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Montclair in Peru
Lima, Peru
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 2.75
Academic Area: Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies Credit Type: US equivalent
Program Description:

PROGRAM Not Offered for 2013


Montclair in Peru

Sustainable Development and Social Change


Course dates: June 11 – August 2, 2012
Travel Dates: June 25 – July 9, 2012

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Montclair in Peru
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This program explores sustainable development in the Peruvian Andes, an area of great cultural and biological diversity.  Through living with Andean families, students will gain a deep appreciation for local cultures and become immersed in diverse topics ranging from the politics of indigenous identity, to conservation and economic development.  We will hike on snowcapped mountain trails and participate in the daily activities our host families.
Our program is based in the Ancash region of northern Peru, known for its spectacular snow covered peaks and rugged mountain cultures. There we will stay in Vicos, where Cornell University launched an ambitious rural development project in the 1950s. Today, local grassroots organizations in Vicos promote sustainable development by emphasizing community involvement and respect for indigenous knowledge.  Students will meet with community experts to learn about existing challenges and opportunities to the development of the region in a responsible, effective, and just way. We will partner with a local NGO working on the frontlines of sustainability to complete a community service project, teaching English in the local high school.

Katherine McCaffrey is an associate professor of anthropology and a member of the advisory board of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program.  Her scholarship has focused on the relationship between the military and residents of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, and the legacies and impact of military occupation and training exercises on the community and environment.  She has authored numerous articles and a book, Military Power and Popular Protest: The U.S. Navy in Vieques, Puerto Rico.  Recently she collaborated with the photographer and video artist, Bonnie Donohue to curate an exhibition, “Killing Mapepe: Sex and Death in Cold War Vieques,” which is currently on view in Puerto Rico. She has traveled extensively in Latin America and has led MSU summer programs in Guadalajara Mexico, as well as Peru.

All Students register for one of the following:
ANTH 150: Cultures of Latin America            
LALS 201: Perspectives on Latin America

This class takes an experiential approach and requires students to participate in a service learning experience.  Service-learning is defined as a course-based, credit bearing educational experience in which  faculty, students, and community members participate in an organized service activity that addresses a self-identified community need. By teaching English in the local high school, students will have an opportunity to meaningfully interact with our host community, and to reflect on this hands-on experience in order to achieve greater understanding of course content and to enhance a sense of personal efficacy and civic responsibility.
Students are required to keep a journal and complete some written responses about their experiences during their stay in Peru, however, the main academic component is completed online before departure . Before, during and after return from Peru, students will reflect on their experience in a series of writing assignments. Credit and grades for faculty led programs appear in the MSU transcript as MSU Summer Sessions courses. All study abroad programs may be used to waive the GNED 303 Global Issues requirement. In addition, this course satisfies the GNED Humanities/Non Western Cultures requirement.

Accommodations and Meals

Participants will stay with host families in Vicos and in simple hotels and hostels in Lima and Huaraz.  Most meals are included.  We will experience the Andean mountain culture through homestays with local families in Andean communities. This is a wonderful cross-cultural opportunity to be welcomed into warm, caring families and learn firsthand about indigenous traditions. However, the living conditions in the homestays are more akin to camping than suburban New Jersey life.

Estimated Program Costs: $1,500
  • Local transportation
  • Most meals
  • Guides and Guest Lectures
  • Homestays or Double or triple occupancy hotels with breakfast
  • International student ID. Card

Airfare on the recommended international itinerary may be set up directly with STA Travel. Contact the STA International Programs department at Tel (877) 777-8717 (6am-6pm AZ time).

Payment Schedule: The payment schedule for program costs is as follows:
Application fee by February 15: $100
1st Deposit due March 1: $500
2nd Payment by April 1:


Final Payment by May 1: $500 (to be confirmed)
Tuition Payment to Bursar by May 15 In-state or Out-of-State Rates as per Summer Sessions


Make checks payable to “Montclair State University”.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, but the recommended deadline is February 15. Students must be in good academic standing and not under any disciplinary action and have a minimum GPA of 2.75. All participants are required to have:

1) An interview with the faculty director
2) One reference form completed by any other faculty member
3) $100 application fee.
Non-MSU students, new transfer students and high achieving high school seniors will need to submit official transcripts from their home institutions and two reference forms, plus an additional $100 administrative fee. Telephone interviews will the faculty director will be accepted for out-of-state students. Non-MSU students should confirm approval by their home institution and then would request an MSU transcript upon completion of the program. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for MSU students- contact the Global Education Center for further information.

Contact the Global Education Center at 973-655-4185 or email


Contact Dr. Kate McCaffrey at 973-655-7560, or


Pre-Enrollment Form

Faculty Led Short-Term Study Abroad Institutes Forms

Global Education Center
Montclair State University
22 Normal Avenue Montclair, NJ 07043

Tel: 973 655-4185
Fax: 973 655-7654


Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.