Have you ever had a “Walter Mitty” moment? It’s a moment where you take a step back and gaze at something that truly takes your breath away. Something you know you will never forget. There are very few times in my life that qualify as one of these moment, but one happened very recently while in Peru. While at Machu Picchu, I could hardly believe where I was standing and I will never forget it. Never in a million years would I have guessed that I would have the opportunity to go on an adventure to Peru during college. Of course, I had always hoped to travel a lot during college, but I never knew Peru was in my future. And now that the experience has passed, it truly feels like a dream. It all went by so fast, but I am truly grateful for every second of it.
One of my favorite parts of Peru, besides Machu Picchu, was being able to spend time with the other ambassadors on the first day we there in Ica. We spent the day going sand-dunning and sand boarding, followed by a fun night of swimming, sand volleyball, and soccer. After this trip, I feel a lot closer to all of the ambassadors and I am grateful I get to work with a fun group of people. Becoming better friends with all of them and forming more memories with them in Peru was truly one of the best parts of this whole trip. Plus, alongside all of this, there was great food, fantastic museums, and incredible shopping experiences. Overall, I would definitely recommend Peru to anyone who asked. It has a vibrant culture and a deep history that many people will never experience before. It is such a unique place and I hope to go back some day.
In terms of sustainability, I feel like each of us has gained a better understanding of what sustainable business is and what steps need to be taken to form a sustainable business. Walmart has worked with farms in foreign countries like Peru, raising the standard of living through livable wages and good working conditions. Being able to tour with them and other companies like Peru LNG and the Port of Lima revealed a lot to me and how intricate supply chains must be to run efficiently. Although many people have poor views on big businesses in terms of sustainability, I believe big business has actually formed a lot of opportunity for sustainability and continues to do so around the world. Is it perfect? No. But being able to see it first hand in Peru has changed my mindset and I am glad to have gained such a signature international experience while gaining a holistic view of sustainability in business.