Students from PERU Visit Doylestown in Cultural, Volunteer Exchange
Fifteen international students from YMCA Peru in Lima participated in a cultural and volunteer exchange through a program sponsored by Central Bucks Family YMCA in July. The exchange was the continuation of a program begun in July 2014 when fifteen students from Doylestown visited Peru.
“When asked what our kids in Central Bucks County need most, a local school official told me they need to expand their understanding of the world. After sending teens to the Czech Republic and Peru, we were afforded the chance to bring a piece of the world to our community through our Peru guests,” said Zane Moore, president and CEO of Central Bucks Family YMCA.
During their two weeks in Doylestown, the Peruvian students participated in cultural, volunteer and social activities providing them with a taste of American culture and those they interacted with a glimpse into the Peruvian culture, customs and language.
Service opportunities included presentations at Warrington Rotary, Warminster Rotary, Ben Wilson Senior Center, James A. Michener Museum, YMCA Preschool and family night at the Y. Students talked about their culture, shared dances and songs and in some cases prepared food in the tradition of their homeland for all to sample.
The visitors also experienced a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game, Dutch Springs, bowling, Dorney Park, and sightseeing in Washington, DC.
The students stayed with host families in the community, many of whom are YMCA members. Students chronicled their adventures via a private Facebook group where family and friends from Peru could follow and comment on their journey.
The Y wishes to thank many of the local companies and families who donated food to the visitors, host families and YMCA staff during the Peruvians stay including Pat and Sue Houston, Quinoa Peruvian and Mexican Restaurant, Chambers 19 Café, Weis Markets, Wegman's Markets, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, Jule's Thin Crust Pizza, Giuseppes Pizza, CBFYMCA TOGETHERHOOD committee, Ben Wilson Senior Center, The Warrington Rotary, The Warminster Rotary, Pasquelina's Deli/Fran Cardacci, Ritas Water Ice – Warrington, Lehigh Valley Farms, The Michener Museum, and The Civil War Museum.