IFSA Community Building and Sustainable Development in Peru

Lima, Peru


Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite

4 semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent
What does this mean?

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: April 1
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Community Building and Sustainable Development in Peru

Combine the Lima metropolis bustling city life, worldly food fusion, endless cultural and night life with Iquitos, the capital of the Peruvian Amazon, the largest city in the world not reachable by road. Science and culture come together as you study and work with local organizations on environmentally focused community improvement projects.

Community Building and Sustainable Development in Peru Benefits

  • Ideal for students interested in Spanish language proficiency, community development and sustainable studies, environmental and biological sciences, and Latin American studies
  • Academic and language tutors are available as needed
  • Further your knowledge of community action and environmental sustainability, contributing to your increased understanding of the confluence of science and culture
  • Study in Coastal Peru in Lima and in Iquitos, part of the Amazonian jungle region, two unique ecological systems
  • Work with a non-profit in the Iquitos to gain practical experience abroad and participate in environmentally focused community improvement projects

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Community Building and Sustainable Development in Peru


Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Community Building and Sustainable Development in Peru Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Community Building and Sustainable Development summer program allows you to enroll in 2 exclusively-designed courses taught in Spanish by local faculty, and augment with volunteer work and visits to local organizations. This program provides you with an understanding of the process of developing grassroots organizations and their impact on local communities. As part of the curriculum, you will visit Iquitos (in the Amazon) in addition to Lima. The following required courses are specially designed for IFSA students on the Community Building and Sustainable Development program:

  • Advanced Spanish and Peruvian Culture (3 U.S. semester credit hours) This is an intensive advanced-level language course. Each student will turn in three essays during the course. This course is taught while in Lima.
  • Biodiversity and Sustainable Development (3 U.S. semester credit hours) This is a dynamic course that involves working with local organizations in two different cities. Students will participate in hands-on, environmentally focused community improvement projects such as recycling, planting trees and other needs as they arise within the community.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Community Building and Sustainable Development in Peru
Anthropology Cultural Studies Environmental Science/Studies European History History Indigenous Studies Latin American Studies Public Relations Spanish Sustainability Studies

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Host Family
Most meals included
The Community Building and Sustainable Development in Peru program includes two meals per day Sunday through Friday and one meal on Saturday.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Jennifer McKibben

Assistant Director of Student Services. Program Advisor for IFSAOnline, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, England, Mexico, Peru, and Scotland

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Resident Director

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Danny Gibbons

Resident Director, Peru

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Summer 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
June 10, 2020
Program End Date
July 19, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs