Hike the Inca Trail through the Andes Mountains to the ruins of Machu Picchu or learn to speak a little Quechua, as you encounter indigenous peoples deep in the Amazon — this is Peru SST.
Located in South America along the Pacific Ocean, just south of the Equator, Peru is home to the Andes Mountains, the Amazon rainforest, a desert blanketing the coast and a wealthy capital surrounded by shantytowns. It is a country of contrasts – making it very appealing as an SST location.
Sixty percent of the country’s population is made up of indigenous people – the Quechua, descendents of the ancient Incas. Students who go to Peru will experience some of the best of Spanish culture, but tempered with a strong indigenous flavor.
Students can anticipate the cuisine they will encounter includes a lot of seafood. The food is a combination of influences from the indigenous people in the Andes and the Amazon, the Spanish and Africans.
Students can anticipate studying for the first six weeks as they live with families in Lima – a modern, growing city of eight to 10 million people. During daily seminars students will explore the vibrant Incan and pre-Incan history, the 1980s civil war, as well as lectures on the success of the women’s movement in Peru and the mass migration to urban centers in the Third World.
During the second half of their three month stay, students will spread out across the country to live with families and volunteer at service assignments, which might include working with clinics and hospitals in the Amazon, volunteering at a Quechua women’s weaving cooperative or working with a nonprofit such as Eastern Mennonite Missions, World Vision or Habitat for Humanity.
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- February 11, 2016 - Posted by Kathryn Schmidt; photos by Lena Charles, Bekah Shrag We’ve just come back from a whirlwind of a week; we survived Machu Picchu in the rain! Also: a harrowing bus ride down into the Sacred valley; hiking galore; awe at the beautiful ruins and Incan artistry at its absolute finest; exploring the lovely work ... Keep reading »
- February 1, 2016 - Posted by Kristopher Schmidt Pictures by David Lehman-Miller and Kristopher Schmidt While Peru is fairly large (about the size of Alaska), most of its population is found along the coast (~60%) and especially in the coastal capital city of Lima (~10 million). Lima is so dense because it has always been the place to come ... Keep reading »
- January 27, 2016 - Posted by Kathryn Schmidt; pictures by Abby Banning, David Leaman Miller and Kristopher Schmidt Always more to share! As photos keep coming in from various cameras, I’m reminded that this experience is multi-faceted and fast-paced. We move from one delicious meal to another; take in a fascinating lecture, then head off on a field trip; ... Keep reading »