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La Niña Andina: Women's Empowerment in Peru

La Niña Andina: Women's Empowerment in Peru

Explore the current issues facing girls and women in Peru during a two-week service adventure in the Andean highlands. Learn how local nonprofits tackle daily challenges and visit a girls’ secondary education dormitory, a vocational-training center and home for young mothers, and a women’s textile weaving cooperative. Immerse in traditional Quechua culture during a homestay in the Sacred Valley. Find adventure as you zip line down a 400-meter rock face and spend a day exploring the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.

Components of a Critical Issues Program

  1. Deliberate Focus: Students explore specific global issues as they exist in communities around the world.
  2. Pre-Travel Engagement: Prior to their arrival in the program’s base country, students build an understanding of the issue their program focuses on through readings and film screenings.
  3. Program Content and Discussion: Students progress through a curriculum comprised of activities, discussions, and debriefs designed to expand their understanding and exploration of key topics.
  4. Program Staff: Program Leaders on Critical Issues programs have intimate local knowledge and an academic or professional background in the focus area.

Students love following in the footsteps of local Peruvian girls to see the immense journey they must go on just to access education!

Students love our programs in Peru!
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Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Below is your packing list, and for those of you looking for some extra guidance on what to bring, check out the packing guide.

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Carry-On

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Travel Documentation
Checked Luggage

A 50-70 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.

Clothes

  • Socks (14)
  • Underwear (14)
  • Thermal base layer (1 set)
  • Pants/capris/leggings (2-3)
  • Athletic shorts (1-2)
  • Jeans (1)
  • T-shirt (3-5)
  • Long-sleeved shirt (5-7)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Soft shell jacket
  • Micro puff jacket
  • Fleece/hoodie
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Quick dry towel
  • Toiletries

(travel sized in ziplock bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam earplugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream

Miscellaneous

  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Sleeping bag (15 degree)