Jayson’s Peru Reflection

Over spring break I visited Peru with 11 other students in a Spanish language trip organized by Friends Seminary and Envoys. We visited Puno, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rainforest. We learned about the many different aspects of Peruvian culture. The food was amazing, especially on the reservation in the rainforest, and the  people were very welcoming. I think I felt the most immersed in Peruvian culture during my home stay in Cuzco. They immediately welcomed me and made me feel like part of the family. I told them about my life in New York City and they taught me about their lives and Peruvian culture. My Spanish speaking skills were also improved by speaking to my family almost entirely in spanish. I was introduced to their extended family and learned how to dance during a party with all my classmates and their host families. The time I spent with them was great and I wish I was able to stay longer with them even though we had to leave. We completed the service part of the trip during our time in the rainforest, planting trees on the farms of two local families. Even though it was hot when we planted the trees, it was still fun and rewarding. After we planted trees on the first day we met the family who lived on the land and we were given fruit, which was an added benefit. It made me feel even better about the work we had done because we saw how much we were helping this family and how thankful they were as well.  I was able to learn so much about Peruvian culture and history and immerse myself in the lives of the people who lived there. I visited places that I thought I would never see and overall the trip was an amazing and rewarding experience.

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