Sara in the picture!

Sara Defoor studied Pedagogical Sciences with a major in Special Education. In August 2015, she came to Oye LENA for the first time to do an internship of 6 months, after which she started working as a volunteer in 2016. Since February 2017, she is coordinator of the classes at Oye Lena and lives in Curahuasi with her Peruvian husband, Eddy Rios Delgado. In 2021, after 4 years, she will return permanently to Belgium. She will continue to support Oye LENA and of course visit the project again regularly. We put her to the test with some difficult questions… Curious?

What do you like most about the job?

“I like working with all the fantastic children and all the love you get from them. It gives you a lot of satisfaction when you know that you mean something to them and that you make a difference for them. Especially when the kids are at Oye LENA; you can really see that they are having fun and that they are learning and feeling good”.

What is the hardest part of the job?

“What I find the most difficult is the constant changing of volunteers. You have to adapt to a new group every few months. Then you have to explain everything all over again and start from scratch, which is a bit tricky sometimes. Besides, you often have to say goodbye to the people who have become your friends. The moment you have started to function as a team, you have to say goodbye again. That’s something I find very difficult myself.”

What’s your biggest blunder?

“I remember that the parents of the children of Oye LENA were at the project to play volleyball together. We were all on the sports field and I was also going to join, even though this is not my strongest asset. When I wanted to serve the ball, it already went wrong. The ball flew straight into the face of our student Belen, who suddenly stood in the middle of the field. Of course she immediately started crying, because she was very frightened. Luckily, there was nothing wrong in the end! This way, the ice broke immediately and it didn’t matter anymore to the parents that they didn’t play fantastic because I had already blundered anyway. Haha!

What else would you like to change on the project?

“More permanent staff to provide more consistency to the children would be very welcome. I think we all want this, but the search is difficult at the moment as there are not that many highly educated people living and wanting to live in Curahuasi. Professionals will always prefer to go to big cities like Cusco or Lima, where they can earn more money. So this will always be a bit of a challenge, unless we find someone with a big heart for the children, the job, and Curahuasi.

Besides that, we also need more classrooms. There are plans to make an extra classroom, so it would be very good if the necessary sponsorship will come. For the children with disabilities, for example, it would be better if they each have their own space to work in. Since it also rains more often than before due to climate change, you can’t sit outside so for this reason, an extra room would also be very nice”.

What’s your favorite moment of your workday?

“I enjoy it so much when I can play with the kids during the break. I think it’s great to see how they are having fun and how they can just be kids. I would recommend volunteering at Oye LENA to anyone!”

Why do you return to Belgium after all these years?

“After all these years of living in Curahausi, I notice that I have started to miss Belgium. Especially my friends and of course my family. Being together during important moments, but also after, for example, a difficult day. In Curahuasi, it is not easy to build lasting friendships. I have already made a lot of friends among the volunteers but they leave at some point and then I have to say goodbye again… Especially on holidays I have a hard time and I prefer to be with my family. Besides, you just have more possibilities in Belgium, life in a village in the Andes is more limited. It is a very difficult decision and I have doubted for a long time, but at the moment this is the right choice. But of course, I won’t let go of Oye LENA and we’ll see how I can continue to support the project from Belgium.

Thanks Sara, for everything.

Home visits with Oye LENA!

Last week was a very nice week for Oye LENA. Why? Since Monday, Sara and Cristhel are allowed to visit the children of the project to help them with doing homework and other activities. It was the Peruvian state that announced this corona relaxation at the beginning of last week. An update we were of course very happy about!

The lockdown and quarantine in Peru have had an impact on the education of 9.9 million Peruvian students. This because several classes were postponed or even suspended. The children of Oye LENA also felt the consequences of the breakthrough of COVID-19. Fortunately, there is light at the end of the tunnel: the distance learning, which started in April, would soon be gradually replaced by face-to-face lessons. We keep our fingers crossed that this will soon be possible again.

In the meantime, it has been three months since we had to close our project temporarily. Yet we kept busy and did everything we could to keep providing the children with all kinds of materials. Paintings, craft materials, didactic games, and more. Although we were not allowed to guide them in making these assignments, we tried to do our part by providing them with the right supplies.

Making homework

Besides the learning materials the children received from Oye LENA, they also receive weekly homework from their school. Of course, we encourage this because in this way they can continue to develop themselves and keep themselves busy during the lockdown. Thanks to these teaching materials, we avoid that they fall behind and they can get back to work immediately when the schools open again.

