Hey there GLA Alumni!
We hope the rest of your summers were as exciting as your time in Peru and that you’re enjoying being back at school. Here are some memories to reflect on, just don’t day dream too much!
First off, there was the day we went white water rafting together. When we arrived we found one of our river guides pinned underneath a sedan and the other sitting on the side of the road with a broken leg. Mentor Scott “went to work” and used his EMT skills while everyone waited on the bus. We then had a very ‘warm’ rafting experience.
Without a doubt, one of the highlights of the trip was when we came over the mountain pass on the Soqma trek. It was literally breathtaking. There were tears shed and dropped jaws all around as we took in the astounding beauty of the snow capped Andean peaks. Oh yeah, and we took loads of jumping/floating/heel click pictures, for the win!
There was the less than pleasant day when all of Cusco was shrouded in a cloud. That was when we went to the Saqsaywaman ruins and everyone was freezing.
And Tetherball! Well, more like a “sock-filled-with-sand ball”. And even though you all were obsessed with vines, we still somehow managed to get some hemoglobin tests done. A lot of them, actually. You all took more than 200 hemoglobin tests over the three weeks, getting hands on with real patients.
Overall, we had an amazing time together. There were challenges, but we had a ton of fun too. From hiking, to rafting, from hemoglobin campaigns, to tetherball, the trip was full on. You all grew so much. You learned about different cultures, languages and foods. You took blood pressures and hemoglobin tests! In the end, you proved to us mentors that you’re going to do amazing things in this life. So, keep up the hard work, keep on learning and keep on enjoying life! You are awesome!
Scott, Adrienne, Ana, Caitlin, and all your friends in Peru