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Terms & Dates​​

  • WINTER 2020
    • Dates: 01/20/20​ to 04/04/20
  • SPRING 2020
    • ​Dates: 04/019/20​ to 06/027/20
  • SUMMER 2020 
    • Dates: 06/29/20 to 09/12/20
  • FALL 2020 
    • Dates:  09/22/20 TO 12/14/20

I was really scared to go aboard on an entire semester but I have faced my fear and met some cool friends and feel very comfortable. And I don’t feel alone at all!”

Leslie P., Fall 2017 Cusco


Meet the IPSL Program Director

Mr. Franko Febres


Frank Febres has been welcoming people to Cusco, his hometown, for two decades through his Cultural Immersion Organization. He and his team love to show students the “real” Cusco, Peru! Franko received a degree from the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco in Tourism management and Business and this has given him a solid foundation with which to support the IPSL student’s in their cultural and service immersion program. The most favorite part of his work is showing off “his” culture and beautiful country while working to make each person’s experience logistically seamless.  Of course, there are the can’t miss aspects of being Cusco which is a trip to Machu Picchu, but besides that, Franko recommends slowing down, enjoying meeting the people and eating the wonderful cuisine. Even being adventurous and trying a bit of CUY! Franko obviously loves to travel and he has a family with two young girls who no doubt will grow up with the travel bug as well! To Franko, the most important thing in life is to take the time with his family and when you experience Cusco, he will enthusiastically welcome you to the “IPSL family”.

Now More Than Ever...

There is a clear and pressing need to engage with our world in an ACTIVE way. The world needs leaders (this means YOU!) to fight for social justice and equal rights. Are you up for the challenge? Then be a part of IPSL - the only study abroad program working to create sustainable change though social justice advocacy!

COSA - Community Organizing and Social Activism

Learn the practical skills to be an active agent of change and social justice. Study the many international efforts in history, learn from these efforts and use them to develop a personal ethic of service, advocacy and civic engagement. COSA will teach you the skills of community organizing and will empower you to create sustainable change in your own communities. 

This unique IPSL program has been developed to build an on-going commitment to the Cusco community through a variety of service-learning placements in partnership with local NGOs. Students have the opportunity to work on a variety of sustainable social responsibility projects. IPSL's commitment is to promote responsible stewardship of our planet and to building a life-long commitment to responding to the needs of others through hands-on service.

Program Highlights

Language of Instruction: Spanish and/or English

Official transcript issued by IPSL Institute for Global Learning

Courses & Credits 

Required Courses

  • COSA in Peru (Community Organizing and Social Activism) ​

Elective Courses

  • Spanish Language (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced
  • Spanish: Language Across the Curriculum
  • Indigenous Knowledge, Health and Human Rights in Peru 
  • Environmental Justice as a Social Movement
  • Independent Study
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 short term residential facility for low income rural people relocating to the city

  • Working on environmental projects with Indigenous peoples



Students will live in a homestay with a middle-class Peruvian  family who provide full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days per week) and introduce you to Peruvian family life. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, reinforce language skills, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students.  Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be a "Cusqueño." Living with a family also means that IPSL students' Spanish proficiency improves dramatically!



  • We're really nice and support you in your journey!

  • We're the most experienced group in the field of International Service-Learning

  • You can make a real difference to people in need

  • You can FINALLY learn that language

  • You can dive deep into another culture!

  • To support our service organizations in a SUSTAINABLE way

  • GROW - expand your horizons and challenge your assumptions!


What's Included

Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; homestay housing; partial board (breakfast and dinner);  service placement and supervision; health insurance; academic excursions; on-site and on-line orientation, and pre-departure materials. 


What's typically NOT Included 

Passport; visa  (not typically required); vaccine fees; international airfare; additional meals not included in homestay; books; spending money; local personal transportation; local cell phone and internet access and independent  travel.