Welcome to Creating Ties’ website!

Creating Ties began with my Spanish class at Princeton High School in NJ. I realized I wanted to do more than just teach my students about my homeland, Peru in a classroom setting. I wanted my students to be exposed to the rich culture, interact with and empower the people through community development projects, and experience first-hand the beauties of my country.

I started taking students to Peru in 2002 and through word of mouth the trip grew. Two years later  I decided to create an actual company to share my knowledge and travel expertise with other schools so their students would also have the opportunity to experience Peru. My daughter Meg was always at my side  and with her background in agroecology, passion for sustainability and our ever-growing connections with Peruvian grassroots organizations, Creating Ties turned into a company offering service-learning trips for students of all ages to Peru.

The name “Creating Ties” came out of the idea of creating relationships between US students  and Peruvians.  When I say “students” I really mean students of all ages…after all, we are all students of life. The name naturally came to me as I began witnessing the ties my students maintained with the Peruvians they met while on their trips. They were so moved by their experiences that two student organizations have formed at my school: Princeton Peru Partnership and Peru Project. They both raise money for various projects to help support a small, rural village called Taray where they spent a majority of their time volunteering.

Looking forward, I am excited about the growth of our organization and the creation of even more ties with academic organizations, grassroots organizations, communities and the people of Peru. We at Creating Ties hope to inspire students to become the future social entrepreneurs  while helping Peruvians in need.  We want to empower the people of Peru through our sustainable programs in the fields of alternative energy development, education, endangered species, agriculture, fair-trade, social entrepreneurship and business.

Join us as we “create ties” with the people of Peru!