Spanish 285/385/485 - Peru: Social Justice and Cultural Diversity
From Machu Picchu to Cusco, from Ollantaytambo to the peasant communities of Umasbamba and Huilloc, students will learn of the realities facing Peru today. While learning and perfecting the Spanish language, students will be able to learn of the beneficial and negative impacts of tourism on the indigenous people, of the difficulties facing the peasant communities in a world of globalization, of the various ways in which the Spanish and the indigenous world have come together, of the ways in which the beliefs of the Inca are still alive today in the lives of he Peruvians.
Since we will be visiting some of the most important archeological sites located in the highest points of the mountains, students will do extensive hiking and should expect strenuous exercise at times while climbing a mountain or working inside a peasant community. Students will also participate in religious rituals with the Q'ero people, the last Inca community alive, and will attend a celebration of the Three Kings with the Ollantaytambo community. Students will spend about five days living in the indigenous community of Huilloc. There they will learn with their host family the way in which the indigenous people of this part of the Andes live. Students will participate in all the daily chores and they will participate in a project of bringing water filters to some of the families in the community.
All students will participate in at least one week-long internship in their field of study. They will take daily Spanish classes and visit other indigenous communities with whom they will work to address health issues.
Students must be ready to live with very little and have a positive disposition. We will work as a group and as such, they will learn as much from their peers as from the people with whom we will live and work. The course is very intense in terms of the time commitment, the difficulty of the terrain, and, at times, the living conditions.
Course: SPAN 285/385/485
Instructor: Esperanza Roncero, William Whitaker
Curricular requirement: Language requirement
Length of program: 28 days
Meals: All meals included
Prices of Off-Campus J Term programs are ESTIMATES. If there are factors that affect the final cost of a program, such as fluctuations in currency exchange rates or fuel price increases, a fee adjustment will be announced. Should there be a change in a program fee students will have two weeks from notification of that change, or until the last day of classes, (whichever is shorter) to pay.