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Excellent video about the experience of a Luther student in Peru!!

Added by Laura Balbuena on October 27, 2011 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Our students modeling on Peruvian TV!!!

Our three male students appeared on Peruvian TV modeling clothes for father's day like professionals. Speaking about full immersion into the culture!! :)

Added by Laura Balbuena on June 17, 2011 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Cusco!!!!!!! Spring 2011

We are back from our Cusco trip. It was amazing, as usual, and we had the time of our lives!



Day 1: After a nap and a light lunch, our time in Cusco started by visiting the ruins that surround the city of Cusco. We went to Sacsayhuaman where we learned some interesting facts about Incan geology.…

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Added by Laura Balbuena on June 8, 2011 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Visiting Caral, the oldest civilization in the Americas!!

We visited this past Saturday Caral, the oldest civilization in the Americas, located four hours north of Lima in the Supe valley. Here you have a picture of the group at the entrance to the ruins.

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Added by Laura Balbuena on May 2, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Visiting El Carmen, an Afro-Peruvian town in Ica, Peru

This past weekend, we had one of the three trips students do while in the Peru program: the trip to El Carmen, an Afro-Peruvian town. We left on Friday and arrived late in the afternoon to El Carmen, an Afro-Peruvian town in Ica, a province of Peru, 4 hours south of Lima. Click on any of the pictures to enlarge them.…



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Added by Laura Balbuena on April 24, 2011 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Sierra Productiva wins second prize at the BBC's 2010 World Challenge Contest

The Yachachiq's project from Sierra Productiva has won second price at the BBC 2010 World Challenge award to NGOs that are trying to change the living conditions of the poorest.

This project teaches farmers from the Andes how to take…

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Added by Laura Balbuena on January 11, 2011 at 7:02pm — No Comments

visiting Pachacamac, a ceremonial center 2,000 years old (Peru)

This past Saturday, we went to the Pachacamac ruins. A pre-Inca religious center, an hour away from Miraflores (the neighborhood where most of the group live).

This center was visited by pilgrims for more than 1,500 years until…

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Added by Laura Balbuena on September 13, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

visiting Caral, the oldest civilization in the Americas!

This past weekend we visited Caral, the oldest civilization in the Americas that goes back 5 thousands years!! Making it the third civilization in the world (after Mesopotamia and Egypt). Here we are at one of the main pyramids.

Have you seen the size of this corn?? Here it is called "choclo" and it is delicious! Better try it when you come. We had some before visiting the ruins.

The Sacred City of Caral is…

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Added by Laura Balbuena on June 8, 2010 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Welcome to the Amazon Jungle!!!!!!! (Peru Program)

We are back from the Amazon jungle where we had an amazing time! Our year students get to go to the Amazon rainforest during their second semester in Peru. We stay in a lodge, an hour away by boat from the city of Iquitos, without electricity, cellphones or internet, just enjoying nature!



A picture of the group with Jhonny (yes, spelled like that), our very entertaining local guide in the…

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Added by Laura Balbuena on May 26, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

Swimming with Sea Lions!!!! (Peru Program)

Today we went on a private yacht to the Palomino Island ready to swim with sea lions.









It is a one in a life time experience to be able to interact in the open sea with these animals. They love when people visit them, so they can show their tricks to the visitors.







The adult sea lions (male and female) did not come to play and swim with us, but the young ones did. It… Continue

Added by Laura Balbuena on April 10, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

At the Sanctuary of Pachacamac (Peru Programs)

As part of the activities we have during the semester we visit the sanctuary of Pachacamac. Pachacamac was the most important god of the coast of Peru. Pilgrims visited its statue bringing it gifts from all over the Andes, even from the Amazon rain forest centuries before the Incas reigned over the territories until the Spaniards conquered the Tawantinsuyo.



Located on the coast, the…

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Added by Laura Balbuena on April 5, 2010 at 10:59pm — No Comments

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