This summer, I had the privilege and pleasure of traveling to Peru with a group called GLA. (Global Leadership Adventures). At GLA, the main goal is to provide a summer trip where teens can help others that are less fortunate in service projects which they feel passionate about. This summer, I helped a family on the outskirts of Cuzco, Peru in this little town called Chocco. Here, over the course of two weeks, I helped the family build a full house for their guinea pig or cuyo. Over these two weeks, I had some of the best experiences of my life. I met so many new people and developed relationships with the families I helped. A normal day of service looked like the following: Every morning we woke up at 6:30 am, starting service at 7:15 or 7:30. We then worked carrying adobe bricks and making mud for the foundation of the house. Making this house was very important because guinea pigs are most families only source of protein from a food source that is cheap enough to produce at a fast rate. During our service hours each day, we would have a mid-day break, where we got to play with little kids at a school nearby. We had daily soccer games, singalongs, rap battles, and played on the swings. After this, we went back to service for a few more hours of group work.
During my time in Chocco, how I view the world was totally reversed and changed. From the point I visited Peru, my view of my surroundings were clouded by the privilege I had automatically received since birth. These privileges are simple things such as water, food, clothes, a roof over my head and an education. When I left Peru, I became much more aware of how I could help people individually and make a difference just by the small things I did with my group.