Earn college credit and gain professional skills and cross-cultural experience through a group internship with a community organization or NGO focused on environmental conservation and indigenous practices in Peru.
Nearly half of all people in Peru identify as members of an indigenous community. Here, you will witness the impacts of globalization on indigenous peoples and be challenged to scrutinize the complexities of identity, transformation, and marginalization. With your homestay in urban Cuzco, you will experience different Peruvian lifestyles, perspectives, and identities. During a three-day excursion to the Peruvian Amazon, you’ll see how communities define conservation, development, environment and cultural preservation.
The Experiment strives to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in program design and delivery and the internship program is a unique opportunity to work in partnership with local communities. Therefore, the internship tasks and responsibilities are determined by the needs identified by the local communities. This may involve a lot of manual and physical labor to support the indigenous communities, such as participating in reforestation projects, tree-planting, and landscape work.
You will earn college credit and build skills to apply in college and your career with a 95–hour internship with an NGO. Work on a group project with support from an internship coordinator and advisor.
Explore the sample course syllabus to learn about teaching modules, learning outcomes, and program expectations.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn three college credits through The Experiment’s accredited partner institution, School for International Training.
The Experiment’s programs are designed to build skills that will help you succeed. In Peru, you will learn:
*Program fees may increase by$500 -$1000 to account for changesto lodging accommodations.
This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented below.
Orientation in Cuzco
During orientation, you will stay in a centrally located hotel/guesthouse.
Stay in Homestay in Cuzco, Internship with an organization and Cultural Activities
During this period, you will stay with your group in a dormitory/small hotel/guesthouse.
Wrap-up and Reflection in Cuzco
The Experiment’s group leaders go through a rigorous selection process and have extensive experience with youth education, local expertise in the country or region of their program, language abilities, knowledge in their program theme, travel logistics and management know-how, and experience with health, safety and risk management.
Education: Universidad de Salamanca
Experience in: Peru, Spain
Lauren is a voracious traveler who has spent much of her adult life abroad. After majoring in Spanish, International Studies, and World Language Education at home in Pennsylvania, Lauren got her MA in Spanish language and culture from the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. While teaching foreign language and social studies in both the US and Europe for the last 11 years, Lauren has seized every opportunity to travel. She has journeyed around most of Europe, and parts of Latin America, North Africa, and the Middle East. As an educator, Lauren is passionate about designing curriculum centered on social justice and experiential learning. As a traveler, Lauren loves to try new foods, practice new languages, and learn about the history and political climate of each place she visits. In her free time, she can be found watching historical dramas, drinking British tea, and eating all the Spanish jamón around her current home, Madrid. She has previously led groups of students to Spain and Peru.
College credit-bearing programs are led by accomplished and experienced faculty approved by the School for International Training (SIT). Faculty of record typically live in the country of study and are responsible for instructional content, classroom and field experiences, and daily program operations. They work in close consultation with SIT’s Dean of Faculty and The Experiment staff team and group leaders to craft an engaging, college-level curriculum and design field and internship experiences that match student needs and interests.
Alex is the Academic Director for SIT’s study abroad programs in Peru. A native of Cuzco, Alex received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the National University of Cuzco, his master’s in social sciences with a focus in environmental management and development from the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLASCO), and his PhD in development studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He received doctoral fellowships at the National Centre of Competence in North-South Research in Geneva and the Russell E. Train Education for Nature program with the World Wildlife Fund. He also received the Exchange Legacy Lelong grant for social anthropology research from the National Center of Scientific Research in France.
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