Date: February 24, 2010
Contact: Carol Connelly, Director,
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PNC Returns to Study Abroad in Peru in 2010
photo of Peru trip participants
Westville – Purdue University North Central will offer the opportunity to study abroad this summer with a trip to Peru. Students may earn classroom credits, or the trip may be taken for pleasure. The program is vigorous, but what the students will see and learn cannot be duplicated in a classroom.
Trip participants will depart for Peru on June 8 and return June 27. Students may take the course for credit through the PNC course “History 425 - A Social and Ecological History of the Andes” or through enrolling in “Spanish 280 - Second-Year Spanish: Special Topics.”
Dr. Kenneth Kincaid, assistant professor of History and Maria Ofelia Ziegenfus, limited-term lecturer of Spanish, will lead this second PNC study abroad program to Peru. For participants, this Andean nation itself will serve as a classroom as they will be immersed in a variety of cultural settings that reflect the diversity of Peru.
This trip will include destinations visited during the successful 2008 program - Lima, Peru's capital city and colonial center; Lambayeque, the archeological hub of the northern Peruvian coast and Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In fact, this year’s group will actually be in Cuzco during the celebrations of Inti Raymi – The Incan festival of the sun. This year's travel study has also been enhanced with the addition of excursions to Lake Titicaca, home of the Uros floating totora reed islands; Nazca, where program participants will fly over the ancient Nazca lines and the Ballestas Islands, an archipelago of small isles in Paracas Bay that impress visitors with its geologic formations and its diverse array of exotic marine life.
Participants will enjoy a variety of service-learning activities, including archaeological preservation, shamanic demonstrations, construction of totora canoes and adobe bricks, visits to ecological reserves, preparation of chicha or corn beer, Peruvian cooking workshops, hiking, sessions of Andean music and dance, visits to weaving cooperatives, tours of Peruvian universities, collecting school supplies for poor grade schools and classroom visits, and more.
The program cost for students is $2,995 and $3,345 for non-students. The price include all accommodations and one to two meals a day. It does not cover international travel insurance, course registration or spending money. The first payment of $1,200 is due by March 8 to guarantee airfare.
Students are encouraged to consult the PNC Financial Aid Office for aid eligibility.
Further information about the trip may be obtained by contacting Dr. Kincaid at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-5200, ext. 5244 or the PNC Office of Continuing Education at 785-5200, ext. 5343.