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A young arriero leads a mule across fresh snow in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Benjamin Swift (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest Finalist), South America Semester.

Hey everyone

Hi everyone,

My name is Brett. I am so excited to get to meet each and every one of you on our adventure. A little about myself: I love the outdoors. Some of my favorite activities include hiking, white water rafting, surfing, playing sports like tennis, or anything else outdoors. Until this past year I had really limited camping experience but I recently completed a 70 day trip of living outdoors in Costa Rica doing the aforementioned activities (besides tennis). Despite this experience my Spanish needs a lot of work. I look forward to hopefully developing my language skills to a point that I feel confident comprehending and speaking Spanish. I also look forward to rock climbing (despite my fear of heights) as that isn’t something readily accessible in Chicago. Finally, I hope to make lasting friendships with everyone on the program. I can’t wait to meet all of you!