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  • Locations: Cuzco, Peru; Lima, Peru; Pisac, Peru
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Budget Sheets:: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Group in PIsac

Program Overview

This course (IDH4200) is trip-based and it is designed to teach students about the history, culture, and current social issues of Peru.  This course, taught by Dr. Ella Schmidt, will emphasize the Andean community in Peru.  As a part of the course, students will be expected to travel to Peru to participate in a service project as well as various cultural activities; participation on the trip is imperative to this course.  Students will be graded on class participation, completion of assignments and readings, and participation in Peru.  Students will write response papers addressing a specific prompt.  The last week of classes is reserved for a "Colloquium."  Students will be divided in groups based on specific response papers and will present at a "round table."  Students must apply for this course prior to registration.  Contact Dr. Alan Bush for questions or for an application.

In Peru students will have the unique opportunity to work in the field with various projects including potato harvesting, traditional weaving, cooking Peruvian food, and making tea bags from medicinal plants, while learning about Peru’s rich culture and land.  In addition, students will support a new initiative. The Potato Park aspires to implement the repopulation of up to 400 native plants in the communities of Paru Paru, Pampallacta, Chawaytire y Amaru to attract hummingbirds, and restore the native environment. USF students will also have the opportunity to visit local schools to provide bilingual health education. Lastly, USF students will work with the Centro de Salud, the local health clinic in Pisac, to provide two public health mobile clinics in small communities surrounding Pisac.  All of these activities work toward the overarching goal of supporting local leadership in sustainable economic livelihood and health initiatives in the Sacred Valley of Peru, while creating an educational and empowering experience for college students to learn about international sustainable development.

Mountain range


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Písac is a Peruvian village in the Sacred Valley. The area is perhaps best known for its Incan ruins, known as Inca Písac, which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley. The Inca constructed agricultural terraces on the steep hillside, which are still in use today. They created the terraces by hauling richer topsoil by hand from the lower lands. The terraces enabled the production of surplus food, more than would normally be possible at altitudes as high as 11,000 feet.

Terraces in Pisac

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Host Institution

Peacework is a program of the Peacework Development Fund, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization that builds and manages partnerships in international development involving institutions of higher education and corporations.  This program is a collaboration between Peacework, a Peruvian indigenous school, health and education professionals, and community members in the Sacred Valley of for the improvement of health & education. Our project site in Peru provides an ideal setting and infrastructure for education and health-­-related international experiential learning and service programs. Peacework will not be providing instruction for the purposes of the IDH4200 course.
Parque de la Papa is another institution with which this program works.It is an Indigenous Biocultural Heritage Area that focuses on protecting and preserving the critical role and interdependency of the community's local rights, livelihood, conservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity.
Host institution


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Academic Program and Course Information

IDH 4200 - Geographical Perspectives: Beyond the Classroom-Peru

Against all odds, after over 500 years of conquest, indigenous people in Latin America have stubbornly managed to creatively maintain their communal way of life and preserve much of their ancestral land. Using the Andean community of Peru as a case study, this course will introduce students to the history, cosmovision, and cultural beliefs that continue to shape Andean's lives and interactions with power, racism, and marginalization.

The Columbian “discovery” of the ‘New World’ forced the interaction of realities and cultural systems that were profoundly different, many would claim unintelligible.  Since the early years of the Spanish conquest, the “Indian problem’ has haunted democratic leaders, dictators, policy makers, and, especially, the indigenous populations themselves.  National discourses (sometimes racist or classist, other times a combination of the two) have been constructed based on a set of assumptions that attempted to explain this “Indian problem” on the basis of biological or cultural differences.The goals of this course will be to expose students to different instances of the dynamics of history, culture, class, and ethnicity in the Andes in a context of conquest and neo-colonialism.


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Dr. Ella Schmidt

Dr. Ella Schmidt is Associate Professor in the Department of Society, Culture, and Language at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.  She earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Davis.  Dr. Schmidt also holds a master's degree in Cultural Anthropology (Université de Paris VII, Jussieu) and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú.


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Program Costs


Total cost per student: $3,865

Cost includes:

  • Airfare (Tampa-Lima-Cuzco-Lima-Tampa)
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • In-country transportation

Cost does not include:

  • Passport fees
  • luggage fees
  • personal expenses

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Living Arrangements

Students stay in double occupancy hostel rooms.



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Who Can Participate?

Open to USF Honors College students 


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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There

International plane tickets will be arranged by our host institution as well as travel in country via private coach. The cost of transportation is included in the program fee.

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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.

Health and Fitness Requirements

The majority of USF's study abroad programs involve a great deal of walking, and in this case,some hiking and trekking. Pisac is also located at a very high altitude in the Andes Mountains, so altitude sickness is possible. If you have any concerns regarding your health (mental or physical), please consult your doctor and the staff of Education Abroad prior to the program.

Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC's Internet site at For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website at Further health information for travelers is available at

Travelers are encouraged by the State Department and the CDC to obtain vaccinations for Hepatitis A, typhoid, and yellow fever vaccine in addition to the routine vaccinations due to exposure to the outdoors in Peru. You should speak with your healthcare provider about these vaccinations in addition to any other medical concerns you have, such as prescriptions or chronic illnesses.


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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

Dr. Alan Bush
Honors College, ALN 241

Nancy Di Bella
Education Abroad, USF World
Telephone: (813) 974-1969


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This program is currently not accepting applications.