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Peru Study and Leadership Experience
March 2018

The Peru Leadership Program provides a once in a lifetime experience to partake in service learning, volunteerism, and educational programs in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Participants will travel to Peru and connect with the schools, missions, and parishes of the Loreto Sisters. Peru is a stable democracy that is rich in diversity, ecology and culture.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore and enhance their leadership through combining meaningful service learning and educational activities. Participants will spend the vast majority of their time volunteering at local schools, teaching, and helping in concrete ways to support the local community, while having the opportunity to interact intensively with the local people. Moreover, hands on learning about development, world issues, leadership, environmental conservation and biodiversity through interactive seminars will engage individuals to consider the importance and challenges of much needed development, while ensuring the protection of the world's most wondrous flora and fauna in the rainforests. Students will also learn about the history of Peru.

The motivation for this proposal was derived from the personal and professional experiences of its authors in conjunction with the vision prescribed by the Toronto Catholic District School board (TCDSB). The authors believe that Learning, Leadership and Service within the context of Safe Adventure is a very powerful educational paradigm. This experience will enhance the historic links between the TCDSB, Development and Peace and the Loreto Sisters and give students and teachers the chance to put faith into action for the common good.

Service Learning
A unique and distinguishing component of this program is the concept of “service learning”.  Service learning can be identified as experiential education when the learner adopts a life role that provides meaningful service to a community in order to learn about oneself and others.  The pedagogical value of the service increases when the following are added to the learning:  an academic component designed to prepare the learner in terms of content and competencies relevant to the service; an opportunity to reflect upon and think critically about the experience; an element of adventure and challenge; an international and cross-cultural context; and an alignment of individual, placement, and system goals. 

The delivery of this program is in conjunction with Adventure Learning Experiences, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, Brebeuf College School, Develpment and Peace, and the Loreto Sisters. Through dedicated service in their schools, parishes, and missions, they have helped to lift people out of poverty and give them the skills to be able to help themselves. These connections ensure a warm welcome for us and active cooperation and advice throughout the trip.

D&P has been supporting development projects in Peru since it was founded in 1967.


Approximately 20 students will be selected for admission to this program with at least 2 teaching supervisors. This number has been governed by the practical exigencies of traveling to this area of the world.  Students will be selected according to the following criteria:
            1.        Trustworthiness and reliability
            2.        Respectfulness of other people and cultures
            3.        Adaptability to new experiences
            4.        Parental support

Interested students will be invited to submit an application and two letters of reference. All participants will also be expected to complete a TCDSB Parent/Guardian informed Consent Form for International Excursions. The limitations of TCDSB responsibilities with respect to this program are also indicated in a letter from Adventure Learning Experiences to Mr. Alex Mazzucco, who is an officer with TCDSB.

Adult Supervision
There will be a minimum of two teachers, one male and one female, who will be taking part in this program. They also see the experience as opportunities for their own personal and professional development. instruction for the preparatory learning program will be led by these teachers, and all will be accompanying the students to Peru.

Code of Conduct
Each student will be expected to pledge commitment to a Code of Conduct,  which will be designed to ensure that respect for each participant, his/her property, and well-being is safeguarded.  This code will preclude harassment and abusiveness and will prohibit the use of alcohol and drugs.  Above all, the rights and responsibilities of all participants will be clearly defined so that the objectives of this program may be achieved within a healthy and safe environment. 

Each applicant and his/her parents will be invited to a private interview with the Directors to assess his/her suitability for the program. This will also give the applicant the opportunity to determine if the program serves his/her needs and interests. Each applicant will be asked to bring their letters of reference to this meeting as well as their most recent report card. Interviews will take place on October 15 at The Catholic Education Centre, 80 Sheppard Ave. E. at 9:00 a.m. All deposits will be refundable in the event that the applicant is refused.

Program Design
The authors propose that this learning program be offered as a one or two credit cooperative e-learning education model using the Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum document.  The courses will be designated IDC 30 and IDC 4U and will derive learning expectations from a variety of courses.

