Peru: Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices

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group photo in peru at top of a mountain
group photo in peru at top of a mountain

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Home to a unique culture rooted in water & agricultural foundations of the ancient Inca empire, recently ranked as top global culinary destination, and one of the 8 World Wonders, Peru is undoubtedly the destination for sustainable travel. Combined with the nation’s historical technologies for water initiatives and resource management, our exclusive facility access allows students and participants alike to dive into Peruvian culture and education like never before. Focused on community and engagement, students participate in developing sustainable implementations with a local elementary school, participate on bucket-list adventure excursions, and build global awareness, Peru is the ideal destination for students passionate about the mission toward global water stewardship and sustainability solutions.

Highlights
  • Discover ancient Inca water infrastructure that are still integral to Peru's society
  • Be one of the first to gain exclusive access to Machu Picchu's hydroelectric facility
  • Experience Machu Picchu, one of the World Wonders!
  • A foodie's paradise! Peru has been named Best Culinary Destination in the world for several consecutive years
  • Adventure! Jump out of your comfort zone from altitude hiking, white-water rafting, or ziplining through Peru's landscapes!

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Reviews

94%
based on 5 reviews
  • Academics 8.8
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.6
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Reba
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study abroad in Peru

Studying abroad was something I always wanted to do in my undergraduate years but never had the time for. The Green Program afforded me the opportunity to travel to a different country and learn something new without taking off too much time from school and work. My experience in Peru was everything I hoped for and more. The food was AMAZING (also included with program), and everyday you will try something new! The tour guides are great and very knowledgeable, so even though it's a short term program you will learn so much about the country and feel immersed in the culture. Also, you get to see Machu Picchu! Academically, the primary focus is water resource management and sustainability so if this is your area of interest, you will really enjoy this program. Site visits will give you a better understanding of these topics and inspire the subject of your project. I highly recommend this program, especially for those who have busy schedules or have never studied abroad before. You will learn so much in those 10 days and have a lot of fun at the same time!

What would you improve about this program?
I would allow a little more time to work on the project. Maybe set aside at least an hour everyday, starting on the 3rd day to work on the project so that no one feels rushed in the last few days.
Response from The GREEN Program

Hi Reba - thank you so much for your review and feedback for the program. We strive to refine and grow our programs, and the best way to do this is with the feedback from our students. Our team has definitely taken this into consideration, and we hope you'll join us again for another program!

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Katalina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Take me back!

The GREEN program has granted me the opportunity to create memories of a lifetime! From adventure, education, and connection with nature and people. This was and will be one of the best times of my life. Being a native Spanish speaker in Peru made my experience all the more authentic. My family being originally from Mexico allowed me to make connections in another country that made it feel like home. The program did an amazing job of immersing us in the culture and daily lives of a Peruvian. It was a very short 10 days but everyday was filled with excitement. From small things like learning about local bread, to hiking the ancient ruins of the Incas such as Tipon and Machu Picchu. The fun did not stop there! White water rafting, zip lining, and salsa dancing. Since I took my first over seas trip I knew traveling was part of my soul, and being able to learn and experience Peru through The GREEN program only reinforced my love for travel and education. No place is without its problems, but within these problems lies beauty that is just waiting to be discovered and shared with the world. I hope to one day go back to Peru and share my knowledge about sustainability, and enact changes that help communities similar to those in my city, and our sister city Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The class was great, food was to die for, adventure was breathtaking, and memories lasting a lifetime. Thank you TGP for this amazing life experience!

What would you improve about this program?
Better structure of capstone projects to be inclusive of introverts and extroverts. Possibly look into brainstorming activities that will allow interaction for both types of people.
Response from The GREEN Program

Hi Katalina - we are so glad you enjoyed your Peru experience! Your feedback is also immensely helpful to our team as we grow and refine our programs. Hopefully you'll be joining us on another program in the future!

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Benjamin
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible Experience in Peru

The trip lasted only 10 days, but a thrilling and transformative 10 days! When arriving in Cusco on the first day, I was exhausted from traveling and began to have minor altitude sickness symptoms. Nonetheless, I had a great time getting to know new people and exploring the beautiful city! Everyone was welcoming, and I learned so much from the engaging lectures and field trips.

We spent several days away from Cusco—visiting a lake, driving through the Andes Mountains, stopping by shops/museums, exploring Machu Picchu (including a hike), relaxing in a hot springs pool, going zip lining and river rafting, and more. One of my favorite memories was rock climbing beside a waterfall. Towards the end, we did service projects in a rural community. Overall, I loved the variety of Peruvian food, music, dancing, languages, traditions, and history!

I believe that anyone can benefit from this program. As a meteorology and atmospheric science major, I focused on the effects of climate change on hydroelectric power and, more broadly, the environment and society. Others looked at irrigation in agriculture or river water pollution for their capstone projects. We looked at the interplay of the government, economy, society, and environment. The discussions we had were truly profound, and I gained a better understanding of certain global issues. Each person in my group (now friends) had interesting backgrounds, stories, and ideas to share!

Don't expect to have everything planned out. We were usually told about the next day's activities the evening before. For me, this made the trip more exciting and memorable. However, be prepared to take many awesome photos and videos! Even though I didn't get academic credit or full funding for this program, I think the experience was well worth it!

What would you improve about this program?
By allowing more time to work on capstone projects and perhaps more opportunities to converse with the locals.
Response from The GREEN Program

Hi Benjamin - thanks for sharing your feedback with our team! We are always doing our best to grow and refine the program, so your feedback is immensely helpful. Thanks again for joining us in Peru, and we hope you'll travel with us again in the future!

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Shelby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Choice I Ever Made!

Okay this is gonna be cheesy but it's from the heart lol

Before the Green Program, I always dreamed of traveling one day but it seemed impossible since I barely traveled outside of my hometown.

Not only did The Green Program provide me a golden ticket to make my dreams come true but they gave me every resource to become successful not only in the workforce but in life. This program gave me a beautiful perspective of people and the environment everywhere. They gave me the confidence I needed and now I feel 100% capable of traveling anywhere in the world and to places I thought were once impossible.

Thank you to The Green Program for the memories and the amazing experiences. Thank you for making my dream a reality!

What would you improve about this program?
Possibly more scholarship opportunities but I know they are already working on that.
Response from The GREEN Program

Hi Shelby - thanks for leaving us a review! We are so glad you had such a positive experience in Peru. Hopefully we will see you on another program soon!

Micaela
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Peru Winter 2016 - An educational adventure of a life time

I am so happy I decided to participate in the GREEN Program. I was nervous to travel alone to a different country with people I didn't know, but it was such a good experience that changed my life. I learned so much and from the classes but even more from the hands on projects that went with it. I made new friends and had a blast the whole trip. I fell in love with the country and saw incredible sights. I ate delicious new foods and was immersed in the culture. This is such a great program for anyone in the environmental field!

What would you improve about this program?
More financial aid through schools, it was expensive.
Response from The GREEN Program

Hi Micaela - thanks for leaving us a review and sharing your feedback. Our team has definitely taken this into consideration, as we are always doing our best to refine and grow the program. We hope to see you on another program soon!