International Community Engaged Learning Program

Service Trip Abroad in Chiclayo, Peru

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - Sunday, May 29, 2016

In partnership with Juan Mejia Baca University

General Trip Information and Application Timeline
23 current WSU students and 7 WSU alumni (adjusted as needed) will be selected as participants for this trip.

Completed applications are due no later than midnight on December 7, 2015. Applicant interviews for this trip will be conducted on December 9th - December 16th. Participants will be notified of their selection onDecember 17th.

Selected participants will sign up for one of two available Spring courses to prepare them for the trip: GEOG 2920 (CRN 34649) and DET 2920 (CRN 34624).  Both classes will be held together on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:50.

Participant Fee
The participant fee of $2850 covers airfare, group transportation, lodging, three meals each day (other than our time in the airports, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu - 7 days), 6 WSU credit hours, travel snacks, a t-shirt and cultural excursions such as museum visits, visit to Senor de Sipan discovery Site, visit to Pyramids of Tucume, tour of Amazon basin area of Colasay, visit to Cuzco and Machu Picchu, etc.  Additional personal spending money should be taken for souvenirs, meals on the road and in Cuzco and Aguas Calientes, and other optional activities and incidentals.

$2850 (student travel costs) $850 (service project costs)  TOTAL: $3700 

Students selected to participate will need to confirm their involvement by paying the non-refundable trip deposit of $900 to the Study Abroad office in the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning. Failure to pay the $900 deposit and subsequent payments by 5:00 pm on their due dates, will result in forfeiture of your place on the Peru trip.  

Payment dates are as follows: 

$900 Deposit - Wednesday, January 20th

$900 Payment - Wednesday, February 17th

$900 Payment - Wednesday, March 16th

Remaining Balance - Wednesday, April 13th

The trip cost ($3700) cost includes 6 in-country credit hours from WSU.  The current rate for 6 credit hours is $1593.65.  We like to think that this means that you pay for your 9 credit hours and get your service trip to Peru for $2106.35.  :)

This cost is based on double-occupancy beds.  If you are uncomfortable with this, there is an option to pay more and your response is requested in a question below.

Service Projects:

We will complete four main projects for northern Peru communities.  Our trip goal is to improve the economic conditions of the people in rural areas.  We will do this through education, construction, and environmental sustainability projects.  Several of our projects will directly impact the youth and women served by our partnering University, Juan Mejia Baca University in Chiclayo, Peru.  Juan Mejia Baca University has a similar mission to that of Weber State University; they are a community-engaged institution.  They care about issues of public concern.  

Our projects are in line with the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): No poverty, Good health and well-being, Affordable and clean energy, Gender equality, Clean water and sanitation, Decent work and economic growth, Reduce inequalities, Life on land, and Partnerships.

The first project will be constructing/renovating a Women's Training Center.  Approximately 200 impoverished women in northern Peru received Culinary Arts education through Juan Mejia Baca University as part of an outreach program.  Now that these women have their certificates of completion, our task is to provide a space where they can be trained on business skills leading up to a micro-loan program.

Our second project will be constructing and reopening a community preschool.  The preschool has been closed for several years now because of a collapsing roof and poor repair conditions of classrooms.  We will clean, repair, construct and re-open this free community preschool.

Our third project will be to bring clean water to a community that currently does not have access to water.  They receive one delivery of water per week by water truck for all of their water needs including washing, showering, drinking, cooking, etc.  This project will bring reliable water to this community, meeting a critical issue of public concern.

Fourth, is our education element.  Students will travel to local schools and community gatherings to teach the locals about English language, art, health/hygiene and sports.  

Finally, we will be gathering donations and contributing new books and solar systems to be incorporated into the Women's Training Center and community preschool.

We will be staying at host sites in close proximity to our partnering University, Juan Mejia Baca University.  The host sites will accommodate us well and will provide sufficient space for team-building exercises, reflections, planning and other activities.

Selected trip participants will have some free time.  We have planned to visit a few local museums and historical sites.  We will be visiting Machu Picchu on our way home for two days as well.  Additionally, there will be time in the evening hours to see the city and for buying souvenirs, etc. 

Upon acceptance, participants will be required to visit their doctor to complete a physical examination and medical clearance. We have included a few examples here of the type of questions that may be asked:

Have you had any chronic conditions requiring medical care?
Will you need any special medications or medical care while on this trip?
Are you allergic to any foods or medicines?
Do you have any other dietary restrictions?

We will discuss these components in further detail and take any questions as part of the spring semester course.


The Center for community Engaged Learning expects accepted applicants to participate; our office personnel use program fees to arrange for the trip itinerary and travel costs. Cancellation refund amounts, therefore, shall be determined according to the following schedule.

The program deposit ($900) is non-refundable.  By paying program deposit the student guarantees participation in the program and promises to pay the complete program cost by required deadline.  Withdrawal from the program does NOT release participant from payment requirement. 

Standard penalties due to Withdrawal or Non-payment:

· 120 Days prior to term start date: 25% of total program cost.

· 90 Days prior to term start date: 50% of total program cost.

· 60 Days prior to term start date: 75% of total program cost.

· 30 Days prior to term start date: No refunds.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to the Center for Community Engaged Learning, 3910 W Campus Dr. Department 2113 Ogden, UT 84408-2113.  Cancellations may not be accepted over the phone or email.

Thank you for your interest in the WSU International Community Engaged Learning Program.  We look forward to reviewing your application.

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