Cue in the interns

June 05, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Asociacion San Lucas employee Laura Van Essen gives a violin lesson to two of her students in Moyobamba, Peru.        (Photos submitted)

(Editor's note: Two students from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, are interning at Asociacion San Lucas in Moyobamba, Peru, this summer and will periodically be submitting blogs for this site. Abigail Wanninger of Berthoud, Colo., recently completed her sophomore year as a nursing student. Amy Greeb of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a junior biology-health professions major with a minor in Spanish.) 

Cue in the interns

By Abigail Wanninger

MOYOBAMBA PERUArriving in Moyobamba, Peru, Amy (Greeb) and I were very excited to begin work at the clinic.

Upon learning that we play various instruments, Amy and I were quickly put into helping with the music classes at the clinic. The music classes are part of the therapy for children who have had surgery for cleft lip and palate.

The children start on a recorder and can later move to flute or violin. Playing an instrument helps the children to learn to breathe properly, strengthens facial muscles, and provides the children with an opportunity to make new friends.

The benefits of these classes are physical, social, and psychological.

My involvement with the classes all started when I jumped in with a group of violinists on the flute. I was then promptly invited to play with them in a concert they were preparing for. Since I was having a good time I agreed.

The next day, Amy jumped in with us on the flute and she was quickly recruited as well.

On the Friday of our first week in Peru, we performed in the Plaza De Armas for Moyobamba's first Semana Cultural. It was quite the experience and I don't know that I have ever enjoyed a performance as much as I did when I played with those students.

In all honesty, the joy that the students have in their music has helped me to rediscover the joy that I had when I started learning my first instrument.

Students in the music program at ASL go through a violin practice. The music program help cleft lip and palate students physically and socially.

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