This program offers immersion into the language, culture, history and schools in Peru. Participants will live with Peruvian host families. The program will also include study of and immersion into Incan culture, including a visit to Cusco and Machu Picchu - key centers of Incan civilization.
While students who are enrolled in ED 470: Diversity, Equity, and Education for the Spring 2018 semester can count this program as their field experience for the course, ED 470 is not a co-requisite for participation in this program. The learning experiences will primarily be field-based and include multiple excursions to area schools in Cusco and Lima, Peru. In addition, homestays will provide students new perspectives that will help them work with students of diverse backgrounds in their future classrooms. If you are a graduate student interested in participating in this program, please reach out to the program contacts (below) to discuss details.
Program Dates for Spring Break 2018 will fall within the Valpo Spring Break period. Tentatively, they are Saturday, March 3 through Tuesday, March 13.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
While this program gives priority to Education majors, it is open to all students. Spanish fluency is not required. The families have hosted numerous students and have some English language experience. That said, knowledge of Spanish is certainly a plus.
Applications will be reviewed by the faculty leaders alongside the Office of International Programs study abroad staff after the deadline has passed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Click the “Apply Now” button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Please refer to the budget sheet above. The Program Cost is an estimate that includes airfare, all transportation in-country, housing and meals.
Airfare will be arranged by the Office of International Programs. Students are expected to travel as a group because of the shortness of the program, and the need to be together in case of any delay. Every effort is made to obtain the lowest possible airfares while working with the university travel agents. Please note that agents get fare quotes directly from the airline and group flight fares may differ significantly from individual live fares found online due to the fact that we are reserving many seats together in a group block. The lowest group fare should not be compared to an individual live fare.
Students will also be responsible for purchasing transportation to and from the airport from campus, immunizations, and passport fees not included in the program cost.
The estimate for personal spending money will vary greatly depending on individual spending habits. This would include personal items, additional personal travel, restaurant meals, shopping, and other activities. This estimate found in the budget sheet is based on average spending and students should estimate for themselves based on their spending habits.
Program Contact Information
Professor Kevin Gary
Office: MEH 114
Phone: (219) 464-6154
Professor Bob Clark
Office: Neils Science Center 106
Phone: (219) 464-5757
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert - Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Apply for a Passport!
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.