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Overview

Make a lasting difference and improve your conversational Spanish on this high-altitude journey through the Amazon, up the Inca Trail and into the wonder of Machu Picchu.

No common phrasebook can prepare you for the uncommon Spanish language and service adventure that awaits in the Peruvian Andes and rainforest of the Amazon. Study this beautiful language in equally beautiful high-altitude surroundings. Spanish is acquired organically as you live and learn among locals in idyllic towns. Speak it on the soccer field, in colorful markets, while volunteering with local communities, doing research in the rainforest and everywhere else. Save a few Spanish 'oohs' and 'ahhs' for the moment you first gaze upon Machu Picchu, the world's most awe-inspiring archaeological site, and for when you take that first step into the Amazon.

A better school for local children. Improved infrastructure. A cleaner hiking trail. A healthy organic garden. A whole new group of friends. Confidence in a second language. What will you take way from Peru? And more importantly, what will you leave behind?

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
June 24 - July 16 HS23 days$6,180Open
July 20 - August 11 HS23 days$6,180Open
Earn & Learn
Peru Spanish & Service Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn documented community service hours and even college credits. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.

Peru Spanish & Service offers 3 Spanish language college credits through Lesley University. Additionally, students earn 40 hours of documented community service.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
  • 1 year of high school Spanish

ACADEMICS & COLLEGE CREDIT

Course Description
This 23-day language and service intensive course is designed for you to achieve a conversational level of Spanish in addition to an in-depth understanding of the components of a meaningful, sustainable community service project within Peru’s communities. You will experience different aspects of Peru while hiking down the Inca Trail, visiting the ruins of Machu Picchu, attending language lessons in the rainforest, and finally working within several communities along the Amazon River Basin, starting in the foothills of the Andes and finishing at the mouth of the second longest river in the world.

Course Objectives

  • Comprehend and utilize daily expressions and simple phrases
  • Introduce yourself and others, and ask for and give information about where one lives, belongings and the people one knows
  • Communicate in an elementary way with a person that speaks slowly, clearly and that is willing to cooperate
  • Study the history of “service”, and understand what makes a community service project both sustainable and impactful
  • Learn about different Hispanic cultures

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. In Peru, work closely with local organizations on environmental projects that focus on protecting the Amazonian forest and its resources as well as support rural communities in their infrastructure and development goals. The projects give you the opportunity to practice your Spanish conversation skills while working with volunteers, stakeholders and residents on improvement and conservation projects. Possible projects include:

  • Community improvement projects in a small rural town of the Sacred Valley
  • Participate in reforestation and environmental research projects in the Andes
  • Assist in trail development and maintenance, organic gardening and plant and animal identification at an environmental education center in the Amazon River basin
  • Volunteer at a research center monitoring caimans and documenting habituation levels of different rainforest animals like agoutis, ocelots, armadillos, jaguars, porcupines, and marsupials

40 Service Hours

3 College Credits

Peru Spanish & Service Itinerary

Itinerary

1

Your flight into Cusco gives you a bird’s eye view of Peru’s magnificent landscape, from soaring snow-capped peaks to expansive valleys. This capital of the Incan World is a city steeped in history where two worlds collide, that of modern day Peru and of the once-powerful Incas. As we acclimate to the altitude, we explore cobblestone streets, colonial cathedrals, the Cusco Planetarium, the historic Plaza de Armas and the bustling Mercado Central. Delve into the history of community service in Peru, and better understand how your visit will impact and support local communities. Listen to indigenous musicians play traditional music on instruments made from reeds and wood. Learn the significance of the serpent, puma and condor as you investigate the ruins of once majestic cities. Give your Spanish a try, negotiating for local goods with the indigenous Quechua and exploring the colorful market villages of Cusco.

