Hi! My name is Taya. I am from northern California and I am going to be a junior in high school. I don’t really have many connections to Peru. My mom’s friend is Peruvian, so I have tried Peruvian food. I haven’t traveled much, but I have always wanted to. I am so excited to be in Peru and grateful that I am going to be going on this experience. I feel connected to my home by going on the trails near my house. I live near the coast, so being able to walk on the mountains and then be at the ocean makes me feel so happy. To relax I love having out with my friends and having time to myself, listening to music and drawing. The photo is me on Thanksgiving last year.