Peru has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, has recently been recognized as an international culinary destination, and contains the most popular tourism site in all of South America: Machu Picchu. The country has also made huge strides in combating child and maternal mortality and improving reproductive health. Despite these advances, there are still huge disparities between rural and urban, indigenous and non-indigenous, poor and non-poor. This course explores these disparities in reproductive and maternal child health in Peru.
We will begin our exploration of this topic in the capital city of Lima, an urban metropolis on the Pacific Ocean where the extremes of healthcare in the country can be witnessed first-hand. Our time in Lima will include hospital visits, meetings with healthcare practitioners, academics and med school students, cultural activities and a visit to Pachacutec, a shantytown two hours north of Lima defined by urban poverty and deep social inequality. From Lima we will fly to Cusco, the historic city resting at an altitude of 11,000 feet. In Cusco we'll explore the traditional Andean way of life, from the cobblestone streets of the Incan capital to remote farming villages in the surrounding Sacred Valley. We will explore, in person, Peru’s wide spectrum of health services, from a first-class city hospital to the more minimal levels of healthcare in the remote highland towns. We’ll learn how the government has incorporated traditional birthing techniques with modern practices, and how they’ve implemented a promotor system of grassroots communication and basic medical services. We’ll also experience sustainable agricultural methods, authentic Peruvian cuisine and absorb as much Incan culture as possible. Beyond the mental challenges, we’ll push ourselves physically as we hike three days through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu to get the best view of the ancient city in the clouds. Get ready for thrilling heights and views that will take your breath away!
- See global health in action as you learn about Maternal Child Health in a country that has made great strides in this area
- Experience Peru's culture in all its diversity and beauty
- Visit 5 unique cities and towns in Peru
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Minimum undergraduate GPA: 2.25
Minimum graduate GPA: 3.0
Students will choose one three credit course during the application process.
- Global and Community Health- GCH 491: Study Abroad in Public Health
- Women and Gender Studies- WMST 390: Study Abroad
- Global and Community Health- GCH 591: Study Abroad in Public Health
- Women and Gender Studies- WMST 695: Internship
May 22 - June 6, 2021
- Students Fly in and Arrive by 12:00AM (Saturday Night)
- Group orientation
- Visit the community of Pachacutec and their local health facilities
- Medilfe Visit and Tour of Lima Hospital
- Flight to Cusco / Travel to Maska / Orientatation to Permaculture & Traditional Medicine
- Cuy Workshop / Adobe and Natural Construction Workshop
- Morning Hike from Maska / Farm Tour/ Travel to Cusco
- Cusco Regional Public Hospital, Cusco Municipal Clinic, Antonia Lorena Public Hospital, Mac Salud Private Hospital, and Hospital for Government Workers
- City History Tour / Free Time / Student Activity
- Visit to Diresa (Ministry of Health) / Community Engagement
- Day trip to Ccorimarca
- Visit local markets
- Visit Casa Materna, Casa de Viglancia
- Traditional Medicine workshop
- Hospital tours / Travel to Cusco
- Bus and Train to Aguas Calientes / Tour of Machu Picchu / Hot Springs
- Return to Cusco / Disorientation
||Fly Out / Student Departure from Cuco
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.
Summer 2021: Coming Soon!
The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, including a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equals the published Program Cost for this course.
Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations (hostels, adobe huts and camping), in country transportation, visits/tours/excursions as described in itinerary, all meals, international emergency medical insurance.
Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.
*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights.
When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 20, 2021. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 10, 2021. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."
* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
March 10, 2021
Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.
Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.
Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.
Required Information Session: Students are required to attend an information session before they can be accepted to the program. Information Session Schedule coming soon!
Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:
Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.