2

After a beautiful drive through the Andes Mountains, set off on a challenging, yet extremely rewarding, high-Andes trek. Visit Choquequirao, Machu Picchu’s sister site and a “locals only” ancient ruin so awe inspiring its Quechuan name translates to ‘Cradle of Gold’. Walk past fields of orchids and cacti along the valley and down into the canyon of the astounding Apurimac river. Pass through cloud forests, cross suspension bridges with sweeping vistas of snow-capped mountains and camp alongside an ancient Inca ceremonial site under brilliant star-filled skies as you bond with your group and experience the Spanish language in a whole new way.

3

Travel to a research station upstream from Puerto Maldonado on the Las Piedras river. Here, spend mornings engaged in Spanish immersion courses and afternoons assisting in trail development and maintenance, organic gardening as well as plant & animal identification and research. Learn how the rainforest works while you volunteer alongside scientists, helping to conduct research that monitors local, exotic wildlife species like black caiman, giant otter, capybara and more. Come to understand the importance of preserving this unique ecosystem and learn how sustainable tourism supports this goal like nothing else can. Take a break and learn to shoot a bow and arrow, and play soccer with the children who call this place home. The lush beauty of the Amazon River Basin is a phenomenal and inspirational setting to hone your Spanish and complete rewarding service work. Take a break to enjoy a traditional meal and watch the river creep by.

4

Head to a small town in the Chincheros District of the Sacred Valley, the perfect destination for practicing your Spanish with friendly locals as you support them in their development goals through volunteer work. Lined with charming roadside stands of local goods and warm, welcoming people, an authentically Peruvian town of only a hundred residents will be your home. Among the green, rolling hills of the valley, work alongside members of the community on projects most often designed and directed by the locals themselves. Converse in Spanish to learn how the projects affect livelihoods and the future of the community, and begin to understand the components of sustainable service. After wrapping up your service projects, take part in a closing ceremony with members the community and say goodbye to your new friends.

5

One of the highlights of your Peruvian journey is visiting Machu Picchu, the world’s most awe-inspiring archaeological site. Wander alongside a local expert as you explore the ruins of temples, fountains and terraces built into a staggering mountainous landscape. Climb up Huayna Picchu to gaze back at “The Lost City of the Incas”. The panorama will leave you speechless. After soaking in the experience, say goodbye to your new Broadreach friends as you reflect on all you’ve learned and experienced in the mountains and jungles of Peru.

  • Trip Highlights

  • Practice your Spanish while volunteering at a rainforest research station in the Amazon
  • Perform service work in a small Sacred Valley community
  • Explore the famous and breathtaking Machu Picchu
  • Dig into Inca history and culture
  • Hike through the Andes Mountains, passing llamas and small villages along the way
  • Learn Spanish from native speakers
Peru Spanish & Service Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Theresa Protter from Thousand Oaks, CA

Adam grew mentally, emotionally, and spiritually because of this trip. He now has a sense of ‘who he is’. His confidence has increased VERY much! Bridgette and Mark were spectacular; just the right amount of supervision and guidance. I would like to say it was a trip of a lifetime, but hopefully he will have many more adventures like this. It was certainly the best trip, and best experience of Adam’s young life so far…….

Emma Pierce-Hoffman

You think you’ve traveled the world and then you take this trip and find out youve been missing out on all of the experiences that make travelling meaningful and really allow you to live and breathe another culture. We walked the streets of Cusco, roughed it on the Inca Trail, napped at Machu Picchu, learned Spanish in the Sacred Valley, worked with local schoolchildren, and did community service in the Amazon rainforest. We saw things that few outsiders ever get the chance to see and did things I never thought I would be able to do. The best part about it all was the closeness of the group and the personal growth I noticed at the end.

Anja M. from Wrenshall, MN

If I had to explain this trip in a phrase, it would be eye-opening. From exploring remote cultural communities to trekking the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, this trip has exposed me to memorable locations and experiences. Throughout a myriad activities in various locations I have gained a deeper appreciation for all I have in life in addition to recognizing the large Peruvian population as a hard-working, down-to-earth people. I have to say, improving my Spanish here has allowed me to live this experience to the fullest. Whether it be rattling down the Amazon River or jamming in the streets of Cusco City, Peru has changed me forever.

