“… and I finally popped out. My arms and legs were completely
covered in scratches, I don’t know how I didn’t contract some sort of
Peruvian Poisonous Ivy. But I made it out without any dog bites. I
just got out to the road and stuck the thumb up and waited till a van
drove by.” – Bobby Wasileski
In this short interview episode, A.C.E. talks with his good friend Bobby Wasileski who, at the time, had just returned from a 4 month long Study Abroad semester in Lima, Peru.
Bobby graduated as an Energy Business and Finance major from Penn State and was able to earn a host of valuable credits while studying abroad.
He shares a cornucopia of great insider tips for anyone considering a semester abroad, as well as some crazy stories about his extra-curricular experiences outside of class. Catch these two Dirty Gringos for a quick afternoon conversation.
As always, thanks for listening, and stay wild!
A.C.E. the Theorist ?
0:00 – 2:15 Intro by A.C.
3:10 – 4:30 Learn how Bobby heard about the Study Abroad options and why he ended up choosing Peru in the first place. He found out that Penn State offered a program that was tailored specifically to his major: Energy Business and Finance.
5:15 – 5:17
“Lago Titikaka” – Bobby Wasileski
5:35 – 5:50 Bobby Describes the “Gringo Trail” and why it is so popular. He traveled as a nomad backpacker for 3.5 weeks in South Eastern Peru before beginning class in March.
5:55 – 7:05 Bobby describes his living situation while studying in Peru. He was the only American student at the entire university (ESAN University) and one of 3-4 Caucasians in his neighborhood where he lived with a native Peruvian family.
10:10 – 11:00 How much did it cost? Bobby spent $200 less for rent than he was at Penn State. It is considerably cheaper for almost all expenses. Except the tuition, which was the same as Penn State.
11:10 – 11:45 What was Bobby’s housing situation? He lived with a family in an Apartment; they had a maid who cooked lunch and did their laundry. “It was nice getting pampered in that way”
12:15 – 12:30 The classes were smaller than they are at Penn State. Usually there were no more than 15-20 students per class.
14:30 – 15:15 Bobby talks about how much freedom you get to explore as a student, and shares some possible excursion ideas outside of the city. $20 max will get you pretty much anywhere in the country by bus, and they are always running.
15:30 – 17:30 Bobby shares a story about a time he felt unsafe while on a backpacking excursion. It is really hilarious, and told well – definitely worth a listen.
Stay wild folks!