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Tufts Civic Semester Peru

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Chao chao! – Students through Security in...

Teto, Mónica y Raquel, Instructor

NOTE TO FRIENDS AND FAMILIES: All students are now through security at the Cusco airport. As we leave the Sacred Valley, we notice the valley floor is greener, the rainy season is here. On September 1st when we met Claire, Isabelle, Yong Quan,......Read More

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A Love Letter to Perú

Abi Wool, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear Perú, I’m sitting here trying to figure out what I could possibly say that could express what you’ve meant to me over the past three months and I’m drawing a blank. If you’d told me a year ago that I’d be here in this situation, I......Read More

Tufts Civic Semester Peru

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Notes about return travel 

Cara, Dragons Admin

Dear Family and Friends,  It’s hard to believe that almost 14 weeks have passed since the Civic Semester students embarked on their journey to Peru! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are......Read More

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Leaving for home!

Hector 'Teto' Morales, Participant

Leaving home is always a hard process. Finding a new place is even harder. For me, home is the definition of family, the place in which you can find yourself. Since we got here, Peru have received us with arms wide open. The Sacred Valley has been......Read More

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Marilu, el mundo y la naturaleza

Isabelle, Participant

The rain was falling hard outside in messy drops while Marilu took her cutting board off the shelf and a knife from the drawer, setting up onions to be chopped.  While she laid out her materials, I did the same, but with a notebook and an audio......Read More

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La Amazonía

Raquel, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Back home in Urubamba it is a drizzly Friday morning and I sit with my mate to contemplate our recent adventure to the Amazon. I never thought I would be able to go to the Amazon again after my journey to the Ecuadorian Amazon when I studied during......Read More

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Pictures from the Amazon Excursion

Monica , Instructor

A unique abundance of species and biodiversity welcomed us during our visit to Las Piedras Amazon Center this past weekend. It was an unforgettable educational adventure surrounded by nature. Attached are some photos from our excursion!...Read More

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Back from the Amazon

Teto , Instructor

Hola familias y amigos! We are in our way back to Urubamba, full of energy and new refreshing vibes. The Amazon region received us with pure air, new delicious food, and beautiful people in Las Piedras Amazon Centre. We spent 5 days learning,......Read More

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Amazon bound

Raquel, Instructor

Hello Friends and Family! We want to let you know that we will be traveling for the next few days. We will be leaving Cusco on Friday night, the 8th of November and returning on Wednesday morning the 13th of November. During our time in the jungle......Read More

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Pachamanca with a lovely community

Raquel, Instructor

On Wednesday afternoon we had a lovely time taking part in a Pachamanca, a traditional way of cooking meat and veggies in the earth with hot stones. The stones are heated by a fire for a couple of hours and then we dropped in potatoes, sweet......Read More

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Farms & Stuff

Yong Quan Tan, Participant

Coming from a country where 90% of its food is imported and the agriculture industry is almost non-existent (although there’s a growing movement now!), working in a farm always seemed like the most far-off thing I could do growing up. The hard......Read More

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Getting Lost

Austen Money, Participant

Yak of the Week

To put it mildly, I’m not the best with directions. One of my biggest worries about spending three months in Urubamba was spending three months without the assistance of Google Maps, which has always been my guiding light, whether I’m driving......Read More

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Finding familiarity and embracing discomfort

Grace Chen, Participant

Recently, Peru is entering into the hot, rainy season. As much as I love the feeling of smelling fresh clothes dried under Peruvian sun and sensing sunshine gently falling on my shoulder, I am nevertheless enchanted by the sounds of rain fiercely......Read More

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Feliz Cumple Olympia!

Raquel, Instructor

We know how hard it is to celebrate a special day far away from those you call your family and your loved ones. Fortunately, Chia, Yong Quan, Abi, AY, Isabelle, Jason, Austin, Claire, Waideen, Olympia, Grace, and Victoria are a very tight knit......Read More

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Perfecty Peruvian Things: A letter for...

Victoria Rose, Participant

I’ve recently found myself thinking about “home home” more frequently than before. I imagine myself on the Dane County Regional Airport’s escalator and a few seconds later running  to hug my family. By that point, I won’t have seen them......Read More