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The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD)

Calca, Peru
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About The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD)
The AASD is a non-profit, NGO that implements agricultural projects in farming communities. Our main projects are greenhouses and organic workshops. To sustain our projects, we host visitors to learn about development, traditional knowledge, and organic agricultural practices. Visitors will tour a local organic demonstration farm run by a Peruvian family and experience a farm-to-table lunch.
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Sarah Jacobs wrote a review May 2020
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When we travelled to Peru this past summer, one of my favorite and most impactful activities was spending the day at the AASD EcoHuella farm. When we first arrived, Anna and Jolyn, two passionate and amazing people, explained AASD’s mission to teach and preserve farmers’ traditional knowledge, and we got to learn more about the organization and how it is helping the communities in Peru. We spent the day helping out at the farm, weeding and breaking corn stalks for fertilizer. We also got to explore the farm, and the whole experience was not only rewarding and informative but also fun. After the long day, we were cooked a delicious traditional meal, one of my favorite meals from my whole trip, and then we got to visit one of the AASD’s greenhouses. I would greatly recommend going to the AASD farm to get a closer look at Peruvian life and farming.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Tourist66346887762, Experiential Learning Program Manager at The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD)
Responded May 25, 2020
Hi Sarah! JoLyn here, thanks so much for the thoughtful review! I am so happy to hear that it was a great and insightful experience for you at the Ecohuella Farm. Please let us know if you ever make your way back to Peru!
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Olivia G. wrote a review Apr 2020
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My experience in the jewelry shop was the most memorable during my time in Peru last summer. When we arrived, the children and supervisors were so happy to meet us, and they immediately welcomed us into their work area. Truly passionate about their craft, both the children and adults were eager to help our student group create earrings and rings. Our tour guides Anna and Jolyn served as translators as we were not able to speak their native language. Yet, this did not limit the jewelers from answering our many questions. After making our own jewelry, the children led us into their shop where they sell quality jewelry they have made for reasonable prices. Although I treasure the jewelry, the experience of meeting and watching the skilled Peruvians has stayed with me to this day.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Tourist66346887762, Experiential Learning Program Manager at The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD)
Responded May 11, 2020
Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! So happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at the Youth Association in Urco with the kiddos. It's one of our favorite activities to share with our groups. Sending our best to you!
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Corey B wrote a review Apr 2020
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When we went into Calca to make jewelry with these children, you can feel the Peruvian hospitality on all levels. Their organization that holds the jewelry making portion helps children who don’t have anything to do after school. The children and the directors were some of the nicest people I have ever met. Their diligence in making the jewelry far surpasses anything I could do. When making the jewelry, the directors and the children we very helpful and eager to assist you. The language barrier seemed nonexistent when you work with these kids and their supervisors in something they truly loved to do. After making different jewelry you go into shop/ museum and they show you how the jewelry is made from natural materials like beans and reeds. The shop was amazing and it is all run by the children. All the jewelry in the shop is made by the children. The prices for the jewelry is also very affordable but very high quality. Before we left we had to take a photo with them to show our gratitude for this wonderful experience. This was by far one of the best parts of my Peru s
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Tourist66346887762, Experiential Learning Program Manager at The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD)
Responded May 11, 2020
Hi Corey, So happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Youth Association in Urco! It is one of our favorite cultural activities to do with our groups.
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Abigail Y wrote a review Apr 2020
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I had the opportunity of visiting with my university group. We were doing research on seed access in the highlands. Everything and everyone were just beautiful.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from Tourist66346887762, Experiential Learning Program Manager at The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD)
Responded May 11, 2020
Hi Abigail! So happy to hear that you had a great experience with us. You are welcome back anytime. Best Wishes!
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ANNA CATHRYN P wrote a review Apr 2020
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My experience with the AASD going to the EcoHuella farm was very positive. Anna and Jolyn welcomed us right away and explained the mission of AASD. At the farm, we saw some of the techniques which the Nina family has been using to farm. The AASD is trying to preserve sustainable development. We went weeding and this experience working on the farm shows how AASD is trying to better the Peruvian community by helping and sustaining these more rural farm areas. Additionally, we had a traditional meal, which was delicious. This day was an unforgettable experience due to the passion of Anna and Jolyn, the inspiring tradition of the Nina family, and the overall mission of AASD.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Tourist66346887762, Experiential Learning Program Manager at The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD)
Responded May 11, 2020
Hi Anna, JoLyn here, thank you so much for the kind words! I wish you were able to come back this summer! Sending you the best during these times and hope to see your shining face sometime in the future.
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