Why I Teach In Peru
Culture and history are a huge a part of why I chose to come teach in Peru. I wanted to learn more about the Inca Empire and the way it had helped shape Peru in to the country it is today. I knew it had been one of many oldest civilizations on the planet and I thought it might be fascinating to find out about these ancient people, customs, cultures, and the rest I could learn.
Proof human presence in what is now Peru dates back to 9,000 years BCE! Inside the 15th century, the Incas emerged into what had become the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. The Incas used many different methods, including conquest to peaceful assimilation, to incorporate a big part of western South usa (what is now Peru). The name Inca actually means “four parts together” and refers to the 4 divisions with the empire. Inside the 1500s, Spanish conquistadors reached Inca territory and realized the land was wealthy with prospects of great treasure and wished to claim the region his or her own. The Spanish being technologically superior to the Incas eventually resulted in fall with the Empire. Additionally the truth that smallpox was rapidly spreading on the list of population, plus they counseled me but destroyed.
The Inca history is widely celebrated in Peru, and I’ve learned a lot about the ancient culture. It’s been great to determine their ancient architecture, such as Machu Picchu. It’s been important to discover how a Incas used physical measurements depending on human body parts and how their calendars were tied to astronomy. The Larco Archaelogical Museum and National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History in Lima possess a lot of items of Inca ceramics, textiles, and precious metal work which taught me to be seem like I used to be heading back in time and studying the ancient culture shaped the united states now.
Beyond history, I can’t disregard the undeniable fact that I’ve reached go through the Andes Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and also the Amazon Basin - that’s plenty of variety in a country! It’s also a melting pot of ethnicities, including Amerindians, Europeans, Africans, and Asians, and while the main language is Spanish, there are many native languages that I’ve had the opportunity to grab slightly. This mixture of ethnicities has led to a variety of cultural traditions so there’s a lot of diversity in art, food, literature, and music, so that’s been awesome to have.
I would suggest reading through to the Inca Empire before you come to Peru allowing you to have a good understanding and appreciation of just how old the artifacts and history are. It’s really cool to be able to basically go back in time and see the way the country was shaped by these ancient people. I would also be sure to see the Andes and Manu National Park to actually get a feel for how diverse Peru is.