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WKCTC Students Studied Abroad in Peru

Ten West Kentucky Community and Technical College students were part of a group of 30 individuals who recently got the chance to travel to Peru. They learned about the culture and historical aspects of the Inca civilization through the colleges Study Abroad Program.

An online course that focused on the Hispanic culture was developed to prepare students for the Peru trip. Studies began a few weeks before the trip and concluded a few weeks following the nine-day excursion with students sharing their experiences in a post-trip presentation.

Journaling is a part of the course and the students observations always reinforce to me the importance of a study abroad program, said Carolyn Perry, WKCTC associate professor of Spanish and Peru course instructor. The students clearly observe the cultural differences, but they also experience the human connection and come to a greater understanding of themselves and the world.

Amy Miles, a WKCTC student and mother of two, found the three Inca laws very timeless:

  • Ama Sua (Do not steal)
  • Ama Llulla (Do not lie)
  • Ama Quella (Do not be lazy)

This trip was wonderful and a very humbling experience. The thing I learned the most while visiting Peru is that we, as Americans, take so much for granted, Miles said. The Peruvian way of life seems that you wake up and work at everything you do, then go home to bed thankful for the things you have. Everyday when we were traveling about, you would see people tending to their homes and taking care to make things look presentable - maybe only for themselves.

Bethany Doll, a WKCTC nursing student, was impressed by the spirituality of the Inca culture. I learned that Incas were very spiritual people without the influence of the Spanish, Doll said. They believed in positioning their dead in the fetal position; they believed in making many live sacrifices, such as lambs, llamas, and on some special occasions, a child was sacrificed...wow.

WKCTC Education Professor and Peru tour director Pat Blaine is excited about the growth in the Study Abroad Program. Were in our fourth year and the program continues to thrive, Blaine said. But our goal is always to reach more WKCTC students and provide them with life-changing experiences.

The next study abroad trip will be Spain: Land of Many Cultures, in the summer of 2013. The itinerary will include stops in Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Barcelona, with an optional trip to Bilbao. The trip is open to the community. Contact Pat Blaine at 270-534-3207 or email pat.blaine@kctcs.edu for more information.