Around Cusco, Peru in 10 Days Past Review

By (Environment Resource Studies, University of Waterloo) - abroad from 05/17/2015 to 05/26/2015 with

The GREEN Program: Peru - Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Travelling abroad alone is a learning experience you share with yourself. You learn who you are, who you are not, and who you want to be. Among the many things I learned about myself during this trip is that I am capable of so much more than I give myself credit for. Each day I was faced with a new challenge and overcoming all of them allowed me to discover my capabilities.

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The GREEN Program: Peru - 10-Day Summer Break: Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices Photo

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.

* 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:

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? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Although souvenirs in general are very cheap in Peru, it is easy to bargain in local markets so take advantage of those opportunities.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
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 program consisted of a small group of students which allowed for all of us to really get to know one another on a more personal level. I created friendships that will definitely last a lifetime.
  • Learning outside of the typical classroom setting was amazing.
  • It's hard to go abroad and not mention something about the food. Everyday we ate at a new restaurant and tried new food. As a vegetarian I was very satisfied with the many options available to me.
* What could be improved?
  • I wish we were given more time to work on our capstone projects.
  • The duration of the program itself seemed very short. I feel as though 14 days would be a good time period.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Avoid drinking water that has not been sanitized (that includes ice!)

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.