Campion Academy's Spanish teacher, Nate Marin, took 34 students on a mission trip to Azul Wasi Orphanage near Oropesa, Peru over spring break. Campion students were able to interact with the 15 loving and energetic kids living there and help with work projects.
Our students also helped pour cement, demolish 5 buildings, help with a dental clinic, prepare meals, and share the love of God through Vacation Bible School. Junior Madi Floyd comments on the construction part of the trip. "We had a lot of work to do, and at times it was overwhelming and seemed like we didn't get anything done. But by the end of the week I realized that we had done a lot of good for the orphanage and ourselves."
After working hard for most of the mission trip, the group took a couple days to check out Inca ruins and shop. They visited Sacsayhuaman ruins, Pisac market, Ollantaytambo archeological site, Qorikancha Temple, and Machu Picchu. At the end of the trip, sophomore Jordi Morales says that it was a new, life-changing experience for him, being away from home not having all the things that he would normally have in the U.S. it gave him a new perspective on things that he didn't have before going to Peru.
Cheyenne Martinez is a senior at Campion Academy
photo: Robert Francis, Inca masonry, Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru
From June 21 to July 30, Nate and Honali Marin and 22 Campion students have been at the Adventist college in Sagunto, a small town only a short distance from the Mediterranean Sea. Our students traveled to other destinations in Spain, learned the culture, ate helado, and yes, even studied during the summer. Over the 4th of July they visited Barcelona where they saw the Picasso Museum and famous works by Antoni Gaudí. Other trips took them to Madrid, Valencia, Toledo, and Segovia. The Marins' trip allows many students to have the experience of a lifetime, and Campion values the cultural learning they get to acquire.