During the Peru SOFE, students explore the historical, political, socioeconomic, cultural, and geographic factors contributing to the uniqueness of local nonprofit organizations and international non-governmental organizations working in the Peruvian Third Sector.

Three themes will guide our explorations and discoveries:

  • Poverty and development
  • Health and education
  • Environment

We will develop our studies and research in two cities in different geographical regions
(South Pacific coastline and the Andes Mountains):

  • Lima, the nation’s capital and one of the largest metropolitan cities in South America (population: approx. 8 million).
  • Cusco, the “Imperial City” and historical capital of the Inca Empire and gateway to the Urubamba Valley (population: approx. 350,000).

In Lima, students meet with researchers and scholars at the Universidad Del Pacífico, a prestigious Jesuit University that is the “think tank” for nonprofit research and studies in Peru. Students attend meetings with important NGOs that work in the city.

In Cusco, declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO, students experience the ancient culture and peoples of Peru – the Incas. Students examine several nonprofit activities in the area (an orphanage, an indigenous school and organic farm, and international volunteer projects). Students journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas with stops to see ecotourism and educational nonprofits in the Andean rural areas, and have the opportunity to tour the archaeological site of Machu Picchu – a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Critical for the purpose of the Peru SOFE is for students to come with eyes to see, ears to listen and an openness to learn and experience a culture different from their own – suspending judgment, releasing preconceived notions and embracing a different worldview.

Itinerary is based on previous years visit and is subject to change.

Day 1
9 a.m. to 11a.m. Arrive in Lima
Upon Arrival ransport from Lima airport to La Hacienda Hotel in Miraflores
Day 2
9 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Group meeting
Noon Lunch buffet at Mango’s
1:30 p.m.

Transport to the main historic district for tours of the Main Square, Cathedral, Governmental Palace, and San Francis Colonial Church and catacombs

6:30 p.m. Back to hotel, free time
7:30 p.m. Group dinner and talk with Oscar Schiapa Pietra at hotel
Day 3
8 a.m. Breakfast and journal time
9 a.m. NGO visit: Fe y Alegria School
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Visit Barrio Agustino or Pamplona Alta
6 p.m. Group Reflection
7:30 p.m. Dinner (on own)
Day 4
8 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Leave hotel with luggage
9:45 a.m. NGO visit: Universidad del Pacifico
11:30 p.m. Leave for airport to catch 2:35 p.m. flight to Cusco
Evening Arrive Pisac Inn, Pisac
Day 5
8 a.m. Breakfast at Pisac Inn
9 a.m. NGO visit: Kusi Kawsay School
Noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. Discussion with Kusi Kawsay board
5 p.m. Visit the craft market in Pisac
Evening Dinner (on-own)
Day 6
8 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Group meeting
10:15 a.m. NGO visit: Chacra Kusi Nan Peruvian Organic Farm
1:00 p.m. Discussion with Alejandro Trevisanre
2:30 p.m. NGO visit
6 p.m. Free Time
7:30 p.m. Group dinner
Day 7
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Leave hotel with luggage for transport to Ollantaytambo and register at Hotel Tunupa
1 p.m. NGO visit: Awamaki and Indigenous village and weavers
7:30 p.m. NGO visit and dinner: Hearts Café
Day 8
8 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Walk to and visit Ollantaytambo Ruins
11 a.m. Lunch and back to hotel
12:58 p.m. Peru Rail Train for Machu Picchu
3 p.m. Check in at hotel and explore Aguas Calientes
6 p.m.  Group meeting
7 p.m. Dinner 
Day 9
5 a.m. Breakfast
6 a.m. Bus to Machu Picchu Ruins
11 a.m. Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
All day Machu Picchu visit, free time and  dinner
Day 10
7:15 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. Leave hotel
8:53 a.m. Train back to Ollantaytambo
11:45 a.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Despacho ceremony and visit with Q’ero elders.
6:30 p.m.  Arrive at San Juan Macias, rest and free time 
8 p.m. 

Final group/goodbye dinner in Cusco

Day 11
8 a.m. Breakfast in Cusco
9 a.m. Final group meeting
Free morning in Cusco and lunch on own
1:30 p.m. Flight to Lima
4 p.m. Dinner and discussion at Hearts Café (NGO)
5:30 p.m.  Arrive in Lima, dinner and return to U.S. 

Cost is based on previous visits and is subject to change.

The cost of the SOFE is made up of three parts:

  • In-destination experience costs
  • Tuition per credit hour for an online course
  • Travel expenses to/from your home location

The in-destination experience is $2,900 per participant, and includes:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Most meals
  • Tour entrance fees
  • Guest speakers, etc.

The in-destination experience excludes:

  • Personal costs: bottled water, snacks, drinks, gifts, personal items you may purchase for yourself and additional transport costs (e.g. taxis) etc. not included in course-related excursions
  • Certain meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Cost of any immunizations, travel documents and travel insurance

The SOFE experience was incredibly eye-opening. One of the most eye-opening experiences was seeing so many people living just as their ancestors had.” – Katrina Crook

Plan in advance and make it happen! Participating in a SOFE was one of the best decisions I have made in my entire academic career. Go in with no expectations and come out with your expectations blown out of the water.” – Jay Cordes

What I found was the beautiful reminder of humanity and simplicity. As a sector, we often get consumed with the logistics, providing services, and expanding essential and non-essential services.  The SOFE reminded me that there is so much beauty and kindness in the world that is drowned out in our American society. While I was learning, the Peru SOFE really became this retreat that reminded and reinforced my belief in humanity, our inherent goodness, and my passion for this sector.” – Emily Sloan



The Peru SOFE Guidebook contains useful information you can carry with you while in Peru. You will find detailed information regarding embassies, medical facilities in Lima and Cusco, general medical tips and precautions, packing list and information about time zone, money, attire, restroom etiquette, culture shock and more.

Click here to download a copy of the Peru SOFE Guidebook.

Questions? Contact Megan Maes, administrative assistant for the Global Nonprofit Leadership Department at mmaes@regis.edu or 303.964.3650.

Helpful Links:

U.S. Embassy

Bureau of Consular Affairs: Prior to travel

Bureau of Consular Affairs: Applying for passport

Bureau of Consular Affairs: Lost or stolen passports

U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings

U.S. Department of State Destination Country Information

U.S. Department of State Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets

U.S. Department of State Students Abroad page

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health page

Information for LGBT students while travel abroad
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