We know not everyone who wants to learn and contribute can spend a summer or semester with us here in Peru, so in order to take advantage of winter breaks, AASD created the January (J-term) program as a crash course in community development. J-term is based on the same educational and impact principles as our summer programs but compressed. We transform inexperienced students into competent actors through an intensive, challenging and highly rewarding experience. This transformation is guided by experienced professionals, faculty, and administrators.
To maximize the time, we focus on one thematic area, (gender, agriculture, or research, for example) and explore its intricacies in depth. During a J-Term program, students participate in workshops, activities and guest lectures designed to present a topic from diverse perspectives and encourage critical reflection. The hands-on application of these skills allows students to understand and internalize lessons to a greater degree than can be achieved in a classroom.
In addition to learning and practicing technical skills, the AASD curriculum encourages participants to think critically about their role as global citizens. Students who work with the AASD take this experience back to their classrooms and the academic community at large, enriching the rest of their time on campus, as well as the perspectives of their colleagues and class discussions.
Students will have weekends free to experience the Andes. We encourage our students to spend time exploring ancient ruins like Machu Picchu, hiking, taking jungle excursions or a plethora of other activities (please note that these excursions are not covered in the program fee). The AASD J-Term is an international experience like none other, filled with a robust curriculum, invaluable field experience, and unforgettable adventures, so join us this January or in one of our other programs.
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, through Eco Huella, creates localized agriculture extension programs that are specifically designed for small scale farmers who are interested in ecological practices. For J-term 2018, our students from Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey investigated best practices and areas for improvement regarding these types of programs through interviews with farmers, agriculture technicians and community leaders. In addition to conducting interviews, our students:
Participated in intensive facilitations, discussions, and reflections with the AASD to build context and critical perspectives;
Visited farming communities with differing levels of access and connectivity as well as ecological zones;
Participated in farming activities, workshops and hands-on experience to build context;
Deliverables for this practicum included the creation of the video displayed above, and a narrative synthesizing the research findings with recommendations for AASD moving forward.
Vaccinations and Prescriptions
Visa and/or Exit/Entry Fees/Tourist Card
Third Party Program Fee (logistics, local transportation & site visits, most lodging, and board included)
Misc. (snacks, meals not covered by program fee, toiletries, etc.)