S: Sean's Mixbook
BC: Works Cited Continued | Potatoes at Market. 2001. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 2 Dec 2010. Potato vendors display a variety of Peruvian potatoes (more than three thousand types are grown in Peru) near Cuzco during Papa Raimi, the festival of potatoes. Potatoes were first cultivated by the Incas, who developed a system to dehydrate and preserve potatoes by freezing them overnight and crushing out the water in the morning. (Papa Raimi, Peru, July 2001) Salcantay. 2004. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 2 Dec 2010. High in the Andes Mountains, at 15,000 feet (4,600 meters) above sea level, the jagged peak of Salcantay separates the town of Cuzco from the Incan city of Machu Picchu. (near Aguas Calientes, Peru, June 2004) Sister and Brothers. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 2 Dec 2010. A young girl and her brothers gather in front of their house for a family photo on a small path just outside the small village of Ollantaytambo. The family unit is important in Peru. Nuclear families have, on average, three children. (Ollantaytambo, Peru, June 2008) Sitting on Reeds. 2006. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 2 Dec 2010. This little girl, who lives on one of the floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca, is sitting on some freshly cut reeds, which her father will use to place another layer on the island. Her cracked cheeks are a result of the cold weather experienced here. (Near Puno, Peru, December 2006) Transporting Corn. 2006. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 2 Dec 2010. A man and a woman carry loads of corn on their backs. Many people from small villages travel to Cabanaconde to purchase corn. Cabanaconde is sometimes called la tierra del maíz (the land of corn), because of the abundance and quality of the corn grown there. Corn is the basis for a variety of typical dishes here, ranging from soups and breads to cakes and drinks. Village Street. 2000. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 2 Dec 2010. In Quechua Indian village, there is no underground sewer. Instead, the ditch running alongside the road serves as the sewer. (Cachora, Peru, August 2000) Wheat Harvest. 2000. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 2 Dec 2010. A man is walking on a path near the pueblo of Maras. He carries wheat that he just harvested. Wheat—along with potatoes, sugarcane, rice, and coffee—is one of Peru's most important agricultural products. (Maras, Peru, June 2008)
FC: Peru | By Sean Bastian
1: Themes | Daily Labor | Typical Lifestyle | Environmental | Issues
2: Daily Life | Village Street | Hilltop Houses | Peruvian Children | Food Market
3: Dear Mom and Dad, I am enjoying my time in Peru, however it is extremely different from what I am use to back home. First off all of the volunteers were given training and then assigned to a host family that they live with for 6 months. My typical day looks like this; I usually wake up around 7 a.m. and eat breakfast. For breakfast, I usually have pan con palta, which is crusted bread roll with avocado and a cup of juice. The juice is of various fruits and freshly made. After breakfast I take a shower but it is far from the ordinary shower I was use to at home. Most of the showers are generally outside, with some cloth surrounding it and there is pretty much no hot water. After I take a shower I go to work, now my task usually change from week to week, I work on things like sanitizing drinking water, helping build and provide schools and playgrounds, starting to organize an efficient trash system and much more. Education is a very important aspect which needs to be corrected. In Peru there are 14,606 children who don’t go to school and the government only spends 17% of its budget on the education system. The children are the future of the country and the government is not spending enough money on their school system. I am happy that I can help out this needy country, if there were more people volunteering this country could solve many of its problems in a short period of time. I hope everything is going well at home, talk to you soon. -Sean
6: This is artifact is a Peruvian bowl. The 3 1/2 " tall bowl was used for daily chores and meals. The designs on the bowl depicts an individual with falcon head eyes and a textile headband.
7: Andes Mountains | Machu Pichu | Lake Titicaca | Uros Islands | Environmental Issues
8: Dear Mom and Dad, I am enjoying my time helping out in Peru. However it is very different from what I am use to at home. The culture, the lifestyle, the weather, the beliefs, almost everything is different from what I am use to. The thing that really has affected me the most is the weather, it is hot and sunny most days throughout the year. The people here are use to it and have tough skin which protects them from the sun, where I sickout like a sore thumb. From May to December the temperature is usually between 90 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, this is considered spring and summer for them. Where from June to November, their fall and winter, the temperatures usually stay between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Other then the weather some environmental issues have created serious problems here in Peru. For example, Lake Titicaca is the country’s biggest source of fresh water; however the lake is contaminated and is the cause for many common diseases. In order for the water to be usable, is has to be sanitized and filtered which is a long expensive process that Peru does not have the money for. This is such a severe problem because in Peru 6.4 million people don’t have access to water services and 11.3 million people don’t have access to sanitation services. Even though the situation is bad, it is improving. In the last 20 years the sanitation rate has increased from 9% to 30%. My goal is to work with groups that specialize in water sanitation and hopefully my work there could help improve the water sanitation process in Peru. I am continuing to work in programs that are trying to improve life for the typical citizen. I hope to come home soon for a visit, talk to you soon. -Sean
11: This artifact is a Sun Dial at the ruins of Machu Picchu. The incredible piece of art was carved from a single stone and perfectly aligned to the four points of the compass
12: Map of Lake Titicaca
14: Daily Labor | Corn Harvest | Wheat Harvest | End of the Workday
15: This is a 14-inch ceremonial knife made of copper alloy. Archaeologists in northern Peru say the artifacts found next to a pyramid in northern Peru. This is an example of the history of daily labor in Peru.
17: This artifact is a sewing machine, which represents the sweatshops in Peru. A sweatshop is a working environment considered to be unacceptably difficult or dangerous. Workers often work long hours for unusually low pay, regardless of laws requiring overtime pay or a minimum wage. Sweatshops are not abundant across Peru, however there are citizens who live a tough life working long hours in sweatshops.
19: Dear Mom and Dad, I am coming to the end of my volunteer work here in Peru. This are going great, I have been a part of many different programs that are working to help solve the major problems that occur in Peru. A few of the programs that I have been a part of include water treatment and sanitation, waste management services, disease awareness and prevention, education awareness and aid, as well as many other programs run by peace corps volunteers. Along with these Peace Corps run programs I have also gotten to do the typical work of a Peruvian citizen. I have done many of the manual labor that exists in the Peruvian culture. These jobs include harvesting rice, corn, wheat, working with animals, and many other physical jobs that are typical in the Peruvian culture. Most men who live in Peru participate in manual labor. The job breakdown in Peru looks like this, 4.9% of the population are employed in agriculture, 13.3% in industry; 5.6% in construction; 29.4% in commerce, and 7.5% in education. This is definitely a big change from living in the U.S. where the majority of people work in an office building. Throughout my time in Peru I have learned a lot about the people, the culture, the way of life, and the problems of Peru. I feel like I have made an impact in Peru, but I also believe that if people do not keep volunteering and helping countries in need then they will never recover from the deficit they have put themselves in. I have had a great experience in Peru and I will be on by way home soon, I hope everything is going great. -Sean
20: Works Cited | Dodig, Rodney. Living in Peru. Machu Picchu: Peru's Top Destination Better than Ever. Web. 16 Dec. 2010.
21: Man and Donkey. 2006. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 2 Dec 2010. This man is walking his donkey down the slopes of Amantani Island. Virtually all of the men on this island know how to knit. Younger men wear red hats if they are married and white hats if they are not. (Amantani Island, Peru, December 2006) Peru Unemployment Chart. N.d. Photograph. Movoto. Web. 4 Jan. 2011.