This year, UCAE: Leadership Development & Social Action held its first international Alternative Spring Break program to Lima, Peru. 13 students and 2 staff members traveled to Lima to work with the elderly and children with disabilities. The group worked primarily in two different communities, La Victoria and Villa El Salvador.
La Victoria is often the initial settlement area for thousands of highland migrants who pour into Lima each year. Historically, this area has been home to slaves and indentured servants, and therefore has a high population of Afro, Chinese and Japanese-Peruvians.
Villa El Salvador was founded in 1971 when many families abandoned their homes in the Andes because of poverty, earthquakes, terrorism, etc. The people organized quickly and have been an example for excellence in social work and community growth, being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition for their efforts.