I recently received the news that I will be going to Peru for my YAV the 2017-2018 YAV year. I am so very excited to hear this news! I have always wanted to visit Peru and learn more about its culture.
I don’t know exactly where I will be living or what I will be doing, but I know it will be a great new experience serving God and his people. This site has many different possible placements. The YAV program partners with the Red Uniendo Manos Peru (The Peru Joining Hands Network), which is a network of 8 Peruvian NGO’s, churches and community organizations.
While in Peru, I will be living with a host family. Even though I am nervous about living with another family that does not speak my native language, it will be a good opportunity to learn more about the Peruvian culture and how they live.
As soon as I find out what specifically I have been called to do and where I will live, I will let everyone know! For more information on the Young Adult Volun
teer Program, click here.
Now, a little about Peru. (I am also learning as I write!)
Peru is home to the famous Machu Picchu and is located in South America. Its neighbors are Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, and Ecuador. Peru has a population of about 30,741,062 people. Of those people, Amerindian make up 45% of the population, mestizo 37%, white 15%, black, Japanese, Chinese, and other 3% of the population. According to the CIA World Factbook, “approximately one-third of the population resides along the desert coastal belt in the west, with a strong focus on the capital city of Lima; the Andean highlands, or sierra, which is strongly identified with the country’s Amerindian population, contains roughly half of the overall population; the eastern slopes of the Andes, and adjoining rainforest, are sparsely populated”. 84.1% of the people of Peru speak Spanish, 13% speak Quechua, 1.7% speak Aymara, .3% speak Ashaninka, .7% speak other native languages, and .2% speak other world languages.
Peru received its independence from Spain on July 28, 1821. Its capital is located in Lima, which has 9.897 million people. Its current government system is a presidential republic, which includes an executive branch, legislative branch, and judicial branch, much like the United States. The President of Peru Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Godard, elected on July 28, 2016. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is part of the Peruvians for Change political party. Other parties are: Alliance for Progress, Broad Front, Fuerza Popular, National Solidarity, Peru Posible, the Peruvian Aprista Party, the Peruvian Nationalist Party, Popular Action, and the Popular Christian Party.
Religions in Peru range from Roman Catholic, which accounts for 81.3% of the population, Evangelical, which is 12.5%, other religions, which is 3.3%, and 2.9% of Peruvians do not adhere to a religion.
Peru produces a variety of fruits, vegetables and other crops. Those include: artichokes, asparagus, avocados, blueberries, coffee, cocoa, cotton, sugarcane, rice, potatoes, corn, plantains, grapes, oranges, pineapples, guavas, bananas, apples, lemons, pears, coca, tomatoes, mangoes, barley, medicinal plants, quinoa, and palm oil. Peruvian exports, according to National Geographic, includes: “fish and fish products, gold, copper, zinc, crude petroleum and byproducts”.
Peruvian currency is called “nuevo soles”. The sol was introduced to Peru in the 1860s. According to Britaanica, “The Central Reserve Bank of Peru (Banco Central de Reserva del Perú) has the exclusive authority to issue banknotes and coins in the country. Coins are issued in denominations ranging from 5 centimos to 5 nuevos soles. Banknotes are denominated in values from 10 to 200 nuevos soles”.
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