- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Ecuador, Peru
- Credit Awarded: College
- Program Length: Semester
- Start Month: February, September
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Homestay, Other, Tents
- Application Fee: $100
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
- Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
Carpe Diem Education’s South America semester takes you to some of the most culturally and ecologically diverse regions of the world.
Through hands-on, experiential learning, intensive Spanish study, and discussions specific to resources, economics, and community, the journey through Ecuador and Peru allows us a deeper understanding of the realities of globalization.
Trek to the sprawling Incan ruins at Machu Picchu and try your hand at bartering in the indigenous markets of Otavalo. Discover traditional music, hike near the surrounding lakes and waterfalls, and visit the traditional market in Peguche. Spend time in Peru's Sacred Valley studying yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda from local teachers.
Live with local families, experience traditional, rural Ecuadorian life, and learn about the political issues affecting communities in the cloud forest community of Morochos.
Learn about natural building, sustainable agriculture, and organic coffee farming in small communities on the Ecuadorian coast. Participate in Spanish classes and help in the local schools of Baños with arts and English teaching.
Through small groups of no more than 12 students, you will experiment with leadership roles, self-awareness, and purpose.
Semester Highlights Include:
Small Group / One-on-One Spanish Lessons
Trek to Machu Picchu
Volunteer and learn about sustainable agriculture and biodiversity in the Amazon
Live with Indigenous Homestays
Study the Impacts of Globalization through Service Learning