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Tufts Civic Semester Peru

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“Tu Cabello!!!”

Chiamaka, Participant

Being in Peru thus far has certainly been an experience that I will never forget. Everyday, I venture off to work at Kuska school which is in Ollantaytambo. My experience in Peru and in Ollantaytambo has been one that I can certainly call unique and......Read More

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Añita

Waideen Wright, Participant

I will never forget my first Spanish lesson with Añita; she was my instructor in cultural lessons for the last two weeks at my Awamaki internship site. On our first day together, we solely practiced together through conversation about our families......Read More

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The Things I Carry

Abi Wool, Participant

When you’re packing for over three months in a 70 liter hiking backpack, you don’t have a lot of room for extras or sentimentalities. We carried those backpacks in the various dorms of Medford, running around the Lima airport, up cobblestones in......Read More

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Machu Picchu

Moni, Instructor

We visited this magnificent city built of huge rocks in the middle of mountains in a cloud forest. It is difficult to imagine how the Incas built and lived in this city, full of rain and seismic faults. How was life there? So many mysteries! The......Read More

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I’ve Got 99 Problems and a Problem...

Jason Curran, Participant

When I asked Julio what problems existed on the farm he answered with a simple “we don’t have problems, only opportunities”. The journey of my internship, and any internship, is to create space for future opportunities for yourself. Working......Read More

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“¡Hay No Más!

Yujie "Claire" Ji, Participant

About a month ago, we went on an excruciating but also refreshing hike to Cancha Chancha, a small town located on a chilly mountain as high as around four thousand meters. My fatigue was removed the moment I spotted a little boy sitting on a wooden......Read More

Tufts Civic Semester Peru

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Update on Peru

Cara, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Families, We are writing to give you an update related to Peru. As you may be aware, yesterday Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra carried out a controversial dissolution of Congress. In response there have been gatherings in Lima,......Read More

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Sharing is Caring

Olympia, Participant

The very first line of interaction between me and Narda, my host mother, was not exchanging names and hometowns but rather a comment on the style of my hair. Flavio, my host brother, was trodding along to my side as we walked up Sucre towards the......Read More

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Deja Peru?

Chiamaka, Participant

Deja vu is a real thing. However, is deja vu in another country realistic? You may know it as a “motor taxi” but I know it as “keke na pepe.” I never thought I would see it again until one hot afternoon on September 1st 2019 –......Read More

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Sacred Valley Feelings

Teto Morales, Instructor

When Taita Inti (The sun) rises, you know it’s time. It’s time to reflect. The Apus (tallest mountains) covered by snow, the small mountains covered by live, and the beautiful smiling people embarking themselves to their daily journeys; makes......Read More

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On Accents

Austen Money, Participant

Have you ever painted with watercolors? They’re one of my least favorite mediums to work with, because of their notoriously unforgiving nature. Their effects are beautiful. If you paint two colors side by side while both are wet, they will bleed......Read More

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18601km: A Home away from Home

Yong Quan, Participant

Yak of the Week

I stood in the freezing cold, as the grass rustled tentatively beneath my feet.  It’s 11pm, and I peered up into the night sky, expecting darkness. Instead, I was greeted by the stars, glistening in their brilliance and filling up the atmosphere.......Read More

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My first week at Tika!

Ann Yancey Bassett, Participant

This past Tuesday, we all began our first week at our individual internship placements! Olympia and Victoria have been busy at Sacred Valley Health, while Austen and Isabelle have been working alongside women who produce organic vegetables at......Read More

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They said “yes”!

Victoria, Participant

When an acquaintance of only two days invites you to their wedding, you always say yes. The question came up as Anita (a classmate) and I were busy spreading natural yellow paint over the wall of our host dad’s new adobe brick house. “Of......Read More

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Parque la Papa

Móni, Instructor

Parque la papa received us full of colors, rose petals and music. We learned about the culture through some workshops on weaving, planting, natural construction, medicinal plants, and Quechua. But moreover, we learned by visiting families during the......Read More

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An Intro into Placement Sites in Urubamba

Raquel, Instructor

Hello Friends and Family, Los saludamos del Valle Sagrado de Los Incas! Ever since landing in Cusco on the 1st of September we have been exploring the valley. First during our orientation, then in Potato Park or Parque de la Papa, and now in......Read More