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Andean priest and spiritual leader, Don Fabian Champi Apaza. Photo by Tom Pablo, Andes & Amazon Semester.


Hi my name is Maisie Elkins and I live in Brookline Massachusetts which is just outside of Boston. I graduated high school in June and I spent this fall over in Oxford on a gap year program. I can’t wait to start this next chapter of my gap year. I have done some trekking and camping before when I was in middle school at summer camp and although it was difficult it left me feeling very accomplished and provided me with some experiences that I will never forget. This will be my second time in South America, the first was when I went to Ecuador two summers ago and I am excited to return, this time seeing a new part.