Heidi Karod recently returned from Peru, where she volunteered with the Center for Child and Adolescent Workers. Karod, a violinist who has taught Spanish and English as a Second Language to students from middle school through college, will speak Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library.

On her recent trips to northern Peru, Karod volunteered with her host sister’s nonprofit organization, CANAT. The group helps more than 400 children, who work as young as age 6 to help support their families; and who often live in an abusive and violent environment. CANAT provides educational, health and vocational services to these children and their families.

Karod travels with her violin to help draw attention to CANAT and encourage children to enroll. She also will talk about playing her violin in the Peruvian federal prisons, psychiatry hospitals, a fishing village and a school in a remote farming community. Karod first visited Peru as an exchange student in 1981.

“The beauty of really being immersed in a culture as opposed to being a tourist is that each experience, each conversation, each new word or phrase, and each new friend or acquaintance gives you a more detailed understanding of a culture,” she writes in her travel blog. “On this most recent trip, I felt like I understood more than ever, learning something about the history and broader context of places, experiences and people.”

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.