In-Class Component
The in-class component will take place on the following dates:

Sunday, October 15, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 12, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 14, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fri-Sun February 2-4, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. x 3
Sunday, February 11, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 25, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 25,, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 8, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29,2018 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

There will be 7 additional meetings arranged during the experienctial component (35 hours).

There will be one formal examination that will be scheduled following the groups' return from Peru. This date will be determined shortly.

The assignments in this program are designed to provide background to the course themes and to stimulate relevant learning and personal reflection.  To this end, required readings will be assigned and considerable options with respect to written assignments will be offered.  There will be two types of written assignments: 

1.    Discovery Paper:  This is primarily intended for learning new information
                                        about a topic.
2.    Reaction Paper:  This is primarily intended for reflecting about a course theme that was                                       previously reviewed in class, was part of one’s experiences on the                                       trip, or contained in a reading. 

Experiential Component
The excursion to Peru will serve as the Service Learning component of the program.  

There will be a variety of service learning opportunities distributed across a few locations. The primary focus will be to volunteer in various local settings.   Formal classes will be conducted whereby teachers and students will be given opportunities to discuss their reactions to the learning experiences and which will offer support for their adjustment to the new environments.  Upon returning to Canada, the students will meet to reflect and process their experiences, and will be given an opportunity to formally present their learning to corporations, institutions, family and friends.  

Topics for discussion during classes in Peru will be governed by the nature of the activities in which the students will be engaged.  Daily journal writing will be an essential component of this time. A composite journal with representation from each participant will be compiled, edited, and published upon completion of the course.


Learning Resources

Primary Resources

Wise, M. (2002). The Travel Doctor. Toronto: Firefly Books

Service and Leadership Opportunities

  1. Community development : Lend your hands to volunteer at schools and missions.
  2. Leadership Training : Experience intensive and interactive training.
  3. Cultural education : Attend workshops, walk through traditional villages, and learn local languages.
  4. Environmental education: Learn about environmental challenges on a field trip.

Travel dates: March 7-17, 2018.

Itinerary:       to be announced

March 7 Departure to Lima
March 8 Service and volunteering in Lima area
March 9 Service and volunteering in Lima area
March 10 Service and volunteering in Lima area
March 11 Service and volunteering in Lima area
March 12 Service and volunteering in Lima area
March 13 Service and volunteering in Lima area
March 14 Flight to Cusco, overnight in Aguas Calientes
March 15 Bus to Machu Picchu, return by train to Cusco
March 16 Cultural visits in local envioronment, flight to Lima
March 17 Return to Toronto


Travel Arrangements

Local transportation will be organized and provided by local professionals as recommended by our hosts.  International air travel will be provided by Avianca Airlines.

In Peru the accommodations will be school residences or hotels recommended by the Loreto Sisters and Development and Peace. The adult supervisors will always reside in close proximity to the student residences.  Appropriate separation between genders will always be ensured in these residences. 

NOTE: Living standards and practices with respect to the provision of utilities, services and accommodations at the destination may differ from those found in Canada.

The cost of this program is approximately $3,895 Cdn. This will cover return airfare from Toronto to Peru, all travel expenses within the country, meals, accommodations, training materials and donations to the local communities. It also includes all expenses associated with the Study component. The only expenses not included are private expenses, health and flight insurance, passport and visa, and special inoculations.


$3,895 includes all taxes and service charges, fees and gratuities

Payment will be made by regular installments according to the following schedule:

$295 deposit with application
$1,200 December 4, 2017
$1,200 January 15, 2018
$1,200 February 15, 2018

Payment Options
a) personal cheques, payable to Adventure Learning Experiences Inc.
b) e-transfer to
c) credit card (Visa, Mastercard, 2% surcharge on cc payments)

International return airfare: Toronto to Lima
all ground transportation, all meals and accommodations
preparatory learning program
taxes and gratuities

cost of passport
any medical costs and inoculations
out-of-country health insurance and cancellation insurance (assistance available upon request)
private expenses

Refund Policy

For withdrawal before December 4, 2017, a full refund minus 50% of the original deposit will be provided.

