Why Peru 

Home to a unique culture rooted in water & agricultural foundations of the ancient Inca empire, recently ranked as top global culinary destination, and one of the 8 World Wonders, Peru is undoubtedly the destination for sustainable travel. Combined with the nation’s historical technologies for water initiatives and resource management, our exclusive facility access allows students and participants alike to dive into Peruvian culture and education like never before. Focused on community and engagement, students participate in developing sustainable implementations with a local elementary school, participate on bucket-list adventure excursions, and build global awareness, Peru is the ideal destination for students passionate about the mission toward global water stewardship and sustainability solutions.  


Cusco, Peru
Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices
Program Capacity
10 Days
Peruvian, Inca
20 C / 68 F
Program Fee
Single Pay: $4100; 3-Step Payment: $4400
Sustainable Development Goals
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Program Dates Now Enrolling

  • December 11 - 20, 2022

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Find out why this program is a foodie favorite! Every meal is a local experience that proves why Peru has been ranked #1 Culinary Destination in the world for consecutive years.

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Alumni of the Peru Program

Program Experiences

Host University

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL)
Department of Biodiversity

The Course: Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices
Credits: 3 credits, consisting of 48-66 hours

In class lectures include but are not limited to:
1) Water Consumption & Management - Water issues, Pollution, Mining, Agriculture 
2) Energy in Peru - Peru's Hydroelectric Production + Climate Change
3) Intro to Peru Geology & Water Usage - Inca vs Modern times
4) Sustainability in Peru
5) Data Measurement & Water Flow Analysis  
(*Please note that classes are subject to be updated)


As growing demands for resources and management challenges are increasing, communities around the world are forging ahead in the movement to become more sustainable. Climate change concerns are driving the need for carbon dioxide reduction, energy conservation, and urban heat reduction. Changes in flooding and drought patterns are pushing the communities to assess vulnerabilities and take action to become more resilient. Water scarcity and water quality concerns caused by changing population and land use are forcing communities to think beyond traditional water management approaches, while simultaneously applying indigenous knowledge to these processes.

The high cost of aging infrastructure maintenance and replacement has encouraged many communities to seek alternatives. Increasing concern over energy cost as well as energy security and reliability has increased the public pressure for sustainability. Additionally, the increase in public preference for sustainable agriculture is leading to the revision of field practices and more environmentally friendly technologies.

Through an interdisciplinary approach, this course provides knowledge of the theory and practice of this concept and the investigation of urban and rural water issues from the environmental management perspective. These topics will stimulate a critical examination of the historical and conceptual antecedents. With a focus on water resource management, these topics will also provide experience with the complex challenges of utilizing renewable energy in a sustainable manner.

It will review the ecosystem approach to understanding water as a resource and how science, policy, decision-making, ethics, and corporate approaches each play an important role in the management of water in the urban setting. Peru will be examined through case studies.


Beyond providing a basic introduction to water resource management and sustainable development concepts, the objective of this course is to bridge the gap between textbook learning and real-time industry experience by taking students behind the scenes of the world’s leading clean energy and sustainability initiatives.


1. Gain a comprehensive understanding as well as a personal familiarity with the water resource management issues, techniques, and policies on both a local and global scale. 

2. Acquire a clear grasp of cost analyses and environmental impact of water scarcity, implementation of hydroelectric energy production facilities among other relevant industries in historical, present and future context.

3. Develop skills to evaluate resources and projects in terms of feasibility within the matrix of technical, economic, environmental, and political implementation.

4. Observe Peru's water usage plans with policy implementation, natural resource legislation, and other legislative controls impacting the Peruvian communities.

5. Advance on the vocabulary and concepts essential to understanding the systematic thinking approach to solving global water issues.

6. Develop leadership, teamwork, and networking skills through adventure excursions and exposure to professional industry relationships.

7. Excel within a network of like-minded participants who aspire to work and innovate in the field of sustainability and social impact.

8. Gain a critical global perspective demanded by corporate recruiters today to prepare for accelerated career opportunities

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding along with a personal familiarity of the technology behind renewable energy systems and sustainable practices focused on water resource management.
  • Attain a clear grasp of analyses and environmental impact of water resource management and energy facilities in historical, present and future context of Peru.
  • Develop skills to evaluate water resources and projects in terms of feasibility within the matrix of technical, economic, environmental, and political implementation.
  • Observe Peru‚Äôs water management policies, natural resource legislation and other legislative controls impacting the production and use of water in the nation.
  • Advance on the vocabulary and concepts essential to commercial energy production, transmission, management and legislation.
  • Develop leadership, teamwork, and networking skills through adventure excursions and exposure to professional industry relationships.
  • Excel within a network of like-minded participants who aspire to work and innovate in the field of water initiatives and sustainability.
  • Engage with locals to gain a deeper understanding
  • Gain a critical global perspective demanded by corporate recruiters today to prepare for accelerated career opportunities.

