International Field Study

Peru LEAD: Leadership & Youth in Action Winter 2019

Peru LEAD: Leadership & Youth in Action Winter 2019


During the Peru LEAD: Leadership & Youth in Action, students will take a look behind the curtain of conventional tourism to see how Peruvian youth are creating change in their communities.

From the hustle and bustle of the western hemispheres’ most visited cities, Lima, to the coastal suburbs of Ventanilla and the desert oasis of Lunahuana, we’ll engage with surfers, artisans, and acrobats. We’ll ride the waves of change with Alto Peru and learn to juggle community development in Pachacutec.

The program will examine Peru’s history and see how the country has crafted such a varied coastal landscape where at the limits of conventional tourism, Peruvian youth are leading the rise of alternative tourism and social action. During this experience, our students will experience working with a group of young change-makers who use sports to empower others and learn traditional crafting techniques to understand the power of social enterprise.

The combination of community-based programming, cultural exposure and interactive team building experiences on this trip, will help students grown both personally and professionally. They will build their network, develop their soft skills and enhance their leadership experience – that upon their return home, will be transferable to their academic success, career readiness and community engagement.

Practice your Spanish and learn to cook the Peruvian cuisine in Lima with Peruwayna! Try your hand at juggling with the performers of ACJP who build capacity through acrobatics in Pachacutec. Ride the waves and surf with Alto Peru, a group of young change-makers who use sport to empower people on Peru’s pacific coast. Practice traditional Peruvian crafting techniques with Ichimay Wari and learn about the power of social enterprise. Get lazy beside the Cañete River and feel your adrenaline rush while white water rafting down Class IIIs and IVs in Lunahuana!

Daily itinerary details coming soon!

This trip qualifies for a Be World Ready Grant to help bring down the cost of the experience. Be World Ready Grant Disbursement:

80% advance will be awarded upon completion of pre-departure requirements and used to cover a portion of the trip cost.

20% will be awarded upon return from your Field Study.

More information regarding grant distribution as well as the multi-stage process of completion can be found on the 'Grants' page

Day 1 - 3


We’ll begin our Peruvian adventure in front of Jorge Chavez International Airport in the big, bustling capital of Lima. We’ll then take our orientation to the posh suburb of Mira Flores where we’ll get settled and acclimatize to the sights, sounds, and smells of the region. We’ll learn the local lingo with Escuela Peruwayna and sample some traditional cuisine with a little cooking lesson!

Next, we’ll grab some bicycles and stretch our legs with a unique alternative tour of Lima’s famous and not-sofamous landmarks. From “El Malecon” to Barranco’s old town, get ready to see Peru’s vibrant capital in a whole new light before journeying downtown to learn about one of the darker times in the country’s history at Museo de la Nacion. If we’re lucky, we’ll celebrate the day with a sunset from the highest point in town.

Day 3


On our third day, we will walk the streets of La Gamarra – One of South America’s largest informal markets. It is a hustling and bustling place where textile and clothing are produced and sold, and where independent manufacturers with lower production costs supply big businesses. At La Gamarra, multiple transactions are happening on different levels – people are buying wholesale for their businesses located in greater Lima, retailers are selling directly to consumers, and producers are exporting their products to North America and Europe.

After a little bit of shopping, we’re off again to nearby Lurin to meet with our partners Ichimay Wari. On the outskirts of Lima, a group of refugees escaping the Shining Path found safe haven and are now developing a unique model of cultural and craft-based tourism. There’s simply no better place to talk about social enterprise and the rise of alternative tourism!

Day 4


We then head back to Lima where we’ll connect with Alto Peru, an inspiring organization of youth who are doing things just a little differently! Here on the coast, our friends are harnessing the power of sport to provide opportunities to local Peruvians. They’ll teach us to surf and show us how tourism and community-based
development can go hand-in-hand.

Day 5 - 7


Next stop, Pachacutec! Tourism rarely reaches this far-flung barrio of Ventanilla, but after only a short journey north from Lima, our group will be greeted by the awesome Asociación Casa Juvenil Pachacútec (ACJP). This incredible group of creative youth express themselves through dance and acrobatics, using their talents to empower and promote positive change in their community. For two days, we’ll camp and collaborate with ACJP, assisting in the delivery of workshops, playing reflective games, and hitting the beach for a bonfire.

Day 7 - 9


We will conclude our adventure in the town of Lunahuana. Here on the shores of the Cañete River, tourism is a way of life. We’ll get our adrenaline pumpin’ as we white water raft down some Class IIIs and IVs.

Then we’ll kick back, relax, and reflect on our incredible journey. We will fill our bellies and tell stories, we’ll sip Pisco sours and share lessons learned, we’ll sit under the stars and think about our impact and what we can do to bring it home.

Included in the Price:

Round-trip airfare

In-country transportation

All accommodations

Most meals

All scheduled activities

Travel & health insurance


Payment Plan

Note that the fees included below are approximate and may vary at any time.


$550 is due October 5, 2018

Second Payment

$650 is due November 2, 2018

Third Payment

$650 is due November 30, 2018

Final Paymanet

$550+/- is due January 11, 2019

Option 1—Direct Deposit – Online

When making payment through online banking:

  • Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number
  • Once payment is made, you MUST email and provide your name, student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for International Field Study: Peru LEAD: Leadership & Youth in Action Winter 2019. Please copy Be World Ready, at on the email
  • The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly

Option 2—In Person

Go to Student Accounts located in the Registrar’s office at Niagara College. There is one at each campus. Have your student number available. Indicate that you would like to make a payment for an International Field Study: Peru LEAD: Leadership & Youth in Action Winter 2019. Make payment (either deposit or final payment) for your International Opportunity to your student account.

Cancellation Policy

Students MUST email the Be World Ready team immediately at, from their Niagara College student email account, to notify the team of your decision to no longer participate in an IFS. If no notification of cancelation is received by email to the Be World Ready team after the initial deposit date, all payments are 100% non-refundable regardless of the below schedule of cancellation fees.

It is imperative that the Be World Ready team is notified of your choice to withdraw from any IFS as soon as possible. A missed payment is not considered a notification of no longer wishing to participate in an IFS an email must be sent to expressing your desire to withdrawal.

If a student needs to cancel their International Field Study, they may qualify for a refund of monies paid based on the schedule of cancellation fees outlined below:

Schedule of Cancellation Fees
  • 0—30 days of deposit date: Refunds will be granted based on vendor/supplier payments made by the cancelation date
  • 31—60 days of deposit date: 50% loss of all payments made to date
  • 61+ days of deposit date: All payments 100% non-refundable

Application Process

  • Apply online
  • Email a copy/photo of your passport to
    • Please ensure all text is legible as this is required to book your airline ticket
  • Pay the deposit (spots for this trip are only secured after a deposit payment has be made)

Grant Eligibility

All, full-time Niagara College students participating in an international activity are eligible for up to $500 worth of Be World Ready grants to help offset the cost of their experience. In order to qualify for the grant:

  • Apply to an international experience
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (dates to be determined)
  • Complete the online pre-departure component (consisting of Blackboard modules and forms to sign)
  • Successfully attend the international experience
  • Upon return, submit two high-quality photos along with a well-written testimonial referencing your experience abroad to the Be World Ready team
Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email a copy/photo.
Approx. Price


Trip Date

Feb 23, 2019—Mar 3, 2019






Leadership, Youth and Student Engagement


Open to all students

Application Deadline

October 5, 2018