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Level of Study:
Graduate, Undergraduate
Open to:
Non-USF Applicants, USF Students
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Nancy Di Bella
Sponsoring College:
USFSM - College of Arts and Sciences
Program Primary Subject:
Anthropology, Child and Family Studies, Global Health, Global Sustainability, Governmental and International Affairs, Health Policy and Management, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, Political Science, Public Health, Religious Studies, Service Learning Experience, Social Work, Society, Culture, and Language, Sociology
Program Description:

Program Overview

This trip is resident-based solely in Peru. As a service-learning project, the purpose of this trip is to gift five solar ovens to five of the Uros Islands, floating islands on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. Students will be trained in the use of the ovens prior to travel and will all know how to make a variety of Peruvian dishes using the Sun ovens, including cooking fish, potatoes, quinoa, and cookies. Students and advisors will then train the local indigenous population in use of the Sun ovens and will prepare a meal together, leaving the ovens for each of the five island's use. 


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Uros Island

By making a boat trip on Lake Titicaca from the port of Puno in Peru, travelers encounter the floating Uros islands. These islands are made and re-made from the totora reeds which provide home, sustenance and transportation for their residents. The floating islands are the home of the Uros tribe, one which pre-dates the Incan civilization. 

The Uros' boats are used for fishing and to bring visitors out to the islands, which are usually moored to the bottom of the lake, but can be moved if necessary. As reeds disintegrate from the bottom of the islands, which are four to eight feet thick, residents must add more to the surface, which is soft and occasionally spongy.

Each island has a collection of simple, reed houses, and the biggest island has a watchtower: originally, the mobility of the islands was used as a defense mechanism. Even tiny outhouse islands have been created, and the ground roots of the outhouse islands help absorb the waste. But despite the traditional lifestyle, the Uros people are not against modern amenities. Some families have motorboats or solar panels, and the main island is home to a radio station that plays music for several hours each day. The islands can be reached from either side of the lake, although Puno, Peru, is probably the easiest point of access.


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Academic Program and Course Information

ISS 4910 3 credit hour course with three (3) pre-trip live training sessions and post-trip service learning essay and questionnaire.

Dec 11th Lima
Transfer to Hotel Britania
Dec 12th: Juliaca / Puno
Transfer to the airport in Lima.  Arrival in Juliaca and transfer to the hotel in Puno.
On route visit the archaeological site of Sillustani
Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at Qelqatani Hotel – Standard room
Meals: Dinner
Dec 13th: Puno
Full Day visit Taquile Islands. Lunch included
Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at Qelqatani Hotel – Standard room
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Dec 14th: Puno
Full Day visit Uros Islands in order to show the project to the locals.
Box lunch included
Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at Qelqatani Hotel – Standard room
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner
Dec 15th: Puno
Full Day visit the community of Llachón, where you will see a local family and show their house.
The family will give you a demonstration of its activities and customs. Lunch included
Dinner at local restaurant
Overnight at Qelqatani Hotel – Standard room
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Dec 16th: Puno
Free day
Overnight at Qelqatani Hotel – Standard room
Meals: Breakfast
Dec 17th: Puno / Cusco
Transfer to the bus station
Inka Express Bus from Puno to Cusco. Lunch included
Upon arrival in Cusco transfer to the hotel
Overnight at Emperador Plaza Hotel – Standard room
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Dec 18th: Cusco / Sacred Valley
In the morning, visit Nearby ruins
Lunch at local restaurant.
Then transfer to the hotel in Sacred Valley.
Overnight at San Agustin Urubamba Hotel – Standard room
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Dec 19th: Sacred Valley
Full Day Maras & Moray + Chinchero. Box lunch included
Overnight at San Agustin Urubamba Hotel – Standard room
Meals: Breakfast and box lunch
Dec 20th: Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
In the morning you will visit Ollantaytambo Fortress
In the afternoon you will board the Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes with private guide
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight at Inka Tower Hotel – Standard rooms
Meals: Breakfast
Dec 21st: Machu Picchu / Cusco
Early morning visit Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
Lunch at Toto’s House restaurant
In the afternoon you will board the Expedition Train to Ollanta
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Cusco
Overnight at Garcilaso  Hotel – Standard room
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Dec 22nd: Cusco
Free day in Cusco / overnight Garcilaso
Meals: Breakfast
Dec 23rd Cusco - Lima
Early morning, transfer to the airport (Suggested flight: LA 2010 CUZ LIM 0735 0900)
Upon arrival, visit Pachacamac archaeological site
Lunch at local restaurant
In the afternoon, visit Huaca Mateo Salado and Archaeological Museum
Then transfer to the airport for your onward international flight.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch


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Dr. Theresa Gilbertson is faculty in the department of Religious Studies, Humanities, Anthropology at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee.  Dr. Gilbertson lived in Peru in the early 1980s, studying the Quechua and Aymara textiles of the highlands and the altiplano. Her dissertation examined ancient Peruvian diet, using both stable isotope analysis and portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry to assess carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and strontium components in bone and teeth.  She returned to Peru with USF's Study Abroad in 1996, and led an Education Abroad trip in 2009 to the southern half of the Inca Empire, visiting all the destinations included in this current offering.  


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Program Costs

Education Abroad Program Cost: $3,572 + Tuition 

Cost includes:
  • International airfare Tampa-Lima-Tampa
  • In-country airfare
  • All ground transportation in Peru
  • Hotel accommodations in Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Train to Machu Picchu
  • All cultural activities and entrance fees
  • Most meals
  • Health and Emergency Evacuation Insurance

Cost does not include:
  • Some meals
  • Passport fees
  • Personal expenses


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Living Arrangements

Students will be staying in double rooms in tourist hotels at all the destinations.


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Who Can Participate?

Open to all USF students of all ages, especially from the Sarasota-Manatee campus. Students from any institution are welcome. Healthy seniors with interest in the project are invited to join the group provided they are willing to pay for the educational credit hours.


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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There

All participants in this service-learning program will travel together. The international group flight is included in the program cost.


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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

Questions pertaining to the academic program in-country, courses or credits:

Dr. Theresa Gilbertson

Telephone: (941)359-4708
Office: SMCC263

Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:

Amela  Malkic  
Director | Global Engagement Office
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Phone: 941-359-4314
Office: B222

Nancy Di Bella
USF Education Abroad Office, CGS 101
Phone: (813) 974-4314



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This program is currently not accepting applications.