However, it is not always easy for children to do this homework on their own without any guidance from teachers. They often receive new learning materials which they then have to teach themselves. This is of course not obvious and very hard for them. The schools also expect the children to have access to platforms such as radio, television, and the internet. If you know that only 39% of households in the whole country have access to the internet and only 5% in rural areas, then you understand that this is often impossible for our children. Many of our parents have little or no education of their own and therefore find it difficult to help their children.

Fortunately, we received good news last week: since Monday, a teacher is allowed to visit the children to guide them. Whether the local schools will do this is not yet clear, but Sara and Cristhel immediately flew in. Last week they already visited the children who need our help the most: the pupils of the primary school get homework support and some pupils with disabilities get physiotherapy. When there is still time left, our workers also visit the toddlers to continue the playful learning.

We are very happy with this relaxation and hope that in this way, the step to the reopening of the project will get closer and closer!

Elisabet Lamote, a woman with power!

You probably already know Trooper from our many posts on Facebook, but do you also know the face behind this great platform? Oye LENA had the chance to meet Elisabet Lamote this week. We interviewed her via Skype (yes, that’s how it goes these days!) and asked her several questions about herself and the start of Trooper. Wondering how that went? Then read on!

Besides being a co-founder of Trooper, Elisabet is also the mother of two beautiful children. Together with her husband Klaas, who is the creator of the platform, she lives in Grimbergen. The couple works together with Jan Dejonghe, creative director at BBDO, and functions as the golden team behind Trooper. “My husband Klaas is the salesman with the big ideas, I am more the doer and take care of the practical side of the story, and Jan gets this into a beautiful story. The three of us are very complementary and this ensures that we keep pushing each other forward”, says Elisabet.

With Trooper they support associations such as youth movements, sports clubs but also charities such as Oye LENA. Because they believe that it is important for a society that people feel connected to each other, they offer those organizations the opportunity to earn a penny without having to do anything for it. “We also believe that these associations and organizations need financial means to realize all their dreams. This is how we came up with the idea of creating an income stream through sponsorship with major brands and affiliate marketing to give associations a boost”.

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The start of Trooper

“When a few years ago the building of the chiro boys of Humbeek burned down, we saw the whole village looking for creative ways to raise money for reconstruction. From torchlight tours to food festivities, you name it. It was at this point that Klaas came up with the idea to start up a sponsorship system”. Their first partner was Bol.com and it soon became clear that this could bring in a lot of money in the short term. As a reaction to the success, they decided to expand and put other associations and shops on their platform as well. One thing led to another… in the meantime, more than 6000 associations are working at Trooper today!

“Although Trooper today has a very large reach, the way to get there has not always been easy,” says Elisabet. “After my job at Dauwe Egberts, I felt like I wanted to do something completely different and started teaching at college. At that time, I had more flexibility and I could still combine my work as a teacher with Trooper. Still, this meant that I often had to work very long days. We also put a lot of savings into creating a website but soon, we discovered that you still need more resources than it seems. It was especially during this period that I occasionally thought ‘damn, what have we gotten us into…’.

Not much later, they met Hans Bourlon who believes very hard in the voluntary sector and the story of Trooper. It didn’t take long before he put his back into the concept. This was the opportunity for the Trooper team to grow. Their partnership with KBC, which started in 2019, also allows them to expand even further.

Satisfaction

That Elisabet is an enormously powerful woman with a passion for what she does, soon became clear to us during the conversation. Now that she has been working fulltime for Trooper for four years, she feels the difference that her work makes at the clubs. “I’ve always said I wanted to do something good at work somehow. I want to work hard and I want to make a difference. And with Trooper, you have the perfect mix between the two.”

“It’s a path of trial and error. If something fails, get up and move on to the next one”. According to Elisabet, what she likes so much about her job is that you go home every day with a sense of satisfaction. When she crossed the one million euro mark a while ago, she realized twice as much how significant the work is that Trooper does. “When you hear those different stories from those associations, you feel that it’s enormously valuable. Sometimes, we talk about such small sums of money that can make a world of difference.”

Corona crisis

The arrival of COVID-19 certainly influenced Trooper and its associations. Now that the various organizations can no longer come together, they are losing an enormous amount of income here. Unfortunately, organizing dinner parties or school parties is not yet possible. Also the booking of trips through Trooper is not often done anymore, while this often brings in large amounts of money for the associations.

