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

The process

Hello all at home,

The past few weeks me and the rest of the group has been staying in our homestays, in Tiquipaya. Although my Spanish is not great I still am engaging as much as I can and am trying to learn as much as possible. The opportunity to interact with my family and learn all about traditional Bolivian dinners is amazing, but along with the opportunity to have an Independent Study Project in Cochabamba adds to the experience and makes the time here that much better.

My ISP is instrument making, and I am making a churanga. A churanga is a small ukelele, but it has 10 strings and seems extremely hard to play. Hopefully Marco and Jack are able to figure out how to teach me… I still have a few more lessons left and have to add the finishing touches to it.

See you all soon…