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Students prepare a traditional Peruvian dish (lomo saltado) and one dessert (alfajores)

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CIEE HS Language & Culture Program in Pisac, Perú  (Session II) - Student participants prepared lomo saltado (a kind of stir-fried beef with onions, vinegar, ginger, chili pepper, tomatoes and fried potatoes). The original recipe is served with rice, but we wanted to take a break of it, as many Peruvian dishes come with it. The group also baked alfajores (Peruvian sandwich cookies with a filling of dulce de leche). Both Ceci (program coordinator) and Dalila (lead instructor) shared the recipes in this adventurous culinary experience, which was a delight for all present, including program leaders, Teresa and Cristo. Parents, make sure to ask your son or daughter to show you how to make these dishes at home.

Students visit the local market during class.. (Level 1).

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They learned about regional fruits, vegetables, meats, and other local products!

Cooking with Ceci and Dalila

Tuesday's culture activity was a cooking class with our Peruvian instructors, Ceci and Dalila.  The students learned to make alfajores and lomo saltado, two traditional Peruvian foods.

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In case you are wondering who the other Program Leader is in Pisac, Perú - I am, Cristo Mendoza!

Hola. My name is Cristo Mendoza. I am a native of Mexico, who moved to the U.S. when I was 15 years-old. I have been teaching Spanish for 16 years at the middle, high school, and college level. I currently teach Spanish I, III Honors, and AP Language & Culture at Saint Mary's Hall in San Antonio, Texas. I love teaching Spanish and learning new languages. I usually spend my summers in both Mexico and Spain. I love traveling and learning about new cultures. I have lived in various places in Mexico and I also spent two years in Madrid, Spain. I am a College Board Table Leader training teachers grade AP exams, regularly work as a consultant for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Pearson Hall, creating assessment materials related to language instruction and national exams. As a TExES assessor, I am in charge of evaluating educators seeking language certification in Texas. 

My experience is extensive taking students to study abroad in both Mexico and Spain. This is my second year as Program Leader (PL) with CIEE. I was a PL last year in the first-ever high school language and culture program in Guanajuato, Mexico. I am excited to share my experience in Perú, as this is also CIEE's first year with the high school language and culture program. I visited Perú when I was in college, so I have been enjoying learning about all the new updates in this beautiful South American country.

Cristo Pisac

Here I am in Pisac (where our program is), a town of about ten thousand people, and located about 35 kilometers from Cuzco, Perú.

First weekend in Pisac - Student participants adopt a baby goat and named him...Pablo!

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Students adopted a baby goat this past weekend. One of the host families was planning to buy a baby goat, so the kids offered to buy one for them. They will take care of it during the program; and, they will then give it to the host family to keep. About five students contributed to come up with the baby goat's cost of 100 soles (about $33 dollars).  A few more students have now joined in as owners too, by paying a percentage to the original buyers. A great way to learn about the stock market.

Festival of the Virgen de Carmen in Pisac

Here are just a few of the pictures of folk dancers, horse-back riders, and processions that we enjoyed during the weekend...thought some of you would enjoy seeing a part of what the celebration is about.  The festival lasts 4 days to honor the Virgen de Carmen...one of the biggest festivals in Pisac.   The students enjoyed watching the processions, dances, music etc.  A few of our girls were able to march in the main procession with their host families and one of our In The Community activities was to interview some of the dancers.
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Visit with the Llamas

At the llama "ranch" the students were able to learn about how their wool is dyed (and how the dyes are made) as well as how to determine real wool from the acrylic blends.

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The students really enjoyed being able to feed and pet the llamas and alpacas...
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Here is a picture of the students at the "mirador" (overlook) with the Sacred Valley in the background....

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So far everyone is doing well...we are a bit tired because of the Festival of the Virgen de Carmen...but the students have been great!

More from Pisac

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Here's a photo of our students and their host families at our school after being introduced on Monday.

 

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Ceci leading some ice-breaker activities so that the students could get to know each other better.

 

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One group's 1st "Into the Community" was to go to a book store and ask some questions about products being sold there.

 

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Today's activity "Into the Community" was to visit a local graveyard to find out about families and their relationships as seen by the gravesites.

Celebration Pisac Style

Parade

Yesterday was the day for a big wedding and this parade was part of the festivities.  Many of our students were able to go and celebrate as their host families were invited to the wedding.  The students that went had a great time and one of our boys even danced with the bride!!

Getting started in Pisac, Peru

The students have been introduced to their host families for their stay here in Pisac. Tuesday was the first day of classes and they have been busy getting settled into the routine. Tuesday’s culture activity was a walking tour of Pisac to acquaint everyone with the locations of important places and the homes where all the students were staying. Of special interest was seeing the field where women and children were husking dried corn off of the cobs - none of us has ever seen anything like that! The marketplace was also an interesting spot. People are bustling about and the students were introduced to the bright colors and crafts of Peru. Ceci treated us to empanadas made in a very old fire oven - the gentleman explained how old it was and that it had been part of an old hacienda located here. The mountains here are gorgeous and the vistas are incredible. Most of us now have acclimatized to the altitude with little or no problems. Ceci Pisac tour Empanada oven Corn