On the other hand, it is also an opportunity for Trooper. Many more people are starting to buy online and are becoming more and more used to it. In this way, it will be compensated and the corona crisis will have a positive impact on Trooper in the long run.

“Today we are connected to about 6500 associations but in Flanders, there are more than 90,000. Our goal is to be able to make a difference on the annual budget of almost all Flemish and Belgian associations, making it easier for them to realize more dreams,” says Elisabet. 

For Oye LENA, Trooper has also been able to mean a lot already. At the moment, our counter stands at more than 1200 euro and all of that thanks to those who make their purchases through Trooper! So with just one click extra, you can give your favorite club a financial boost without having to pay anything extra yourself. What are we waiting for?! Follow the link to our Trooper page or scan the QR-code and start shopping!

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Curious about which online shops are connected to Trooper?
Here you’ll find a sneak peek!

I can’t breathe.

The world was shaken up this week by a terrible incident in which the US police killed a black man. The story made headlines worldwide and sparked many protests against inequality. It is time to stop discrimination based on skin color, gender, disabilities, and any other form where human differences lead to animosity. In Peru, people also still fight daily against inequality in their society.

George Floyd is a name that is no longer unfamiliar to the world. He is now the symbol of the inequality that is still present worldwide today. It opened our eyes and is calling for change and justice. We are not born with hatred for any particular group. This is caused by society and that is exactly why something has to change now.

Although we don’t always see it, discrimination is still a global problem. Just think of the many countries where people with a different sexual orientation are still considered criminals. People with disabilities are seen as the dirt of the street. Women must live in isolation without opportunities for self-development.

The latter is also a very big problem in Peru. Every day, an enormous amount of women and children are mistreated, abused, and excluded in society. Unfortunately, also our mothers and children of the project are often confronted with domestic violence. Sadly, this has only worsened since the spread of COVID-19. From March 15 until the end of April, 7 female murders, 1,585 cases of violence against women, and 196 rapes were reported across Peru, 114 of which against children and adolescents.

Especially in the poor regions and with the Quechua community, male chauvinism is still very much present. Peruvian men consider themselves the boss and they treat their women as slaves. They are often not allowed to come outside and can only work in the household. They have not been given the opportunity to receive valuable education, which means that the vicious circle continues to run. So it’s time for a change.

It is important that we do not ignore this and take action. How? By recognizing the problem and standing up for ourselves. We must call for equal rights for men and women, and in this way also give women a fair chance for a place in society where they can develop themselves into who they want to be.

Amnesty International has launched a petition demanding that the Peruvian state implement a gender-focused policy to help reduce the vulnerability of women and children. Do you also want to help? Follow the link to sign the petition. Because only together can we make a difference! We must strive for equality as the global standard respected by all.

Planning a trip to Peru? Then be sure to put these stops on your schedule!

Although we don’t know for sure when the airports will open their doors again, we can already start dreaming about our next trip, don’t we? To give you a helping hand, we made a bucket list with addresses in Peru that are worth a visit. Are you curious? Then read on!

We will not deny that Machu Picchu, the Rainbowmountains, and the Inca Trail are a must during your trip through Peru. But would you rather be in a quieter setting without all those tourists who ‘bomb’ your holiday photo? Then give these lesser-known but at least as beautiful pearls a chance too!

  1. Choquequirao

At the top of our list is the Choquequirao, Machu Picchu’s little brother. These ancient Inca ruins have the same structure and architecture as the Machu Picchu, but are three times bigger! What are we waiting for?!

2. Chonta Condor viewpoint

Besides the very famous Colca Canyon, there is another place that is at least equally suitable for spotting the Andescondors: Chonta Condor viewpoint. If you would like to see Peru’s largest bird of prey in the flesh without hundreds of tourists accompanying you, this is the place to be!

CHONTA CANON (FLIGHT OF CONDORS) - Wakanki Explorer

3. Tambopata

Although most tourists go to the north of Peru to visit the jungle, we recommend giving the Amazon forest in the south of Peru a chance as well. At least, if you don’t want to be overwhelmed by crowds. If you prefer to enjoy the peace, it is best to go to Tambopata. In this beautiful nature reserve you can spot caimans, jaguars, monkeys, and much more.

