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*WCU Winter in Peru - Criminal Justice & Voices4Peru
Lima, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English
GPA:
2.5
Housing Options:
Hotel Max Credits Offered: 3
Area of Study: Criminal Justice Program Type: Service Learning, WCU Faculty-Led Study Abroad
Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit
Available to Non-WCU Students:
Yes
Faculty/Staff Director: Michael Antonio College: Business & Public Affairs
Program Description:
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
CRJ434 (3 credit hours): Experiencing Perú: Examining the Criminal, Social, and Economic Impact of the Voices4Perú Organization
CRJ555 (3 credit hours): Experiencing Perú: Examining the Criminal, Social, and Economic Impact of the Voices4Perú Organization

This course has recently been approved to fulfill the University requirements related to Diversity (J), Interdisciplinary (I), and Writing (W) emphasis.

This two-week study abroad adventure involves connecting with the people of Ventanilla, Perú, a remote community north of Lima. Primarily, students will see first-hand what staff from the Voices4Perú (V4P) organization do to meet the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of the community. Students will have regular opportunities to interact with V4P staff, Ventanilla residents, elementary school students, and local youth during scheduled activities in the community center, including weekly craft days, Olympic days, and youth-group meetings. Students will have the ability to practice with the V4P sponsored soccer teams and attend weekend games. Also, arrangements will be made to visit an urban hospital, a child orphanage, and the U.S. Embassy in Lima. Other excursions may include visiting/touring historical landmarks in Lima, catacombs, local markets, and museums, as well as sampling the local cuisine. Additional adventures may include paintball, swimming with sea lions, a day at the beach, and a two-day excursion in the desert.

The course emphasizes current research findings about gang membership and recruiting techniques (with an emphasis placed on research findings related to Peru), sex trade, child labor, and criminological theory that describes origins/causes of criminal activity among youth. Coursework will include readings from reputable journals and periodicals in the field of criminal justice, and grading criteria will be based on objective exams and/or written papers/reports.

LOCATION
Lima, Perú
 
ACCOMMODATION
All students will be lodging in pre-arranged, double- or triple-occupancy hotel rooms in Lima.
 
LANGUAGE
The language of instruction for this course is English. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required because translator services will be available.  
 
COURSE CREDIT INFORMATION             
All participants will earn 3 credit hours for the CRJ 434 (undergraduate) or CRJ 555 (graduate) course. This course has recently been approved to fulfill the University requirements related to Diversity (J), Interdisciplinary (I), and Writing (W) emphasis.
 
EXAMPLE OF POSSIBLE EXCURSION
Two-day desert excursion to Haucacina for dune buggy riding and sand surfing.

PROGRAM COSTS 
In addition to regular tuition/fee rates for the 3-credit-hour course, all participants will pay an additional $2,170 program fee ($150 to WCU and $2,020 to Voices4Peru) that includes hotel accommodations, 3 meals per day, all ground transportation, translator fees, admission tickets, security, and the program administration. In addition, all students will be billed the $100 study abroad application fee upon submission of their application and will be required to purchase the mandatory WCU international insurance.

Items not included in the cost above include round-trip airfare from the USA to Lima, Peru and spending money for souvenirs.

FINANCIAL AID
Since this program is non-credit, participants will be ineligible for most scholarships. Students are encouraged to fundraise to cover their individual program costs, and will be provided with guidance and suggestions about how to this during pre-departure meetings.
 
All participants will be required to participate in group activities to raise funds for the cost of construction materials.
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
To learn more about our partner, Voices4Peru, please visit their website. You may also contact the WCU Program Director listed below with any questions you may have.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. Michael Antonio
200 Ruby Jones Hall
mantonio@wcupa.edu
 

 
This program is currently not accepting applications.