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  • Locations: Huaraz, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program OverviewSTFL Peru

This course provides an immersion for students to experientially learn about holistic systems for sustainability and earn Permaculture Design Certification (PDC).  Hosted at an off-grid site in the Peruvian Andes and facilitated by a diverse international team, the course adds emphasis on learning from and about the local indigenous Quechua peoples and the importance of strong social/community relations for sustainable human systems.  Further attention will be given to the personal development of participating students and promoting active thinking about how to apply lessons learned to students’ home communities.

On-site time will begin with observation and assessment: what characterizes the natural and built systems and how will the group, as a short-term community, live together in this setting?  Next, the focus will turn to core permaculture ethics and design principles, along with a call for personal leadership and responsible patterns of behavior.  Through a balance of theoretical and hands-on learning, we will explore how to meet human needs in diverse ecologies by understanding soil building, water systems, companion planting, natural building, energy systems and scale-appropriate technologies, and strategies for building strong communal relationships.  A design project will challenge students to integrate and apply their understanding.  

Off-site time will include touring local markets and sites in Huaraz, trekking into a valley and to a glacier lake in the mountains of nearby Huascaran National Park, learning more about the local bio-cultural region, and a community-based service learning project in the neighboring Quechua village, Llupa.  The service project will fulfill a need requested by the Quechua community.  Students will work alongside villagers providing a cross-cultural experience for all involved.In addition to finalization and presentation on the Permaculture Design projects, the final days on the school grounds will include reflection on lessons learned, unanswered questions, sense of personal potential and opportunity to apply their experiences back home, including the development of a Personal Project idea.

To get a better sense of the experience, click here for more pictures

Info Sessions

  • Wednesday, 4/18, 4:00-5:30pm, KMC 610-C

Fact Sheet

Education Abroad Advisor Rachel Landers
Get Started Attend an Ed Abroad 101 Session 
Faculty Leader David Hall, Jane Carr (Co-Instructor)
Travel Dates August 23 - September 8, 2018
Areas of Study All majors welcomed. The course is especially applicable to the following fields of study:
  • Systems Science (minor)
  • Psychology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Honors
  • Social Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Community Development
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Indigenous Nations Studies
  • Earth Science
  • Spanish
  • Sustainability (minor)
  • Sustainable Urban Development (minor)
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes, online
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Hostel
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
  • Open to non-PSU students & community members
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergrad: 2.75
Graduate: 3.00
Prerequisites  None. Recommended coursework: SySc 350U, or any coursework related to sustainability and indigenous cultures.
Basic Spanish preferred, not required.
Interview Required

Course & Credit Information

  • SYSC 410/510: Living Systems Immersion: Sustainability & PDC in the Peruvian Andes -- 6 credits
  • USP 410/510: Living Systems Immersion: Sustainability & PDC in the Peruvian Andes -- 6 credits
  • SYSC 410/510: Living Systems Immersion: Sustainability & PDC in the Peruvian Andes  -- 4 credits
  • And, PSY 410/510: Ecocultural Psychology -- 2 credits

Core Requirements:
-Completion of online orientation and personal introduction prior to departure
-Full participation in all course activities
-Creation & presentation of a team Permaculture Design
-Development of personal project idea for implementation back home
-Reflection paper on overall course experience and lessons learned, and application opportunities

Program Cost

Tuition and Fees Estimated Additional Costs Total Estimated Costs
$3,230 $1,320 $4,550


PSU Education Abroad Scholarship Application 

Tuition & Fees Includes:

  • Tuition & Fees Includes:
  • 6 credits
  • Room & board
  • On-ground transportation
  • Carbon offsets for travel impact
  • International health insurance

Additional Estimated Costs Include:

  • Airfare
  • Local transportation (to and from airport)
  • Meals (before & after course)
  • Spending money

Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged an additional PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees. A non-refundable $50 application fee is required for all applications.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.