Peru: Environment Justice, Indigenous Health & Human Rights

Location: Peru: Cusco

Term: Summer, Fall, Spring

Program Duration: 9-12 Weeks

Dates: Year Round


4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #200 Portland, OR 97214 United States

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Phone: (503) 395-4775

Fax: (503) 954-1881


IPSL's Peru program is based in historic Cusco where you're just a few hours from the magical Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu! While improving your Spanish language skills, study Community Organization and Social Activism (COSA). Choose from courses in:

• Indigenous Cultures, and Traditional Health and Healing
• International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples
• Environmental Sustainability and Biodiversity
• Environmental Justice
• Quechua Language (Beginning)

Your hands-on service opportunities (about 15 hours per week) may include:
• Promoting entrepreneurship for women and youth
• Teaching English
• Health care - with children/young adults with disabilities
• Working at a residential home for abandoned children with Down Syndrome
• Promoting intercultural work
• Working on environmental projects with indigenous people

During your stay, you will live with a Cusco family. Living with a local family allows you to live like a "Cusqueño", rather than being a tourist.

The program welcomes students of any nation who have a have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. Academic studies are taught in Spanish and/or English.There is no minimum Spanish prerequisite.


1. Broaden your academic learning in Cusco, one of the world’s most important cultural destinations.

2. Participate in a city tour as well as trips to other places of interest, including Machu Picchu.

3. Develop practical skills that help you become an active advocate of social justice and change.

4. Learn crucial skills in community organization and civic engagement.

5. Gain an insight into various efforts in history from an international context.

Degree Level



The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550. Academic studies are taught in Spanish and/or English. (See individual course descriptions.) There is no minimum Spanish prerequisite. The program can accommodate novice to advance Spanish language abilities.

Minimum Education

High School

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; homestay housing and most meals; service placement and supervision; health insurance; academic excursions; on-site and on-line orientation, and pre-departure materials.

Fun excursions MAY include a tours of the city of Cusco and it's surrounding ruins, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu!

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Youth
  • Social Work
  • Organic Farming
  • Human Rights
  • Grassroots Organization
  • English Teaching
  • Anthropology
  • Agriculture
  • Economic Development
  • Public Health
  • Women
  • Youth Development
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel to Peru

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Letters of Reference
  • Online Application
  • Transcript
  • Essay
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 week
IPSL's Mission Statement

IPSL engages students, educators, and grassroots organizations around the world in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice, sustainable change, and a commitment to our shared humanity

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