Our programs are designed to safely challenge every student. Through service, travel, community and cultural exchange – our students receive a unique and personal insight into themselves and the cultures they live within. Our Overseas Educators are trained to facilitate personal growth and learning within the structure of an academic semester. This combination has proven to be the best way to open the eyes of Carpe Diem students to the various perspectives of the people and environments across the world. We challenge our students by consciously teaching them how to be better group leaders and better self-leaders – and how to safely travel independently anywhere in the world.
Travel throughout Ecuador and Peru with 12 other students as you share meals, live among different peoples, and build meaningful relationships with local people along the way. Travel from the vibrant, modern city of Quito to the Amazonian rain forest and the ancient Incan site of Machu Picchu. You’ll immerse yourself in the Spanish language while exploring and learning about richly diverse cultures and histories, build meaningful relationships with welcoming host families, partner organizations, and your fellow group members. Engage in hands on studies in sustainability and environmental conservation through service-learning projects such as conservation projects in the Amazon rainforest, organic farming in Ecuador, and community development in Peru. Relax and rejuvenate with a yoga retreat in the Sacred Valley of Peru and end your journey trekking for 5 days to Machu Picchu!
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Scholarships and tuition reductions are available on a case by case basis. All students can receive a full semester of college credit from Portland State University, credits are an additional $1100 (*note, you will not be in a classroom at all!).