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IEX J-Term 2018 Community Building and Cultural Dialogue in Peru
Chimbote, Peru; Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru; Machu Picchu, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January Interim
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Learn about the impact of poverty on Peru and how community education can alleviate some of these conditions!

Overview. Community Building and Cultural Dialog in Peru is a community-based learning experience based in Chimbote, Peru. Students will help teach a two-week English course through an NGO that works with the community. Additionally, they will be fully immersed in Peruvian culture through daily interaction with the Chimbote community, homestays, service activities in the neighborhood, and excursions to relevant sites in Peru, such as Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. Preparatory readings and presentations will provide the historical and cultural frame for understanding the challenges that the Chimbote community faces and for engaging in a productive cultural dialog with Peruvian people, both through language teaching as well as outside the classrooms.
  • Immerse yourself in a community-based learning program 
  • Teach English as a Second Language and work with a local NGO
  • Stay with a host family in a coastal community
  • Take excursions to Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu
  • Led by Assistant Professor in Modern Languages, Literature, and Cultures; Spanish; Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; and LALACS; Darío Sánchez. 
This J-Term course will include tours, exhibits, and study at:
Chimbote area:
  • Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro parish
  • Vivero Forestal nature park
  • Nearby town of Trujillo
  • Vesique beach
  • Qurikancha Incan temple
  • Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption
  • Machu Picchu
  • Aguas Calientes community
  • Saqsaywaman, Q'inqu, and Pukamuqu Incan ruins
  • Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martín
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist
  • Monastery of San Francisco
  • Larco Herrera museum
  • Archeological sites
Academic Calendar.
Approximate dates for 2018 are as follows:
  • Two to three pre-departure meetings: TBA during fall semester 2017 (students who will be away this semester should contact Darío Sánchez)   
  • On-campus program: January 8 to January 12, 2018
  • On-site program: January 12 to February 4, 2018
Week 1: Students will be staying on site in the mission in dorms that have been built to house visiting volunteers and students.
Week 2: Students will stay in local home-stay sites which have been vetted by the local mission staff. Home stay families have been educated in providing for American visitors.

Eligibility. NO SPANISH REQUIRED. This program is open to all admitted Gustavus students with first-year status or higher and is especially well suited to students in or considering the following academic programs: Spanish, LALACS, Education, Biology, Environmental Studies, and Peace Studies. Students from other colleges with a J-Term are also welcome to apply through the J-Term (or 4-1-4) exchange program.

Application Deadline. The application deadline is June 30, 2017. However, applications will be screened on a rolling basis as they are completed. Prof. Sánchez will interview all applicants.

Entry visas. U.S citizens will not need an entry visa or permit for such a short stay in Peru. All students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact Justin Kader to check about possible visa needs.

This program is currently not accepting applications.