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J-Term 2020 Latin America Grant Opportunity: Climate Change in Peru
Cusco, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: January Interim
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Program Partner:
CIEE - Council on International Educational Exchange
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Program Term(s):
January Interim
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Areas of Study:
Anthropology/Ethnography, Biology, Cultural Studies, Ecology, Environmental Studies/Sustainability, Geography, Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies
Program Design: Group based, Short Term, Study Center, Theme based
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Additional Program Options:
Special Grant Opportunity/Limited Access
Program Description:
Program Description:

This program is targeted to high-need students who have not previously applied for study away programs. Please see the full eligibility details in the grant overview page. Ineligible applicants will be disqualified.

There are five (5) available places in this grant-funded opportunity. Participants will be selected shortly after the application closes on June 30, 2019.


January in Cusco

Bring your desire to learn and/or practice Spanish, your interest in climate change, and your curiosity of the Peruvian culture to Cusco this January. The Climate Change course is taught in English at CIEE Cusco and complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

The Destination.
Cusco, known as the ombligo del mundo (the world’s belly button) by Peruvians, was the center of the Inca empire that lasted between 1400 and 1534, and at its greatest moments, expanded from what today is known as Quito, Ecuador to Santiago, Chile. Modern day Cusco is colorful and lively, brimming with traditional Andean art, dance, live shows, and street performances. Catering to an international audience, a wide range of languages can be heard in the streets, including Quechua, the local indigenous language, which most Cusqueños speak in addition to Spanish. Walk down the street in the historic district to appreciate the mestizaje (mixture) of the architecture, the massive foundations and gates of Inca palaces, with colonial adobe walls and ceilings rising from their solid bases. It is no surprise that in 1983, the city of Cusco was named a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as nearby Machu Picchu, which was also named one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

Excursions & Activities.
  • Machu Picchu: Few sites elicit the wonder that Machu Picchu does. Students explore various historical interpretations by historians and archeologists and develop their own idea of the site’s purpose.
  • Maras Salt Mines: These famous salt mines have approximately 3,000 salt pools at the base of Qaqawiñay Mountain and supposedly, have been in operation since pre-Incan times.
  • Awanacancha Textile Market and Llama Farm: The Awanacancha Project offers students an unmatched tutorial in traditional textile weaving - from the dying of the yarn, to the intricate traditional Andean weaving techniques.
More details at the CIEE January in Cusco webpage.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.