Service learning and language immersion in Cusco, Peru
The Department of Public Administration in collaboration with the Office of International Programs (OIP) and the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) have developed an innovative short-term study abroad program to Peru that combines interdisciplinary academic study of sustainable development and ethical considerations of international service learning.
The Program is organized around an academic course (titled "Local Development in the Andes") which begins prior to leaving the United States in the late Spring and continues during a three week study abroad experience in Cusco, Peru in June. 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. Service‐learning is put into action when U.S. students work together with Peruvian community-based nonprofit organizations.
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