Gain insight into Andean cultural and religious worldview, Amazonian traditions and practices, and the spiritual syncretism between pre-colonial belief systems and Christianity.
Engage with issues in resource management, modernization and globalization, indigenous movements and political representation, urbanization and rural poverty, environmental conservation, and community and sustainable development.
Focus Of Inquiry
Examine land use and relationships, social and political activism, and indigenous identity and representation. The curriculum also delves into pre-Incan and Incan history and culture, the coca leaf, sustainable agriculture, and the arts.
Enjoy a five-week homestay in the Sacred Valley of Peru, with a shorter homestay outside of Cochabamba in Bolivia.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Independent Study opportunities include traditional arts in weaving, dance and music, Bolivian cooking, education, Andean spirituality, traditional agricultural practices, and a range of topics surrounding politics and ecology in Bolivia and Peru. This academic course also includes a semi-independent, two week period for students to deepen their Independent Study topic.
Study the Spanish language intensively while in an extended homestay environment. In addition to the 60 contact hours, students have additional opportunities for language immersion throughout the program.
Embrace several opportunities for community-led service engagement. Past projects have focused on sustainable agriculture, collaboration with local NGO's and community initiatives, and arts-based activities with urban youth.
Delve into home-stays with limited or no amenities, extensive walking in high altitude mountains and humid rainforests, and lengthy travel by boat, bus and truck.
Participate in multi-day trek circumnavigating the sacred Mount Ausangate in Peru and other possible day-hikes. Wilderness exploration also includes travel through rural and remote areas of both Bolivia and Peru.