Study Aboard: Following the Inca Trail in Cusco, Peru

August 10, 2016

An in-service program in Cusco where students teach English to Quechua children at a local elementary school and visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Latin American Studies in partnership with the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola is offering a Spring Break program in Cusco, Peru. Students will be introduced to the history, culture, language, biodiversity and future perspectives of Peru and the Latin American realm. This program will include two days of service learning activities at the Huillcapata School located in a rural village outside of Cusco. Throughout the week there will be various excursions to various historical and archaeological treasures of Inca Empire including two-day trips, one to the Sacred Valley and the second to Machu Picchu.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore cultural, geographical and historical differences and similarities between the United States and Peru
  • Enhance knowledge of Inca culture and civilization
  • Gain exposure to diverse social problems
  •  Experience language and cultural immersion


“This program was an amazing experience that offered so many activities and excursions, such as traveling to Machu Picchu, to see the highlights and main attractions of the city for one to really emerge into its culture. One rewarding activity that was done was to teach elementary students English. The children were very excited, welcoming and eager to learn. I was also able to learn from them on how schools are conducted, their relationships with their teachers and how important the school itself was for them. Overall it was a rewarding and once-in-a-lifetime experience that many people only dream of going to, and I was able to accomplish this dream through the Latin American Studies major.”

Giomara Guzman, Spring 2015