|Seminar Title:||Exploring the indigenous heritage of Peru: its impact on education and current society|
|Duration:||Up to five weeks, exact dates to be determined (typically beginning in early July)|
|Participants:||U.S. school teachers, administrators, and media resource specialists at the elementary/middle level (Kindergarten through 8th grade)|
Peru is one of the Latin American countries which possesses a rich cultural heritage that has survived throughout history from pre-Columbian times to the present. This process has taken many forms and constitutes an excellent example of how a society is able to develop ways to adapt to changing economic, social and political circumstances while retaining its cultural identity.
Peru’s national identity is the result of a long history of confrontation and accommodation between two different cultures. It has an indigenous civilization mainly concentrated in the Andes, with the strong participation of the Quechua group that established the advanced Inca culture and other significant indigenous groups such as the Aymara, Chimu, Nazca and Paracas. The result is a Creole culture inserted in a country rich in historical heritage with a complex mix of cultural developments that can be appreciated in its architecture, art, dance, food, language, literature and music.
The program will provide participants the opportunity to appreciate first-hand realities of present day Peru through a guided exploration of the country’s history. It will include a cultural, political and social visit to southern Peru including a visit to Arequipa, Cusco, Madre de Dios and Puno, and Peru, the region where the most vibrant expressions of the country’s heritage is found. The participants will invest their time visiting monumental sites, both in the urban areas and in nearby historical towns, and interacting with Peruvian specialists in education, history, art, architecture, economic and public policy to acquire an adequate insight of the challenges facing Peruvian culture in the third millennium.
The purpose of the seminar is to share with a group of U.S. educators a vision of modern Peru that takes into account its unique historical and cultural heritage. It is expected that at the end of the seminar, the participants will have a better understanding of Peru’s cultural heritage that will enable them to enrich the educational curriculum they use in the United States.
"Contingent upon the availability of funds, quality of applications, travel alerts or identifiable concerns,
seminar selection may be changed or canceled."
NOTE: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.