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Perú 2018

Every spring break, Dr. Diana Rodriguez-Lozano, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures, leads a team of Mount students, faculty and alumni on a cultural/service trip to Perú.

Dr. Rodriguez-Lozano has lead the Mount’s trip to Perú since 2001. Dr. Patrice Flynn, Professor of Business, says, “Dr. Rodriguez-Lozano, known fondly on campus as Doctora, knows how to navigate the rugged and dramatic Andes Mountains with its 20,000-feet peaks, glaciated valleys, 2-mile deep canyons, Amazon forest, and ancient Incan stone cities that date back to the 15th-16th centuries. The journey becomes a pilgrimage as you reach the 8th Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu, an unforgettable site!” And Stephen Thompson, C’19 and an International Studies major, reflects, “Walking the same streets as the Incas in a town preserved to look the way it did during the reign of the empire was surreal. Seeing the pristine Sun Gate and Mach Picchu from afar, higher up on the mountain, is a truly spectacular sight!”
 
In addition to Manchu Picchu, the Mount team visits sites near and around the towns of Ollantaytambo and Cusco. While in Cusco, the Mount team takes time to serve the community there. Dr. Rodriguez-Lozano says, “We help in an orphanage of the Ursuline order of nuns in Cusco. We buy food for the nuns at a wholesale store and bring the food to them. The Hotel of San Agustin in Cusco helps us with anything we need. Besides taking care of the children in the orphanage, the nuns feed more than 150 from poor families. The children of these families go to the orphanage during their lunch after school. For some children, this meal might be the only daily meal they get.”
 
The Mount’s annual spring trip to Perú is not only an opportunity for an incredible cultural experience, but an opportunity to serve those most in need. It is certainly a life-changing experience for those who join the trip as they encounter the sites and the people of Perú.
 
The trip for 2019 is planned for March 1 to March 10. It is open to all students, faculty, alumni, staff and their families. For more information on joining the trip next spring, reach out Dr. Rodriguez-Lozano.