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Peru: Service Through the Lens™

Peru: Service Through the Lens™

Experience Machu Picchu and beyond as you refine your photography skills and storytelling techniques.

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Highlights

  • Capture moments of daily life in Andean communities
  • Participate in workshops with award-winning photojournalists
  • Learn composition and storytelling on immersive field expeditions
  • Take a day hike to Machu Picchu
  • Visit the incredible salt pond terraces of Maras

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Overview

Peru deserves its reputation as a mystical travel destination. Astonishing beauty abounds in its most iconic sites: The colonial gem of Cuzco, the incredible Inca citadel at Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks. However, as a storyteller you might discover that tucked in between these wild landscapes is another world of photo opportunities: Colorful weaving villages, market days, the hardy mountain lifestyle of families living in the Andes. Truly, the people are Peru’s real treasure and most dynamic force: Warm in spirit, resourceful and resilient, Peruvians are generous about sharing their lives and their country with visitors. With your eyes and heart open, take your camera off the tourist path to capture their rich and surprising stories through direct exchanges.

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Community Service

Make your photography a service to the community. With your peers, engage in a yearbook project for a local school. Collaborate on portraiture and post-production to come up with a memento that the students and their families can enjoy. Take part in community development projects that target infrastructure-, education- or health-related concerns, depending on the time of your arrival. Keep your camera handy: Through volunteering, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know families, shoot their portraits, conduct interviews and create human interest pieces for exchanging with our group and your subjects.

Hands-On Learning

Intermixed with community service projects and cultural excursions is time to refine your art, and shoot and edit with professional guidance. Shadow working photojournalists, tour a photography studio in Cuzco, and take workshops on topics like building a following or shooting traditional film. You’ll have an ongoing assignment to consider your lighting and composition, refine your unique vision, and better use your gear. Peru offers opportunities to explore portraiture, street photography, as well as architectural, landscape and adventure photography. At program’s end, participate in an expo, where you’ll get to creatively display your best work.

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Adventure

Those who are willing to break a sweat are rewarded handsomely in Peru, with a stunning combination of mountain vistas, cloud forests and jungles. Go on a hike from the Moray ruins to the white salt ponds of Maras, which cascade down a hillside valley in geometric terraces and have been providing local Peruvians with salt for generations. Enjoy off-road bike rides, live amongst a traditional Andean community and go on a day hike to stunning Machu Picchu. Walking ancient pathways surrounded by an astonishing visual landscape.

Lodging

Home Base will be at community-built and operated hotel in the Sacred Valley. Students will share rooms with roommates, typically with ensuite bathrooms, and enjoy communal meals as a group. Accommodations are basic, but clean and safe.

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Dates & Tuition

Peru: Service Through the Lens™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2018 Dates
Jun 19 - Jul 9, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,399
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 40
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Peru: Service Through the Lens™ 14-Day Program
2018 Dates
Jul 13 - Jul 26, 2018
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,899
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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