Impressions of Peru from Team Cuy

On June 12, 2013, in 2013, by Leslie Hanson

Though the lack of instant internet access or infinite warm water was repeated many times before the trip, I did not expect to lose one of the most simple, pervasive household items out there: a mirror. Its reflective surface may magnify my zits, but it also provides a threshold into introspection. Ultimately, it provides a sense of identity. On this trip, I expected to immerse into a culture; I would make use of the Spanish that I have studied for three years, I would make new friends with the hopefully warm, inviting Peruvians, and I would even do the unthinkable by trying new foods (if you know me, you would understand). Yet even with these preconceptions of the immersion trip, I could have never grasped the profound impact this trip would have on me. Only a week has passed and I have assisted with the building of a communal building that resides in one of the most impoverished areas of Peru. For the children of Peru whether the orphans or the schoolchildren, I have given them my open ears and active feet that are always ready to play futbol at any moment. To sum it up, the Broncos, faculty and students, have given an enormous amount of time and effort to this foreign country, but these people have given so much more in return. Their willingness to cook three meals a day for us, their warm and charming smiles, and most impacting of all, their reiteration of “muchas gracias” after long days of work has been permanently burned into my busy brain. Most simply of all, they have accepted us “gringos” or outsiders into their homes. Although this trip is not even half way over, I will always remember it. Truthfully, putting all that I have learned or the experiences that have transpired into words from this trip seems daunting and impossible, for this place is always buzzing with activity. However, I can tell you that this immersion trip is now a part of myself, my identity. I am sure that waves of nostalgia will crash over me when this trip ends, but I know that when I am at home and look at myself in the mirror, there will be a different man staring back at me. – Brett Taylor

While being in Peru I have learned so much. Back in the States I was one of the pickiest eaters ever.  I was very stubborn when it came to eating and trying new things. However, before I left I promised myself I would eat whatever was served to me and that was one of the best decisions I   made. The food here is delicious. I reached my goal by coming out of my comfort zone and sampling every dish put in front of me. Coming here has shown me that God has given me such a wonderful life with such great parents and awesome friends. Everyone always talks about poverty and says how bad it is, but not very many people actually experience it .  Here in Peru we have been with people who are truly struggling to survive or make ends meet.  Now that I know what God has given me I will try not to take things for granted.  Also, it is clear to me that now I have been called to help the people in need however I can.  -Andrew Hobley

When we first arrived in Peru, we did not know what the food would be like.  We were told many different things about the food in Peru, but couldn’t understand until we experienced it ourselves.  When we came downstairs the first morning for our first breakfast in Peru, all we saw was bread rolls on the table.  We were disappointed, but about halfway through the meal a newfound friend, Maria, came through the door with various Peruvian fruits and yogurts from the local market.  We were no longer disappointed.  We were overwhelmed by the abundance of new foods that presented themselves to us.  For the next few days, we experienced and tasted the many foods that Peru had to offer.  We ate most of our meals (disregarding breakfast) at the household of a friend named Karina.  The food she served us exemplified the fine cuisine that many Peruvians have to offer.  We are now staying in a household much like that of Karina’s, and the food is very similar.  Vegetables, potatoes, chicken, and rice are incorporated into almost every meal.  There is also an abundance of various drinks not available in the United States, including one of our newfound favorites, Inca Cola.  It is a yellow soda that has a similar taste to that of bubblegum.  We quickly learned that a tea called Maté is very common in Peruvian homes as a drink.  We have only experienced a small portion of the cornucopia of food that Peru has to offer.                               – Brendan and Keegan


I am a shy person. I do not talk much, or spend time with other people much, but this trip has forced me to change that aspect of my life. Before this trip it seemed that I would go to school and then come home. I have not been able to get together with friends because the few friends that I have at school all live far away from me. So I spend most of my time alone. I was nervous to go on a trip with a bunch of other boys who, for the most part, I did not know. But from the beginning I knew I wouldn’t be completely alone because I had a friend, who is also in my carpool, on the trip with me. It helped that Sr. Cordova is a teacher  I have known for years and is someone who has always looked out for me. At the start of the trip I would only hang out with my carpool buddy, but when the other boys took notice, they decided to “break me out of my shell”. They would engage me in their conversations and jokes. They would sit with me when eating or just waiting. They showed me that they cared. I have definitely become more social on this trip thanks to the other boys. They would have me try new things, like the Peruvian foods. Some Peruvian kids helped teach me how to use a top they call a trompo. The people here in Peru have helped me grow socially as a person. They challenge me to use my Spanish speaking skills to talk to them and to hear their stories. I have not only noticed myself starting conversations with the other Brophy students, but also with the local Peruvians. I am really happy that this trip has broken me of my shyness and allowed me to connect with other people in the world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    –Dakota


2 Responses to Impressions of Peru from Team Cuy

  1. Renforth Family says:

    Another wonderful posting! You have all been given such a wonderful gift with this trip! We are so enjoying your insights! Keep up the great work and take care of each other.

  2. Marta Moreno says:

    Everyday I wake up looking so forward to hearing every individual experience. They are beautiful stories and I can’t wait to read more!

    Lots of Blessing s and Aloha!

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