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January 2018 Team Peru Program

2018 Project Summary Agriculture extension in Peru is based off a western, top down, teacher-student model that does not consider traditional methods of knowledge transfer. The AASD is currently partnering with the community of Sacclio and a small group of identified community leaders to create a localized agriculture extension program that is specifically designed for small […]

Continue Reading 1 comment September 15th, 2017

Peru Practica in January 2017 with Andean Alliance – APPLY NOW!!!

The Team Peru practica will be offered in January outside of the wrap-around course. The field methods course is no longer required for participation in Team Peru.  Below is a timeline of important steps if you plan to request financial aid or register for academic credit for this practica.  December 1—-Deadline to contact Andean Alliance/apply […]

Continue Reading 3 comments November 21st, 2016

Team Calca Experience

Guest post by Joy Mulhollan, J-Term 2014 Peru Policy Course Participant Team Peru January 2014 was divided into four groups, studying in either Calca, Lares, Choquecancha, or Suyo. For the Calca group, our goal was to conduct ten surveys per day, so the seven of us divided into two teams. To not run the risk […]

Continue Reading 1 comment February 26th, 2014

J-Term Policy Class Conducts Research on Poverty & Connectivity

This January, a group of 25 students from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) traveled down to the Sacred Valley to put their semester-long theories into practice. What began as a Policy Analysis course in Monterey with Professor Jeffrey Dayton-Johnson segued into a field course that placed students in Calca, Lares, Choquecancha, and Suyo, […]

Continue Reading 3 comments January 23rd, 2014

Shifting the Ideology, Redefining the Paradigm

Guest Post by Matt Jira, Community Social Change Workshop, April 2013 After two solid years of studying development at MIIS (which included DPMI, Development Economics, and Development Theories and Practices), I thought I had a firm grasp on what community development looked like, and how it should be approached. Then, this little one-credit workshop that […]

Continue Reading Add comment May 28th, 2013

Accountability to the Community

Guest Post by Lily Thorpe-Buchanan, Community Social Change Workshop, April 2013 Some of the most meaningful discussions we had during our weekend workshop, Community Social Change, were surrounding the idea of “downward accountability.” This, essentially, means maintaining accountability to the community you are serving. Although I’m not a fan of the phrase, the idea behind it, […]

Continue Reading Add comment May 21st, 2013

A Unique Development Process

Guest Post by Emily Patrick, Community Social Change Workshop, April 2013 Community Social Change is a unique development process that is immensely dependent on local practices and community history. The AASD has taken a very unique approach to working within, and ultimately, becoming a part of, the communities in which they operate. Their approach is based […]

Continue Reading Add comment May 21st, 2013

Those With the Most Potential

Guest Post by Charlotte Carr, Community Social Change Workshop, April 2013 In the MPA program at MIIS, we are urged to approach development work with participatory asset-based methods. This dictates that development practitioners should identify the pre-existing strengths of a community and develop programming that builds on these strengths. This approach aims to create sustainable […]

Continue Reading Add comment May 9th, 2013

Online Application Up!

The online application for the summer  2013 Team Peru is now up! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. DPMI+ applications must apply here in addition to their required program application. Interviews will be conducted by the AASD from April 20-28th. If you have any questions, please contact the AASD at or Team […]

Continue Reading Add comment March 28th, 2013

Team Peru & The Real Experience

“Nothing ever becomes real ’til it is experienced.” –John Keats Lately I’ve been thinking about the way that AASD defines the concept of “immersive education.” What I’ve come to realize since being in Calca is that Team Peru isn’t just something you pick up for January or summer term and then just drop; it’s continuous […]

Continue Reading Add comment February 28th, 2013

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Our mission is to provide and implement sustainable programs and projects in collaboration with the indigenous people of the Sacred Valley of Perú in an effort to improve their lives and reduce poverty in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner. Furthermore, we work to support local NGOs with whom we have shared values using the skills and tools we possess.