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Table of Contents
Introduction History of MOCHE Introduction of Staff MOCHE, Inc’s Mission Development o Introduction o Past MOCHE, Inc and Nourish International Projects Communities we work in o Ciudad de Dios o Cerro Blanco o Bello Horizonte Information for Arrival in Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima o Passing through Customs o Taxi s Tourist information for Lima Arriving to Huanchaco Former Volunteers' Experiences with MOCHE, Inc Living in Huanchaco o General Overview o Climate o Daily Life o Internet o Excursions and Activities Transportation Health and Safety o Water , Diarrhea, Hydration o Sunscreen o Food Safety Tips Cultural Tips and Information o Speaking Spanish and the form of usted To-Bring List Additional Travel Information for Cuzco and Caja Marca
The purpose of this guide to provide volunteers with a general idea of what to expect when volunteering with MOCHE,Inc in Peru. By no means will it completely prepare volunteers however, it does a pretty good job of giving volunteers the basics of what to expect in Peru and the 'field'.
History of MOCHE, Inc
Nearly a decade ago, Brian Billman and Jesus Briceño began a long-term archaeological
Julio Cesar Martin Rucabado Yong Program Director La Universidad Católica in Lima. educational tours. the implementation of sustainable rural development projects. After the first season. Our goal is to apply entrepreneurial techniques to the intertwined problems of heritage preservation and rural poverty. Inc MOCHE is dedicated to protecting. He is the adviser and generally referred to as the grand jefe (Spanish for head boss). at an archeology conference where Brian encouraged Julio to apply for the masters program at UNC-Chapel Hill.C. At that time. teaching. Inc UNC Anthropology Department. Julio grew up in Lima and . and service-learning programs. hiring the entire village of Ciudad de Dios to protect their archaeological site by offering to fund $1200 worth of development projects each year the site remains untouched. In 1998. a strategy that usually is not very successful. and a number of community-defined development projects have been completed. Julio then studied at UNC for 3 years and now teaches at PUCP in Lima. We fund the preservation of archaeological sites. The Mission of MOCHE. Typically. looting has effectively stopped at Ciudad de Dios. Introduction of MOCHE. he considers Peru his second home. and the furtherance of archaeological research and teaching in Peru by offering archaeological field schools. Associate Professor Brian Billman has been working in Peru for more than 20 years on various archaeological excavations and research. they embarked on a different path. and the best way to help rural communities is by saving archaeological sites. After spending numerous years in Peru. they faced the same problems every project faces in Peru: looting of archaeological sites and rural poverty. archaeologists will hire one or two people to protect an archaeological site during the off-season. the best way to save archaeological sites is by helping rural communities. In our view.project in the Moche Valley. Inc Staff Brian Billman Director and Founder of MOCHE. Ciudad de Dios still had not been recognized by the local government and lacked even the most basic services. and studying the rich cultural heritage of Peru by creating partnerships with rural communities. (PUCP) Archeology Professor Julio and Brian met in Washington D. Since the program began.
Past MOCHE. and flexibility from volunteers. She is responsible for overseeing public health projects and fund-raising. There will be challenges and the pace and way of doing things in this area is different from what you may be accustomed to. UNC NI 2009 Built 3 VIP Latrines in Ciudad de Dios. There is typically a vertical order of authority and leadership in the communities. You will learn much with an open mind and the people you are helping will teach you many things from making adobe to seeing how poverty impacts their lives and what your role can be in it. Making friendships and relationships with the people in the communities is essential to carrying out projects and most volunteers have found it difficult to say good-bye to the communities they work with. These qualities are critical to implementing plans. UNC NI 2010 Second Annual Health Fair in Bello Horizonte.oversees general management of the project. Inc and Nourish International Projects in the Moche Valley 2008 Water System Project in Ciudad de Dios with UNC Chapter of Nourish International (UNC NI). Don’t expect to eradicate global poverty during the five weeks you are in Peru however. humility. your actions will have an impact on the lives of the people you will develop relationships with. before any plans can be implemented. UNC NI 2009 Week long maternal health talks and activities with pregnant women in the valley. Peru Working with communities and development projects requires patience. It is important to be flexible with plans because there are often surprises and unexpected changes. UNC and The Ohio State University . we must receive permission from the community leader or the authorities. Duke Engaged. and UNC Engineers without Borders 2009 First Annual Health Fair in Ciudad de Dios. Short Note about Development work in the Moche Valley. Problem solving and quick thinking will take you far and be of great help to the project. Hyun (Esther) Namkoong Public Health Program Director Travel Vagabond Esther first worked in the Moche Valley as a UNC Nourish International volunteer in the potable water project in Ciudad de Dios in the summer of 2008. She also studied for a semester at La Universidad Católica in Lima in 2009. She began working as program director for MOCHE in 2010 for the sanitation project in Ciudad de Dios and the UNC Nourish International team.
