Homestay - Trujillo

Trujillo is situated on the coast of Peru, about 7 hours by car north of Lima, one hour by air, and at the mouth of one of Peru’s larger rivers, the Moche River. It will of course, be winter there, with temperatures staying normally in a narrow range of from 65f to 75f (the city is known as the “Capital of Everlasting Spring”). This also means that school will be in session – a great advantage for our Rassias students.
 
Trujillo itself is the second largest metropolitan area of Peru.  The fertile Moche River valley produces the world’s largest export crop of asparagus as well as sugar cane and rice.  The city also has a shoe industry, knitting mills and sugar refineries.  It is the commercial center of northern Peru as well as a transport and shopping center.
 
More recently, in 2011, the citizens there developed a project known as “Trujillo: Sustainable City”.  And then in 2012 it was selected by IBM to be part of its “Smarter Cities Challenge” program aimed at improving public safety and mass transportation through technology.
 
In the city environs is a World Heritage protected site, Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the ancient world as well as the temples of the sun and the moon, which are the largest adobe pyramids in Peru.
 
Perhaps of more importance to all, Trujillo and the Peruvians are known as friendly, outgoing people. It’s historical colonial old city with its beautiful mansions makes for a fun afternoon walk along with a stop at one of the many cafés that make up the social life of Trujillo.  And then, just north, is Huanchaco, a world famous surfing beach town!  All in all, it’s a terrific site for a program like ours enhanced by knowing our friends, the Alvarez family.

Trujillo is the hometown of long time Rassias instructor, Alejandro Alvarez.  As mentioned before he went to San José Obrero High School and as part of that worked in many of the volunteer organizations where we will help out. He also was a member of the club where both the local students and ours will go.
 
Alejo’s mother, Bertha Alvarez, raised Alejo and his siblings in Peru and the U.S. What that translates to for our students is that she has deep knowledge of raising children in Trujillo, but also has a good understanding of American students and our way of life.  She divides her time now between Trujillo and the States.  Her background (in both countries) is that of a nurse and educator and as such she will serve as an advisor to Alejandro on the ground.
 
In addition, Alejo will be an assistant teacher this summer.  And his former high school English teacher was later the principal of San José Obrero School and presently is the director/coordinator of the school’s exchange program. Alejo will be joined by long time Rassias Master Teacher and Dartmouth alumnus, Fernando Ausin.
 
The families who will be hosting our students all attend San José Obrero High School and have some exposure to international students due to an internal exchange program the school has had for many, many years. As is our Rassias practice, we will do our very best to have each student paired with a family of similar interests and with kids of the same gender and roughly the same age.
 
 Additional details about your home stay include:
 
High School in Trujillo
San José Obrero School is where Alejandro Alvarez went when he was growing up. Students in our host families will also be attending that school and a few days each week you will go to school with them.  The typical school day starts at 8am and goes to 2:30pm.  Afternoons for the local kids are then spent being tutored often for English, playing sports at the club (where you will have a membership), taking music lessons, or just relaxing.
 
The school also has a large volunteer commitment (it is a Catholic school and like many works with less fortunate families).  It is through the school that the Rassias students will take on their volunteer work.  It’s serious work that needs to be done – for example, Alejo, when he was in school there, went to a part of town where clean water was needed to be supplied or sometimes ventured into the northern highlands of Peru to deliver food and staples to less fortunate families.
 
At the high school, Rassias students will be able to
 
-       Select their own classes based on their own interest and their own schedule. In other words, a student can opt to stay partially. (ie: if they are interested in health, they may take biology, human anatomy, natural sciences, etc)
-       Have Spanish Language classes conducted by Rassias staff on weekly basis.
-       Have the opportunity to engage into community service in a field they are interested in. For instance, if a student is interested in education we will place the student in a local school as a volunteer where she or he can use their Spanish vocabulary in the context she or he is interested in.
-       Have access to all the facilities the school has as well as any after school program they may run during the month of July, Some of these are afterschool programs are in sport, dance, arts, etc.
-       Attend and proactively participate in any field trip or activity school has during the month of July.
 
Trujillo has an sporting facility Golf and Country Club  that you may have access to through our partnership with the San Jose Obrero school. The club has about 8 tennis courts, a gym, 3 pools and a golf course.  Most of your host families are members there and their kids often go there after almuerzo (comida or lunch). If you want to check it out, have a look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju-Fbt-RdFs.