IPSL: Cusco - Study Abroad + Service Learning in Peru

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

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High in the Andes, Cusco is the ideal location for anyone interested in the geology, geography, history, cultures, languages and foods of South America. Living in the Andean highlands, you can explore the Amazon cloud forest and basin, the Pacif... read more

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May 18, 2016 A Different World
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
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


High in the Andes, Cusco is the ideal location for anyone interested in the geology, geography, history, cultures, languages
and foods of South America. Living in the Andean highlands, you can explore the Amazon cloud forest and basin, the
Pacific coast and the vibrant political and culinary capital of Lima. Cusco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and one of the most breathtaking places on earth. The city of Cusco was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO in 1983 and boasts 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.

This unique IPSL program has been developed to build an on-going commitment to the Cusco community through a variety of service-learning™ placements in partnership with local NGOs. USIL and IPSL have forged a strong partnership that builds on IPSL's 30 years of international service-learning™ experience and USIL's broad experience in volunteering, which results from School of Social Responsibility and ASU –Alianza Social Universitaria (University Social Alliance) work performed on sustainable social responsibility projects.

Excursions may include a city tour, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu. Students arrive in Lima and spend several days visiting this important Latin American capital" the "City of Kings". 
Visits to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Incan ruins,
remote villages, Lima, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon region are all possible while studying and volunteering in Cusco.

At Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL), you will study Spanish language and culture, have an opportunity to study
the indigenous language of the Incas (Quechua) and a variety of other courses such as the history and architecture of the
Incan civilization, the biodiversity of Peru, business and literature of Latin America, photography, art and design. 
Your IPSL program is both academic and service-learning oriented. IPSL's partner in Peru, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL), offers IPSL students up to 22 semester credits, some of which are taught in English (Biodiversity of Peru, Contemporary Society and Culture of Peru, History of the Inca Civilization, Inca Architecture, Photography, and Art & Design), while others are offered in Spanish (Latin American Literature). There are also Spanish language courses (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced), for which students take a placement test. The IPSL Cusco program is ideal for students with any proficiency level in Spanish. This is an
ideal program for beginning Spanish Language students as all levels of Spanish are taught.

Service opportunities focus on
promoting entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, child development and education, social services, and health
care for the physically and mentally challenged.

Possible service opportunities include:

  • Education in a Rural School

  • Rural Community Development

  • Healthcare for children with disabilities

  • Youth Development for rural, underserved and orphaned children 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Psychology
  • Literature
  • Latin American Studies
  • History
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literature
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Environmental Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Crafts, Craft Design
  • Business
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Environmental Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Architecture
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
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