Frequently Asked Questions

Question #1:      What is the design of the building?

    The school building is a simple design.  It will contain four classrooms, an office and two restrooms.  Click here for the schematic drawings

Question #2:    What types of materials will be used?

    The school will be built using steel re-enforced concrete construction with a metal roof. 

Question #3:    Is the school in the community?

    Yes, the school will be located in Juanjui, San Martin, Peru.  It is a village in the high jungle of Northern Peru.  Juanjui is the capital of the province of Mariscal Caceras, San Martin. 

Question #4:    How will the children get to school?

    Most of the children will walk to school.  A few of them will take Moto taxis. 

Question #5:    Will the school contain a cafeteria?

    No, the school will not contain a cafeteria.  The school hours will be 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon or 1:00 p.m.  The school will not serve lunch.  The students will have a break and snacks at 10:00 a.m.  A second session may be planned from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Teachers typically report to school at 6:30 a.m.  Some teachers teach both sessions. 

Question #6:    Will the school include running water and electrical power?

    Yes, the school will have running water and electricity. 

Question #7:    Where will the teacher come from?

    There are several qualified teachers who possess governmental certification who are available and interested in working at the school. 

Question #8:    Where will the construction work force come from to build the school?

    People in the village and surrounding areas, especially those from the local church, will provide the labor to build the school. 

Question #9:    What grade levels will be taught at the school?

    The school will begin with grades K-3 and add one or two grades each school year as space and teachers permit. 

Question #10:    What is the size of the classrooms and how many students will be taught in each class?

    The size of the rooms will meet South American standards and usually accommodate 40+ students per session. 

Question #11:    What language will be taught in the school?

    All classes will be taught in Spanish. 

Question #12:     Is there an airstrip in Juanjui?

    No, the people travel by boat to Juanjui.  All building materials for the school will arrive by boat.

Question #13:    How will the children who attend the school be selected?

    There will be an enrollment period prior to the opening of the school and students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

Question #14:    Will the building be green?  If so, what parts will be environmentally sound.  If not, why not?

    The construction will conform to local and national building codes.  It will be built primarily of concrete and steel. 

Question #15:    Is it anticipated that a group of AΔK sisters will visit Juanjui when the school is ready to be dedicated?

    Yes, we hope that a delegation from AΔK will be present for the dedication of the building. 

Question #16:    What are the main income producing jobs in Juanjui?

    The main industry is agriculture, mostly on a small scale. 

Question #17:    What if any local or regional government involvement is there in the construction or operation of the school?

    There is no direct government involvement in the construction of the school.  In some cases, the government provides some assistance with operating expenses.  After the school is in operation, we will be able to apply for some local government assistance. 

Question #18:    Will Bridge Builders be helping to build the school along with the citizens of the town?

    Bridge Builders International anticipates taking one or more teams to assist with the construction of the school.  However, most of the labor will be provided by the local population. 

Question #19:     Is there another school in the Juanjui community?

    There is a government school in Juanjui.  However, it is of very poor quality.  According to a recent study of elementary and secondary education in Latin America, Peru ranks at the bottom among nations of South America.  A national review of schools in Peru two years ago revealed that government schools in the Amazon jungle region were the worst in the country. 

Question #20:    Where can I find more information about Peru and Juanjui?

    Here is a list of books and websites on Juanjui and Peru:
    •    Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Liosa
    •    The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Liosa
    •    Deep Rivers by Jose Maria Arguedas
    •    The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie, 2007
    •    Sendero by Max R. Tomlinson, 2012
    •    YouTube: Juanjui – San Martin – Peru: Video turistico