There was no language requirement for the service trip, though there were three native Spanish speakers among the BREAKAWAY members, with Weaver counting herself as proficient in the language.
“The students didn’t seem to have any reservations about just being out there,” said second chaperone Andrew Zobac ‘12, the College’s assistant director of residence life. “They were not afraid to talk to people and engage. Even if they didn’t speak a little bit of Spanish, they would find a way to communicate.”
Weaver was especially proud to see students maintain positive attitudes.
“I think the best part for me was seeing how students rose to the challenge—both the physical challenges and also the challenges of operating in a different culture and connecting across language barriers. I think it’s such a cool opportunity. They get a chance to see how different a community can look,” Weaver said.
“In my experience, traveling to a different country always allows me to understand my own culture better,” said Danielle McAuliff ’18, BREAKAWAY’s president. “On this trip I was able to learn more about my own culture as well as understand and appreciate the Peruvian culture.”