February 1 – May 15
*The 2021-2022 South America program is postponed
Ecuador | Peru | Bolivia
Soak in the culture, language and landscape of South America as you backpack your way through the region. You’ll stay in backpacker hostels, trek the Andes and live with Quichua families during a homestay.
You will learn, study and grow alongside your Traveling School community of faculty and classmates. The 15-week semester is full of place-based academics, engaging with local communities and outdoor adventure that builds confidence in each student.
The Traveling School provided me with an opportunity to explore many perspectives to complex world issues such as struggle over limited resources, immigration, expansion of European cultures into indigenous people’s lands, wars and revolution that occurred and continue to occur in South America and our world.
What You Might Study
- Investigate ecological, economical, and sociological impacts surrounding oil and gas drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
- Explore the power of art as a vehicle for communicating values and preserving culture.
- Dive into the history of Inca and pre-Inca civilizations with site visits to Chan Chan Ruins, Sacsayhuaman and the Sacred Valley
- Study glaciology while traversing Peruvian mountain passes.
What You Might Do
- Interpret the mysteries of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu with a traditional healer and anthropologist.
- Participate in community projects and a homestay with an indigenous Quichua family.
- Navigate the swirly waters on the Jatun Yaku on a paddle raft.