Students who participate in the Peru study abroad experience will work with international partners to address specific challenges the partners have identified and learn the principles of extension methodology and sustainable community development. Working with established partners, students will integrate their discipline knowledge and technical skills from previous courses.
Students will also learn intercultural communication, market analysis, project design and planning, business planning and business ventures, and cultural factors that affect community food security while they work in bi-national teams. Some key objectives are to strengthen learning, literacy, and life skills of Peruvian and Purdue students through mutually beneficial engagement that aims to improve lives and livelihoods.
The Peru experience typically occurs during Purdue’s spring break. To participate in this trip, students are required to enroll in three 1-credit courses: ASEC/BTNY 43100 (Planning for International Engagement Methods) takes place before the trip and ASEC/BTNY 43120 (Evaluating International Engagement Methods) takes place after. The trip itself is ASEC/BTNY 43110 (International Engagement Methods and Food Security). Participating students earn 3 credits.
Students who travel to Peru create videos that reflect on their experiences. Some examples of these videos appear below. A sample itinerary for the experience also appears below.
Day 1: Depart West Lafayette
Day 2: Visit Allas community, including Vacas Felices Farm and other enterprises
Day 3: Visit and tour Lima
Day 4: Visit Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina
Day 5: Travel to Ollantaytambo
Day 6: Visit Machu Picchu
Day 7: Visit Parque de la Papa
Day 8: Visit Sacsayhuaman Fortress and other archeological sites
Day 9: Visit Surquillo Market, participate in cooking classes, visit Larco Herrea Museum, depart for airportDay 10: Return to West Lafayette