Ellen Iida

Winter 2013




"The program with PICY helped me learn about myself, and to see myself reflected in the culture that I identify with. After completing the program, I now have more confidence in my abilities to reach out and connect with new people, new places, and different cultures. For my final project, I lived in an isolated rural village for a month, learning the Mayan language and exploring traditional agriculture, which led me to decide to stay in Yucatan for another trimester, continuing my process of cultural immersion. Right now, I am designing and conducting anthropological research about traditional uses of the land and conservation of the biodiversity. So far it has been an incredible experience, and I would not have had the confidence to do it without the program with PICY. "