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South America semester - Ecuador and Peru


Multiple Countries: South America Region, Various cities in each country

Program Duration

3-6 Month


Spring, Fall


Every Fall and Spring

Type of Programs

  • Adventure Travel
  • Community Service & Volunteering
  • Language Immersion
  • Cultural Exploration


  • English
  • Spanish

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching

  • English
  • Spanish

Subject Areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Policy & Diplomacy
  • International Relations
  • Leadership
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Management
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies

Cost in US$:

USD 10,600

Cost Includes:

  • Excursions
  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Language instruction
  • Living stipend
  • Medical insurance
  • Medical services
  • Travel while in host country

Program Fees Include:

Program fee includes all food, accommodations and scheduled program activities for the duration of the program. International airfare, health insurance and spending money are extra. International airfare estimated at USD 1400 - 1600; internal flight estimated at USD 350.

An additional $900 fee applies to receive a full semester of college credit through Portland State University.

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Agriculture
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Community Development
  • Conservation
  • Environment
  • Organic Farming
  • Reforestation

Typical Volunteer

Carpe Diem Education is a Gap Year program. Our students typically range in age from 17 at the youngest to 22 at the oldest. Our students are interested in traveling and volunteering as a GROUP. Our students want to engage in these countries through community service, experiential learning, home stays, travel, and immersion. Our students are curious, eager to explore beyond the typical bubbles we have grown up in, enjoy being challenged and stepping outside of their comfort zone, and are ready to explore more about who they are, what they are passionate about, and how they want to be in the world before entering into university (or as a first or second year study abroad).

Age Range


This Program is open to

American and Canadian Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living
  • Home-stays
  • Dormitory
  • Guest House

Participants Travel

in Groups

Typically Participants Work

in Groups

Scholarships are Available

Scholarships and tuition reductions are available on a case by case basis.

Application Process Involves

  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Online Application
  • Essay

Typically The Application Process Time is

2 business days

Post Services Include

  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
  • Alumni Network
  • Job and Internship Network