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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group B

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Hamzah, Participant

We have officially reached halfway through our course and it feels surreal. The beauty of Peru has left me speachless time and time again, never ceasing to amaze myself and my peers. My eyes and ears have been receiving a non-stop influx of......Read More

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Some pics from Q’eros

Jane, Participant

For my reflection I wanted to post some of the pictures I took from Q’eros becasue I think they will do a better job explaining the experience than me. The first photo is of the two little girls who were my host sisters for two nights as I......Read More

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A Tale of Peru

Andrew, Participant

Returning from a journey to the past, we call an end to our Peruvian adventures for now and brace for Bolivia. The first half of the gap semester has concluded in understanding, growth, and new inquiries. For me, my primary interests were to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Some Messy Thoughts on Art and Mortality

Leila El-Dada, Participant

My favorite artwork is kind of stupid. I mean, okay, no-bad-art and whatnot, but there’s so many seminal works in the world–so many challenging, norm-defying, time-enduring, important paintings that are far more worthy of my reverence. Works......Read More

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Q’eros changed me

sabrina, Participant

Reflecting on our 5 day glimpse into the beautiful Naciones Q’eros, here is an idea of how Qeros has and will continue to change me: After an incredibly long 5 days, my life has been changed. As cliche as it sounds, everything about my time in......Read More

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A Q’eros Painting

Adam Marcelo, Participant

Yak of the Week

A Q’eros Painting in Stories White The crystal white mountains invited us into the land of the Q’eros people that is watched over and protected by Pachamama (mother earth). The local mountain deities or apus protected these mountains in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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Changes in Q’eros

Ruby Lamb, Participant

In Q’eros our guide, Siwar told us his story, told us how things had changed in his homeland. 40 years ago there was no spaghetti or rice to put in that night’s soup. There was not even salt. Chuño or freeze dried potatoes, and the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Mid course

Daniela, Participant

Hi all- I wrote a yak in my notebook but now it’s being used for inventory so I’m doing my best now. Starting off back to my recipe yaks, lima/fava beans (avas) is actually spelled habas. We left Urubamaba around a week ago to very......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Q´eros : Ceremonia Sacrificio

Abby Meyers, Participant

Q´eros has provided me with so many profound experiences, spontaneous challenges that left me stronger, and moments that have left me standing in awe… speechless. Today, March 22nd, I have just witnessed my first Ceremonia Sacrificio de una......Read More

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Back From Q’eros

Vincent Giannotti, Instructor

Today, after a nearly five-hour truck journey over two 15,000ft passes we have returned from Q’eros. We will spend the rest of the day showering, snacking, and reflecting in the small town of Ocongate. Tomorrow morning we head to Cusco to......Read More

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Heading to Q’eros

Vincent Giannotti, Instructor

Today we begin our trek into Nacion Q’eros. We will spend the next few days trekking and staying with local communities as we learn more about their ways of life and Andean Cosmovision. On the evening of Sunday the 24th, we will be returning......Read More

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Música

Andrew, Participant

As my days come to an end in Urubamba, I must reflect upon my excursion into the Andean musical world. Music, as a medium of communication has one natural advantage over others: it is a language that every person could comprehend since their day of......Read More

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ISP Cooking Day 9 :(

Adam Marcelo, Participant

Hello everyone… I am here with some very sad news. Today we had our final day of cooking with Andrea our wonderful instructor. Cooking as an ISP has been a very rewarding experience and I am excited to share my new skills with my friends and......Read More