I am so grateful to have been a part of this experience with these incredible young men and women. They worked hard, shared laughs, grew as a family, and always pushed me to be a better leader. As we finish our stay in Cusco, the students left some notes below. Thank you to everyone who put their trust in me and Jake, and who supported all of us throughout the journey. We will see you back at Gilman on Sunday afternoon!
Muchas muchas gracias
This trip helped me define my comfort zone, and has created so much appreciation for all the opportunities I take for granted at home. This is something that I will always be thankful for.
-Owen Van Dyke
This trip was vital for me because I learned about the perspectives of a different culture and I enjoyed helping them out at the school by building a classroom and sidewalks. I also was surprised at how fast I bonded with my homestay family with card games and learning about their lifestyle. Oh the places we’ll go!
This trip has changed my perspective about less fortunate communities in particular and how fortunate I am. It has showed me that just because a problem doesn’t affect me doesn’t mean I shouldn’t actively try to help.
- Daniel Griffin
This trip was important for me because I learned about how other lifestyles work. This trip also allowed me to step outside of the box and expirence some new things that blew my mind. LET’S GO!!!
This trip meant a lot to me because I created tons of new friendships and strengthened many more. I was able to learn many different things about my classmates.
The trip showed me a whole new environment with different people that had very different experiences than me. This led me to learn a lot about different cultures. Also seeing Machu Picchu for the first time was very cool and interesting.
The trip taught me to value all the things I have at home. Also it taught me that every culture is different, whether the cultures are big or small.
This trip was a break from all the stress and school work I have at home. I made so many new friends and created great memories.
My experience in Peru has taught me to be less judgmental not only about other cultures, but about those who have different views in my own community. I am also leaving behind some amazing children who helped me step into the shoes of a completely different life filled with delicious foods and wonderful people.
The people I’ve met on this trip have completely changed my perspective of other cultures and showed me how different my life is from many parts of the world. The more I’ve learned about other people’s experiences, the more I’ve realized how little I know about the world outside what I’m familiar with and how much I want to learn about it.
Over the last two weeks, I have met many new people with very different experiences that have changed my perspective. The joy of the people of Invierno and the students at the school showed me that happiness is really not based on material things.
Over the trip I’ve learned to get out of my comfort zone. I have met many new people with different experiences that have made me step out and take action.
This trip was more than a break, more than a service requirement. The transition from Baltimore to the Amazon taught me to never take anything for granted. From nightly ice cold showers to being waken up by the jungle, the two plane rides did not only put me in a new place, but brought me into a new culture. These two weeks taught me new lessons that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
This trip has taught me to appreciate little aspects of my life that I had not thought about before. Hot showers, doors, and bugless rooms are all things I took advantage of before but have grown to appreciate over the two weeks without them.
As a chaperone on the trip, I have learned so much from the students and the people of Peru. I will bring home with me a greater appreciation for others, a broadened perspective, and an enhanced understanding of true leadership.