Christine Reddin from Raleigh, NC

My son enjoyed this trip immensely. It was a perfect mixture of service & adventure. I felt very comfortable with his safety while on the trip. While he was unable to reach me for their first call, he was allowed to send a quick email which was helpful. Most helpful of all, though, were the journal entries and the smiling photos which assured me that George was having a great time!

George enjoyed meeting other teens his age with similar curiosity about the world. He really enjoyed the full-time Broadreach staff who I could even tell were upbeat and instrumental in creating the right atmosphere and pulling their crew together. Additionally, the temporary guides along the way also seemed to have a special ‘something’ and really had a way of making a positive impression.

The trip was truly everything I and my son hoped it would be!

Gabriella Kostrzewa from Raleigh, NC

The thing I love most about Broadreach is that we don’t usually follow the path most traveled. We do things that most people don’t get to do. Yes, the hike in Peru is physically challenging at times because of the altitude but the joy felt when you get to the pass and see the sun rising over Machu Picchu is ineffable. I will always remember that feeling!

Ryan Kutulas from Birmingham, AL

This trip, in its entirety, has been one of the most unforgettable and extraordinary experiences of my life. Traveling through the city of Cuzco, hiking in the Andes Mountains, seeing Machu Piccu, and experiencing the one-of-a-kind uniqueness and awesomeness of the Amazon, and soo much more, has made me a lot stronger as a person and has changed my perspective on life in many different ways. Also, being able to meet lots of new people and make new friends made this trip even more worthwhile. If you are up for the adventure of a lifetime, you should most definitely consider embarking on this fantastic journey.

Anna Middleton

Travelling to Peru through Broadreach was an experience of a lifetime and I wouldnt have done it any other way. I learned more than I ever would have on my own about the language and culture. I never felt like a tourist and made genuine friends with locals. Traveling with a group of other students and awesome counselors made learning fun and gave you someone to lean on when you needed it. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Bailey Mccune

The name “Peru Spanish and Service” truly does not justify the trip. While Spanish and service are both critical elements, Peru has so much more to offer! The historical value of Peru’s towns and cities overwhelm all senses. The hike pushes the limits off what most people would consider possible for the “average American teenager,” and Machu Picchu pushes the limit of what people think is possible for mankind as a whole. The biodiversity of Peru’s landscapes and nature always provide breathtaking views, whether it be the monstrous snow capped mountains or the luscious jungle of the Amazon River Basin. I now have an endless feeling of self-satisfaction knowing that in this past summer I have completed tasks that 99% of the world could/would never do, and it’s all thanks to Peru Spanish and Service!

Astrid Massart from Brussels, Belgium

I will forever remember this journey across Peru! The hike in the Andes was amazing and learning Spanish by working with the kindest and most welcoming community. But for sure, the most memorable place we have visited was the Amazon rain forest. Feeling disconnected, calm and surrounded by nature taught me how precious the earth is.

Ella K. from Lenox, MA

Sitting in my room one random school night deciding that I wanted to do something with my life was a wonderful decision. I was not previously exposed to Spanish before the trip, yet I managed to greatly improve my language skills and experience Peruvian culture. There were so many multi-faceted experiences such as the Inca Trail and the language school that were educational, culturally immersive, and fun. I also especially loved the fact we explored so many different climates. From the high Peruvian Andes, to the cool streets of Cusco to the heat and humidity of the Amazon, we experienced and saw what diverse Peru has to offer. 3 weeks of my summer extremely well spent!

Ellen Winston from Santa Cruz, CA

This trip has been absolutely amazing and one that I’ll never forget. I don’t know how many times in my life an entire town will assemble solely in honor of my arrival, and I will cherish that memory and all the memories like it for as long as I have them. I’ve learned so much from the locals here as well as our group and I will always appreciate this knowledge gained.