4. Kinsa Cocha

Over the years, the village of Pisac became a lot more popular. Especially its colorful market and the old ruins attract a lot of tourists. However, there are still some undiscovered places here that are definitely worth a visit. For example, you can make a beautiful trek to Kinsa Cocha, a paradise for those who love mountains and lakes.

5. Salkantay

Another beautiful destination is the lake of Humantay. To achieve this, you follow a relatively heavy trek through the beautiful Salkantay area. Although this trekking attracts many passionate hikers nowadays, it remains the ideal alternative for those who think the Inca-trail is just a little too crowded!

6. Inkilltambo

The citadel of Sacsayhuaman probably sounds familiar to you. This is also the case with the hundreds of tourists that this Inca site receives every day. Fortunately, we know a less-visited but equally beautiful alternative. Inkilltambo, an archaeological site, used to be a ceremonial place of the Incas. The history can still be read in some engraved rocks.

7. Palccoyo

Prefer a nice holiday photo at the Rainbowmountains without thousands of black spots in the background? Then the mountains of Palccoyo are something for you. These mountains look the same as the famous Vinicunca, but this trekking is less heavy and less populated.

8. Cahuachi-pyramides

Although Nazca is mainly known for its impressive geoglyphs and lines in the ground, it has much more to offer. The Cuhuachi pyramids were one of the most important ceremonial centers for the Nazca civilization. With its mummies, artifacts, and historical secrets, this is the place to be.

9. Las pocitas

Las Pocitas is located in Mancora and is Peru’s surfing paradise. The small town is located on the north coast and has the best sandy beach in Peru. With its many cafes and clubs, the nightlife is also worth a visit. Are you ready to party?

10. Chan Chan

The last pearl of Peru that shouldn’t be missing from our bucket list is Chan Chan. This archaeological zone does not originate from the time of the Incas, but from the time of the Chimu. Most of the city was built of clay baked by the sun. Although much of the city was destroyed by the rain, there are still beautiful remnants that you can visit.

Guinea pig stew for me, please!

When we think of guinea pigs, we see the cute little pets with super soft fur. However, this is not the case in the rest of the world! In Peru, a guinea pig is not seen as a pet, but as a delicious meal. Eating guinea pigs is a very common thing. In fact, it is their national dish! That’s why we decided to surprise our Peruvian moms on Mother’s Day with a guinea pig (and flowers of course).

I can understand that your first reaction when reading the intro sounded a bit like this: “Huh? Guinea pig as a meal? EW!” Yet it is a very well known dish in Peru. Also in other Andean countries like Bolivia and Ecuador Cuy -as they call the guinea pig- has been eaten for years. Even before the Europeans invaded in the 16th century! The latter brought the animal to Europe with the function of a pet instead of a meal.

The guinea pig is served in prominent restaurants frequented by tourists, but also in small local restaurants for rich and poor people. Guinea Pig is also the highlight of many family parties. Usually, it is women who are at the helm of these things. They pass on their knowledge about the meal from generation to generation. It is a gem of Peruvian culture.

Mother's Day

Yet not all tourists like the dish. This is mainly due to the presentation of the guinea pig. The head and legs of the animal are often put on the plate so that the animal remains recognizable. Moreover, such a small animal is a lot of nibbling, but the Peruvians have no problem with that, they eat it very tasty with their hands.

Why are they so popular? Guinea pigs are very cheap, require little maintenance, and breed quickly. That is why we often see them in poor families. There, they usually just walk around in the kitchen or another room. They live off the leftover food so the families don’t have to look after the animal, which is very convenient for them.

To surprise the mothers of the children of Oye LENA, we brought them a guinea pig and a bunch of flowers for Mother’s Day. And how happy they were! It was a great pleasure for us to see how happy they were with this attention. However, what they do with the guinea pig is their own choice. Some will prepare a delicious plate with it, while others choose to keep it as a companion during the lockdown, which still applies in Curahuasi.

Mother's Day

Protection against the largest amount of UV radiation!

Global warming has serious consequences. We also notice this at our project: due to global warming, the region around Cuzco is receiving the largest amount of UV radiation. To guarantee the health of the children, we were therefore forced to find an efficient solution to this problem. Today, we can proudly say that we succeeded in our mission! Thanks to several generous sponsors, we have recently been able to realize the installation of an awning.

