What is the Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru all about?
Looking to fill up your summer with exceptional adventures while getting ahead in your studies?
Participate in our Summer Study Abroad and Service. It will allow you to earn up to 8 credits towards your university degree, give back to the local community by volunteering with Kaya for two weeks after your classes and live a journey of a lifetime discovering the beautiful hidden treasures of Cusco, Peru!
This Study Abroad and Service is the perfect way to avoid wasting the summer away by accumulating credits towards your degree while traveling and exploring the historic town of Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire. Located close to the Machu Picchu, your weekend promises to be filled with adventures as you will be able to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After you complete your five weeks of classes, you will be able to volunteer within the community. You will be helping to make a difference to some less fortunate families while immersing yourself completely in Peruvian lifestyle.
Located close to the Machu Picchu, your weekend promises to be filled with adventures as you will be able to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After you complete your five weeks of classes, you will be able to volunteer within the community. You will be helping to make a difference to some less fortunate families while immersing yourself completely in Peruvian lifestyle.
Throughout the summer, you will have the option to stay with a homestay family or in student housing (extra fee applies) or a combination of both.
Why choose this Study Abroad and Service programme?
If you want to earn additional credits but the idea of staying on your campus back home for the entire summer is daunting, Kaya’s Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru program is for you!
You can earn up to 8 credits during the summer while either living with a homestay or on campus. Your classes will be held in the heart of Cusco at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. You will have the change to immerse yourself into the local Peruvian culture for 7 weeks long. First, you will be interacting with local professors, local students and a local family if you choose to stay in a homestay. Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola attracts students from all over the world, so you won’t be alone! And after your courses are complete, you will also be able to give something back to the local community through your volunteering. Some of the volunteering might involve building greenhouses, or help cooking for a childcare centre, or assist in the delivering of educational workshops to educate the local community about a particular topic (nutrition, gender equality, microfinance), etc. This is a great and innovative way to build up your resume! Kaya placement advisor will work with you to identify the best volunteer opportunity depending on your skills and interests.
Which Classes Can I take?
You can take up to 2 courses during the Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru program. The courses are available either in English or Spanish (depending on your level) and are very interactive as they include a variety of field trips with the goal to give a hands-on approach. You will be asked to take a Spanish Placement test upon arrival to evaluate your level of proficiency. Not to worry, classes are also available in English if you’re concerned your Spanish level is not going to “cut it”.
We have customized 4 different tracks for you including Health and Nutrition, Social / Art / Culture, Business / Communication, and Conservation. But you can also mix and match, depending on your degree requirements and interests. We can also arrange for students that want to dedicate their 5 weeks doing research. Please speak to your advisor for more information.
A full list of available courses is available 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.
Where will I study and volunteer in Peru?
Cusco is situated in the heart of the Andes at an altitude of 34 m.a.s.l (11,300 f.a.s.l.). Historically, the city is rich in heritage from the Inca Empire. The town’s architecture mixes Inca empire and Spanish colonialism, giving the city special attention from the tourists visiting every year to see Machu Picchu, located in the jungle. Machu Picchu is indeed located in the high jungle valley four hours from Cusco by train and bus. The monument is one of the most emblematic places on the continent of Latin America and is classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Cusco’s surrounding is impressive, as it is located between the Andean mountain ridges, only a few kilometers from the Amazonian rainforest, giving it a rich biodiversity.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 7+ weeks
- Cost: Study and Service: $4350* for 7 weeks with homestays (meals included)
*This program’s payment is only available in U.S. dollars
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Cusco, peru
- Working hours: 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
- Project availability: Dates: 2 start dates available in 2020 – 18th of May (deadline early April) – 30th of June (deadline end of May)
- Arrival day: Specific Date. Please speak to your Kaya advisor
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
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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