Over spring break, I participated in the school trip to Peru in partnership with Envoys. We spent two amazing weeks in Peru, visiting Lima, Juliaca, Puno, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon. I loved being immersed in Peruvian culture, from eating their delicious food to speaking their language. I also loved staying with my host family, since I got to really see what everyday life was like in Peru and experience living in a household where no one knew English. While we were in the Amazon, we helped to plant around 75 trees with the locals. It was crazy hot while we planted, but a great experience to get to hold a sapling and bury it in the ground, knowing that in a few years it will be taller than me and growing mangos or cacao beans or lemons or pomellas or any of the other fruits of the types of trees we planted. It only took us an hour to plant the first 50 trees, and I thought how amazing it would be if everyone could take an hour out of every day just to plant trees. Overall, the Peru trip definitely expanded my view of the world by allowing me to experience life in another country, and learn how different it could be. For example, in my home stay, my mom was surprised to find out that there are a lot of homeless people in New York. She said that in Cusco, the government provides easy jobs to otherwise homeless people to help them afford shelter (or something close to that; it was in Spanish so I’m not completely sure.) I had an amazing experience in Peru, and I’m hope the school continues to provide these global trips so other students can have a similar experience.