South America Semester | Carpe Diem Education Gap Year

Location: Ecuador: Rural Areas; Multiple Countries; Peru: Cusco, Rural Areas

Term: Spring, Fall

Program Duration: 3-6 Months

Dates: Year Round

1529 N Killingsworth Street Portland, OR 97217 United States

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Phone: 503-285-1800

Fax: 866-903-1077


Trek to the sprawling Incan ruins at Machu Picchu and try your hand at bartering in the indigenous markets of Otavalo. Discover traditional music, hike near the surrounding lakes and waterfalls, and visit the traditional market in Peguche. Spend time in Peru's sacred valley studying yoga, meditation, and ayurveda from local teachers

Live with local families, experience traditional, rural Ecuadorian life, and learn about the political issues affecting communities in the cloud forest community of Morochos.

Learn about natural building, sustainable agriculture, and organic coffee farming in small communities on the Ecuadorian coast. Participate in Spanish classes and help in the local schools of Baños with arts and English teaching.

Through small groups of no more than 12 students, you will experiment with leadership roles, self-awareness, and purpose.

Experiential education. Community. Intercultural exchange. It's how Carpe Diem Education connects with and gives back to the global communities we interact with.


1. Intensive Spanish language study and homestays with local families

2. Environmental Conservation projects in the Peruvian Amazon and Ecuadorian Highlands

3. Trekking to Machu Picchu

4. Volunteering with organizations helping local communities

5. Visiting and living with indigenous and remote communities

6. Spiritual Retreat in the Sacred Valley outside of Cusco

7. Group sizes no larger than 12 students and 2 Program Leaders

8. University credit available through Portland State University

9. FAFSA and Federal Financial Aid availability

Type of Programs
  • Gap Year
  • Outdoor Education
  • Community Service & Volunteering
  • Language Immersion
  • Experiential Learning

  • Spanish
  • English

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

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Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Community Development
  • Organic Farming
  • Conservation
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Reforestation
  • Agriculture
  • Environment
Typical Volunteer
• This program is designed for GAP YEAR students.  Students can expect to:
• Travel together as a small group, throughout the entire program.
• Participate in community building exercises during orientation that focus on team-building and group dynamics.
• Have two Overseas Educators facilitate regular group meetings throughout the semester, to create space for students to reflect, process and connect with each other.
• Immerse themselves in the places we visit through home stays and service projects and working alongside local partners.
• Abide by our Sacred Six agreements designed to help challenge you to grow personally, engage in the program in meaningful ways, and ensure we are creating a safe space to travel responsibly.
This Program is open to

American, Canadian Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living
  • Home-stays
  • Dormitory
  • Guest House

Participants Travel

in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Online Application
  • Essay
Typically The Application Process Time is
2 business days
Post Services Include
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
  • Alumni Network
  • Job and Internship Network
Year Founded