Summer Immersion in Perú

 

A 3-week study & travel immersion experience in June-July 2018

 

PBA's Summer Abroad Language Immersion Program in Perú presents a remarkable opportunity for students to gain exposure to the beauty and diversity of Peruvian culture and geography, with a heavy focus on Spanish-language acquisition.

 

Open to High School and College students of Spanish, and parents.

 

Projected dates:  

June 18, 2018 through July 8, 2018.

 

(**Exact dates and itinerary will be finalized in October 2017. The first ~2 weeks of the program will be dedicated to Spanish language and cultural immersion in Cusco, Perú, the renowned UNESCO World Hesitage Site and heart of the Inkan empire; as a weekend excursion we will trek to the beautiful and untouristed Uchuy Qosqo; the final week will include travel through the Sacred Valley and, finally, we'll hike the world famous Inca Trail to arrive at one of the world's New Seven Wonders, the imcomparable Machu Picchu.)

 

Students will depart from the US around June 18, 2018. Students will return to the US around July 8, 2018.

 

Projected itinerary:  

Students planning to attend the entire program will arrive to Perú around June 18, 2017. They will fly from Charlotte to Lima to Cusco, Perú's internationally famous crown jewel, the program's homebase for the Spanish language immersion and volunteering portion of the program.

 

During their weeks in Cusco, students will study Spanish in private, small group classes coordinated by the well known and respected Amigos Spanish School; students and Patrick will also enjoy homestays with Cusqueñan families who've long worked with Amigos. Students and Patrick will also be volunteering at Aldea Yanapay, a wonderful organization that devotes its energies primarily to school-aged kids from difficult circumstances, running a fantastic after-school program in addition that provides education, support and essentials (like meals!).

 

Between Spanish classes, cultural activities (both those provided by and independent of Amigos Spanish School), volunteering and time with families, students will be nearly constantly immersed through the first two weeks. It will be an unforgettable experience, and one that will build indestructible bonds between our students and the people they meet.

 

Program Highlights:  

  • Private, small group Spanish classes focused on oral and written fluency.

  • Homestays with remarkable, loving, and highly experienced Cusqueñan families.

  • Cusco, the program's home base, Perú's crown jewel, is indescribably beautiful and culturally diverse. The Andean city is among the most memorable in the world. 

  • Peruvian cuisine is one of the world’s most acclaimed and varied – and once you’ve experienced ceviche and lomo saltado, ají de gallina and cuy and countless dishes more, you’ll understand why!

  • Travel. Oh, the travel:

    • Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the center of the Incan empire and modern day gateway to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World!

    • Oh, and we'll arrive to Machu Picchu after hiking one of the world famous Incan trails!

    • And one weekend we'll hike to one of Perú's infrequently visited marvels, Uchuy Qosqo.

 

Cost:

  • The full, three-week 2018 Summer in Perú Program will cost approximately $5,995**. The costs include international airfare and travel within Perú, room and board (with the exception of a few meals over the course of 21 days), Spanish classes, tips, excursions and activities. Personal expenditures (extra meals, snacks, medicines, gifts) are the responsibility of students. (The exact cost will be confirmed by Sept 30, 2017)

  • **FAMILIES CAN USE FREQUENT FLIER MILES TO PURCHASE AIRFARE on their own, REDUCING PROGRAM COSTS TO $4500!

 

Requirements:

  • Participants must have completed Spanish I by June 14, 2018.

  • Participants must be a rising 9th grade student (or older) by June 14, 2018.

  • Submit brief recommendation letter from last Spanish teacher.

  • Submit brief recommendation letter from a school administrator.

  • Submit a brief explanation about why you want to go to Perú and what you aim to gain from the experience. (One page max, may be written in Spanish or English).

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