IB CAS Peru: Sacred Valley Service
At the heart of this project, 30 students from Bloomfield High School's International Baccalaureate Program (IB CAS) will travel to the Sacred Valley region of Peru- deep in the Andes mountains over winter break 2018. Here we will partner with the Sacred Valley Project- an educational non-profit that addresses the issue of access to education, specifically of girls in rural Andean communities. Although primary schools are accessible to most children in Peru, middle and secondary schools are often only available to boys. Young girls often must travel an average of 4 hours on foot per day to and from school. This dangerous and timely trek deters many young people from pursuing an education past fourth grade. Currently, in the Sacred Valley only 3 in 10 Andean girls have access to education past elementary school. Our project seeks to better understand inequities and access to education abroad.
We will commit to a construction service project on a dormitory school alongside members of the Sacred Valley Project team.
We will also provide an infrastructure service project in a remote Quechua village along the Inca trail: constructing roofs out of reeds and connecting houses to wells carved deep into the Andes Mountains.
Meaningful, sustained, impactful service:
Throughout our service work , we will interact with locals, work side by side the direct descendants of the Inca empire, and understand the complexities of rural indigenous communities in South America. Perhaps the biggest highlight of our service project is the unique opportunity to be hosted by Quechua families. We will spend our overnights in pairs on a homestay- living with the families for whom we will provide our service work.