For several months in advance of the program, your college instructors and the in-country partners work on a program that meets the academic objectives of the course you will be taking. On the program, you will meet students from other community colleges from other U.S. states, as well as native students and professionals. The group will spend most of its time in Chimbote, working on various projects in the community. Visits to local clinics and assistance agencies will be also arranged. One day will be spent touring an Incan cultural site in Trujello, Peru. Your group will also spend a day and a half in the capital city of Lima, Peru. This program works predominantly with the poorest residents in Chimbote, and offers an opportunity to learn about efforts of how those populations are being assisted by various programs.
Scholarships: Participating colleges award scholarships to qualified students. Please contact your college instructor for WHEN and HOW to apply for scholarship assistance at your college. The scholarship application deadline may differ from deadlines required of this program.
Service Learning elevates a student’s volunteering activities from one of simple community services to a true service learning experience by employing structured reflective activities during each evening’s debriefing. Faculty engage participants in conversations about their daily experiences and how those experiences impacted their roles as students entering professions, as Americans, and as world citizens.
While in Chimbote, participants are given a walking tour of the mission’s neighborhoods, paying visits to various mission projects to include one of the mission’s nine (9) soup kitchens, Mother Theresa’s Place hospice center, and the mission’s family service center. Faculty and students are provided service learning opportunities in a variety of settings to include the Maternidad de Maria orphanage, prevention centers with local youths, in the mission’s daycare program and kindergarten class, in the mission’s hospice center, free medical clinic and providing physical rehabilitation at the mission’s Medical Post.
Participants have multiple opportunities to explore Peruvian culture with both structured and unstructured activities. Sights of cultural significance in Lima are visited at the onset of the trip providing the participants an opportunity to acclimate to the Peruvian culture. Midway into the trip a side-trip is taken. After a three hour bus trip north to Trojello, participants spend the morning exploring archaeological sights of Huaca del Sol y La Luna (adobe ceremonial pyramids) and the sights of the summer palaces in Chan Chan. In the afternoon, an unstructured excursion to the Pacific seaside resort community of Huanchaco allowed participants to experience a more affluent Peruvian culture. After two more days of service learning activities, participants return to Lima for another day of cultural immersion activities and unstructured exploration.
“Overall, I had an amazing experience. Father Jack’s Mission is so amazing. Everyone was welcoming and loving–I did not want to leave. It’s almost like I have a Peruvian family now.”
“The stay was heart-warming and they were the best people in the world. The love shown and respect from the Parish employees and the community was overwhelming.”
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