Into the Jungle

Notebooks, pencils, soccer balls, and much more were loaded onto large wooden transport boat. This boat will act as a mothership for all things related to Adopt-A-School supplies until school deliveries have been completed. As you can see above, the donations made by many gracious…

The Adventure Begins

On Friday, Ben and I arrived into Iquitos around noon. The sweltering heat and humidity was quite intense coming from the much cooler temperatures in Michigan. As we picked up our luggage and supplies, the adventure began once we headed into the city to meet…

Nuevo San Juan del Amazonas

Visiting Nuevo San Juan del Amazonas gave me a chance to see many familiar faces. As this community was a recent recipient of an Adopt-A-School service project, I became friends with many of the students over a week long project last spring. When I jumped off…

General Merino

Tuesday’s reviews were different than normal as General Merino is not yet an Adopt-A-School community but is one that has applied to join. This meant that we were going to walk through the community to see its status in terms of cleanliness, see how the…

Santa Maria de Fatima

To start off our second week of program reviews, I began with Santa Maria de Fatima. This was a community I had never visited before so it was a pleasure meeting everyone for the first time. The community was set up well, with a large…

Back to the Rainforest

After being back in Iquitos for the day, Carla and I will join back up with Sintia and the rest of the program review team on Sunday to head down the Amazon River again, for the week two reviews. While being back in the city…

Capironal

Friday’s visit was a long awaited return to Capironal. At first, I thought it was my first visit into this community until I saw some familiar faces. I hadn’t been to Capironal since my first Adopt-A-School trip to Peru in the spring of 2014. It…

Nueva Esperanza

This past Thursday provided me with the opportunity to return to Nueva Esperanza, a community I participated with for the 2014 reviews.  Nueva Esperanza is a small community off of the Amazon River that deals with heavy flooding annually and faces many challenges because of…

Centro Unido

Wednesday’s review gave me the chance to visit Centro Unido for the first time. This community greeted us with music and many thanks. They even performed a few short presentations for us with song and dance.   Centro Unido’s kindergartners displayed great intelligence during the…

Llachapa

On Tuesday, I visited the community of Llachapa. This is a special community as they participate in a project with the Detroit Zoo’s curator of Amphibians, Marcy Sieggreen. When Marcy is in Peru, she spends time in the rainforest searching for frog species and researching…