Service Learning & Language Immersion in Peru: Academics

The course provides an opportunity for students of diverse backgrounds and interests to learn about the dynamics of sustainable development with a focus on the Andean Region in Latin America. It situates local sustainable-development practice within its interconnection between environmental issues, economic viability, social equity as well as cultural identity. The course is designed to help students develop knowledge and skills that enable them to reflect on local development and their own roles in international service. The course, titled Local Development in the Andes, will be taught by Professor Susan Appe. This course will begin prior to the trip to Peru. Students can take the course as credit for: PAFF 564 (graduate students only) or CCPA 464; LACAS 496 or LACAS 597 (graduate students only); or PLSC 397.This coursework fulfills a "G" Global Interdependencies General Education requirement. 


The 6 credit academic course component of the program will be a summer class, for which you are registered in the summer term; however your coursework will begin towards the end of the spring semester to allow for sufficient preparation before the trip. The class will meet in person three times on the dates listed below (for a total of 15 contact hours).

Students will be required to complete readings and individual assignments (estimated at 15-20 hours of work)

Tentative Class Meeting Dates:
April 26, 2014, 9am-2pm
May 3rd, 2014, 9am-2pm
May 10th, 2014, 9am-2pm

On-Site in Peru
The program trip to Peru is expected to take place during the month of June. Exact dates and flight itinerary will be determined in April.The four weeks in Peru will include intensive language instruction and service learning projects at various sites of non profit organizations.

Students will be required to participate in online debriefing and reflection exercises and prepare a final paper linking the readings and course concepts to the experience in Peru.

Spanish language classes that student participants will take in Peru are provided to make the students more comfortable and able to adapt to their environment and provide the skills needed for the service projects. However, students will NOT receive any academic credits for these brief language immersion classes.
Language courses will take place at Máximo Nivel, an accredited language school in Cusco. Students will take a brief placement test and will be placed in a language course that is appropriate for them. All course levels are available, from beginner to advanced. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required.

Last Updated: 8/21/14