Brentwood Service Trip
Brentwood’s Service Learning Trip
We’re excited to announce Brentwood College School’s service-learning trip to Peru in March 2014!
Brentwood students will go beyond the typical tourist route as they work closely with the Canadian charity, Mosqoy, to support its programs in the Andean mountains of Peru. This exciting trip combines sustainable sightseeing with off-the-beaten-track adventuring and a service-learning project that will make a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged youth.
And we need your support! Please read on to see how you can help the Brentwood students fundraise for their service-learning project!
+ Exploring ancient Incan ruins, salt flats, and rural indigenous communities in the Sacred Valley
+ Watching the sunrise at the Incan palace of Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world
+ Hiking deep into the Andean Mountains, camping along the way, to soak at the natural hot springs of Lares
+ Visiting the families and farms of their Mosqoy student buddies
+ Renovating Casa Mosqoy, as their service-learning project!
Mosqoy is a Canadian charity that works to promote educational and cultural rights of indigenous Quechua communities in the Peruvian Andes. We provide economic opportunities for communities of the region, while nurturing its threatened indigenous culture. Our aim is to provide a hand-up, not a hand-out.
We have three main programs: 1) Our Textile Revitalization Program, which provides fair-trade outlets and capacity workshops for indigenous artisans to revitalize their culturally significant art form; 2) Our Andean Youth Program, which provides post-secondary educational opportunities for promising but marginalized youth of these remote communities; and 3) Our Global Stewardship Program, which educates Canadian youth about how to be responsible consumers and travelers.
The Service-Learning Project
What is Casa Mosqoy?
Casa Mosqoy is the dormitory where all of our Mosqoy scholarship students live while they complete their degrees. It is a rented house located in Cusco, Peru.
Casa Mosqoy is an essential part of student life. Many of our students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and are labeled as at-risk youth; some come from families of domestic violence and alcoholism, while others are orphans. Therefore, this house is often the first positive family environment our students have ever experienced. Also, the shift from their rural Quechua communities to the city of Cusco is a culture shock, which requires a smooth and supportive transition, so that the students feel safe and empowered. Therefore, with Casa Mosqoy, we intend to create a “home away from home” where the students become each other’s family members, supporting each other through challenges.
In Casa Mosqoy, we also provide workshops on leadership, sexual education, and career preparations; a sports program; medical support; intercultural exchanges; and other activities.
So far, 60 Mosqoy students have lived in Casa Mosqoy, and many of our graduates go on to pursue meaningful positions that have created positive impacts in their communities.
So, what is Brentwood’s service project?
In March, we have to move to a new location, because our current dormitory is too small. We will rent our next Casa Mosqoy for approximately 1-2 years, before hopefully building our very own! It has been a long-standing goal to find the ideal spot, purchase land, and build a permanent Casa Mosqoy, which is both environmentally friendly and culturally appropriate, safe and inspiring. The construction of this project is slated for 2015 – 2016.
We are so excited to welcome Brentwood College School students as volunteers who will help us move to our new Casa Mosqoy, and set up a home environment that is inspiring, community-oriented, and functional. As students who live away from home to pursue their education, they are experts who know exactly what goes into making a home away from home. Many of the projects they’ll be working on will become permanent fixtures for Casa Mosqoy, so their work will continue to benefit many future generations of Mosqoy students and their families.
How can you help?
By donating! We have to raise $12,000 to make this service-learning project as successful as it could be! That’s about $500 per student, so we’re hoping you can help us.
Here’s what we’re fundraising for!
+ Moving costs = $230
+ Wall Repairs = $200
+ Electric Water Heater = $305
+ Furniture for Family Room & Study Room = $1,555
+ Bed Furnishings (for Family Room) = $910
+ Household Appliances = $315
+ Kitchen Equipment = $200
+ Office Supplies = $145
+ Casa Mosqoy Sign = $230
+ Office Equipment = $1,760
+ Multi-Media Centre = $950
+ One Semester of Casa Mosqoy Rent = $4,800
Also, we will soon be looking for in-kind donations. We will post on here as we create our list of the types of supplies we hope to bring with us in our suitcases!
Ok, great! How do I make a donation?
Donate by clicking on the link below. This will take you to a secured PayPal site.
If you wish to pay by cheque, please write it to “Mosqoy,” with the memorandum labeled “Brentwood Project.” Please mail all cheques to 21-21 Dallas Road, Victoria, BC, V8V 4Z9.
All donations will receive a tax-deductible receipt, as Mosqoy is a registered Canadian charity.
On behalf of everyone at Brentwood College and Mosqoy, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for making this project possible!