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Armando Vera

Armando Vera
Major: 
International Relations & Corporate Communication
Minor: 
Latin American Studies & French
Graduation: 
Spring 2013

Armando was the 2010 and inaugural recipient of the UGS Summer Exploration Grant. He used his grant money to travel to Peru to teach English to elementary school children.

It doesn’t even matter if you’re just another undecided college student when you enter UGS. It is important that you embrace the opportunities this program, and life, offers you to find out what you love. And once you find it, pursue it!

As a first-year School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) student, Armando Vera was the inaugural recipient of the UGS Summer Exploration Experience Grant. Vera used his grant to partially fund his travel and program fees for an International Volunteer Headquarters teaching English program in Cuzco, Peru. He spent a month teaching English to elementary school children at the Tancarpata Primary, what he described as “a troubled school nestled within one of Cuzco’s most dangerous poverty-ridden slums.” Not only was his experience rewarding and life-changing, but he was able to travel the country visiting Machu Picchu; Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Amazon jungle; and Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake on Earth.

Read more about Armando’s experience in his own words and see photos from his time in Peru.