Last July, The GREEN Program piloted its first Peru study abroad program with 15 students who traveled to Peru to spend 10 days in Cusco studying water resource management.
“They have one of the most contaminated rivers inside the city, which brings a lot of larger problems, [such as] disease and other issues, elsewhere,” said Adam Phoebe, Global Program Director for the program.
The GREEN Program is a short-term experiential study abroad program designed for future renewable energy and sustainability leaders. During the Peru trip, several of the students used GoPros to film their experiences which have been compiled into a video entitled “Inside Look: The GREEN Program does Peru.”
Check out a first-hand look at what their experiences were like:
The GREEN Program will be headed back down to Peru from January 4-13 (applications for the program are due November 27).
“We’re going to be working with some elementary students in elementary schools to install rainwater collection systems, partnering with our university partner down there, USIL, as well as another outside organization working more in the Amazonian basin of Peru,” Phoebe added. “We’re trying to triangulate efforts and funding to bring more sustainable water resources and opportunities to these schools.”
The GREEN Program is also working on finalizing its program in Philadelphia, which will operate as a reverse study abroad program and will partner with Philadelphia University.
“It’s like a reverse study abroad to bring more international students inside the city,” Phoebe said, adding that he hopes some of them will fall in love with the city and stay here after their experiences.
Applications are currently open for spring programs in Iceland and Peru as well during various typical spring break times. Learn more at theGREENprogram.com.
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