We are packed and ready to go! 19 suitcases have been filled to the brim with medical supplies, medicine, baby formula, shoes, clothes, and many other various items for the people of Guatemala! I am confident that I can speak for all of our team members when I say that our hearts are just as full as those 19 suitcases. Tomorrow is the big day, and I am so eager to use the nursing skills I have learned thus far to make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate. Guatemala, here we come!
If you want to get the full benefit of a culture when studying abroad, then host families are definitely the way to go! I promise there is no better environment in which to get fully immersed in the many interesting aspects of a foreign country. My Cusqueña host family went above and beyond to make me feel at home. They used their best dishes, served generous portions, and provided an extra blanket. They tried their best to cater to my every need; I was even given a key to the house with no curfew. My host family gave me tips … // Read more
Well here we are just a few days from our return to the good ole U.S. of A.! While we have been getting our ‘español’ on here at the Amauta school of, well you guessed it… Español, we have gained some great friendships with our Professors from Amauta. Nury, Paula, Giovanna, Erik, and Jacqeline have been fantastic. They have welcomed us to their home of Cusco and carried us all over their ‘ciudad’. Taking us to museums, cafés, markets, and even playing soccer with us have just been a few things they have done. We even had a great tour … // Read more
Studying abroad in Peru is without a doubt one of the coolest experiences in my life. I visited many places including the cities of Lima, Cusco, Puno, and Pisac, but one of the landmarks that really stood out to me in these cities was the sacred site of the temple at Koricancha and the baroque cathedral of Santo Domingo in Cusco. It was a breathtaking sight to see the combined architectural styles of Andean culture and Spanish colonial design. The magnificent Temple of the Sun at Koricancha was the most prominent and extravagant temples in the Incan empire. Not only … // Read more
Machu Picchu…. All I can say is wow. The journey began at 3:30 this morning. My alarm clock sounded as I rolled out of bed and into my clothes. I brushed my hair and teeth, and I was out the door. To say that my host family is the most amazing would be a complete and total understatement. Jorgito and Monica, my Peruvian parents, woke up with my roommates and me to see us off. The bus pulled away from Basilica Café at 4:00, and we embarked on a journey that we’ll never forget. We rode the bus to a … // Read more