UBELONG partners with Universidad del Pacifico for summer program in Cusco


Today UBELONG announces a new partnership with Universidad del Pacifico in Peru to launch a 4-week program that combines university courses with volunteer service in Cusco, Peru this summer. Program participants take courses at the Universidad del Pacifico Summer School in downtown Cusco in the morning and volunteer in the afternoon in community projects in the area.

Established in 1962, the Universidad del Pacifico is a selective private university based in Lima. It is one of the most prestigious universities in Peru, specializing in business management and economics. Universidad del Pacifico is consistently ranked as one of the leading institutions of its kind in Latin America. “We believe that education in the XXI century is about equipping citizens to add value to society. This program combines university education of the highest quality with dedicated community service in Cusco, which is a perfect combination of reflection and action. We are excited to work with such a prestigious institution in the region to make it possible”, says UBELONG Founder Cedric Hodgeman.

“This innovative partnership with UBELONG represents for Universidad del Pacífico a great opportunity to strengthen its mission, which is educating responsible global leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to balance theory with practice, in a well-rounded program that is both eye-opening and exciting”, says Milagros Haro, head of the International Relations Office at Universidad del Pacifico.

When does the program start?
The 4-week program starts Monday July 8 and ends Sunday August 4, 2013.

How much does it cost?
You can take one or two courses. If you take one course, the total program fee is US$1555. If you take two courses, the total program fee is US$2095.

What does the program include?
In terms of academics, the program includes pre-departure consultation, full access to the Universidad del Pacifico facilities in Cusco, course materials and official transcripts. In terms of volunteering, besides the volunteer placement, the program includes all the UBELONG services in Cusco, including pre-departure preparation, airport pick-up, 24 hour in-country support, accommodation and two meals a day (breakfast and lunch) –click here for a detailed description of UBELONG volunteer services in Cusco.

Program participants will be assisted by a Mentor at Universidad del Pacifico for all matters related to the academic program, and a UBELONG Mentor for all matters related to their volunteer placement and logistics (airport pick up, accommodations, meals, etc.).

What courses can I take?
You can choose among 7 different courses:

-International trade and policy in Latin America and Peru.
-Socioeconomic and political reality of Peru.
-A history of the Andean people.
-Introduction to Hispano-American literature.
-Basic Spanish Grammar.
-Intermediate Spanish Grammar.
-Advanced Spanish Grammar.

These are all 3-credit courses. As specified above, you can choose to take one or two courses. Click here to access the course syllabi. If you have other questions related to the academic program, contact cuscoprograms@up.edu.pe.

In what projects can I volunteer in Cusco?
You volunteer Monday to Friday in the afternoon for a total of approximately 20 hours of service a week in one of the following projects:

-Assisting in an after-school center.
-Caring for malnourished children.
-Assisting at a shelter for abused girls.
-Caring for disabled children.
-Assisting at a sports center.

You can find more details about these volunteer projects in Cusco on the UBELONG website.

Can I earn university credit?
Each course is 3 credits. Universidad del Pacifico has international partnerships with multiple universities. If you are interested in applying Universidad del Pacifico credits to your own degree at home, contact your university and Universidad del Pacifico at cuscoprograms@up.edu.pe.

When is the deadline for applications?
The deadline for applications is May 15, 2013.

How do I apply?
To submit your application, follow these steps:

1. Go to the Universidad del Pacifico International Summer Programs page.

2. Download and fill out the registration form (“Registration Form Social Outreach 2013”), and send it together with your resume, motivation letter and a scanned copy of the picture page of your passport to cuscoprograms@up.edu.pe.

3. If you are accepted into the program, you pay the fees to confirm your participation.

4. After confirmation into the program, UBELONG will get in touch with you to help you finalize your volunteer placement and start the pre-departure preparation process.

Contact us if you have any questions or apply now if you are ready to join the program!