T’ikary: An educational project for Quechua youth
Heritage and everyday lives

Elvira Huaman Guerra

Elvira is from the first cohort of Mosqoy students, from the community of Tanccac in the district of Ollantaytambo. She co-founded Mosqoy’s values and formed the living environment of Casa Mosqoy, making it what it is today.

After graduating, due to her academic excellence and volunteer service, she was selected as a Mosqoy Ambassador on a scholarship to attend the University of Victoria’s English Language Centre program for one semester. There, she learned English, lived with a homestay family, and shared about the Quechua culture and language with Canadian youth. She now is trilingual and speaks Quechua, Spanish, and English. She currently serves as President of Mosqoy’s Peruvian Board of Directors and as the Resident Advisor or “Mother” in Casa Mosqoy, living with our latest cohorts of students in our dormitory. She holds a technical degree in Hotel Administration and worked for several years in the tourism industry before returning to Mosqoy. Sport is her passion, and in her free time, she likes to play football.

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