UNC NI 2010 Re-painted the Plaza de Armas in Bello Horizonte. Inc has worked in Ciudad de Dios the longest. We finished the first phase of the health clinic in 2011 and will begin the second phase of the health clinic this year.(OSU) 2010 Built 11 Pit Latrines in Ciudad de Dios. It also has the most services and infrastructure out of the 3 communities. UNC NI 2010 Built Water Reservoir in Cerro Blanco. The town has a small grade school and there are many immigrants from the highlands living in this town which has created some social tensions. OSU NI 2010 Educational Activities in the Primary School in Bello Horizonte. beginning with the first Project of potable water in 2008. Inc and Ohio State Nourish helped in the construction of a water reservoir for Cerro Blanco in 2010. UNC. 2010 marked the first year we began collaborating with Bello Horizonte. OSU Communities We Work In The Moche Valley is heavily dependent on agriculture. Yale. Cerro Blanco Cerro Blanco also depends heavily on agriculture for its economy. MOCHE. Ciudad de Dios MOCHE. Bello Horizonte Bello Horizonte is the largest of the 3 communities that we work with and we will build the health clinic in this town. Bello Horizonte. in particular sugarcane and the production of sugar. There is a large sugar factory in the valley that employs many people. Most of the people in the valley have low levels of education and work in manual labor or agriculture to earn a living. and Menocucho. UNC 2011 Built the first phase of a regional health clinic in Bello Horizonte with Yale and OSU 2011 Organized 3 health fairs in Ciudad de Dios. . UNC and OSU NI 2010 Trash Pick-up with children in Ciudad de Dios and Cerro Blanco. UNC and OSU NI 2011 Built 13 Ventilated Improved Pit latrines in Ciudad de Dios. It started as a squatter settlement and is now recognized as an official town by the government. Some of the towns have started as squatter settlements and other towns are now officially recognized by the government. Brian has been working with this community for more than 15 years.
There are many unregulated taxis in Peru. Be careful with your belongings in the center of Lima. if the button flashes red. Be careful in the places you take photos. former volunteers have stayed in those hostels. you will have to pass through customs with your passport. Depending on the length of your stay in Peru. Sights and Attractions There is a beautiful plaza de armas in the center of Lima that has several government buildings and cathedrals. Peru Passing through Customs in Jorge Chavez Once you arrive in Jorge Chavez Airport. be aware of your surroundings in the center of Lima. But if there is nothing illegal in your baggage. Tourist Information for Lima The three safest districts in Lima are Miraflores. then you will exit shortly after screening your baggage. Larcomar which is another shopping center with good seafood restaurants and ice cream . set prices in the airport for the taxi rides. ask for the number of days needed accordingly. do not carry valuables. The “GREEN TAXI”company in the airport is a safe option for arriving to your destination in Lima. Taxis Taxis in Peru do not have taxi meters! Taxi fares are determined through bargaining with the taxi driver. Larco Museum Museo de Arquelogia Museo de Arte Parque Kennedy is in Miraflores and is a busy commercial center in Lima. you can find a hostel for $10 a night if you need lodging in Lima. Barranco. If the button flashes green then you may exit however. A money belt is a generally a good way of keeping your money safe. Flying Dog and Loki Hostel in Miraflores are generally clean and safe. your baggage will be screened again. It would be a good idea to staple this to a page in your passport. US citizens can stay in Peru for a maximum of 183 days on a tourist visa. Do not get into a taxi without first clearly negotiating a price with the driver. China town is also close by the center. There are also several museums that you can appreciate in Lima.Information for Arrival in Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima. Hostels are generally safe and clean in those three areas. You will receive your visa on a small rectangular piece of paper that you will need to keep with you in order to leave the country. Official taxis have a code of numbers and letters on the passenger doors. tourists have been robbed in taxis. They have listed. and San Isidro. You will then collect your baggage in baggage claim and then everyone has to press a button that is used to randomly screen bags.
