Meet New Project Manager: Rachel Orbuch

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Recent Stories

I wanted to begin my first official GSW blog post by introducing myself and explain how I ended up with probably the best job imaginable! I am born and raised in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes (and zero mountains). I grew up playing a plethora of sports. I played baseball with the boys and […]

Alika and Lydia’s Favorite Memories

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Recent Stories

Hello all, this will be our last post! Here are some of our favorite memories that we didn’t have the chance to share before.   Los Nogales Fourth grader Erica was getting really frustrated because she couldn’t serve over the volleyball net or bump to herself more than twice. She often rolled the ball away […]

Casa Mantay Recap!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Recent Stories

Now, it’s time for Casa Mantay! For those who don’t know, Casa Mantay is different from other schools in that it is also an NGO that works with young victims of sexual assault and abuse. Housing young mothers and soon-to-be mothers between the age of 12 and 18, Casa Mantay provides a safe, guarded place […]

Miguel Grau Recap!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Recent Stories

Next up: Miguel Grau!   We started working at this school in April 2017. Although the program is new at this school, the director already knew Chicas Dinámicas, as we worked with Señora Mercedes years ago, when she was the director at Luis Vallejos Santoni! She remembers when the program was first introduced to her, […]

Virgen Recap!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Recent Stories

Next in the “School Recap Series” is Virgen del Rosario. We started this school in 2012, after a search to expand the reach of Chicas Dinámicas to other areas of Cusco.   Our first introduction to Virgen was driving up several hills to reach a very small school with a beautiful view. About three people […]

Santoni Recap!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Recent Stories

Next up is Luis Vallejos Santoni!   This is the second we’ve been working at second-longest, since 2004. The school itself is pretty large with three classrooms for each grade, as well as an entire second day of secundaria classes during the afternoon. We have class here twice a week from 3-4:30 p.m., which gives […]

Los Nogales Recap!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Recent Stories

With the year rapidly coming to an end, we’re starting to process our entire year and the progress at all of our schools. First up, in order of our ordinary work week, is Los Nogales! GSW’s participation at Los Nogales is as old as the program itself. We have worked at this school since the […]

More Hope

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Recent Stories

Living in a culture where the machismo mindset is front and center every day is really difficult for me to adjust to. Here are several snapshots within the last two weeks that show the polarity of situations I encounter.   Snapshot A: I had an interesting conversation with César, a worker at a brewery. Since […]

Proudly Throwing Like a Girl

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Recent Stories

Playing football was the first time I felt like an athlete. I remember growing up watching football games with my dad, brother, male cousins, and uncles (always cheering for the Patriots, despite coming from a family of Jets fans). I learned the rules, asked my dad questions, and watched the plays closely. I always cared […]

Cusco Month

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Recent Stories

  Every June, thousands of tourists enter the beautiful historical center of Cusco, confused at the rainbow flags proudly resting in the hands of citizens young and old, above government buildings, and on pins. An eight-color rainbow is Cusco’s official flag because the rainbow is symbolic of a gift of sun from Incan gods. The […]