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  • Locations: Cuzco, Peru
  • Program Terms: Spring, Summer Session 1, Summer Session 2, Winter Session
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The GREEN Program 
  • Restrictions: VT-SA applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications. It's likely that the application is in the process of being launched. Check back for updates.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Non-VT, Non-VT internship Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Areas of Study: Agriculture, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Engineering, Forestry, Geography, Geology, International Business, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Physics, Political Science, Service Learning, Social Work, Spanish Housing Options: Dorm/Residence
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Program Description:
The GREEN Program Peru Group
The GREEN Program (TGP) is an award winning experiential education program for young leaders in sustainable development. Created for students, by students, TGP has introduced a new model for education abroad driven by a desire to provide purposeful, hands-on industry exposure at a fraction of the time and cost of semester-long abroad programs. Join us for 9-10 days during winter, spring, and summer break as we explore Peru's water resource management strategies & sustainability practices. With a historic background, Peru is a top destination for awe-inspiring adventure travel and eco-tourism. Home to jaw-dropping natural landscapes & pristine topography as well as authentic Andean culture & welcoming atmosphere, Peru is the destination for experiential sustainability education, bucket list adventuring, and unique cultural immersion.

***This course is an accredited intensive program held in partnership with The GREEN Program and the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) and students from all majors are encouraged to participate. During the course students will take classes taught by faculty on topics related to sustainability, hydropower, geology, water consumption management, and historic models. The course emphasizes hands-on learning and also includes renewable energy facility visits to hydropower plants, water treatment facilities and other environmental and community sites. Students will visit various energy facilities to examine their operation and better understand how these facilities impact the environment and serve society. During the course, students also form interdisciplinary groups and develop a final Capstone Project on a specific renewable energy problem and solution which they present for evaluation at the end of the course.

Watch a video on the mission and model of TGP here

Student reviews can be found here

All TGP programs are accredited by a university partner in country, and students receive a credit bearing transcript after completion of the program. For a full syllabus please email a member of the TGP team at

The Course: Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices
Credits: 2 credits, consisting of 52 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 

Course Description
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.

Learning Outcomes
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.

(*Please note that classes are subject to be updated)

Program Fee
Students will pay a program fee directly to The GREEN Program. More information on pricing can be found here. Program fees include:
Academic class work and accompanying credit
Exclusive industry access and facility tours
Local adventure and cultural excursions led by professional guides including rafting, hiking Machu Picchu, zip-lining, salsa lessons and more
All housing in local hotels
In-country transportation
All meals, locally prepared 
Private guides and staff for the duration of the program
Online educational modules
Alumni Network Membership
Access to Alumni Reunions as well as other career-related events

Our program fee does not include:
Round trip airfare to and from Cusco, Peru
International travel health coverage (potentially provided by your abroad office)
Discretionary spending for snack and souvenirs

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/15/2021
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Winter Session 2021-2022 10/01/2021
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program within a few weeks of submission. Please allow time for review.

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This program is currently not accepting applications. It's likely that the application is in the process of being launched. Check back for updates.