Barbara Peck

Barbara Peck is passionate about service, education equality, learning languages, and cultural immersion. She enjoys traveling, exercising, trying new foods, and meeting new people. During high school, she was a member of the Lower Merion buildOn chapter. With buildOn, Barbara did service around her community, including tutoring children and feeding the homeless in Philadelphia. As well as helping members of the community, she worked to break down poverty and illiteracy by providing education in the third world. Barbara travelled with buildOn to Malawi and Haiti in high school to start the construction of primary schools. Her goals for the year are to create a long-lasting impact in her host community, develop a stronger sense of direction, meet some awesome people, and become fluent in Spanish. Barbara's favorite quote is, "Once in a while it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to". - Alan Keightley


Capstone Videos

Here is a video I made with some moments from my time in Ecuador. I want to emphasize that these are only highlights from my time and do not represent the entire story of my gap year or the country itself. My gap year was…

13 May, 2019

My Independent Travels

From December 15th until the end of February, the fellows have the opportunity to create their own travel plans to explore more parts of Ecuador. This is such an amazing experience because we get to leave our homes and see places that interest us independently….

22 February, 2019

A Day in the Life, Sort of…

As I write this blog, I have been away from home over three months, 110 days to be exact. It has been 110 days since I’ve been in my house, felt the comfort of my own bed, or enjoyed the company of my family and…

20 December, 2018

Here to Live, not to Stay

I was warned about “Ecua-Time”. I was told that life followed a slower pace here and that people were always late. I was told that there would be a lot of down time, a lot of hours dedicated to just me and my thoughts. My…

17 October, 2018

Getting to Know Giron and Mi Familia

The first thing I saw when I walked into my new home: Have you ever had a teacher explain the same thing in three different ways but you still didn’t understand, and so you just end up smiling and nodding? That pretty much sums up…

15 September, 2018

Un Poco Loco

  Here is a picture of me (and my friend Talia) on my high school graduation night, just over two months ago:   But let’s rewind a bit to before my last year of high school came to an end. . .   The most…

18 August, 2018

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