For withdrawal between December 4, 2017 and January 15, a full refund minus the deposit will be provided.

For withdrawal after January 15, 2018, no refund except through cancellation insurance (if purchased.)


There are two fundraising activities designed to help students offset their trip expenses.

Sponsor Booklet: This is intended to provide an overview of the program and will feature the participants. Students are invited to sell advertising for the booklet and these funds will be directly applied to their trip fee, except for a nominal fee for the printing of the booklets. Please be aware that advertisements that are purchased by companies in support of a student will not be eligible for a refund in the event that the particular participant being supported withdraws from the program.

Raffle: Students will be invited to proportionally share in the proceeds of a raffle. This optional activitiy is available to all participants who donate a raffle prize worth $75.

Other Costs
Costs that are not included in the above price are as follows:

Passport (this must not expire within 6 months of departure)
Out-of-country health insurance
Inoculations (depending upon one's private insurance coverage)
End-of-trip banquet in Lima $30
February retreat $50
Spending money


Passport: For Canadian citizens, it must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of expected departure

All participants are advised to consult with a reputable insurance company about out-of-province health insurance and cancellation insurance. The travel agency (Airliners) that is providing the air tickets offers such insurances. Its contact information is as follows:

1220 Ellesmere Road
Toronto, ON M1P 2X5
Attention: Zenab Warah

NOTE: It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter.

Health and Safety

NOTE: Each participant will be expected to seek proper medical advice for all potential health concerns at a travel health clinic prior to departure.

Careful attention to sound health and safety practices will be an important part in the preparation of the program.  This will involve mandatory immunizations, learning  healthy eating and drinking habits, and understanding effective illness prevention practices.  For maximum benefit it is recommended that participants, in general, be in good health and achieve a sufficient level of fitness prior to the trip.  Physical and dental check-ups are highly recommended prior to the departure date. 


a)           The following are ordinarily administered through one’s family doctor in the course of                normal Ontario health care.  All participants are asked to ensure their protection with                inoculations against the following diseases:

               Tetanus – Diphtheria-Polio

b)            Protection against malaria is by tablet and is taken on a regular basis prior, during, and                following the trip.  The exact regimen will be prescribed by a travel clinic. All participants
               will be expected to bring a mosquito net and should bring protective lotions.        

c)            Inoculations against the following may be required: 

                        Meningococcal meningitis
                        Hepatitis A
                        Hepatitis B
                        TB skin test
                        Yellow fever (depending on the area visited)          

The cost of these inoculations are not covered by OHIP but may be included in private health plans. 



As indicated above, careful preparation prior to departure about safe eating and drinking habits and illness prevention practices will be undertaken.  Participants will be expected to purchase “The Travel Doctor” by Dr. Mark Wise (Firefly Books, 2002) as part of this preparation.  A close working relationship has been developed by the authors with Dr. Mark Wise.  Dr. Wise is a family physician in North York, whose medical practice includes a travel clinic. He  is considered a leading authority in tropical and parasitic diseases.  Dr. Wise will conduct a 90 minute training workshop about preventative health practices for our students prior to departure and will make recommendations about appropriate inoculations.

It is expected that our groups will greatly benefit from the local contacts which the authors have established in Peru through the Presentation Brothers and Loreto Sisters in the event that medical care is required. Each participant will be expected to purchase out-of-country health insurance. In addition, Dr. Lato and Mr. Rogers are both members of the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT). 

It is most strongly recommended that each participant seek proper medical advice for all potential health concerns at a travel health clinic prior to departure. 

It is expected that each participant complete the Consent to Medical Treatment Form in the event that urgent and emergency care is required.

Contact Information
Mr. Michael Rogers
Guidance Councellor
Brebeuf College School, 211 Steeles Ave. E. M2M 3Y6
416-393-5508 (work)
416-819-6101 (cell)

Completed applications and deposit may be mailed to:
Adventure Learning Experience Inc.
c/o Jen Wilson
41 Kimbourne Ave.
Toronto, ON
M4J 4J1





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