The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD) exists to raise the standard of living for indigenous Peruvians in high altitude communities. All projects – including our flagship greenhouse program – address a specific community need and are designed to be educational, collaborative, and participatory. We work closely with graduate students in a wide range of development studies and offer them an opportunity to incorporate AASD programmatic needs into their curriculum, allowing for a transformative, immersive learning experience.

Development Philosophy


Development Philosophy


• Collaboration between academia and rural communities provides opportunities for innovative solutions and deep learning

• Andean communities are a treasure chest of local knowledge and sustainable methods and livelihoods.

• Effective processes of social change are community driven and progress at a natural pace

Community Projects


Community Projects


• School and Family Greenhouses improve nutrition and economic opportunities in isolated, high altitude communities

• Community projects are designed and implemented under local leadership

• Long term relationships allow for critical evaluation and learning to drive the evolution of our development philosophy

Experiential Learning


Experiential Learning


• Communities provide case studies to explore local development processes

• Student research is used to improve the way we work with communities and support their development process

• Students think critically about their role and the role of NGOs in development, prompting them to become more responsible global citizens

School Garden Programs