While working to install solar panels in the rural communities of Chilca and Hanchipacha, we were immersed in the Peruvian culture, and experienced the Andean traditions first hand. As well, throughout our trip, we were able to enjoy the delicious food Peru had to offer, and experience the hospitality of the people at the hotels and restaurants.
One of my favourite parts of the trip was the drive to the worksite each morning, being surrounded by the breathtaking views and colorful towns. It was surprising to see the differences between life in Peru versus in Canada, even if we were just driving by.
Having the opportunity to work hands on with the solar panel taught us many lessons about the electrical installation, as well as problem solving and responsibility, which are very useful in everyday life. Working together to figure out ways to improve the project allowed everyone to bring a different perspective to the project, learn to communicate and trust the others in the group.
Another great experience was playing with the preschool children on the worksite, and teaching them about solar electricity, despite the significant language barrier.The LUTW staff were very helpful, supportive and encouraging throughout the entire trip, and it was a pleasure getting to know them! They always offered a helping hand and taught us many different lessons about the project, as well as life.
I loved seeing how grateful the parents of the preschoolers, mayors, and townspeople were for our help. It was a very eye opening experience, seeing that even the smallest bit of help can make the largest impact on the communities.
I am so grateful to have been part of this experience, and open my eyes to the lifestyle differences that exist in Peru. This was one of the best experiences in my life, and I look forward to working with Light Up The World again in the future.
– Jenna G. (Rundle College High School Student)