The time has come to wrap up EdOdyssey’s study abroad month-long orientation in Lima Peru. During the past month, Sandra, Sarah, Grace, Citlalli, Jeniffer, Steve and Joe had opportunities to create friendships, familiarize themselves with how Peruvian Spanish differs from other countries in the region, and get to know Lima on their own!
The month of July is the time we celebrate what it means to be Peruvian. Our streets are embroidered with Peruvian flags above every home and building, and children and workers wear cockades, or knotted ribbons, with our national colors in remembrance of the day we declared our independence from the Spanish Crown. In preparation for Peru’s July 28th independence celebration, the restaurants bring on more staff because eating in Peru means so much more than just the food.
Whether we’re students or teachers, our knowledge of both content and beliefs gets tested when we go abroad. As we step into the unknown and travel, we begin to understand more about other cultures, but at the same time, we start to process and gain more insight into our own individual personality and values.
During study abroad, one of the places where you will spend a considerable amount of time is at your homestay’s home. In order for your experience to be as amazing as possible, it is also important that your homestay experience is an amazing one too. Living abroad can be difficult at first, but making a positive connection to your homestay can impact your experience for the better.
The history of Cusco has transcended time and still lives and breathes through its people, places and animals. Centuries ago, The Incan Empire was spread throughout South America as one of the world's largest tribes, and Cusco held the status as the capital of the Incas. Before the Spanish came in the 16th century, the empire covered Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and northern parts of both Chile and Argentina.
Has your high school hosted exchanges with other schools, or do you think that your high school would be interested in hosting students from another school for the first time? In either case, EdOdyssey works with schools from around the world to facilitate short-term immersion programs that tend to last between 7-10 days.