Peru: A culture shock Past Review

By (Anthropology, Brandeis University) - abroad from 02/21/2016 to 06/04/2016 with

SIT Study Abroad: Peru - Indigenous Peoples and Globalization

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live in a different country and communicate in a language and culture that I was not originally comfortable with. It was definitely worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The classes were all lecture style. There were not many discussion based classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Guard your valuable belongings while using public transportation. A couple of students on the program had their phones stolen.

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

While I really enjoyed living in Peru and traveling around the country, i feel that the program didn't really facilitate integration with the local people. The classes were all long lectures and were very repetitive. I would have loved more discussion based classes and some classes with local Peruvian students.


* 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? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I spent a lot of money on food and souvenirs but it is very easy to spend less if you eat all meals with your host family.


* 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

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 5
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Speak with your host family a lot.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The trip to Lima.
  • The trip to Puno/ Arequipa.
  • The central location in Cusco.
* What could be improved?
  • The classes.
  • The jungle excursion.
  • The curfew
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I didn't realize how hard it would be to integrate into life with a host family.