Due to its altitude and proximity to the equator, the Andes Mountains, in particular, are exposed to high levels of UV radiation. Although it was always thought that this was mainly the case in summer, climate scientists now claim the opposite. According to them, the planet reaches critical temperatures worldwide for most of the year.

The consequences of prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation can be extreme. According to dermatological research, the risk of developing skin cancer doubles after just a few acute exposures, and repeated exposure can cause cataracts and permanent eye injuries. Although people in Curahuasi try to protect themselves by wearing long clothing, we still see many children with permanently affected skin from prolonged exposure to the sun. This particularly affects the cheeks and hands.

Considering the extreme risks in Curahuasi, Oye LENA wanted to install a large canvas tarpaulin above the playground, just like the local state schools did. That is why a while ago we appealed to sponsors who wanted to help us realize this project. And yes… we did it! It took a while, but now it’s finally here! After the lockdown, our children will be able to enjoy the shade on the playground and play outside carefree. We will continue to apply sunscreen to them every day and take care of the affected cheeks with good creams.

We are very grateful for all the help we have received.

Thank you Municipality of Wevelgem, Municipality of Nijlen, Municipality of Schilde, Fifty One Club Diamant Nijlen, Responsible Travel Peru, Wereld Missie Hulp and Sint-Jozefinstituut te Bokrijk.

Not two people in charge, but three!

If you have worked at Oye LENA as a volunteer or intern before, you will know that we always work with volunteers who stay at the project for a longer period and who receive room and board in exchange for more responsibilities. However, this has changed in January 2020! Now, we don’t have two people in charge, but three!

Before, we always made a distinction between the function of the coordinator of the volunteers and the coordinator of the toddlers. The first is mainly responsible for the reception and guidance of new volunteers and students. The coordinator of the toddlers mainly takes care of everything that has to do with the toddlers and the classes.

In practice, these tasks are really mixed up. There is also our permanent employee Sara Defoor, who joined our team in 2017. She became the person in charge of special education. She takes care of our children with disabilities, their lessons, and keeping their files up to date. But, as a permanent worker, she does much more than that, of course!

Everyone works closely together and in cooperation with Stefanie, they make sure that the project runs well. However, because everyone’s tasks grew bigger and bigger every year, we decided to ‘hire’ an extra volunteer from January 2020. From now on, this person will combine two jobs: on one hand, he or she will work as a physiotherapist, and on the other hand, he or she will help with the coordination of homework support for primary school children.

Lien Dejaegere was the first who took up the challenge and performed this task. Unfortunately, due to the compulsory repatriation to Belgium, she was only able to do this for three months. Fortunately, we already have three new people in charge who will start this summer: An-Sofie Van Leemput, Peter Gansbeke, and Kato Doms… Hopefully, the Coronavirus doesn’t screw things up! We keep our fingers crossed.

Because we are so grateful to all those volunteers who have been at Oye LENA, we would like to take this opportunity to put them in the spotlight and thank them again for their commitment.

Without you, Oye LENA would not be possible! Thank you so much!

Hanne Delfosse (2013)
Mieke Bierkens (2013-2014)
Shana Berrevoets (2014)
Kim Dierickx (2014)
Kim Welman (2014-2015)
Milena Vleminckx-Huybens (2014)
Raquel Rodriguez (2015)
Katleen Loos, Roel Verhaert, Wine en Tonke (2015-2016)
Emma Schneider en Alessio Vecchiato
(2016-2017)
Liesbet Van Valckenborgh
(2017)
Lydwin Bulckens
(2017-2018)
Lisa Vermeulen (2018-2019)
Hannah Bauer (2018-2019)
Sofie Verrijkt (2018-2019)
Laurien Demaerschalk (2019)
Sofie Cumps, Kim Van Roey, Roos en Nand
(2019)

Alicia Duran Miñana(2020)
Lien Dejaegere (2020)

Tess Metdenancxt & Joris Silverans (2020)
Sara Defoor (2017-heden)

How does the Peruvian government protect its people?

As we could read in several news headlines, each country is taking its own measures against the coronavirus. For example, we see that in some countries the shops are gradually opening again, while in other countries it is still severely punished when you leave home without a valid reason. The president of Peru is doing everything he can to protect his people against COVID-19, the virus that has already claimed many victims.

