Category Archives: Arequipa

Video: Teaching English in a shanty town in Peru

We borrowed a camcorder to tell the story of a little Peruvian school that is trying to give youngsters living in a shanty town a better chance in life.   Advertisements

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Halloween Special: Broken glass and four stitches, the Nightmare on La Salle Street

Foot soaked in blood, devil horns flashing above the rugby grazes on my forehead I look every inch a frightening Halloween monster. But unfortunately the deep red stuff running across my right sole isn’t fake, it’s oozing from a real … Continue reading

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Doin’ it “doggy-style” in Arequipa

Christina Aguilera and Leonardo DiCaprio strike a pose in their special outfits – a princess costume for her and a swish tux for him – before digging into the beautifully decorated chicken liver cake placed on the table before them. … Continue reading

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Not quite the World Cup: ‘Hot pants’, haircuts and prayers, playing rugby Peru style

As the fireworks begin, turning the all black Auckland sky into a dazzling celebration of colour, I feel a little alone. When I discovered that a little drinking hole in the Peruvian city of Arequipa was  screening the Rugby World Cup … Continue reading

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Teaching English in a South Peruvian shanty town

“Carga, carga,” beg Dario, his brother Diego and their cousin Katy in unison. It’s time for the daily dilemma… Who gets the piggy back to the gravel road? “Come on then Katy,” I decide, mainly because she looks like she’s … Continue reading

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Peru’s buses, ballads and big hats

The middle-aged Peruvians surrounding me can only frown or look on, mystified, as I stifle giggles watching the small television screen on the bus. Singer Milder Oré and his trio of merry musicians are grooving along and miming to popular hit, … Continue reading

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