Pachawawas News

Otherwise Club go with the crowd (funding)

July 16th, 2012

After studying climate change in the Arequipa region, Ayla and Miya (who are both home educated Londoners who belong to The Otherwise Club) came across Pachawawas/TNT and have since decided to set up a CrowdFunder site, with the help of their adult, Leslie, to raise money to help build the new orphanage.

Donating through CrowdFunder is an easy and simple. Every time money is donated, depending on the amount, Miya and Ayla will send a token of their appreciation and a big thank you to the donor.

Miya and Ayla told us that they hope to volunteer with TNT themselves in the future as they think it would be “an exciting and unique opportunity”, and of course we agree! Click here to find out more about volunteering in Peru.

Click here to visit their Crowd Funding site and find out what treats you could receive!

Kathryn measures up for marathon

July 8th, 2012

After volunteering in the Casa Hogar Luz Alba Orphanage in 2009, Kathryn has decided to help us raising funds to build the new orphanage by running her first ever half marathon! Considering she is only 5 foot 3 inches (on a good day!) that’s a lot of steps! So dig deep and click the button below to sponsor Kathryn!

Knowledge is Power

July 8th, 2012

The imposing looking guy above is Inca Roca (no, not Inca Rocker, although that would be cool) and he was responsible for the first “Yachayhuasi”, or “House of Knowledge”, set up to teach young Incan nobles the business of governing. He knew that knowledge is power. Traveller Not Tourist believes the same but of course, they believe that it should be available to the people who need it most – those living in poverty and difficult circumstances, not just the rich elite. With government run schools in Peru offering a decidedly substandard level of education (a study in 2007 found that 62% of surveyed teachers were below primary school level reading comprehension, and 92% were below primary school level in Mathematics) and private education out of the reach of most Peruvians, opportunities for a decent education are not easy to come by.

Traveller Not Tourist have recently handed over the reins of the Flora Tristan English School to a new, completely separate organisation composed of some previous staff and volunteers. Since they will no longer be involved in the running or staffing of Flora Tristan, Traveller Not Tourist have grasped the opportunity to take the lessons they have learned from running it to start up a new project. While still keeping English Teaching as the core activity of the project, there will be some improvements to the way the it is structured. In order to maximise the number of people they can help, as well as the quality of help, the new project differs from the old in two important factors.

1) The new project will operate in the centre of the city. This means that the students are more likely to go on to work specifically with, or at least encounter, tourists (or already have a job in the area) and therefore use the English they learn. It also makes the project accessible to more people as students can easily travel to the centre.

2) The courses will be taught to older students. Providing relevant education to individuals who are already working, or who will soon be working, means that they will already have a sense of the worth of the courses and therefore be more committed and more studious.

As well as teaching English, volunteers (both international and local) will also run Life Skills and Vocational courses.

Of course, additional benefits of the program, such as building confidence, providing positive role models and encouraging positive links between the students themselves, will also be important aspects of this project.

To learn more about the new project, just click here, by the way, it’s called “Yachayhuasi Learning Centre”, we are sure Inca  Roca would be proud!

Tough Mudder

July 4th, 2012

In a fleeting fit of youthful bravado (he certainly isn’t feeling it now!), Ian has signed up to a 12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces. Included is a run through fire, waist deep mud and live electric wires, some that come with 10,000 volts! Not too sure Ian has really thought this through. Mmmmm……. Oh well, at least in the process he will be raising money to help build the new orphanage. Ian volunteered at the orphanage in 2009 and has never forgotten his experience. If you would like to support Ian in his crazy endeavour and contribute to the building of the orphanage, please click the button below. You can check out what the madness will involve at

WOMAD 2012 – See you there?

June 27th, 2012

Redfest Stall 2011

We are very pleased to announce that we will be taking the lovely Pachawawas stall to its first major festival this year! Yes, WOMAD punters will be able to buy our snuggly alpaca jumpers if the weather is chilly and brilliant festival hats if it’s fine. And since WOMAD is a super family friendly festival we will make sure to take some of our great finger puppets too. If you are a festival goer who has been to Peru, feel free to email us if you have any ideas of items you think would go down well. Are you going to WOMAD? Be sure to stop by and visit us in the Main Arena! See you there…

St Werburghs City Farm Fair

May 24th, 2012

Our next stall will be at the brilliant St Werburghs City Farm Fair on Saturday June 16th 2012 from 12 noon until around 7pm.

The Fair is even bigger this year, with lots of music, food and fun.

We will be selling our usual fabulous assortment of Peruvian knitted goods and handicrafts. We also have some rather lovely Paddington themed items, donated by the bear himself (well, by his agent anyway).

