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Diana Gandara

Week 1:

I am starting my work in developing material for Peruvian youth and have met the team I am working with. Also working on figuring out a way to implement Pre-texts on this project. 

 

Week 2: 

I have been working on developing a podcast along with an amazing team of college students. The podcast will be focused on sharing the work of Peruvian writer José María Arguedas with youth. We have weekly Podcast team meetings, along with weekly meetings with the other groups.

 

Week 3:

I have been working on developing a podcast along with an amazing team of college students. The podcast will be focused on sharing the work of Peruvian writer José María Arguedas with youth. We have weekly Podcast team meetings, along with weekly meetings with the other groups.

 

Week 4:

I have been working on developing a podcast along with an amazing team of college students. The podcast will be focused on sharing the work of Peruvian writer José María Arguedas with youth. We have weekly Podcast team meetings, along with weekly meetings with the other groups. I will also have a meeting with Luis regarding the Pre-texts workshops this week. 

 

Week 5:

This week I had multiple meetings with Professor Luis Mujica Bermúdez regarding the workshops that I will be facilitating for a group of first-year students taking a class of literature and writing and a group of students in their last semester who are graduating with a degree in education. We spoke about the objective for these workshops which will be to work on literature and writing skills. I am very excited to be working with these students from the Universidad Nacional Jose Maria Arguedas. 

 

Week 6:

I am very excited to share that the first two workshops this week were amazing. Most students were very involved throughout the workshop and participated with enthusiasm. Some of the students are still hesitant to speak out loud and share, but I am hopeful that they will be more willing at our following workshops.  We are reading an excerpt from Jose Maria Arguedas, Agua, a story that touches on the injustice experienced by indigenous communities in Peru. I am looking forward to the workshops this week!

Regarding the podcast:

The group of students from the universities of PUCP, UNAJMA, and Vanderbilt and I have been meeting sporadically due to the time constraints of some team members who are finishing up their school year in Peru. The podcast will be based upon the story by Jose Maria Arguedas, Warma Kuyay. This following week we hope to meet, share our notes and ideas, and finalize the points of discussion of the podcast.

Week 7:

This week’s workshops were good! We had a couple of problems with assistance and participation because many students were having difficulties with internet connection. For those whose internet connection was working we got to learn more about each other and more were willing to speak up and share, yay!. Overall we got to implement the tangent activity which went great and students got to share their interests and arguments regarding their tangents, we also got to work on the soundtrack art activity and one of the students chose the instrumental music to be used for the activity. I spoke to professor Luis Mujica Bermúdez about possible solutions to the issues we had this week with internet connection and am hoping that for the last two workshops next week there will be less issues with internet connection. 

 

Regarding the podcast and text translation:

We have finally met and decided on the questions that will guide the podcast discussion. Next week (hopefully!) we will finalize any plan details and record. I will  also begin with the translation efforts of the text that was developed by the other group and once the podcast is done I will also be working on its translation. 

 

Week 8:

This week I had the opportunity to participate in the last two workshops where we were able to create art through Blackout Poetry. We were able to move the original time of our workshops and therefore overcome the internet connection issue. During our last two workshops all the students were more willing to participate and share. I was so happy to hear that they loved the Pre-Texts workshops and they shared that they felt comfortable sharing because the space we had built together was welcoming and valued the input of everyone. They also share that they enjoyed the art activities we had and that they valued the non-traditional way of reading, writing, and making art. 

 

Luis Martin Valdiviezo’s comments: Diana has developed this volunteering in an outstanding way. Despite the cultural, linguistic and historical differences, she has interacted in a very cordial and fluid way with students and teachers from different regions of Peru. It has also been proactive in proposing and implementing ideas for this volunteering. Last but not least, she has autonomously and successfully developed pre-text workshops with students from the Jose Maria Arguedas National University.

 

Internship 2022