Peru is Awesome Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., Harvard University) for

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, I feel like I improved my language and experienced something brand new, which was what I wanted

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.

We could have used a little more structure in the classroom

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It would have been nice to have a little more support when problems arose, but the administrators were nice and knowledgable of the country

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Food in Peru is the best in the world

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Machu Picchu was beautiful as was Cusco

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I got bit by a dog and had to get rabies shots, but managed to find a good clinic and get the help I needed

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? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be careful because it is tempting to spend a lot since everything is relatively cheap compared to the US


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

Language acquisition improvement?

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 do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't be afraid to take risks and travel to strange or not touristy places