The flights can be around $100 round trip. More than the satisfaction of carrying out successful projects. There was always something to do for everyone. to putting on a health fair. Through talking . Everyday we would pack our lunches and head out in the vans to Ciudad de Dios where the children would welcome us with open arms and community members would excitedly wave to us. relaxing place to return to after working in the highlands all day. What Volunteers Have to Say about MOCHE and Peru “My summer working with MOCHE in Peru was incredible.shops is close-by Parque Kennedy. played soccer with locals. local leaders. There is also an Incan Market by Parque Kennedy for purchasing typical Peruvian souvenirs. but many times there are sales for the flights. Movies are generally played very loudly on buses in Peru. books. You will arrive in Trujillo which is the closet major city to Huanchaco. Arrival to Huanchaco There are two options of arriving to Huanchaco from Lima. The buses have semi-cama (half-bed) seats which recline 180® and a meal with a snack is generally served on the bus ride. We wandered around the streets. cards. This safe and welcoming environment was a great introduction to the area and a wonderful. by airplane or bus. and surfed in the ocean. around $80usd. LAN Airlines and StarPeru fly to Trujillo from Lima. Flight Information Flights from Lima to Trujillo are a little over an hour long. We worked with government officials. You will be able to purchase bottled water or snacks in the bus station for the journey. I was most impacted by the gratitude expressed from community members and how much I grew in getting to know the local community members. and community members to get to know the community and carry out sustainable humanitarian development projects. no matter what their interests. Our dynamic team engaged in various projects from beautifying the school area to conducting sanitation surveys to building latrines to teaching children. Volunteers in the past have brought soduko. and journals to help pass the time. Inc staff to arrive in Huanchaco. the fantastic family we lived with and delicious home cooked meals. I grew to love the town of Huanchaco where we lived for the summer with its calming ocean and delicious polleria. they also tend to be really cheesy! A pair of ear phones or an iPod for the bus might be a good idea. Bus Information Buses from either Cruz del Sur or Linea companies are generally safer and more comfortable. There is also a bathroom on the bus. The bus ride generally takes 8 or 9 hours from Lima to arrive in Trujillo. from there you will be be picked up by MOCHE.
or go to the market in Trujillo to buy random items. Their appreciation for us being there was so apparent. We return from the field at around 3-4pm so you have a few hours of free time before dinner. of Peru and seeing how happy and grateful they were for the small things they had was life altering. It is most famous for surfing. especially the children. 2011 “Working with Moche was the best experience of my life. There will be food to make a bagged lunch of sandwiches and fruit for lunch. and volunteers as their desire is to help and build capacity in this community and surrounding ones. Working with the people. will eventually be self-sustaining. Brian Billman.” -Rachel Baum. and working hard in the communities. It takes about 35-45 minutes to arrive in the Moche Valley from Huanchaco. It is typically around 60˚-70˚F in June and July. I wish I could go back every summer and be the next Esther!” -Catherine Mouch. However. as well as with the community of Cuidad De Dios. it is chilly at nighttime because of the wind from the beach. it is very sunny during the day in the Moche Valley and sunscreen is useful to pack. reed boats. Climate It is dry here. Coming together to build latrines and creating a zerolandscape (the need for little water) in their Plaza de Armas was truly an experience. and fishing. I have truly enjoyed working with MOCHE and EWB this past summer. his staff. one of the key communities. surf on the beach. It was made evident to me the respect Cuidad De Dios community members have for Dr. This experience has helped to direct my future plans in working in public health and collaborating with humanitarian aid organizations. The market is an interesting place filled with everything from guinea pigs to soccer jerseys. Its public health initiatives have been advancing year after year with the hope that Cuidad De Dios. You will have breakfast at the group house one hour before leaving for the field. A chartered bus will pick up the group every morning in Huanchaco. I grew so much as a person and I had the most amazing time. playing with kids.” -Solange Almazora. UNC NI Leader 2010 “MOCHE and its leadership have a great vision for empowering small rural communities in Moche Valley. . The beauty in helping a community that you grow to love is an irreplaceable feeling and an incredibly worthwhile experience. OSU NI 2011 Living in Huanchaco General Overview Huanchaco is a small beach town. The volunteers generally play soccer games. located 20 km away from Trujillo. Daily Life in Huanchaco and going to the ‘field’ You will most likely go out to the ‘field’ from Monday to Friday from around 8am-9am to 3pm-4pm.to everyone. you will not need to pack an umbrella or raincoat. The second oldest church in Peru is located on the top of the hill in Huanchaco. I built strong relationships with community members and grew to love them.
