17 Sep A Glass Half Grey: A Reflection on Homestay Experiences
Posted at 20:15h in South AmericaWritten by Alex Yant, 2014 Peru: Mind & Body Does the love and gratitude of a small Peruvian village outshine the darkness of language barriers, isolation, and the lack of familiar creature comforts? I struggled with this metaphor as I was thinking about my summation of our volunteering and homestay experience in Chosecani, a rural community of roughly 200 people about four hours outside of Cusco. How could I make you, the reader, understand that even though I retired to my family’s house every night with blistered fingers and sore shoulders, wanting nothing more than a good night’s sleep, that there was pleasure to be found in the experience? I soon realized I was oversimplifying things; to give an honest depiction of this volunteer project, I’d have to combine light and dark to make a hazy, muddled grey. It is though this lens that I will tell the rest of our story.