Sarah Smith

When I first signed up for this trip, I did not know what to expect. I didnt know that during this trip I would make life-long bonds and friendships, learn more about the culture and history of Peru, enhance my Spanish, and take in new sights and experiences that are probably once in a lifetime. I will never forget the memories made and friendships created. This trip helped me become more confident, adventurous, and outgoing and is one of the best things Ive chosen to do in my lifetime.

Faith Hamlin from Wilson, WY

There aren’t many words to describe how fantastic this trip was. I might have been the trip of my life! Peru is such a beautiful and exciting country that has adventures waiting for you! Its remarkable how you can be in the snow capped mountains in the cool, crisp air and with a plane ride under an hour you will be in the hot Amazon where the fortress of trees surrounds you. One of the best parts would have to be when you finish a long day of service where you have put all your energy and you see that you have made a great difference. We saw the differences we made in the eyes of the kids we met and taught and even in the rain forest working to build trails! I think about everyone I made an impact on almost everyday. It’s hard not to smile when you think of all the Peruvian children we got to meet and share smiles, laughs and hugs with! One of the most important lessons I learned on this trip was the importance of being a traveler, not a tourist. We didn’t go to Peru and “take, take, take” we went to Peru and we gave something back we made an impact, not only with service work, but even with small conversations and meetings with the local people. I honestly don’t think I will forget much about this trip. I continue to think about the impact it made on my life everyday. I see things with new eyes now, and its better. Friendships that I made on this trip will last forever. You found a special bond with everyone. So many laughs were shred during this trip! You weren’t only close with the kids the leaders were AMAZING too! Everyone stepped up to take care of each other and we were always looking out for one another. The friendships I made are not easily explained because they were so strong. We never took group pictures on our Broadreach trip, only family photos.

Ellen Watlington from La Mesa, CA

This experience has been utterly life-changing. From our hike, to the community service portion, to our days in Taray, it’s all been one huge amazing time with great people who I’ll never forget.

Holly D. from Milton, MA

Peru Spanish and Service was an amazing trip! I loved everything from hiking the Inca trail to sleeping with the monkeys in the Amazon. In between these two capstone moments of the trip, I learned Spanish, visited Machu Picchu, and explored the colonial city of Cusco. While doing all of this, I made a bunch of really great friends, bartered in markets in Spanish, and went horseback riding through the Andes. This was an awesome trip and I’ll always remember it!

Jamie Ullman from New Canaan, CT

The service aspect not only taught me a lot of Spanish, but also about the world I live in, yet am so isolated from in the USA. The landscape was beautiful and it reassured the importance of protecting nature in my mind. Living in the amazon definitely helped me overcome some of my nature-based fears.

Josh B. from Short Hills, NJ

This trip was great. It opened my eyes to an entirely different culture that I would have never been able to experience. Along the way, I met an amazing group of guys and girls. We had the best of times together. Leaving is tough, but I know I have gained so much knowledge and perspective in the past 3 weeks. I have memories to keep for a lifetime.

Sydney Shuster

This trip was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The cultural immersion opened my eyes to the world outside the comforts of home. I will never forget the last few steps to reaching 14,700 feet or watching the sunrise from a 200 foot communications tower in the middle of the jungle, or conversing with a little girl when we camped in their village. Peru is incredible and Broadreach made this all possible

Layl A. from Abu Dhabi

This experience changed my life in many ways. I learned more Spanish grammar and vocab, and I am more confident in my day-to-day scenarios. My favorite part of the trip was the hike in the Andes as I feel that it was truly the highlight of the trip. Machu Picchu was simply breathtaking.

Stephanie Buglione from Vestal, NY

I can look back and remember all the great times our group had together, my favorite being the community service in Huacanhuasi, having the experience to bond with all the kids and learn about a truly poverty stricken Peruvian community. I have made so many amazing friends and laughed tons! This has truly been a life changing experience that I will always remember!

