Heidi Purdy, a Central Lakes College graduate, will present “Peru: The Inca Trail” at noon Thursday, Feb. 7, in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus. Her free, 50-minute program is part of the Cultural Thursday series that is free and open to the public.
Purdy’s illustrated talk will review a recent independent study trip Oct. 22-Nov. 6, 2012 sponsored by Augsburg College.
“Heidi has the Latin American Studies Certificate from CLC,” said Jan Kurtz, Spanish and Latin American Studies instructor and program coordinator. “She traveled to Mexico with us in 2010 and now will share her further studies.”
Purdy describes her time in Peru as “immersion into the culture, food, and history of a variety of regions.” She said she speaks “broken” Spanish, enough to talk with people in bus stations, airports and restaurants.
In the larger cities, many knew English, which Purdy said was helpful. “But in the rural areas it was Quechua and some Spanish,” she said, “although there was a guide to help us out if needed ... except in the family stays. There we were on our own.”
Having obtained her Associate in Arts degree from CLC in 2010, Purdy plans to obtain her practical nursing licensure through studies at the college in Brainerd and pursue a registered nursing degree. She intends to put her bilingual abilities to use as a nurse in Latin America.