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Hands-on Service - Learning or Internships

Peru​ Study Abroad offers very unique, ethically-run volunteer and internship programs in Cusco, for students and faculty from all over the world. These programs are open to all students irrespective of her/his level of Spanish proficiency to improve their Spanish.

If you speak Spanish well enough to take university-level courses in Spanish, then please click         for information on the course options at our partner institution, the Universidad Andina del Cusco.

Program Highlights

  • Language of Instruction: Spanish and/or English

  • Transcript will be issued by our partner Universidad Andina del Cusco

Service Opportunities

  • Teaching English - child development and education - teaching English in a rural school

  • Health care - working with children/young adults with disabilities at San Juan de Dios hospital

  • Health care – working in a local public hospital, in the areas of surgery, nursing, administrative areas, social service and the emergency room area.

  • Working on environmental - permaculture projects with Indigenous peoples.

  • Working in the area of International Technical Cooperation at the local government, connecting NGO´s with international cooperation.

  • The international area at Universidad Andina del Cusco.

Courses & Credits

  • Students may take 6 credits per semester.

  • Courses are 3 credits each.


Required Courses

  • Spanish 

    • Beginning, Intermediate, Pre Intermediate and Advance

  • Peruvian Society and Culture (English)

Elective Courses

Only for students that are taking the program during the semester or summer in Cusco

Click         for the elective courses


The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550. Academic studies are taught in Spanish and/or English. (See individual course descriptions.) There is no minimum Spanish prerequisite. The program can accommodate novice to advance Spanish language abilities.

What's Included ?

Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; homestay housing and 3 meals per day seven days per week or Hotel, breackfast included; health insurance; academic excursions; on-site and on-line orientation, and pre-departure materials.

What's typically NOT Included ?

Passport; visa (not typically required); vaccine fees; international airfare; books; spending money; local personal transportation; local cell phone and internet access and independent  travel.

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