IPSL has designed and delivered international programs focusing on experiential learning, ethical service and engaged research for 37 years. Now the independent IPSL Institute for Global Learning is authorized to offer academic credit, issue offic...
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
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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
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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
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IPSL has designed and delivered international programs focusing on experiential learning, ethical service and engaged research for 37 years. Now the independent IPSL Institute for Global Learning is authorized to offer academic credit, issue official transcripts and confer diplomas through the Master's level. 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 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. Students have the opportunity to work on a variety of sustainable, socially responsibility projects. IPSL's commitment is to promote responsible stewardship of our planet and to building a life-long commitment to responding to the needs of others through hands-on service. The semester curriculum combines a Spanish Language & Culture course, COSA (Community Organizing and Social Activism) and a Reflections and Practicum course with courses relevant and current to issues that Peru and its people are grappling with. All courses are taught in English.
Service opportunities may include: • Promoting entrepreneurship - business sustainability for women and youth • Teaching English• Child development and education - teaching English in a rural school • Health care - working with children/young adults with disabilities at San Juan de Dios hospital • Social work and rehabilitation - working at residential home for abandoned children with Downs Syndrome • Promoting intercultural work - assisting at a short term residential facility for low income rural people relocating to the city • Working on environmental projects with Indigenous peoples Students live with a Peruvian family who provide full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days per week) and introduce you to Peruvian family life. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, reinforce language skills, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students. Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be a "Cusqueño." Living with a family also means that IPSL students' Spanish proficiency improves dramatically. Excursions MAY include some of the following: City tour of Cusco: "Cusco and the Surrounding Ruins" "Valle Sagrado"---The Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba Machu Picchu!
IPSL is a B-Corp (Social Benefit Organization) with over 83% of profits directly returned to the people, communities & NGOs they partner with abroad.