According to Worldometers, today -Sunday 26/04- the number of infected people in Peru is 25,331, of which 16,834 are still active. In the meantime, 700 people have died. Because this is a deplorable high figure, the government is doing everything they can to avoid any increase.

In Peru, social isolation is still the norm. The population is only allowed to leave their house to buy groceries and medicines, to go to the bank or to go to the doctor. Also a walk with your dog is allowed. An exception is also made for adults or children with autism. They are also allowed to leave their house for a short walk.

Furthermore, there is a curfew from 18 hours to 4 hours, where everyone has to stay inside. Also on Sundays, there are no exceptions and it is strictly forbidden to go outside (although we see that this is not always and everywhere respected). People who do not abide by the rules by, for example, not wearing a mouth mask or not keeping to the 1.5 meter distance, will be fined from now on.

International borders will also remain closed. This means that there will be no flights and the repatriation of tourists will also be suspended for the time being. Fortunately, more than 23,400 foreign tourists have already been returned home.

For the domestic Peruvian population, the governement is still searching for ways to get them back home. For this purpose, there are several priority rules: priority is given to older people, children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, people receiving medical treatment and economically vulnerable people.

A transport company is appointed to move people from point A to point B with buses that are only half full. A thorough health check is also carried out and people are only allowed on board if they have a certificate of good health. If a person tests positive for COVID-19, the person in question is not allowed to travel and is immediately placed in quarantine.

The government in Peru is doing its utmost to assist its population as much as possible in these difficult times. For example, economically vulnerable families will receive a bonus of 380 soles (+- 100 euros) from the government during the state of emergency of COVID-19. Besides, independent workers – subject to a list of conditions – may also receive a bonus of 760 soles. This was implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion in Peru.

Also, food parcels are distributed in several municipalities to those who are not entitled to the government’s bonuses. The police in Curahuasi will also try to hand out some baskets of food in the coming weeks. We are very happy about this because it turns out that many people are falling outside the requirements for a bonus. Some mothers of our children at Oye Lena will not receive the bonusses of the governement. Fortunately, the solidarity in Curahuasi is great and we also saw some other individuals handing out packages!

President Martín Vizcarra is doing everything to inform the Peruvian people sufficiently about the situation. He holds a daily conference in which he speaks to the people and gives updates. In the meantime, the emergency situation has been extended until May 10th, after which it will be examined to what extent it is possible to gradually restart activities and get out of this state of emergency.

3 things you can do to fight boredom

Although some people can spend their days in their sunny garden, others find it more difficult to keep themselves meaningful. But that will change now! With these three tips, you won’t get bored during the lockdown!

1.           Plan your next trip

Unfortunately, we are not yet allowed to leave our room and travel to other countries. But we can already have some imagination, can’t we? A city trip within Europe, an adventurous trip through the mountains or a super nice tour through Peru?

After all, it’s important that, after the lockdown, we give the economy a boost. Especially now that many countries have missed their main source of income from tourism for a long time. They would love to see you come! So it certainly can’t hurt to already get inspired and start planning the next trip, right?

2.           Online shopping is always a good idea

For thé perfect holiday, you also need a comfortable walking shoe, a super trendy bikini, and a nice dress. Now that the shops are closed, we can’t help but let our shopping behavior take place digitally.

And what could be better than online shopping? Online shopping and supporting Oye LENA! You’re probably thinking “huh, what?”, but yes you can! It’s very simple!

Through the Trooper website, you can go to the Trooper page of Oye LENA. Or you can just click on this link: https://trooper.be/oyelenaperu.

On this page, there are links to all participating webshops. If you surf to the webshop via those links on the Trooper page of Oye LENA, the shop will know which association you want to support. The link does the work, and you can just shop, without spending €1 extra! Of every purchase you make, a percentage goes to Oye LENA. Isn’t that great?

3.           Visit a museum or exhibition (digital of course!)

You know it or you don’t, but the internet offers us a lot of possibilities these days. You can now walk through museums on your computer screen! It then seems as if you are walking through all the art galleries yourself.

On https://artsandculture.google.com/, you can follow virtual tours through more than 100 different museums. In total there are about 2,000 cultural institutions – spread over 80 countries – to be found on the platform. Besides walking through exhibitions, you can also swim through coral reefs, clamber through caves and climb between an ice rift. But that’s not all. You can also wander through Peru’s famous world heritage: the Machu Picchu. What are we waiting for?