Peru

Language & Cultural Exploration

A 4-Week Summer or Winter Abroad Program with Optional College Credit

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Duration
30 Days
Description

In the shadow of the Andes, make Spanish the focus of your summer or winter break through intensive instruction and a long homestay in the Sacred Valley; all while learning about contemporary Peruvian life, Incan history, and earning college credit.

Session A Dates

Jul 10 - Aug 8, 2022


Session A Availability

open

Session B Dates

Dec 27 - Jan 24, 2022


Session B Availability

closed

Group Size (4:1 Ratio)

12 Students
3 Instructors


Suggested Ages

18-22

Spring Begins In

24 Weeks

Fall Begins In

4 Weeks

Tuition

$7,950


Tuition Details

Tuition is all inclusive aside from airfare and insurance fees.

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Machu Picchu

Urubamba

Program Overview

SOUTHERN PERU IS AN INSPIRATION; ITS LAND AND PEOPLE GUIDE US AS WE LEARN THEIR HISTORY, DISCOVER CONNECTIONS BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE.


This month-long journey exposes us to the essential language and cultural skills needed to navigate Southern Peru. We approach intensive language study and cultural immersion in Peru by diving into intensive Spanish study, homestays, and discussions about critical issues facing this corner of Latin America. We learn through a variety of means, including classroom and experiential activities, day-hikes around the valley, and meals shared with our generous host families.   

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Improve your Spanish language skills through classes, community engagement, and daily conversations with your homestay family.
  • Connect with indigenous communities working to preserve and share their Andean cultural traditions.
  • Explore the breathtaking nature of the high Andes and semi-tropical cloud forest of southern Peru through day hikes and a trek.

In the…

This month-long journey exposes us to the essential language and cultural skills needed to navigate Southern Peru. We approach intensive language study and cultural immersion in Peru by diving into intensive Spanish study, homestays, and discussions about critical issues facing this corner of Latin America. We learn through a variety of means, including classroom and experiential activities, day-hikes around the valley, and meals shared with our generous host families.   

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Improve your Spanish language skills through classes, community engagement, and daily conversations with your homestay family.
  • Connect with indigenous communities working to preserve and share their Andean cultural traditions.
  • Explore the breathtaking nature of the high Andes and semi-tropical cloud forest of southern Peru through day hikes and a trek.

In the Cordillera Vilcanota, we begin our program near Ausangate mountain which is considered one of the most honored mountain apu (gods/spirits) of the Incas. Our group takes time to get to know each other, learn some basics about the culture and society which will be our home for the semester, set goals and intentions, and prepare for our approach to language learning here in Peru. In the second week of the program, we settle into an extended homestay in Urubamba, a small, but lively town, in the Sacred Valley. In our program-base, we walk to our local language school each morning and immerse ourselves in Spanish language instruction for 3–4 hours per day. In addition to our focus on language study, we connect with local organizations and experts to learn about topics such as Andean cosmology, community development issues, and efforts to preserve and share Quechua ways of life.  

For four weeks, we integrate into a vibrant community of homestay families, focus intently on language study and use, and explore a section of the awe-inspiring Andes. Our approach to learning in Peru is to offer in-depth and rigorous language study couched in a very human and connected experience. Our classroom resources and learning are shaped around the overarching themes of the program and connected to the people, places, and experiences students are exploring. The cultural context of the Sacred Valley is used to add meaning to language study, connecting in-class learning with life in Peru.

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Eligibility

Students who participate on a Dragons summer program that offers optional college credit come from all different backgrounds, schools/universities/colleges, and areas of interest. Eligible participants should be 18 years or older and be interested in taking part in an experiential and intensive language program abroad.


Costs

Tuition and Fees

Type                        Tuition/Fee
Tuition $6,360
Room & Board                   $1,590
TOTAL $7,950
Tuition and Fees Include:

  • 4 credits and other educational costs
  • All program-organized travel and excursions
  • Pre-departure preparation and in-country orientation
  • All accommodations and meals (excluding personal travel)
  • Supplementary lectures and special events

Note: Tuition and fees are based on current circumstances and are subject to change.

Personal Expenses (Estimated)

Expenses that are not accounted for in tuition and fees may include flight costs, personal local transportation, immunizations, academic books and supplies (e.g. for ISP), some meals, visa, ISOS evacuation insurance, medical insurance and expenses, personal communication, personal gear for program, souvenirs, and other personal expenses. Included below are some estimated personal expenses. Some expenses are discretionary and vary based on individual student preferences.

Personal Expense       Type
$800 Transcript Fee (School of Record Transcript)**
$250 ISOS Evacuation Insurance*
$30 Academic Books and Supplies (Varies)
$1,455 Flight Cost (Varies)
$200 Personal Expenses (Varies)

*This expense will be included on your invoice and is not optional.

**This expense will be included on your invoice if you choose to receive college credit.


Instructors and Faculty of Record

This program is staffed by both instructors and local language teachers. All share one similar quality: the desire to provide students with the most complete and exceptional educational experience possible.

