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I didn’t know what to expect. I was told that I could pack three simple outfits in my suitcase for the week-long trip and be okay because “most of the people living there wear the same clothes day after day.” Red flag number one. Weeks leading up to the trip we were given small “tips” like this. Don’t bring this, don’t wear that because you are going into an impoverished community. The first day we visited a group home of girls as young as 9 years old who had children of their own due to the pedophilia issue that runs heavy in Iquitos. We gave them blankets. We painted boats to be used for the organization. We put together food packages composed of rice, beans, and corn meal for several families. The food was only enough for a day and a half.
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