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Peru: An ‘experience of a lifetime’ in ‘absolutely a sacred place’

Peru: An ‘experience of a lifetime’ in ‘absolutely a sacred place’

A WMA-Led trip to Peru in March promised the following:

“This journey across Peru challenges students and educators to move beyond their comfort zone, to think more critically about the world and themselves, and to become engaged and responsible global citizens.”

And then some.

Here is a handful of reflections from WMA students and faculty members on the trip:

“ When I looked at Machu Picchu from the sun gate, Machu Picchu seemed very small, but nature didn’t get smaller. After I saw the different views, I felt the strength of nature and God, and human limitations that creatures can’t be as big as nature. I realized our life is made by nature, changed by nature and improved by nature.”

-  Saki Doi ’20

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“I got to see the world in a different dimension. I had a lot of fun mountain biking through the mountains in Cusco, and learning about the rich history of Peru."

-  Jack Robinson  ’19

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“A ‘can-do’ and ‘what’s next’ approach throughout our travels enabled the group to connect with Peru in unique and meaningful ways. From the delicious foods, to the ruins of Lima and Machu Picchu, to our time at a school in Lima, to the mountain bike excursion and our visit with an indigenous mountain community, each aspect of our trip left us far more informed about this beautiful country, its rich and interesting history, and its wonderful peoples and culture.’’

-  Trip chaperone John Boozang, Director of College Counseling

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“It was an experience of a lifetime, something I will never forget. Machu Picchu was the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen, and it was all a great learning experience.’’

-  John Packard ‘19

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“The most interesting and rewarding aspect of our Peru experience was seeing our WMA students fully immerse in the country’s inviting culture and rich history. For most, this was their first trip abroad, and I’m sure this came with no small amount of unknowns and even trepidation leading up to takeoff. It was not lost on our Titans that this is what many of their WMA friends from abroad experience as they journey to Wilbraham for the first time.’’

-  Trip chaperone John Boozang, Director of College Counseling