INAUGURAL LEADER OF INTERNATIONAL
PRESERVICE TEACHER PLACEMENT: CUZCO, PERU 2011
In 2011, I was the Coordinator of the University of Adelaide’s inaugural trip to Peru for Teaching Practicum. Preservice teachers within my group were placed in Pumamarca Area School, a small and extremely impoverished agricultural community located in the mountain region above Cusco. As the supervisor, I successfully implemented a social and educational program—Primary and Secondary—to help empower this vulnerable rural population. Students suffered from malnourishment, domestic violence and substance abuse, smoke inhalation from cooking fires, and diminished eye-sight from mountain glare and lack of electricity. They exhibited signs and symptoms of parasitic diseases spread through food, water, insects, farm animals and rodents. Additionally, many students demonstrated ‘extreme’ overactivity, impulsiveness and/or inattention.
Pumamarca School Welcome
School Development Project: Green Houses
Cuzco Traditional 'School' Dance Competition: First Prize