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Experience Cusco from a Local Perspective

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, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. 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. Excursions may include a city tour, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu. Students arrive in Lima and spend several days visiting this important Latin American capital" the "City of Kings".

Image by Victor Rodriguez

Machu Picchu

Service Opportunities

  • 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 residential facility for low income rural people relocating to the city

  • Working on environmental projects with Indigenous peoples

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Volunteers in IPSL community in Peru


  • Spanish Language (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced) 

  • COSA in Peru (Community Organizing and Social Activism) 

  • Introduction to COSA (online)

  • Indigenous Knowledge, Health and Human Rights in Peru

  • Environmental Justice as a Social Movement

  • Advocacy Research

  • Independent Study​


Franko Febres, IPSL Peru Program Director


What's Included

  • Tuition and academic fees for courses

  • Lodging (homestay) and most meals

  • Academic transcript 

  • Airport Transfers

  • On-site and online orientation and pre-departure materials

  • Program or fieldwork placement and supervision 

  • Emergency Medical/Evacuation insurance 

  • Administrative fees

  • Excursions related to courses

  • Course materials

  • 24/7 On-site administrative support

What's NOT Included

  • International airfare

  • Some meals

  • Passport/Visa expense (if applicable)

  • Public transportation

  • Independent travel

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