a few of them also have printers. fruits such as mandarins and bananas. there is internet in Huanchaco!! There are several internet cafes that charge around $0. coffee. There is also a kitchen staff that will cook all of the meals for you in the group house. and develop photos in Trujillo. If you have any questions about where to eat. Breakfast in the group house consists of bread. Saturday mornings and afternoons are generally reserved for going on short excursions with Professor Billman to various archaeological sites such as Chan Chan or El Brujo. You will most likely share a room and the volunteers are free to choose their rooms and roommates. Valuables should be kept on your person when traveling. potatoes. and tea. Lunch is eaten in the 'field' during the weekdays which consists of a bagged lunch of sandwiches and fruit. Eloisa and Julia are the mother and daughter that prepare all the house meals. All personal belongings are in the responsibility and care of volunteers. Accomodations You will live with the rest of the volunteers in a house that MOCHE. be sure to keep it with you as carry-on luggage when riding the bus or traveling in general. Dinner is typically an appetizer and the main course or the main course with a dessert. Sunday is your free day to relax and choose what you would like to do. To Bring a Laptop or Not?? A laptop is not necessary to bring in order to volunteer with MOCHE. fresh juice.Dinner is typically served between 6:30-7pm at the guest house. and some kind of fish. If you do decide to bring a laptop. or beef. Inc.33 the hour. fax. There are also places to scan. There are no meals provided on Sundays but there are many restaurants close-by. Note: MOCHE’s kitchen staff can make special arrangements for volunteers with allergies or dietary restrictions. Internet Yes. you will love the dessert tres leches and Peruvian food in general! Meals in the Group House The meals served in the group house will be traditional Peruvian food which typically means a side of white rice. Tip: Be sure to eat in a clean restaurant and be cautious of seafood. ask the staff to be on the safe side. . Inc rents every year for the NI volunteers. chicken.
and a large grocery store that sells peanut butter and other American snacks if you start to miss home. It is important to be hydrated and drink lots of water. here is some general safety information to help keep you safe and healthy. There are various archaeological sites that are located close-by. harm. If you choose to travel to the rainforest or other regions in Peru. various clothing stores. . Transportation in Huanchaco and Trujillo Huanchaco is a small town and you will most likely just walk within Huanchaco. surfboard. bottled water or boiling water are safe options for drinking water. there are different health safety precautions to take. they generally include a wetsuit.MOCHE.50 for a trip or you can take a taxi which is more expensive but a faster way of traveling. you should check with your medical doctor or the Center for the Control of Disease (CDC) webpage for travel information. it is critical to stay hydrated. In the case of traveler’s diarrhea. You will have access to bottled water in the group house. We have also taken past volunteers on excursions to El Brujo in the Chicama Valley. you will most likely be working outside or hiking. or theft of laptops or other personal belongings of volunteers. However. The movie theatre does have some movies in English and if you want to improve your Spanish. Surfing lessons are also available in Huanchaco for around $10-$13. Chan Chan is a Chimu archaeological site that is less than a 20 minute bus ride away from Huanchaco. Water The tap water in Peru is not safe for consumption. There is also a commercial shopping mall that is a 20 minute bus ride away from Huanchaco. if you need to get to the mall or Trujillo you can either take public buses which are known as micros or combis which cost around $0. Health and Safety You should ask your medical doctor what he or she recommends you to do or bring in terms of medication for the northern coast of Peru. Excursions and Activities We will visit archaeological sites on Saturdays with Professor Brian and the staff. movies are a fun way to learn. There is a movie theatre. Inc is not responsible for the damage. It is normally the first archaeological site Nourish volunteers visit. We normally leave early in the morning and return mid-afternoon. and an hour long lesson. However. We will most likely go to Huaca del Sol y la Luna which is located less than 25 miles away from Huanchaco.
however it is expensive. Usted. What to Bring? This is simply a suggestion of items you may find useful during your volunteer experience with MOCHE. particularly when volunteering abroad. particularly those that are older because it is important to show respect in this way. Cultural Tips and Information It is critical to be culturally sensitive when working with development projects and communities. Usted! Peruvians really appreciate it when volunteers speak Spanish. Benadryl . Linens and blanket or sleeping bag Pillow Towel Shoes for hiking or physical activity Hat Sunglasses Swim wear Clothes for working outside Sunscreen Bug Spray Anti-itch cream or anti-histamine i. the sun is very strong in the Moche Valley and sunburn is painful. If you forget to pack sunscreen. Wash your Hands! Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways of keeping yourself healthy and clean. Being culturally sensitive and building relationships with the community is essential to any project.Sunscreen Sunscreen is important to bring. Hand sanitizer is very handy as there may not always be soap in public bathrooms or in the field. Having a friendly smile goes a long way and opening yourself up to make friends is great for building relationships with people. even if you think you’re butchering the language! Make every effort to use the form of usted when speaking to people.e. Inc. Usted is used to express respect for the other person and it is important to remember to say Usted instead of Tu. you can always buy some at the mall. Speaking Spanish and Usted.
Take care of your valuables such as your camera or iPod. Additional Travel Information for Cuzco and Caja Marca Many volunteers in the past have traveled to Cuzco and Lima before or after the volunteer program dates. Imodium or Pepto Bismal Hand Sanitizer Flashlight Money Belt Work gloves Water Bottle Small bag to take to the field Journal Spanish/English Dictionary Books Pictures of your family or friends Comfort food/snacks (peanut butter. Peru Travel has also helped students in the past make their travel plans. candy) iPod* Camera* Playing Cards Games Toiletries Safety Lock for when traveling in hostels.000 feet. if you choose to bring them* *Eyeglasses are extremely cheap to buy in Peru. Volunteers in the past have consulted travel books such as Lonely Planet to help guide them in making their plans. . it is located high in the Andes mountains at an altitude of more than 9. Tip: MOCHE. ask one of the staff. by bus or plane. (Beware of high altitude sickness!) There are two options of arriving to Cuzco. if you like.e. There are numerous archaeological sites to visit in and around Cuzco. you could bring your prescription to have a pair of glasses made. We typically take a group trip to Caja Marca for a weekend during the program dates. If you need any advice. Inc uses the travel agency Peru Travel to coordinate transportation. Cuzco was also the capital of the Incan civilization. (for locking up valuables) Ear plugs Alarm Clock Open mind! *Remember you are responsible for keeping up with your personal items. the Incan fortress. Medicine for diarrhea/upset stomach i. Cuzco Cuzco is highly popular with tourists because of its proximity to Machu Picchu.
Note: We typically take a group weekend trip to Caja Marca with the Nourish International volunteers. It is around an 8-9 hour bus ride from Trujillo. cheese. and pastries. nestled in the Andes Mountains. they are natural hot springs and tourists are able to enter private hot tubs for less than $2. The bus ride is spectacular and you will have the opportunity to appreciate the scenery of the sierra region of Peru. bread. . The Incan baths are another popular tourist attraction in Caja Marca.Caja Marca Caja Marca is located north of Huanchaco. Tourists frequently buy manjar blanco (dulce de leche). There is also a wide variety of woven textiles and artesanía products. Caja Marca is famous for its dairy and agricultural products and for its Incan hot baths.
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