Instructors are hired for their in-depth knowledge of a country’s customs and traditions. We strive to have a 4 to 1 student to instructor ratio in order to maintain an exceptional level of personal attention and mentorship. Our instructors challenge students academically and physically, draw them into an unsurpassed community of curious peers, and carefully guide participants through experiences that enliven and inform academic pursuits. One instructor is also selected to serve as a Faculty of Record. This instructor is responsible for overseeing the for-credit language courses in collaboration with local language teachers. Faculty of Record possess a rich blend of academic training, instructional experience, and field-based skills. Most of our faculty possess a PhD, or in some cases a MA combined with extensive experience – both practical and instructional. In addition, we also work with local experts such as experienced language teachers, Independent Study Project mentors, and local guest lecturers.

College Credit (Optional)

On this program in Peru, all students participate in intensive language learning. Participants can opt to receive credit for this learning. Those who choose to take the program for credit will receive 4 semester credits. In addition to work done in the classroom, this summer program is designed to provide students with the experiential opportunities to develop language competence, regional knowledge, and cultural competency.

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Dragons has partnered with Naropa University to offer courses for credit which focus on building important skills, fostering a concern for global issues, expanding self-awareness and gaining an understanding of pertinent issues in each program area. Our approach is both experiential and conventional, using local resources, expert guest lecturers, excursions, pertinent readings, multi-media, and immersion to provide an intimate, well-rounded and powerful learning experience.

Course options include:

  • Spanish Language Study Level I, II & III Language Study (SPAN 150/250/350; 4 credits) 
    • SPAN 150: Spanish I 
      (Spanish Language 150; 4 credits) This course introduces students to the Spanish language and is designed for students with no or minimal previous background in spoken or written Spanish. Students in this course focus on learning essential vocabulary, practicing pronunciation, and understanding simple grammatical structures. This knowledge prepares students to effectively communicate in Spanish on a limited range of topics related to everyday situations. Students practice listening and speaking in real-life situations and examine how culture and language interact in South America. In-class activities and course assignments aim to assist students as they develop the oral proficiency and confidence necessary to initiate simple conversations. Out-of-classroom experiences such a field trips and guided interactions with native speakers supplement formal classroom instruction and provide ample opportunities for practical engagement. In addition, language skills gained in this course support students to deepen participation in other program and academic activities such as homestays and the Independent Study Project.
    • SPAN 250: Spanish II 
      (Spanish Language 250; 4 credits) This course introduces students to more challenging linguistic Spanish language material in order to establish a solid foundation for the use of the language. Students in this course focus on building on past language exposure to improve speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students expand their oral expression abilities by increasing vocabulary, improving understanding of grammar concepts, strengthening pronunciation abilities, and focusing on listening comprehension. This course introduces new language concepts to allow students to speak about topics pertaining to their daily lives and also focuses on deepening knowledge of South American culture and customs. By the end of the semester, students are expected to be able to engage in basic daily conversations, read simple texts, and write for daily needs. In-class activities and course assignments aim to assist students as they develop the ability to appropriately use language and improve proficiency. Out-of-classroom experiences such a field trips and guided interactions with native speakers supplement formal classroom instruction and provide ample opportunities for practical engagement. In addition, language skills gained in this course support students to deepen participation in other program and academic activities such as homestays and the Independent Study Project.
    • SPAN 350: Spanish III  
      (Spanish Language 350; 4 credits) This course is designed to develop advanced skills in the Spanish language and is intended for students with extensive prior exposure to the language. This course focuses on consolidating linguistic knowledge and development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students in this course will develop advanced comprehension of and competence in using spoken Spanish in a wide-variety of experiences. Grammatical functions will be reviewed and incorporated as they relate to particular communication needs. A mix of communicative and interactive methods are used to develop advanced proficiency and materials are drawn from a variety of media sources and texts. In addition, students develop their understanding of the relationship between the Spanish language and culture. By the end of the semester, students are expected to be able to express sophisticated and nuanced ideas both orally and in writing. Out-of-classroom experiences such a field trips and guided interactions with native speakers supplement formal classroom instruction and provide ample opportunities for practical engagement. In addition, language skills gained in this course support students to deepen participation in other program and academic activities such as homestays and the Independent Study Project.

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Program Components

2/5
Religious & Spiritual Traditions

Gain insight into Andean cultural and religious worldviews, exploring spiritual connections to the earth.

4/5
Social & Environmental Justice

Explore topics around indigenous identity, eco-tourism, natural resource extraction, and cultural preservation.

3/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Engage in issues of indigenous representation, culture, and Spanish language use.

4/5
Homestay

Participate in a 14-18 day homestay in the Sacred Valley.

2/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

ISPs could include eco-tourism, traditional Andean agricultural practices, politics, Andean music, and weaving.

5/5
Language Study

Study the Spanish language intensively for 3-4 hours per day throughout the program. In addition to 60 contact hours, students are asked to use developing Spanish language skills in daily life throughout the program.

2/5
Learning Service

Learn about the work of community organizations.

5/5
Ethical Travel

Dragons participants are travelers not tourists. We respect cultural norms by staying in family-owned accommodations and taking local transportation when possible. The most profound learning moments often arise in the spaces in between, and traveling alongside locals creates space for un-orchestrated moments of engagement.

2/5
Trekking

Day-hikes or short treks exploring wilderness areas in the Andes and the Sacred Valley.