Day 1 Welcome to Peru! 

  • Airport Pickups
  • Team Introductions
  • Capstone Project Launch
  • Traditional Peruvian Lunch
  • Hotel Check-in
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Intro to Peru‚Äôs Geology & Water Usage
  • Visit Inca Empire Agricultural Sites and Conduct Field Tests for Water Usage and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Lunch
  • Explore and Hike Tipon
  • Dinner
  • Capstone Development

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Water Consumption and Management - Explore Water Issue Topics in Pollution, Mining, and Agriculture
  • Lunch
  • Cusco‚Äôs Newest Wastewater Treatment Facility Access & Tour
  • Dinner
  • Salsa Dancing Lessons

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Energy Class - Peru‚Äôs Hydroelectric Power
  • Peru‚Äôs Water Resources & Climate Change Discussion
  • Lunch
  • Site visit to Cusco‚Äôs Water Management Governmental Project
  • Visit Peruvian Artisan Markets
  • Dinner
  • Capstone Development

Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Visit one of Peru‚Äôs Most Historic Hydroelectric Facilities
  • Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu
  • Lunch
  • Explore the New World Wonder - Machu Picchu
  • Dinner
  • Overnight Stay at Machu Pichu Lodge

Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Machu Picchu Hydroelectric Power Plant visit & Industry Access
  • Explore Santa Teresa
  • Lunch
  • Glide Across one of South America‚Äôs Highest Ziplines
  • Enjoy Peru‚Äôs Natural Hot Springs
  • Dinner
  • Depart from Machu Pichu Lodge

Day 7

  • Breakfast
  • Hydrology & Watershed class
  • Lunch
  • Explore Cusco City Plaza
  • Dinner
  • Capstone Development

Day 8

  • Breakfast
  • River Rafting Excursion
  • Lunch
  • Community Service Day
  • Dinner
  • Capstone Development

Day 9

  • Breakfast
  • Finalize Capstone Projects with teams
  • Lunch
  • Capstone Presentations at University
  • Final Dinner & Reflections

Day 10

  • Breakfast
  • Airport Departures

*Note: Itineraries are subject to change 


  • Pre-program GREEN Educational Materials
  • 5 lectures from industry leaders and faculty from Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL), and 2 transferable academic credits with transcript
  • Exclusive industry access to Machu Picchu‚Äôs hydroelectric power plant facilities which provides 100% of electricity to Cusco, and the city‚Äôs newest water treatment facility
  • Comprehensive understanding of Peru‚Äôs water resource management and sustainable initiatives on a local and governmental level
  • Access to Directors and Project Managers within the industry and local government
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners (*We accommodate dietary preferences/restrictions)
  • All lodging in various locations in Cusco city and Machu Picchu
  • All in-country transportation
  • Unique cultural immersion experiences
  • Exciting ‚Äúbucket-list‚ÄĚ adventure excursions to Machu Picchu, hot springs, rafting, ziplining, and more¬†
  • Lifetime membership to our Alumni Network to use for jobs, internships, industry news, and more. Read more about our alumni benefits.¬†

Health and Safety

Your comfort and safety are our top priority at The GREEN Program which is why our programs are led by trained and certified staff and guides. For specific information about health and safety in the destination you're visiting, we recommend checking current travel advisories through your state department. (In the U.S., you can find more information here.)

On our Peru program students participate in a variety of outdoor activities ranging from hiking at altitude, zip lining, white water rafting, and more. Individuals should be in generally good health and prepared for 2-3 moderate to challenging level hikes for up to 8 hours a day at elevations higher than 8,000 feet. It's important to consult a physician about any concerns and make sure that any current medical conditions are communicated to our team during the registration process. 

Students are responsible for arranging any necessary vaccinations before their program. You can find the most up to date information and recommendations from the CDC here. Travel health insurance is also compulsory for our programs. 

Please see our Health & Safety page for more information.  

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For more information on our program pricing please visit our pricing page.


Refer a Friend

To say thank you for helping us build our community, students can earn reduced program fees by referring others to our educational adventures. Getting started is simple and we provide you with support and resources to make sharing and standing out as a sustainability advocate in your community easy! Learn more here.


Scholarships, Funding, and University Resources

We understand that funding can be an initial hurdle; however, we've seen our students jump the financing hurdles and make their program a reality. Here are some of the most creative and successful methods our students have used to receive funding. We've seen it all, and know that GREEN students live out the saying "If there is a will, there is a way!" and have earned their spot towards global experiences and opportunities with our programs. We recommend trying a few of these proven methods to help make your program a reality.


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