Volunteer Alliance Leon and I are now four weeks into our ten week placement here at bluelagoonvolunteering, Sauce, Northern Peru. We’re loving it. We are thoroughly enjoying teaching English to young teenagers for an hour or so in the afternoons. They are lively and full of personality. We’re focussing on teaching speaking and listening skills as the students do get some English classes in secondary school. The students like playing active games to practise their English, learning new activities and learning in an alternative way to the method they experience at school. Students play volleyball or football after and sometimes before each lesson. They also regularly swim in the pool at Villa Rica where we have 2 of the four English lessons each week. We’ve done some work in the eco-farm, including planting citrus and pawpaw seeds, brush cutting, carting water from the creek for the plants, weeding, and will soon be spraying to plant bananas. The pool at the eco-farm (Villa Rica) is ideal for a swim after farming to cool off. It’s a very pleasant 15 minute walk on the edge of town. We’re staying with Patrick and his wife Blanca, just a few hundred meters from Laguna Azul and live as many local people live- in an adobe room with a packed earth floor, eat Peruvian food which is great: rice, beans, salad, great vegetables, a huge variety of fruit, local fresh chicken and tilapia fish from the lake. It’s tasty and very healthy. We have the luxury of internet access, hot water in the shower and a twin tub washing machine. We can put the washing out in the morning and it’s dry before lunch. The weather is moderate at this time of the year and suits us well. Sauce is a delightful, peaceful town where the people are very friendly. It’s so safe, there are 4 year -old children playing in the square, sometimes in the empty fountain, while their parents shop. It’s lush and green with occasional horses feeding or being led through the town, laden with mandarins or plantanos bananas. There are very few cars. Most people get about on foot, by motor bike or a motokar which is like a 3 wheeled tuk-tuk with a bench seat. No traffic lights. No sealed roads. Dogs lie in the middle of the main street to sleep. There are little restaurants, often in people’s front rooms or there might be a table, chairs and parilla (BBQ) set up in the street outside their house. A main meal is about 5 soles which equates to about AU$3.00. Evening walks up to the ridge behind the town give us a great view of the lake and the valley. The Eco-Parque is a great place to visit by boat. Here you can make your own chocolate and enjoy orchids, butterfly breeding, and sculptures. Don Grimaldi’s Thermal Pools is also very interesting. It has a mud bath and several pools including a huge pool where you can dive in to clean the mud off, and swim. If you keep really still, tiny fish nibble at your dead skin. A ticklish sensation and a first for us. This very much a developing country with its associated conditions but it’s what we enjoy…a peaceful life, simple things, the chance to make a difference and the luxury of time to enjoy it.