Students Offering Support 2013 Trip Recap

Project Summary

FIU Global Learning-Students Offering Support 2013 Service Trip

Cusco, Peru


Trip Details


May 15-30,

Project Site

Local orphanage:

Hogar de Menores (Home for Children) “Maria Salome Ferro” and Casa Acogida “Virgen Natividad”

Cusco, Peru IMG_3824




Diva Hurtado, SOS President

Nidia Rivera, SOS VP of Outreach

Andres Aarango, SOS VP of Human Resources

Adriana Prado, SOS VP of Logistics

Gilda Portalatin, SOS VP of Finance

Jessica Leong, University of Alberta

Eric Feldman, FIU Global Learning Coordinator, SOS Chapter Advisor

Project Preparation and Funding

During the 2012-13 academic year, student leaders in the FIU chapter of Students Offering
Support hosted “Exam-AID” tutoring sessions for professor-specific sections of
classes in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biology.  By charging an average of $19 for a 3-hour tutoring session (accompanied by a printed material guide), $5,816.87 was
raised to fund the project.  Additional funds were raised by each student for travel costs and living expenses.   The project was selected by the students
from a list of options compiled by the Students Offering Support Head



Project Components


The orphanage
renovation project completed by our SOS students was developed and organized by
Learning for Hope.


Renovation of Main Classroom: Students repainted the four walls, entranceway, and all
tables and chairs of the main study room in the orphanage.  Two shelves were also built and installed for students to store their book bags.

Construction of Chicken Coop: Students cleared an outdoor area of rubble and the
vestiges of a previous roof structure and constructed, under the guidance of a
contractor, a chicken coop (complete with walls, roof, and caging).  The coop will be used to provide eggs for the orphanage kitchen.

Renovation of Casa Acogida Courtyard: An
additional project initiated by the students, the outdoor courtyard of Casa Acogida, the section of the facility for residential girls from abusive situations, was plastered and
painted.   The lines on the sports court were also repainted.


Project Timeline

May 15: Students traveled to Cusco from Miami,
via San Salvador and Lima. IMG_4067

May 16: Students rested, participated in a
Shaman-led welcoming ceremony, and visited the Plaza del Armas (Cusco’s main

May 17: Students toured the orphanage, where they were introduced to the students and explained the main projects they would
be working on.

May 18-19: Students toured Cusco’s countryside,
including the regions of Pisac, Huaran, and Urubamba.

May 20-24: Students worked on the orphanage project.

May 25: Students visited Machu Picchu

May 27-28: Students completed the orphanage project.

May 29: Students visited Cusco’s famed Temple of the Sun participated in a closing and
dedication ceremony where the completed projects were presented to the students
and orphanage administration, along with a digital slideshow of photos of the
trip, presented on the multimedia cart purchased for the facility with the FIU

May 30: Students return to Miami

      In addition to their work on the orphanage, students were able to experience the culture of Cusco first hand through the host families they lived with during their two weeks in Peru.  They witnessed and participated in Catholic and indigenous Andean religious ceremonies.  Exploration of Cusco’s countryside provided students with a first-hand look at festivals and traditions central to the Peruvian culture.  Students were also introduced to the indigenous Quechua languages spoken in the South American Andes.

Click here to view the full trip photo album


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