixed the pupils learning up. People think teaching is easy. It isn't. It needs to be structured and meet the needs of the pupils you are teaching. Because you speak a language doesn't mean to say that you can teach it to a class of folk in a different culture with probably a different educational system. We heaved a sigh of relief when she went up country. But we had to resolve the mess she left behind, taking time and resources that could be better spent in doing the job we were there to do. No doubt she went home and told everyone what wonderful work she had done!!
Many missions/charities/organisations have teams of organised volunteers. They match the skills to the job. Untrained volunteers can do more harm than good. WinterSoldier - you will learn a lot about the people and culture and with your organisation be of great use, I'm sure about that.
Volunteering is not just a holiday with a little bit of attempting to be of "help" thrown in. It has been shown again and again, in many countries, that this attitude does more harm than good to the population you are supposed to be helping. It's serious stuff. If you want a holiday and to see a country, go as a tourist. If you really want to help go with an organisation that will train you, make sure you have the correct clearances and that the Government of the country knows you are there and what you are doing. You can really make a big difference then.
So why not volunteer for a charity and give some time to help others in a structured way that will ensure you won't be a problem but a help?
There's a needy world out there but with people who are willing to work hard, have had training in what to do, and aren't just there for a holiday. You can then change the world for the better and not be a burden to those who work there.
So more power to your elbow WinterSoldier. Have another lingot, I have some to spare.