Hayley Howard from New York, NY

Adventure Peru was without doubt the most incredible, memorable, and eye-opening experience of my life. Not only did I have the rare opportunity to travel around an incredible country, living and working in remote places I’d never have the chance to be part of otherwise, but I got to do it with 13 other people who all shared my excitement for the work we were doing, people we were helping, and the intense amount of adventures we took part in. My favorite part of the trip was definitely the relationships I built during my 23 days abroad, both with those traveling with me, who I can honestly say are now as close to me as some of my friends back home, but also the locals we worked with (especially the younger children and the kids my age). I never thought it could be so easy talking to a complete stranger who didn’t even speak my language, but my fluidity in Spanish improved immensely and I had some wonderful conversations that enabled me to get a glimpse into the lives of the kids I did service projects with as well as our guide on our incredible 3 day hiking trip through the majestic Andes. This trip was incredible and unforgettable because of all the people I got to know, the diversity of the service work we did, and the drastically different places we visited (the Andes, Cusco, and the Amazon) and I would recommend it 100%.

Zohra Choudhry from Fort Worth, TX

Peru Spanish and Service uniquely integrates experiential learning, history, language, culture, outdoor teamwork and global service. No other classroom can provide such a diverse and immersive experience.

Peru Spanish & Service FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?
Answer:

Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

Question:
Are flights included in the program tuition cost?
Answer:

Airfare is not included in the program tuition cost, mostly because students join our programs from all over the U.S. and other countries around the world. Some programs also have internal flights which are not included in the program tuition, and we’ll provide details on exactly how to book those once you are enrolled.

Question:
How does travel work?
Answer:

For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.

Question:
How does Broadreach address safety?
Answer:

Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.

Question:
When is the application deadline?
Answer:

We accept applications on a rolling basis until each session is full. So, the sooner you enroll, the greater chance you’ll have to get into your first choice program and session! Some of our most popular program sessions fill as early as the fall.

Question:
How many students are in a group? What is the male/female ratio?
Answer:

The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.

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Do most participants come alone or with friends?
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Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.

Question:
Will students be able to call home or access the internet?
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Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.

Question:
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Answer:

We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.

Question:
What does tuition protection cover?
Answer:

Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.

Question:
Who will my instructors be?
Answer:

Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).

Question:
Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?
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We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.

Question:
Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?
Answer:

Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.

Question:
How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer:

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).

Question:
What should I pack?
Answer:

We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. If you’d like to look at a packing list for a certain program, just let us know and we can email the most current version to you.

Question:
Where will we be staying?
Answer:

Accommodations vary by program, from private villas to jungle cabins to beach cabanas to research stations. We love staying in smaller local accommodations with authentic character rather than big chains, and we rarely camp.

Question:
What do the academics involve? What if I don’t take the program for credit?
Answer:

Academics will vary by program but usually include journals, discussions, lectures, research projects, and a midterm and final exam. We expect all of our students to participate fully in the academic course work on our programs, regardless of whether they have chosen to take it for official college credit.

Question:
What is the difference between discovery/explorer/expedition level?
Answer:

Our levels are loose guidelines to help families determine which programs might be the best fit. Discovery level programs do not require any prior experience and are great first-Broadreach options. Explorer level programs build on existing skills and knowledge, and often delve deeper into the program focus. Expedition level programs are usually in more remote or challenging locations, require prior experience, and often include more student ownership of the experience.

Question:
How do college credits work? Where are those credits accepted?
Answer:

We partner with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA to offer college credit for our academic high school and college programs. Those credits are widely accepted at colleges and universities all over North America, and we can often let you know if an alumni student has transferred those credits to a specific school in the past. For more details, click here.

Question:
Do you offer any discounts?
Answer:

In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts– please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Question:
Do you offer scholarships?
Answer:

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.

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