Thank You, Teachers.

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Recent Stories

Consistency this past semester has been difficult. Among the school cancelations for the many holidays, rainy storms, and, most recently, teacher strikes, having a full week of classes has been hard to come by. We work in all nacional schools, in which the government contracts workers and teachers. The teachers go to the government to […]

A Week in Cusco

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Recent Stories

Head on a swivel, I entered the new-to-me colorful world of Cusco. Surrounded by mountain ranges, I traveled through alleyways, each with their own personal touch. A vine-covered wall, an open coffee shop, doors of all shapes and colors – beckoning me to explore. A glance down another alleyway reveals women in traditional dress in […]

Reminders

Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Recent Stories

A few weeks ago, we went to one of our favorite restaurants for a goodbye dinner sending away Lydia’s dad. We were all having a good time, speaking of the highs and favorite parts of the trip, breaking the different food that Mr. Burns had tried during his trip into categories. He wasn’t too fond […]

The Power of Safe Spaces

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Recent Stories

We had a major win last week at Casa Mantay, a home and school for teen mothers aged 12-17. We work with the girls once a week in the morning and always have a lot of fun letting loose and playing outside for an hour and a half. They are pure goofballs, and it has […]

I Did It, Profe!

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Recent Stories

With a little over two months left, I want to share small, cute moments during class to commemorate our awesome students. For today’s cute moment I introduce you all to Aracely! Aracely is a shy, goofy fourth grader from Colegio Santoni that we love having join us. We taught the girls the proper way to […]

Get a Move on, Profe!

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Recent Stories

85 days away, but who’s counting? It’s surreal that we’re a mere 12 weeks away from landing on US soil after a year in this beautiful city. There is still so much to do before we head out, that instead of a goals-setting foundational lesson with our girls this week, we’ll be doing some goal-setting […]

GirlSportWorks’ Five Life Skills

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Recent Stories

We are trained in a curriculum that teaches five core life skills (leadership, self-confidence, teamwork, healthy habits, and communication) through sports. This makes our program unique and is the basis for why GSW exists. We try to include as many lessons as possible every class and aim to assess the program’s importance by evaluating the […]

The Joys of Being the Bad Cop

Posted by on Apr 8, 2017 in Recent Stories

My whole life, I have been the good cop. I’ve been described as “too nice” and “a hopeless optimist,” and people tell me that others sometimes take advantage of me because of how nice I am. I am a people-pleaser in everything I do. My co-captain in college and I would joke about how she […]

The Light of Our Life: Luz

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Recent Stories

On Monday, we had our second sports class at Los Nogales. We started the day teaching English to 4th 5th and 6th grade, then quickly ate a hearty lunch to give us enough time to return to play with the girls before officially starting classes. We were playing soccer against the boys (winning, as usual) […]

The Profes’ New Groove

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Recent Stories

  Our first few weeks back to Cusco have been a whirlwind! As we stepped off our last 26-hour bus ride from Lima, it definitely felt like home returning to this city that only nine months ago was foreign territory. Seeing familiar buses, street signs, and knowing with complete certainty when a cab driver was […]