My student, Lexi Namer, leaves for Peru tomorrow on a self-initiated Summer project. As she writes in her blog:
“Last summer, I spent 6 weeks in Peru, 4 of which were spent in Ayacucho with an organization called Cross Cultural Solutions. During this time, I volunteered at a soup kitchen and later [after a disastrous encounter with a meat market and a newfound life as a vegetarian] with street children. These children woke up every morning at 4am to help their families in the market, pushing carts and doing manual labor. Santa Garcia provided them with a place to rest and relax for a while, and just have fun. While there, I taught the kids English, math, as well as arts and crafts and sports.
While I saw some heartbreaking things and met some of the most incredible people of life [adults and children alike], it was not until I returned home that I realized just how much my time in Ayacucho changed me. …
“When I started thinking about what I wanted to do for the summer of 2008, I immediately knew that I wanted to do something with art, preferably in a Spanish speaking country, and more specifically, Peru. After talking to a few people and bouncing around many ideas, I decided that I wanted to hold a photography class for children somewhere.”
And she is doing just that, using the pedagogic methods and ideas of Wendy Ewald, among others, to set up a photography project in Ayacucho. Follow her story on the blog. Good luck, Lexi!