Tag: Peru

Education in Peru (Jack Hayford)

While I have been in Peru, I have taught English at an elementary school. So I have experienced the education of Peru at the university level, and at the elementary school level. I would say the main difference I saw at an elementary school level is…

The Taste of Peru (Caitlin Petersen)

Food. Food is so important here.  And so is eating.  In my host family, it’s like a crime if I miss a meal.  Not that I can’t go out and eat with friends- that’s not what I mean.  As long as I’m eating, there’s no issue. …

Life as a Cusqueñan (Caitlin Petersen)

My first really definable confrontation with the cultural differences between Peru and the U.S. came in the form of a birthday party.  My host Dad’s birthday party, that is.  I live with one other student from my volunteer group, Becca, and we were both very excited…

What’s American? (Jack Hayford)

I have been in Peru for more than two and a half months now, and  I have met a number of people who are from all over the United States. Something that I have noticed spending time with some of those people, and then people from…

Speaking of Spanish (Caitlin Petersen)

I have to say, as excited as I was at the beginning of this semester to immerse myself in Spanish and really try my hardest to speak it whenever possible, it’s been very difficult to keep that promise to myself.  At first I was so happy,…

Culture Meets Religion (Jack Hayford)

It is interesting to see the way that Catholicism has merged with the local culture of Peru. Just yesterday i was walking home and i saw in front of a Catholic church a band playing  traditional Peruvian music in front of a crucifix. Also, they have a day…

Peruvian Cuisine (Jack Hayford)

The food of Peru is very unique. Before i came to Peru, I thought that the food would be pretty similar to Mexican food, but i was very wrong. They eat a lot of rice here with potatoes and bread. Chicken is very common although they…