Well, it has been just over one week since landing in Peru and, as we depart tomorrow, this evening is time for reflection on an amazing experimental learning adventure.
First, our wonderful and ever insightful tour guide from Reach Out And Learn, Chad Fugate. Chad, an Idaho native, has been involved in and has led numerous humanitarian trips to villages in Peru….ours was his 38th trip! His inspirational style and devotion to servant leadership makes him a wonderful leader. He took great care of our team and helped to organize our day of service in a local village.
Our “behind the scenes” guide, Cesar, also demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities. A native Peruvian, Cesar is a business leader with an exceptional network of contacts. He not only organized our adventure in Peru, but sought out a village in need through his own humanitarian organization. He also shared stories of his entrepreneurial past. Cesar has started many small enterprises from scratch and, like our book IN FOCUS PERU explains of Peruvians, when one venture failed he quickly started another.
And of course, our professor, Dr. McClellan, who was the guest speaker of the leadership seminar we attended in Cuzco. The participants, mostly doctors and nurses wanting to better lead their hospitals, were enthralled with his presentation and were actively engaged. His gusto and, shall I say “charisma,” with the subject of leadership makes it hard not to appreciate and learn.
What an amazing trip to Peru that definitely accomplished its goal……to learn more about leadership.