Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Just got through customs!

We are now at the gate for our Denver flight here in Houston. Many of us are sleepy from our red eye flight but we are also excited to get home and see everyone!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Chillin' in the Lima airport

Waiting at the gate currently. Can't wait to get back to the USA!

Heading home

Hello friends and family of St. Mary's Academy: Peru Program!

The students are at the Cusco airport and ready to head home. It looks like all flights are on time. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns (303)679-3419.
LATAM Chile Flight 2066
  1. Cusco · Mon, Nov 21
    Lima · Mon, Nov 21
    Scheduled departureTerminalGateScheduled arrivalTerminalGate
    7:05 PM148:35 PM--

United 855UAL855 · "United" (all flightsunited.com
  1. Houston · Tue, Nov 22
    Denver · Tue, Nov 22
    Scheduled departureTerminalGateScheduled arrivalTerminalGate
    9:00 AMC-10:35 AM-B32

Jorge Chavez Int'l ()
Houston Bush Int'ctl ()
Terminal E
United Airlines Flight 1126
  1. ON TIME
    1. Houston · Tue, Nov 22
      Denver · Tue, Nov 22
      Scheduled departureTerminalGateScheduled arrivalTerminalGate
      9:00 AMC-10:35 AM-B32
Thank you for your support and trust in this program!
All the best,
Maria Selde
Director of Programs
World Leadership School

Flight Plans

We have come to our final day here in Peru. Many of the students have expressed their dismay that two weeks have flown bye so quickly! We will be departing Ollantaytambo midday so we can catch our first flight in Cuzco. Below are our flight plans

  • Lan Airlines 2066 depart Cuzco 7:05P arrive Lima 8:35P
  • United 855 depart Lima 1:10A arrive Houston 6:40A
  • United 1126 depart Houston 9:00A arrive Denver 10:35

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Pictures from our group picnic

FINAL student blog post

Hello all! This is Lillian reporting live from Ollantaytambo Lodge. We have just finished the candle ceremony and many are crying in happy tears. We have created such a tight bond not only with each other but with our host families. This is such a bond that we feel can only stay as unique as it is within Peru, but I know that with a group that has as strong of values as us, we can keep it even after we’re all graduated from St. Mary’s Academy. Today we celebrated my birthday, although it is tomorrow, and this is when I felt the biggest bond. Some host families had never even met before, but all it took was a cake to bring them together. My host family got me a pink cake and, by tradition, Johan pushed it in my face. Many people thought this was funny, so we all started putting frosting on each other’s faces. This was such a simple moment, but I know that when I get back the first thing I’ll want to tell everyone about was that moment where all of us left all of our worries to be dealt with by the frosting on our faces. I remember everyone smiling, all at once. You really couldn’t stop smiling. I don’t even remember how long that moment lasted, but someone once said that life isn’t measured in the breaths in a moment but the moments that take your breath away. This did more than take my breath away, it took my old sense of happiness with it too. I now realize that everyone, even those who you could despise, is capable of being happy all at once. So, for a final time, I come to an end of this blog, remembering what happiness truly means and how if you have your eyes open, greatness can come to you in mysterious ways. I believe I’ve still got frosting in my hair and some packing for our adventure back to your side of the world, so this is Lillian Humber, signing off. Goodnight!

P.S. Hi class, I hope the break is going well. And to all of my teachers, I’m sorry if I raise my hand one to many times out of confusion when I get back!

P.P.S. Mom, Dad, Maple, see you in a day in a half!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Weaving CO-OP pictures

11/19 student posts

Hello to everyone! I am soo excited to see everyone, but I am also sad to be leaving in a few days. I think that today was a great day! We went to the weavers this morning. It was super cool to be able to participate in the tradition kept for many years. We got to use a spinner thing. It was really cool but I don't think any of us did it right. We also got to dye yarn, and change the colors. That was super cool. We also got to actually weave things. We all made bracelets and they all turned out super cool. We also got to go to our homestayts. We have a super cute little dog in ours. We play with her a lot. I think that we have made a really good bond with them and I am dreading saying goodbye. I miss you all and I can't wait to see you!

Hey guys!!!! Miss you all. But I don’t want to leave! This place is amazing, the food, the people and, and the beautiful landscape. But I think that it is time to come home. Today we spent like an hour and a half playing 4 square with Sebastion and his cousin so that we only had 20 min to eat our dinner. Mr. Mcveeeeeee is rushing me and so I am not going to be able to say everything that I want to say, but I love you all so much see you in a fer
Love, Claire
P.S Mom we are going to smash burger!!!!

Hello everyone. I have had a great trip so far. I have had a many ups and a few downs on this life changing trip. I have had so much fun spending time with my host family and I am sad tomorrow will be our last day with them. I want to go home but I am really sad to leave. I have already gotten gifts for all of my family and I really hope that Meriel will like what I got her. I will hopefully sleep a lot on the plane ride back and be ready for lots of hugs.

See you soon,

Hello everyone!!! This trip has been great and I can not believe that it is almost over. Today we spent the day learning how to weave and we got to make bracelets. The process was a lot harder than I thought and it took a lot of time. Tomorrow it will be hard to say goodbye to our host family but I will always remember them. I love you all and miss you so much!!


Pictures from Friday!