We believe that Andean communities are an untapped source of knowledge when it comes to sustainability, cultural harmony, and conscientious living. Students develop unique and critical worldviews by deeply immersing themselves in the study of Andean Culture. Through the CAS, students in our Experiential Learning programs access this knowledge while supporting the growth and development of Andean culture.
The cornerstone of the CAS is providing unique environments for learning. Local community members have access to agriculture training and courses at the CAS designed on Andean traditions of sharing and equality. At the same time, Students work alongside communities and development actors in an immersive fashion to challenge perceptions of poverty and offer value to the AASD and its partners. Both students and communities work together and both benefit from the result (Through the CAS, students, and communities work together toward mutual benefit?).
The Center for Andean Studies utilizes an impact-driven model that provides innovative support to community-led development for Andean farming communities while providing an unparalleled experience for students. Through the social enterprise model, Experiential Learning student programs provide revenue that supports the CAS and the services provided to local farmers. To learn more about our ag projects, please click here. To learn more about our extensive offerings for students, please click here.