Peru Study/Volunteering Experience 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?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

workload was very low, students were not too serious

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

program could have been a lot more organized, some of my emails were not answered

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

host family was awesome

* Food:

food was awesome but emphasis on carbs and proteins

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

went to Machu Picchu on centennial; program could have done a lot more to facilitate trips; we had to plan most ourselves

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

two girls were bitten by dogs

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? figure out exchange fees of credit/debit cards before you go. they can add up.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none, but had taken 4 yrs of Spanish in high school
Language acquisition improvement?

practiced Spanish mainly with host family, not very many Peruvians spoke English

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

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?
  • host family
  • food
* What could be improved?
  • group organization