Study & Volunteer Abroad in Cusco or Lima, Peru!

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ASA's program in Cuzco is near the Andes mountains, Cuzco is the original home of the Inca Empire. The undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, Cuzco boasts some of the world’s most fascinating historical sites. The city of Cuzco itself was originally built in the shape of a puma! The most important buildings in the city formed the body of the puma, and the square between the legs of the puma was the Plaza de Armas.

The Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola is a bilingual university with campuses in both Cuzco and Lima. USIL offers innovative educational options with a focus on entrepreneurship. Although this is a Spanish-speaking university, many regular university courses, taken by both Peruvian and international students, are taught in English, as the university believes this will prepare their graduates for a competitive labor market.

All ASA programs in Peru include an excursion to Macchu Pichu!

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Cruisin' Through Cusco

Living with a host family, taking the local modes of transportation, eating authentic cuisine, and exploring the flora and fauna of ancient ruins are just a few of the daily life-changing experiences.

Class sizes were more intimate than that of other programs. The faculty of the university made numerous connections to their students challenging our perceptions of Cusco and it's deeply-rooted traditions.

One difficulty that I encountered was the distance in between other cities to experience other communities and customs. Living in the mountains provided long journeys through narrow, winding roads to beautiful landscapes and terrain.

Another concern that I had was the tourism-driven economy. I wanted to break the "he's an American" barrier and live life as closely to that of a Peruvian as possible. In most cases, I was able to avoid the heavily tourist-populated areas and dive into the traditions and customs of the people.

If I could do it all again, I'd sign up in an instant!

How can this program be improved?
Variety of courses offered. With it being a smaller school, there was a choice of 7 classes with the possibility of taking 5 classes.
Yes, I recommend this program

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