Instructor Intro: Lee Neale
My name is Lee and I will be one of your instructors on our South America Fall Semester, along with Erin. Our adventure is quickly approaching and I wanted to introduce myself before we all come together in Lima.
Since I was very young, I've dreamed of exploring foreign lands, speaking new languages and eating exotic foods. I've been lucky enough to combine my love of travel and adventure into a career...it's awesome. Over the past eight years, I have worked as an Outdoor Instructor, EMT, International Guide and Director of Student Life at a small boarding school.
I love wild places, and my favorite ways to see them are with a backpack, on a rope, in a kayak, or on a bike. Whenever I have free time, I'm scheming or training for my next wilderness adventure.
I am so excited to once again be among the sights and sounds of Latin America and explore all the nuances that make Peru and Ecuador unique. My first experience with Latin America was when I spent the summer after my Freshman year in college studying Spanish, and exploring central Mexico. I fell in love with the people, the music, the language, the food, and the history...pretty much everything. I went back to college, and concentrated my degree on Latin American history; discovering more about a region of immense empires, conquests, complex social stratification, bloody military coups, and a complicated connection with my home country. My experience has been that each place has a flavor of its own, with an undeniable cultural and historical thread connecting the region.
I hope you guys are ready to start a trip of a lifetime! Feel free to shoot me an email, or a message on Facebook. I'm psyched to meet all of you in Lima!