Final Day in Peru for Wheatley Travelers

Although the Wheatley travelers returned safe and sound to New York on Sunday, Jeff and Julianna provided one final update:

Yesterday was filled with nothing but emotion. I was ready to come home to the States, to my family and house, but I didn’t want to leave the amazing family I had made over the past 7 days. I am truly lucky to have gotten the opportunity to stay with my host sister, Claudia, her parents, Luis and Paula, and lalo, her little brother. When I woke up, I slept in very late. We had a great time the night before when we all got together at Thomas’s house, as a final hoorah before we all had to say goodbye.

When I woke up, my family had ordered pollo a la brasa, my favorite Peruvian dish. After a delicious lunch, Claudia and I had decided to just put on music and start dancing in her room. We both love music and dancing, that’s something we have in common. After many laughs, dance moves, and deep convos, it was time to head to the airport. When we pulled up to San Jose de Monterrico, it hit me. It was time to say goodbye…

I said goodbye to my host father and held myself together. On the bus ride is where it really hit me. We all began to hug and tears of sadness streamed down our faces. We didn’t know when we would ever see our second families again. The bus ride, which felt like the shortest of my life, came to an end. We arrived at the airport and were able to spend a good hour and a half with the San Jose de Monterrico students.

Then the moment finally came where it was time to say goodbye for good. I ran up to Claudia and gave her the biggest, emotional hug I think I’ve ever given anyone. This was it. We all broke down crying, boys and girls, and that showed how great of an experience we had the past 7 days. Having to let go and walk through the terminal was one of the hardest things, but I’m positive that I will see all their faces again.This trip has been amazing, and I am so lucky I got the opportunity to be apart of it .

What had only been a week felt like an entire month. Each day was filled with adventure and laughter. I can confidently say that these past few days have been the best I’ve ever had, and I truly feel that I’ve returned home a changed person. There is no other experience comparable to that of the Peru Exchange.
Once again, a huge “Thank You” to Ms. Principe-Franco, Mr. Rivero and Ms. Simoes for accompanying our students on this wonderful experience!

Wheatley Travelers Finishing Up their Time in Peru!

Domenique and Patrick provided the following update of one of the final full days in Peru.

We left San Jose to Paracas where we went to Ballestas Island. There we saw the Humboldt penguins, sea lions, and birds unique to the area. We also learned about the war of the Pacific.

Afterwards, we went to a really nice hotel where we played volleyball and soccer outside and swam in the pool. Next we got on the bus to go to the desert. We went on go carts and it was like a rollercoaster as we rode through the dunes. Finally we came to this one dune where we took boards down like sleds. The desert was really cool as it was just miles and miles of nothing as far as you could see. We came back to the bus really sandy and tired and then slept the entire way back to Lima.

After we came back from Paracas, Tomas had a goodbye party for all the Wheatley students and their hosts. The party began at 11:30 and everyone was there. There was music, food, and a lot of dancing. The party ended at 4 am, and throughout those 4 and a half hours, everyone was dancing, singing, talking and just enjoying their last night in Peru. The party brought everyone together and it was a good way to celebrate the end of an amazing trip.

Wheatley Travelers Spend Time with Old and New Friends!

Anusha and Zach provided this most recent update from our students’ travels in Peru!

Today we went to the head of the Peruvian government’s headquarters. Here they preformed a song with their band, as well as marched throughout the gates.

We also, had sports day at school. We started off playing sports, such as volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Eventually we gave up and started dancing all together. During this time we were able to hang out with old friends, while also making new ones in the process.

Wheatley Travelers Continue their Adventures in Peru!

Jessica, Ciara and Caroline provided this recent update regarding our student travelers in Peru:

Yesterday was the first day that we spent at the San Jose de Monterrico school. We attended classes in pairs and presented to some of the school’s English classes. We were able to speak to the students about their culture and learn how their classes worked. After school, we attended a dance lesson, where we learned several different dance moves. Our talent is questionable but we had a good time, and that’s all that matters! Some of us went to El Parque de Aguas, which is literally a park of water. There was a water show and water fountains that we could walk through. Another group went to the mall.


Wheatley Students Continue to Enjoy Time in Peru!

Emily and Dustin provided the following update on the student trip to Peru:

Yesterday, in Cuzco, we went to an Incan Museum where we saw artifacts found around the area. A highlight was seeing the mummies, which remained in the same position in which mummified centuries ago.

We then went to a local store where Señor Rivero knew when growing up. We bought LOTS! After shopping, dressing up in cool Peruvian gear with fake llamas, we went to get ready for our cultural dinner called Dama Juana back in Lima. Almost every girl was slaying the game when doing their makeup on the airplane during turbulence.

We ended the day in Lima with delicious, traditional Peruvian food. We found the dinner to be extremely entertaining, with the dancing to be both culturally informing and interesting. Watching our fellow students shaking fire out from the towels was funny, and we greatly enjoyed the whole experience.

Tuvimos mucha diversión!!!

Day 3 in Peru Includes some Romance!

Wheatley students Sam and Lainey provided the following report of Day 3 in Peru!

Today we had an amazing experience. We started off by taking the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu. We then began our hiking endeavors by hiking to the Inca temples and touring the ceremonial grounds. This was followed by a tough hike to the Incan bridge. This hike boasted amazing views as well as amazing wildlife such as llamas. After hiking down we shopped in the market an purchased traditional Peruvian products such as sweaters made from alpaca. Finally we ate some dinner and headed back home on the train. While the hiking was tiring, today was an amazing and fun day.

What is not included in this update is that there was a “Promposal” at the top of Machu Picchu, as Jeffrey asked Anusha to go to prom with him!

Thanks to the students for the update and the photos!

Wheatley Students Report on Day 2 in Peru!

Alexandra and Rahul provided us with the following update from their second full day in Peru!

Yesterday, we had quite a long day. We started our day early at 2am, where we took a two-hour flight to Cuzco. First, we went to Sacsayhuaman and hiked and walked through a pitch black cave. We also rode slides made out of natural rock! Afterwards, we walked through the mountains and saw terraced farming gardens. Next, we went to a beautiful, outdoor buffet and ate traditional, and amazing Peruvian cuisine. Afterwards, we had the chance to experience the Peruvian salt mines. We also had the chance to learn how to make cloth out of alpaca wool.

The group also provided some great photos from this second day!