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Latest 2018 Peru ECS Posts

March 18, 2018

Peru ECS | Amaru Homestays

As we woke up to the sounds of car horns outside our Cusco hotel window, we began the final steps of packing up our belongings. We excitedly boarded the bus to head to our next destination: Amaru. After piling our backpacks and several 20-liter boxes of water into a van, we began our windy travel through the steep mountains. Our first stop of the day was a scenic overlook at the meeting place of the Urubamba and Pisac Valleys. We were about halfway into our hour-long drive to a school outside...
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March 14, 2018

Peru ECS | Agua Significa Vida

“Agua significa vida,” said Carlos, one of our tour guides, as the rain stopped and the clouds cleared yesterday morning. We loaded onto our bus and drove to Saqsaywaman, an Incan ruin site overlooking the beautiful, historic city of Cusco. I have come to appreciate the ruins more and more as I consider the severe damage done during the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. I’ve pondered what my own country is or isn’t doing to conserve the ancient sites we have. After exploring various...
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March 13, 2018

Peru ECS | Hike to Huayna Picchu; the El Dorado of the ECS

  Part One: Hike to Huayna Picchu  - Alec Y. ‘18 In only three days of our Peru trip, we have already experienced so much. Today, after spending the night before traveling to Aguas Calientes, we began our day by taking a bus to the famous Machu Picchu. The bus ride gave us a glimpse of the amazing view we were about to see at Machu Picchu-but the ruins were not the only attraction. At around seven in the morning, we began to hike Huayna Picchu -an amazing mountain that allows...
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March 10, 2018

Peru ECS | Adventures in Lima

!Hola desde Peru! We all have arrived safely and are overjoyed to learn about our new surroundings. Last night we fell soundly asleep after our flights in a hotel in Lima. We have positive attitudes and are ready to grasp as much knowledge as possible about Peru! Today we went on a tour around Lima. Out first destination was “El parque de amor.” Here we had the opportunity to take beautiful photographs of the sea and steep cliffs. The statue of two kissing lovers is located in the middle of...
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March 07, 2018

Peru ECS | Great Expectations

We are three days into the Experience Centered Seminar (ECS), and we have covered great topics already. After the last two days of correcting our misconceptions of pre-Inca civilizations and going over basic Spanish phrases, we moved to more in-depth discussions of the fate of the Inca empire and preparations for our presentations to the students in Amaru, the village at 12,500 feet where will do our homestay.We started the day with a discussion of the pros and cons of globalization,...
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March 05, 2018

Peru ECS | John-Alex Mason ECS Scholarship Recipient 2018

Emma Walker, a senior at The Colorado Springs School (CSS) will participate in the Peru ECS as the 2018 recipient of the John-Alex Mason Experience Centered Seminar (ECS) Scholarship. As a CSS alumnus of the Class of 1994, John-Alex Mason had been active in the life of the school and even planned and led a Blues ECS alongside faculty. As a student, John-Alex’s passions were explored and nurtured at CSS. His family credits CSS for offering transformative educational experiences such as ECSs...
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February 15, 2018

Peru | Course Description

Peru Essential Questions:1. What is the history of the indigenous Andean people, and how have their lives, culture andeconomy been influenced—first by the Spanish conquest and more recently, by globalization andtourism?2. What are the current educational opportunities available for children and young adults in Peru andhow does their educational system compare to ours?3. What does it mean to be a “global scholar” vs. a “tourist”? This ECS travels to Peru to seek cultural and...
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Cuzco Cathedral March 14, 2018

Peru ECS | Agua Significa Vida

“Agua significa vida,” said Carlos, one of our tour guides, as the rain stopped and the clouds cleared yesterday morning. We loaded onto our bus and drove to Saqsaywaman, an Incan ruin site overlooking the beautiful, historic city of Cusco. I have come to appreciate the ruins more and more as I...
» read more
Welcomed by alpacas and exploring the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu March 13, 2018

Peru ECS | Hike to Huayna Picchu; the El Dorado of the ECS

  Part One: Hike to Huayna Picchu  - Alec Y. ‘18 In only three days of our Peru trip, we have already experienced so much. Today, after spending the night before traveling to Aguas Calientes, we began our day by taking a bus to the famous Machu Picchu. The bus ride gave us a...
» read more
Students at the Plaza de Armas March 10, 2018

Peru ECS | Adventures in Lima

!Hola desde Peru! We all have arrived safely and are overjoyed to learn about our new surroundings. Last night we fell soundly asleep after our flights in a hotel in Lima. We have positive attitudes and are ready to grasp as much knowledge as possible about Peru! Today we went on a tour around...
» read more
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