IPSL: Peru - Environmental Justice, Indigenous Health and Human Rights

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  • Location(s): Cusco / Cuzco, Peru
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Volunteer, Intensive Language, Gap Year, Graduate Program, Research

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Financial Aid is available for eligible students. IPSL also accepts AmeriCorps Segal Education awards. Imaynallan*Cusco, Peru: The IPSL Peru Program is based in Cusco, which is one of the most important cultural and tourist destinations in the wor... read more

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I certainly gained a deeper appreciation for other cultures and understanding of cultural relativism. My Spanish improved tremendously. It was absolutely worthwhile. - Transylvania University View Entire Review
My Spanish abilities greatly improved, I now have a much better understanding of Peruvian and Latin American history and culture, I made wonderful friends, saw amazing historical and cultural sites, and grew in my understanding of service. - Seton Hall University View Entire Review
Worth it for sure. I learned a lot about how to live in a different culture and just how much culture infiltrates out everyday personalities and we don't even know it. - SUNY - College at New Paltz View Entire Review
I learned how to live in a new culture, I became much more patient after volunteering at a clinic here in Cusco, and I gained many new skills and experiences. - Drake University View Entire Review


Financial Aid is available for eligible students. IPSL also accepts AmeriCorps Segal Education awards.


Cusco, Peru: The IPSL Peru Program is based in Cusco, which is one of the most important cultural and tourist destinations in the world and is the capital of the Inca Empire. Situated at the base of the Andes (at 11,000 feet!), it is the gateway to the Sacred Valley and to Machu Picchu (one of the Seven Wonders of the World!) and IPSL students get to visit both! Peruvian culture is steeped in history and heavily influenced by the Incan Empire and Spanish colonization. History has left its mark on Cusco, from the 15th century baroque cathedrals that dot the city, to the Quechua language (the language of the Incas) still spoken by many locals today. Cusco is filled with charming cobblestone streets, stone buildings made by the Incas and exciting nightlife and cafes. In short, it is a perfect blend of the old and the new.
IPSL's participants live with a Peruvian family so they get to know Peruvian life (from the inside). Homestays offer the opportunity to make life-long friends as well as gain higher proficiency in Spanish language. IPSL matches participants to the type of household they prefer (no pets, lots of pets, young children, smoking or no-smoking environment, etc.). Most meals are included, and our host families love to share meals to make our participants feel welcome and part of the family. Participants are fully supported by the local Cusco team who love their city so much they want nothing more than to make sure you have an excellent (& safe) time!
Customize the program to suit YOUR interests, goals, and budget. Academic courses are available (for credit or no credit) and are conducted in small groups with lots of good discussion, excursions, lectures, and hands-on learning opportunities. Volunteer service will allow you to make great connections and understand the challenges Cuzqueños and other Peruvians face. 

Courses may include (all courses are taught in English):
• Spanish language (beginner, intermediate and advanced) 
• Intro to COSA (Community Organizing and Social Activism) and COSA in Peru
• Indigenous Knowledge, Health, and Human Rights in Peru 
• Environmental Justice as a Social Movement
• Advocacy Research and Independent study

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Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Gap Year
Graduate Program
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Global Studies
  • Diversity Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Social Service Professions
  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • International Relations
  • Public Health
  • History
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IPSL Scholarships

IPSL's goal is to help all students go abroad. Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) and Americorps Education awards are accepted to go towards all programs. In addition, an automatic $5500 will be applied to all Graduate students who have served with Americorps, Peace Corps and or the military.


Please call IPSL for details

Please call IPSL for details