Mobilizing Opportunity Through Community Heritage Empowerment
Location: The program is based in Simbal, a quaint colonial town, located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Students live at a hostel in town, just off the Plaza de Armas and will commute daily to the pueblo of Collambay.
MOCHE, Inc: MOCHE is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving archaeological sites and helping poor communities in Peru. It was founded in 2007 by Brian Billman and Jesus Briceño. Combined they have over 50 years of archaeological experience in Peru. Their goal is to create 10 community-based archaeological reserves in the Moche Valley in the next 10 years. MOCHE partners with local communities and assists them in development projects and the creation of archaeological reserves.
Costs: $2,120* covers all lodging, 3 meals a day, 6 days a week, orientation and educational workshops, guided tours, supplies for development projects, transportation Huanchaco-Simbal-Collambay, and all site and museum entrance fees.
Application: Enrollment is open to anyone over the age of 18. There are no prerequisites; Spanish is not required. Space is limited to 12 students.
Deadline: April 25, 2012; if not filled by this date we will continue to take applications.
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* The quoted cost is based on prices and exchange rates as of January 2010. The costs and details of the program itinerary are subject to change.
A day in the Sinsicap Valley: