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Being at Home

Grace Chen, Participant

When I was young, home was the little apartment crowded by my parents, my grandparents and I, where the specific arrangement of furnitures, the smell of old books, and unique voices of family members made up the picture of “home” in my younger......Read More


I’m here? I’m here.

Jason Curran, Participant

I have walked foreign cities before, but this one feels different. On a family trip to Paris I tried walking slowly, savoring every smell and every street vendor. I tried walking fast and with a purpose, relieved to be going somewhere and to have a......Read More


La luna y la familia

Isabelle Woollacott, Participant

Often, when we’re far away from our loved ones, we say “Don’t worry, we’re underneath the same moon.” The stars, the moon, they all shine the same no matter how far apart we are, no matter the time difference—or so we say. These are......Read More


Wera Cochas

Olympia, Participant

Today, the Wera Cocha group explored the city of Urubamba. We exercised our limited Spanish in the local market, chatted with locals in the central plaza, and snacked on treats from a cafe. After asking tons of local citizens, we finally made our......Read More

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Un Juego de Busqueda

Las Ch´askas, Participant

Hola todos! Our group is currently in an internet cafe called Tin@jani near la plaza de pintacha in Urubamba. We´ve explored the market, talked to a ton of locals, eaten some delicious vegan and gluten free food, and taken a great group photo (not......Read More



Chiamaka, Claire, Jason, and Waideen, Participant

After splitting up the Civic Semester group into three units, our group (Chiamaka, Claire, Jason, and Waideen) headed off to have a delicious lunch in the growing town of Urubamba, the place we will call home for the next three months. Succeeding......Read More


No Drama Llama

Abi Wool, Participant

¡Buenos días! Yesterday our morning started bright and early, heading out of Casita Huarán at around 8am. Our lovely friend Jesus drove us to the trail head where we started our journey to Cancha Cancha. The way up took us about three hours, and......Read More


Reaching New Heights

Waideen, Participant

10,500 feet. That’s the rough difference between the elevation of my hometown in Florida compared to the town of Cancha Cancha, a place in Peru that I had the pleasure of visiting recently; after making the three hour trek I, along with the rest......Read More

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Arcturus and Jupiter

Yujie "Claire" Ji, Participant

Yak of the Week

I have always had a fascination for stars. My dad, the very person who brought me into the early business of watching stars, owns a small telescope that he uses weekly till this day. Living in a compound full of apartments and not many gardens, my......Read More


Paru Paru

The Instructors, Instructor

Buenos días dear families and friends. After almost a week at Casita Huaran, our orientation place where we had days full of reflection and learning, we are about to embark on a new adventure. We are heading to Paru Paru, a beautiful place at 4,000......Read More


Hello desde Huaran!

Raquel, Instructor

Hello friends and family! We are here in Huarán, a beautiful Andean town just 30 minutes east of Urubamba. Here we are getting to know each of the students in the group, the instructors, and our surroundings. There is a river that reassures us as......Read More


Catarita Arin (with the dogs and the dawgs)

Tufts Civic Semester Fellows, Participant

On the first night, we arrived at Casita Huaran. Monica, Teto, Raquel and Tania led us in a group meditation, reflecting on the long-awaited process of getting here (applications, classes, orientation, travel). When we opened our eyes, we saw our......Read More


We are all together

Mónica, Instructor

Everyone has landed in Cusco!!! After months of preparation, we are finally all together and ready to begin our experience here in Peru. We now have a 50 minutes drive to Huaran, our orientation site. We will be there for about a week, acclimatizing......Read More

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Tentative Itinerary

Raquel, Teto, and Móni, Instructor

Hello students and families!  We (Mónica, Teto and Raquel) are running around Urubamba making sure that everything is ready for your arrival. We are very much looking forward to meeting you in person. For now, we want to share with you our......Read More

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Departure Day Tips

Cara, Dragons Admin

Hello intrepid Civic Semester Peru students, Your journey is right around the corner and your field staff can’t wait to meet you! Below is a reminder about your day-of travel details. Should you need to reach our staff during travel days (both......Read More



Móni, Instructor

Dear Tulfts Civic Semester Students, We want to provide an overview of your arrival process at Lima International Airport on September 31 and Cuzco Airport on October 1. This is a Yak to let you know what to expect as you move through the process of......Read More