Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization

Explore how indigenous peoples in Peru are adapting and innovating to ensure the preservation of their cultural values and to shape their own future in the face of globalization and rapid change.

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This program explores the social, economic, political, and cultural impacts of globalization on indigenous peoples, and the ways in which communities respond and adapt to these transformations in Peru.

Topics of study include:

  • Indigenous rights, advocacy, and policy
  • Community empowerment
  • Identity recognition
  • Historical legacies and contemporary social movements
  • Impacts of global changes: society, culture, economy, and ecology

Acquire a deeper understanding of the lives, cultures, and challenges of indigenous peoples.
By examining the Quechua, native Amazon, and mestizo experiences in the Peruvian context, students learn about the issues facing indigenous peoples in relation to identity politics and globalization.

Students meet with indigenous university students, indigenous leaders, artists, laborers, farmers, historians, linguists, policymakers, scholars, and educators throughout the program.

Study Spanish and Quechua in the historic city of Cuzco.
The program is based in Cuzco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. In Cuzco, students improve their Spanish and also begin learning basic Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andean region. Once the official language of the Inca Empire, today nearly one million people in Peru speak Quechua.

Experience the loss, resilience, and revitalization of the historical memory and legacy of Peru's indigenous people. Students discuss the factors directly impacting the opportunities and challenges facing indigenous communities in Peru today.

Homestays and Excursions

  • Homestays with local families in urban and rural communities allow students to learn about the impacts of globalization on Peruvians from different perspectives.
  • The program travels extensively beyond Cuzco throughout Andean and Amazonian Peru. Learn more about the program’s excursions.

Learn how recent mobilization efforts by indigenous Amazonian communities are shifting Peruvian national politics as reported by SIT program alum Anne Strother (Oberlin College) in PBS’ Online NewsHour (Peru Land Dispute Mobilizes Indigenous Efforts).

Costs Dates

Credits: 17

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Cuzco

Language Study: Quechua,  Spanish

Prerequisites: 4 semesters Spanish

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