Come to Cusco...the ancient Incan capital and gateway to Machu Picchu!
This unique IPSL program has been developed to build an ongoing commitment to the Cusco community through a variety of service-learning placements in partnership with local NGOs. IPSL's commitment is to promote responsible stewardship of our planet and to build a lifelong commitment to responding to the needs of others through hands-on service. The academics focus on Indigenous Societies, Indigenous Rights and Social Justice as well as Environmental Rights and Responsibilities.
This program includes substantive social and/or environmental service-learning placement, Spanish classes according to a student's level. The Spanish classes emphasize a communicative methodology where students learn about Peruvian cultures and lifestyles. Other courses inform students of the social institutions in Peru and how they intersect with and support NGO work and the student's volunteering.
Cusco is one of the most important cultural and tourist destinations in the world and is the capital of the Inca Empire. Situated at the base of the Andes, it is the entryway to Machu Picchu, and the city of Cusco was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO in 1983. Cusco boasts charming cobblestone streets, stone buildings made by the Incas and exciting nightlife and cafes. Excursions may include a city tour, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu.