From standing in awe at the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu 7,972 feet above sea level, to helping out a poor community in Lima, this adventurous band of 18 Woodlynde students and chaperones enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Peru last month.
By McLain Hirschbuhl
From standing in awe at the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu 7,972 feet above sea level, to helping out a poor community in Lima, our adventurous band of 18 Woodlynde students and chaperones enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Peru last month.
The six-night trip started on Sept. 21st, and we first had the opportunity to help out in the shanty towns of Lima. We planted trees on a hillside and cleaned up trash and lumber around a schoolyard.
The shanties were poorly constructed and unfinished. Some buildings had dirt floors, with bars on the windows that had no glass.
“I can’t speak for the students, but I think that a lot of them had their eyes opened to what the world outside of Woodlynde and the U.S. can look like. A lot of comments were made about the homes,” said Spanish teacher Mrs. Clark, who was one of the chaperones.
Our group then traveled to Cusco, which is 11,152 feet above sea level. We experienced activities such as bargaining at a local market for items like jewelry and clothing. We also learned much about the city’s history and how the Spanish had conquered the locals with only 150 soldiers.
We saw many historic landmarks throughout our travels, including Machu Picchu, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
We trekked up the mountainside of Machu Picchu, seeing the ancient city in all its breathtaking glory. Machu Picchu is one of the many Incan cities that existed hundreds of years ago. However, of all the ancient Incan cities, Machu Picchu is the most intact, only losing the roofing on its buildings and suffering from some minor decay from aging. Visiting Machu Picchu was the big highlight of the trip.
Like all good things, our trip eventually came to an end.
Everyone returned to the states tired and ready to go home, but filled with many happy memories and plenty of good stories to tell their friends and family.
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.