This maternal health program will explore Peru’s history of traditional medicine and its transition to modern healthcare through the lens of maternal health. Over the course of three weeks, we will witness the variety of healthcare services and how they affect different parts of the population depending on wealth, geography, and social class. From private hospitals to rural clinics, we will meet with doctors, specialists, and healthcare workers to discuss the realities of health for Peruvians.
Monday 2/6, 4:30-5:15, JC Room A
Wednesday 2/8, 12-12:45, JC Room D
Thursday 2/9, 2-2:45, JC Room B
Wednesday 2/15, 4:30-5:15, JC Room F
Thursday 2/16, 11-11:45, JC Room C
Monday 2/20, 10-10:45, JC Room B
Seeking Credits for the following
Global and Community Health (GCH) 491: Study Abroad in Public Health
Global and Community Health (GCH) 591: Study Abroad in Public Health
Women and Gender Studies (WMST): tbd
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including those who do not attend George Mason University. Non-Mason students are welcome to apply, with space provided in priority to Mason students.
A combination of hostel accommodations, adobe huts, and camping.
Program Cost (Summer 2017): $4,290
Tuition (3 credits)
Housing (hostels, adobe huts and camping)
4-Day Lares Hike to Machu Picchu
International Travel Insurance
Cusco. During our orientation, we’ll explore nearby ancient ruins, vibrant markets, and the history of the ancient Incan capital. We will acclimatize to the sights, sounds, smells, and smiles of the region while getting a crash course in Peru’s economic, social, and political context.
We will head into the zona andina, or the Peruvian altiplano. We will get
a firsthand look at how indigenous Peruvians live in the unique and
dramatic environment, surrounded by mountain lakes, dotted with remote
farming villages, and mountaintops sprinkled with snow. The villages are
comprised of indigenous communities whose first language is Quechua. While
staying in a village’s community center, we will meet with local healthcare
professionals and hear about the daily challenges of keeping the Peruvian
public healthy. We will also attend a traditional medicine workshop given
by one of the local shamans. We will get off the beaten path, explore the natural local beauty surrounding the village, hang out with some llamas, and play soccer with the area’s children!
We will return to Cusco from the altiplano for a mid-program reflection.
We’ll share stories and exchange the lessons we’ve learned over a much-earned dinner out.
Our next visit is with a family farm in the remote village of Maska, about
1.5 hours outside of Cusco. The farm project, known as Kausay Punku,
serves as a conservatory for ancient grains and seeds, a school of traditional
organic agricultural practices, and a place of practice for traditional Andean
medicine. We will work alongside the family as we learn about natural
construction, traditional agriculture, sierran cuisine, herbal/homeopathic
medicine, and the real story of the Incas. We will hike up to the magical
ruins of Pisac, an ancient Incan village nestled in the mountains known for its
dramatic agricultural terraces.
Salkantay Trek. Named one of the 25 best Treks in the World by National Geographic, the Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests. Altitude, adventure and stunning views will join us as we hike for four days to Aguas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu, where we’ll spend our fifth day exploring the ancient sacred city. We’ll spend an extra night in A.C. to relax in glorious natural hot springs.
We’ll wrap up the program with disorientation reflection and activities
before saying farewell and jumping on our departure flights home.
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.