Xavier students trekked to Peru over spring break to study Andean language, literature and culture

Program included visits to archaeological sites including Machu Picchu | March 13, 2015

Students enrolled in Spanish, economics and education classes spent their spring break on a 10-day trip to Peru that included staying in the homes of local families, participating in service learning projects, and visiting historical, archaeological and sustainability sites in the Andes mountains.

Led by associate professor of Spanish Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco and education professor Laney Bender-Slack, the students met with Peruvian students from the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, with whom they had engaged through a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) program earlier in the semester. Two of those students traveled with them to sites around the country.

The group began in Lima, where they met with their host families and their university colleagues, then traveled to other parts of the country including Cusco, Andahuaylillas and the Sacred Valley where they toured archaeological sites. They also went to Machu Picchu, the famous 15th-century Inca mountain site.

Students created a blog site where their photos and writings can be viewed.