June 4-10: Classes, field trips, volunteering June 10, 2018 Profs Ana, Moises and Irene have been teaching afternoon Spanish classes. Seth, Josh, and Luke act out a charade to be guessed in Spanish. Rae Ann provides clues as Renee, Rachael and Stuart guess. Ceramic artist Leonidas introduces students to his fair trade workshop. Sadie, Abby, and Josh practice molding techniques. Rae Ann displays one of the shop’s most popular products. In the home of a friend of GC who invited the group, Jonah learns to fry picarones, a dessert made with sweet potatoes. Sadie and Sarah celebrate their birthdays. Host Luisa Bossio spoke about her ministry in the women’s prisons of Lima and served up the picarones. Rachael, Lydia, Natalie, and Nate smile over pools of leftover syrup. On a 2-day trip south to Chincha, the group tours Hacienda San Jose, where a Jesuit mission became a slave plantation. The guide led the group through underground tunnels and the punishment room which were used to oppress enslaved people. Students pose in the hacienda’s chapel, decorated with carved wood from Spain. In the town of El Carmen, the group was hosted by the Ballumbrosio musician family, descendants of Africans who were brought to Chincha as slaves. Renee and Anne connect with a neighbor. Instructor Miguel Ballumbrosio introduces the cajon. Students practice Afro-Peruvian rhythms. Josh accepts an invitation to play. El Carmen elementary school children welcomed visitors with songs and dances and greetings in English. Back in Lima the group visited the Victor Delfin Gallery and interacted with the artist. Ann and several other students volunteered at an inclusive sports event for athletes with disabilities. Ryan assisted his team with the 100-meter wheelchair race. Sarah accepted a challenge from a young chess player.