Earn credits for your university course while volunteering with Kaya on our Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru program in Cusco.
This Study Abroad and Service is the perfect way to accumulate credits towards your degree while being located in one of the most important historic city in South America, once capital of the Inca Empire. As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Inca royal residence of Machu Picchu, this is the perfect place to spend your summer while studying and giving back to society.
You will spend your first five weeks studying in English or Spanish (depending on your selection) while participating in some site visits as part of your class or on the weekend.
After your studies are completed, you will volunteer for an additional 2 weeks or more while immersing yourself even more in the local communities to help make a difference.
During your Study Abroad and Service, you will be living with a homestay family immersing you even more into Peruvian culture and customs.
Why choose this Study Abroad and Service?
If you are a university student wishing to earn credits abroad towards your degree, this Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru program is the perfect way to do so.
You can earn up to 8 credits during the summer while living in Peru with a homestay. You will be taking courses at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola and immerse yourself into Peruvian culture, and after your courses are complete, you will also be able to give something back to the local community through your volunteering efforts. What a great way to build up your resume!
This Study Abroad and Service is perfect for nutrition and health student given the selection of courses and the volunteering opportunities.
Which Classes Can I take?
You will take 2 courses on this Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru program. The courses (depending on what you choose) include a variety of field trips such as local sites, governmental institutions, exhibitions, local educational establishments amongst many others. This will be a great way to gain hands-on experience, practical knowledge in the classrooms as well as personalized tutorship with your professors.
The course available in the Health and Nutrition Track are listed below:
- Healing and Shamanism in the Andean and Amazonian Culture (3 credits)
- Andean Nutrition (3 credits)
You may also choose to have a Spanish Course accompanied with one of the classes listed above. A class of Spanish Language is worth 4 credits depending on your level of Spanish. You will be placed according to the results of your Spanish Placement Test (see more information under skills required).
After your courses, you will be able to stay in the community for an additional 2 weeks or more if you wish to volunteer. Some of the volunteering may include helping construct greenhouses to improve the diet of local families, or assist in delivering health workshops to the community alongside local nurses. Kaya placement advisor will work with you to identify the best volunteer opportunity depending on your skills and interests.
A full description of the classes can be found here.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To combine your academic studies with real cultural immersion in a local service initiative
To make your summer really impactful and memorable
To earn credit for your studies whilst living in the historic city of Cusco
The requirements to join the Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru program are:
- Minimum GPA: 2.5
- Academic Reference
- Personal Statement
- University Application Form
- Official Transcript
A Kaya representative will contact you upon application to get these materials.
Shall you decide to take any Spanish classes, upon arrival, you will be required to take a Spanish placement test to be evaluated and placed according to one of the four categories: Beginner, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate or Advanced.
Intermediate Spanish is needed for topical classes.
Cusco is situated in the heart of the Andes. It is a very rich city historically with a lot of heritage from the Inca Empire. Cusco today is a melting pot of cultures and a rich cosmopolitan environment.
The most impressive natural setting surrounds Cusco. It is located between the Andean mountain, close by the Amazonian rainforest, famous for its amazing variety of plant and animal species.
Details & Costs
Study and Service: $4250* for 7 weeks with homestays (meals included)
or $4820* for 7 weeks in private student housing (no meals included)
*This program’s payment is only available in U.S. dollars
- Dates: 2 start dates available in 2019
– 17th of May (deadline April 9)
– 28th of June (deadline May 27)
- Take two courses (up to 8 US credits) at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
Option to make one of the classes a Spanish Language Class
What is included
• Accommodation: Homestay with a local Peruvian family for basic price, or option to stay in student housing for an extra fee
• Meals: 3 meals daily • Airport pick-up and drop-off at Cusco International Airport
• 2 courses at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
• Course-related materials
• Welcome ceremony and orientation
• Site visits as part of the courses with hands-on fieldwork
• Internet access
• Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola University transcript
• 24 Hour support
- Transfer to service site
- Accommodation: Homestay with a local Peruvian family for basic option
- Meals: 3 meals a day if staying with a family
- 24 Hour support from on-site coordinator
What is not included
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.
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