Visit food-related organizations, firms, NGOs and governmental institutions to learn how food in Peru shapes policy, business and the economy.
Learn about the importance of food in Peru as an engine of job creation, tourism attraction, national identity and international branding while cooking your own Peruvian food.
Enhance your understanding of health policy in Peru and its relationship to food waste and child malnutrition.
Volunteer in poor districts in Lima to deepen your understanding of poverty and income inequality, their relationship with health, and how the food industry can help alleviate it.
Visit local markets to learn about Amazonian and Andean produce and how they contribute to the understanding of local, organic products and their contributions to health, sustainability and biodiversity.
Experience Peruvian culture by attending a soccer match, interacting with local host families, learning about the Incan Empire in Cuzco and visiting the magnificent Machu Picchu.
Cities visited: Lima,Cuzco and Cieneguilla Dates: May 17–30, 2017
Home to Machu Picchu and set high in the Andes mountains, Peru is a country full of exquisite food, vibrant art and archaeological monuments left over from some of its ancient cultures. In this course, you will learn and study the unique conditions that characterize the food industry in Peru. You will explore how the growth in the food industry has important implications for the economy, health policy, Peruvian national identity, and the business environment. Moreover, the international recognition of Peruvian food has led to the creation of a country brand, bringing it to the international marketing scene. Similarly, rural farmers in the Andes have been integrated to economic markets, increasing their income and welfare. Meanwhile, this “economic boom” has generated a need for the micro-financing of business opportunities, increased the demand for health services, raised awareness about the importance of food sustainability, and reduced food destruction and food waste through the creation of the Peruvian food bank.
During this program you will have the opportunity to be immersed into the local culture. You’ll stay with a host family and engage in day-to-day activities including meals, family outings and traditions as well as dabbling in Spanish language. Food has strong links to the history and culture of Peru. You’ll learn how food is present in Peru’s music, dance and social lives. While there, you’ll explore local markets and try native produce, observe traditional cooking of “Pachamanca” (in the same way the Incas did it hundreds of years ago.) You’ll also have the chance to visit innovative restaurants with sustainability, social or micro-finance visions—and do a little cooking of your own at a culinary institute!
A few excursions include visiting Cuzco to learn about the Inca Empire, exploring archeological sites, and a train ride to Machu Picchu—one of the Seven Wonders of the World!
Academics Prerequisites: ECON 1003, 1022, or 1023. Knowledge of Spanish language is useful, but not required General background interest in economics and/or business is important. Earn 3 credits in IntB 4495: Peru's Food Movement. This course is approved for:
Liberal Education Global Perspectives requirement
Upper division international requirement for BBA & BAc majors
Upper division BA or BBA Economics elective
Category B2 for Human Resources Management majors
Category B for Organizational Management majors
Category C for FMIS majors
Category B or elective upper division for Health Care Management majors
Fulfills the Study Abroad requirement for Latin American Area Studies major
Additional requirements may need to be considered by your academic department in order for this class to count as an elective course. You are responsible for checking with your department for specifics.
Course components include:
Peruvian food industry and its relationship to economic and business development and its sustained growth in the last 15 years
Food industry relations to social and economic phenomena such as: income inequality, health policy, micro-finance, agribusiness and international marketing (which can be inherent issues in developing countries)
Cultural aspects of Peruvian society by learning to cook local food, the importance of local produce, and how the cuisine in emerging economies takes advantage of resources that are considered waste in other parts of the world
Contributions of food industry growth to social, economic and business changes, e.g. job creation, integration of geographical regions and living standard improvements
Kim Dauneris an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and co-Director of the Health Care Management program at UMD. Her areas of focus include the development and evaluation of health policy. She teaches the International Comparisons of Health Care Systems course and is excited to travel to and learn first-hand about health care and health policy in Peru. She is currently brushing up on her Spanish skills in preparation for the program.
Study Abroad Coordinator Lyndsey Andersen is the Associate Director of Study Abroad and coordinates all short-term faculty led programs.
Program Costs May Session 2017
Estimated Program Fee: $4,990 Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $1,210* Estimated Total Cost: $6,200 Costs vary each year. *Estimated out-of-pocket costs are dependent on items such as current airfare costs and individual spending habits.?
What’s included in the program fee?
Field trips & entry fees
CISI international travel, health and security coverage
Faculty leader support
View the breakdown of costs for Peru's Food Movement (posted once available). These estimated costs do not include the application fee. Financial aid only applies to students who take at least 6 credits total during May and Summer session combined. Credits taken on study abroad programs cannot be used in tuition banding.Apply for scholarships.
A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required.
Know the following program information to provide on the onlineapplication:
Program Name: Peru's Food Movement
Apply early as space is limited and the program will fill first-come, first-serve. An essay and an unofficial transcript is required. A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of an online application.