And of course, we will be more than happy to talk about volunteering in Peru and the UK.

Here’s a link to the farm website so you can find out more:

Hope to see you there!














Developing Peru: Journeys of Inspiration

May 20th, 2012

Our first ever photographic exhibition, held as part of the Bristol Festival of Photography, was a great success.

In addition to some captivating images of the children Traveller Not Tourist works with in Peru and some shots of the country itself, we also had stalls and the Pachawawas Cafe.

Visitors particularly seemed to enjoy the “Herbs to help” stall, which sold potted plants and freshly cut herbs with all the proceeds going to help build the new orphanage, Sundara Facepainting helped to brighten up the place with tigers and butterflies galore, JenniferLizzy brought a touch of glamour with her gorgeous handmade jewellery and Hannah let us all borrow her brilliant juggling balls for a bit of clowning around. Delicious home made cakes were supplied by some of our lovely volunteers for the cafe and, of course, we had the Pachawawas stall with all manner of Peruvian delights.

We’d like to say a special thank you to ProAm Imaging for printing all our images for free.

Not only did we take £500 over the weekend, we also raised our profile and recruited some lovely volunteers (for both Peru and the UK).

Big thanks go out to all the volunteers, stallholders and attendees and especially to the photographers – Mim Woodward of Calico Sky and Leon Puplett, here’s a bit more about them:

Mim Woodward (Calico Sky)

I finished my degree in Documentary Photography in 2004 and felt that I needed to put my Nikon film cameras to one side and move into the digital world. I now shoot on a Canon 5D, usually with a 24-105 L lens.

My chosen field is social photography and I mainly shoot weddings and music events, whilst in my spare time I love the outdoors and this leads me to landscape images. I went to Peru with a view to raise awareness of the need for help within the projects supported by Traveller Not Tourist, to learn about the culture and to travel around locally. I came back having experienced some of the friendliest children and most spectacular landscapes of my life so far.

Leon Puplett

I’ve been playing with cameras for 8 years, starting off with an Olympus point and shoot digital camera, with a whopping 4 megapixels and progressing onto a basic Nikon film camera and developing my own black and white prints. I spend a lot of my spare time behind a lens shooting mostly theatre and sport and photo blogging with any camera to hand thanks to the speed of digitally sharing we’re grown accustomed to.

I’m currently using a Sony Alpha a35 and most of my shots are taken with a 50mm 1.8 alpha lens. This lens was perfect for these expressive little faces whilst I was working at the Casa Hogar orphanage in Arequipa, Peru with Traveller Not Tourist in 2009/10. I had not tried portraiture or baby photos before, but my camera was always close by to capture the action and I’ve never had more fun taking photos than the 4 amazing months I spent with these charismatic kids.


Developing Peru: Journeys of Inspiration

May 1st, 2012

Two artists present captivating photographic interpretations of their experiences in Peru, including images of the amazing children they met while volunteering at Flora Tristan English School and the Casa Hogar Luz Alba Orphanage. There will also be an Arts and Crafts Fair (raising funds to support the projects they worked with) and information about volunteering.


Cyril Dark Community Space
191-193 Church Road

Click here for a map (yes it did used to be a carpet shop!)


Saurday 12th to Sunday 13th May 2012


10am – 4pm both days


Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for updates

Please tell everyone about this event and come along if you can.

And I would walk 500 miles

April 27th, 2012

It is a well known fact that 500 miles is exactly half the distance it would take a pair of wandering Scottish twins to fall down at your door. It is also 20 marathons.

Amazingly, one previous Orphanage volunteer has committed to walking exactly this distance in order to raise funds to build the new orphanage.

Sarah is undertaking the famed Camino de Santiago: a 500 mile pilgrimage route starting in St Jean Pied de Port in the South of France, crossing the Pyrenees into Spain and then heading from East to West ending in Santiago de Compostela. This will take her 4 weeks to complete.

She started her journey on Thursday 26th and has set her fundraising target at a hefty £1,000 so please support her if you can.

Click on the button below to donate.

Land’s End to John o’Groats for Pachawawas

April 20th, 2012
Roz looks ready to ride!

Roz looks ready to ride!

An intrepid trio have decided to traverse the full length of the island of Great Britain by bicycle raising sponsorship for Pachawawas. Roz, Dan and Lloyd have never even met any of the orphans but nevertheless they have chosen to undertake this formidable challenge in order to help build them a new orphanage. The cyclists, all from Bristol, will be riding an average of 80 miles per day for 12 days starting on April 21st 2012. If you would like to support them in their epic mission by making a donation, please click the button below. You can follow their progress on our Facebook Page.