Wonderful people, beautiful country and amazing experiences. January 30, 2015

By (Spanish Language and Literature., Luther College) - abroad from 08/23/2014 to 12/06/2014 with

SIT Study Abroad: Peru - Indigenous Peoples and Globalization

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worth while because this program opened my eyes to the injustice of the world, and that there is a small hope that people might be able to help those who are suffering from having their land used as a petrol drilling area

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

All excellent, a very great group of people who want to see you succeed.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

To make this part of your experience as great as mine I would recommend spending time with your family outside of the times that are required (meals), because the more you try and get to know them the more they will appreciate you as a person. Peru has a strong sense of family, it is really important to them, so if you show that you want to be a part of their family they will appreciate everything that you are doing.

* Food:

Peruvians love eating potatoes and rice together, so expect to eat a lot of the two together in one sitting.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Cusco is very welcoming, but they also can tell that you are not Peruvian, which means the vendors will want to sell you everything they can. However when I was out and about with my family I really felt integrated into the local culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never had anything personally, but I did have some friends who went to the doctor, and they only looked into dehydration and diarrhea for them, even though that was not the case.

* Safety:

Really in comparison Cusco is safe so long as you listen to the rules that the administration tell you and what your families say as well.

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

Finances

* 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)

It really depends on your life style, when I was there it was 3 Peruvian Soles to an American Dollar, which was really nice, but if you were going out to eat every night with friends and going to cafe's every day after school every little amount adds up.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 30

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

We were expected to speak Spanish whenever there was a native Spanish speaker in the room, because it is rude to speak a language that they potentially do not understand.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I have taken 4 semesters of college spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Try and use it with your friends, don't be afraid to make mistakes or even say something wrong, the more you practice the better you will become, even while abroad everyone is so happy you are speaking Spanish and they really enjoy that you are making an effort to connect with them.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The staff was really awesome
  • The content of the classes were interesting
  • The people I met while abroad were just wonderful
* What could be improved?
  • the research aspect felt very rushed
  • I did not enjoy having a different instructor for class every day
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I could have brought 2 weeks of clothing instead of one weeks worth, because I wore the same 7 outfits for three months.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.