Last summer, a group of four students and Mrs. Carol Conrad went on a trip to Peru to visit the exchange students that came to Bullis last spring. This group of students included Taylor Burris ('14) and Noah Spriggs ('14). These two juniors volunteered for the trip last summer because they felt it would be a good way to get involved in the community outside of sports and clubs. They are both very enthusiastic students who jumped at the opportunity to take the trip.
“It was great to learn about all the different aspects of Peruvian culture,” said Spriggs, who takes advanced Spanish and was eager to learn about cultural differences. It can be a very strange and confusing experience for a 16-year-old high school junior to travel to a foreign country and adjust, but these juniors not only adjusted but found joy and excitement in Peru.
Burris is always willing to try new things and this trip was no different as she spent her time in Peru learning from the foreign exchange students about not only the differences but the similarities in the life of Peruvian and American teenagers.
“I don’t know if I had one favorite part. It was all a pretty new experience, so I tried to enjoy it all,” she said.
She definitely had a lot to enjoy when she went to Peru including her exclusive trip to the petting zoo where she got to see some of the most exotic species of alpacas. She was most enthusiastic when taking pictures with the cute baby alpacas.
Thanks to Bullis’ global studies program, all students have an opportunity to gain similar experiences abroad.
Images courtesy of Will Stroup