Zoológico de Huachipa with Zone S Kids!

As my silence on the blog indicated, September was a busy month, with the arrival of quite a few volunteers, and my first field trip with the kids!  In September I was lucky enough to go on a field trip to the Zoológico de Huachipa, or the zoo located near us in Ate Vitarte. 🙂  The first group to get a field trip in the spring session was Zone S, and one of my best memories so far is the image of all these lovely kids running down the hills, shouting “Ya vienen (They’re here)!”

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa
The whole group before setting out on our adventure

We were lucky enough to have an extremely patient guide who kept the kids both entertained and learning throughout our afternoon tour. She was also very curious as to what a bunch of foreigners were doing with all these Peruvian kids!

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa

Learning about the different animals

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa

The kids looking adorable as usual! Luis Angel, Angel, Joseph David, and Darwin

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa
Angel looking a lot more angelic than he usually is, Darwin, Gabriel, Maria, Kelly, and Franco!

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa

Our guide even gave them a short class to review all of the things they’d learned about types of animals and the food they eat.  I even learned a lot about different teaching techniques that work with energetic young people, such as having cards that kids can manipulate to show their knowledge!

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa
Hard at work!

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa

The end of the tour was a visit to the dinosaur exhibit as well as a ride on the train around the zoo.  The kids loved both parts, perhaps even more than the animals!

Zone S Field Trip to Zoologico Huachipa

And here is the entire group at the end of the trip!  I love all the different expressions in these pictures. 🙂

As you can see, I get to do a lot of cool things with the kids outside the classroom as well as in!  This field trip really helped me realize how amazing this group of kids is…even though I love them all. 🙂

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