Amazing experience in Peru Past Review

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Harvard University: Lima - DRCLAS in Peru: Spanish & Service Learning

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes definitely - improved my Spanish a lot and also got to visit Machu Picchu!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Nice workload for a summer experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Only weakness is that they did not help with planning of outside trips we wanted to do.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Lots of carbs, limited vegetables personally.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Traveled with friends a lot and loved it - there are a lot of places to visit in Peru!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Was given advice on not to travel alone at night, to call taxis etc. However with health, my friend was bitten by a stray dog on one of our required trips and she was not helped too much with the rabies shots she needed to get afterwards.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Lots of trips were relatively cheap but they added up. As well with going out expenses and restaurants.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish c - intermediate spanish
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Host family did not speak English so perfect to learn - most people on street/in community did not speak english neither which I enjoyed.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The spanish and service components - not only one thing to do.
  • Host families (minus one) were amazing
* What could be improved?
  • Help with travel within Peru
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Plan on taking lots of trips as there is a lot to see in Peru. Also be prepared to speak in spanish a lot - if you don't want to have to speak spanish a lot and feel uncomfortable at the beginning, this isn't for you.