Posted by Melaynee Broadstreet at 9/13/2016
Six Lake Dallas High School students traveled to Peru for a service trip during the summer. While there, the group, led by LDHS teachers Katie Chalkley and Jill Cole, saw many sites and experienced the culture through hiking and touring the 12,000 ft altitude country.
To arrive at the site of service projects, the group traveled to Puno, took a boat ride to the Uros Floating Islands, and then to the south side of Lake Titicaca to the town of Laquina Chico.
The service projects included hauling rocks up the side of a mountain, and bringing large sacks of sand down from the top. They helped mix concrete to pour a sidewalk for the people in the small town.
“The students were greatly impacted by what the people did not have – no internet, modern plumbing, or cell phones,” Ms. Chalkley said. “But they did have chickens, pigs, and a great sense of community, and we had a wonderful time getting to know the people in the town, and we all have great things to say about the experience. We have truly wonderful kids here at LD, with service hearts.”
Current LDHS students Shelby Helmlinger, Sydney Haldeman, Gunnar Gray, and Callee Buxton attended the trip along with recent graduates Maria Dunne and Shelby Davis.
The group visited the Machu Picchu, Pisac, Ollantytambo, and many other ancient Incan sites. They also met Pablo Seminario, a famous Peruvian artist who has works on display at the Smithsonian. In Cuzco, the former capital of the Incan Empire, they saw the palace of Qoriacancha, built on the old Incan Temple of the Sun. They also went to many markets, sampled a lot of local food (some good, some not so good), and met many llamas.