Stories from Peru

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Story by Kamilla Silina
Work and Travel Department

I recently returned from an inspiring job fair in Peru, where I met enthusiastic Work and Travel participants who will come to the U.S. in just a few months for the winter season.

It was wonderful to sit face-to-face with these young individuals and hear their stories. Before the season begins, they are just university students with dreams, goals, and hopes for the future. During their program, they will grow and learn so much.

Meet a few of our amazing winter CHI Work and Travel participants from Peru.

Marjorie Isabel Sanchez Valer 

Marjorie applied to work for Adventureland Inn in Altoona, IA. I took the time to explain the position to her, and she assured me that she is ready for it. She is studying industrial engineering. When she started talking about her field of study, I began to understand how passionate she is about it. Despite the fact that industrial engineering is challenging for a woman because it’s a male-dominated field, Marjorie is determined to succeed. She plans to further develop mineral production in her city Cusco by becoming a strong professional in her field. I wished her good luck and told her that the CHI experience and opportunities she’s about to face will prepare her for the future in many ways.

Rodrigo Fabricio Garcia Carrasco 

Rodrigo caught my attention because he loves to hike. He hiked the Incka Trail a well-established and iconic 4-day, 3-night hike, which leads visitors all the way to Machu Picchu via its exclusive Sun Gate (also called Inti Punku). Though the trail is a lot shorter than you may expect at only 40 kms (25 miles), it poses a challenge in that. A significant part of that distance travels up steep, narrow Andean mountain paths at a high altitude.

Rodrigo also plans to work for Adventureland Inn as a host/busser/food runner, when he arrives in the U.S. Importantly, the work will be a great fit for him! Rodrigo is currently studying hotel management. He believes that the experience he is about to gain will help him greatly in furthering the hotel industry in Peru. He is ready to learn and later wants to be able to apply his new knowledge at home. At the same time, Rodrigo is not afraid of difficult jobs, and he already has an idea of what it will be like working in the hospitality industry.

Danylo Renato Villanueva Acosta 

Danylo is going to work for Wintergreen as a ski food attendant. From the beginning of our conversation, he was so positive and happy. He has some work experience – helping his family business and other small jobs but what I really like about Danylo’s story is that he actively participates in volunteer campaigns. He helps collect donations, such as furniture, clothes, and more to help those in need. The best part is that he’s modest about it. He dreams of opening his own finance or HR consulting business and has a clear vision for that endeavor. He’s very ambitious. I did warn him about the cold and snow since he’s never seen it!

Fernanda Elvira Doy Cuadros 

Here’s another volunteer story! Fernanda not only helps at an organization that assists children and those in need, but she also cares for animals in shelters. There is a significant number of homeless animals in Peru, and they really need all the help they can get. Fernanda’s aspiration is to move to Spain and open her own construction business there. She is ready to give 100%. She also enjoys working out and keeping an active lifestyle. She will be working for Wisp Resort.

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