September 3, 2011

Orientation and Families

Two days have passed quickly — sharing, learning, sampling — singing, praying, preparing — and now it’s time for each student to enter the life of a Peruvian host family.

They waited anxiously, expectantly, glancing at their papers to learn all the names and leaning into each other for encouragement.  One by one the families arrived — a father and son ahead of the traffic, an uncle and nephew on their way to the dedication of a church sanctuary, a mother and child bringing bocaditos (appetizers) for all to share, a mother coming straight from work, a family with children.  Good thing the students spent the afternoon in Spanish class.  And practiced Peruvian greetings.  And, one way or another, have been preparing for this moment for years.  Now the adventure begins!

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