The Evergreen State College - Today is 04-21-2010
Faculty: Raul Nakasone- Phone: (360)867 6065 - email:
1994-2009 Fifteen Years of International Community Work Learning in Guadalupe, Perú 
Independent Contract students - I suggest you to use this Self-assessment before and after your experience in Peru
What students say
(Click here to see recent/old pictures)       What they did last year     What you could do this year

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many
of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome,
charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in
one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
Mark Twain in Innocents Abroad (From MC email signature)         

A note to prospective participants in the

2009-10 Spirituality program and the 2010 Summer program (either session or both)

Our 2009-10 Spirituality program will also be organized completeley around students' individual needs and will have this overseas study component in Peru as an opportunity to take under a ILC in the winter quarter. Participating in this immersion program is more than just signing a contract because besides studying what you are interested in, you become a member of a learning community. The travel preparation can be part of your academic work in the Fall. In Peru there will be very minimum group activities, most activities will follow students own interests (based on students proposals made during the preparation period and which will in fact be their individual contracts!). Participants who already have a project, know the Spanish language and have traveling experience can start this program in any quarter. The program in Peru will happen in Guadalupe and Cajamarca (Northern Peru) and follow these guidelines.

Evergreen students interested in doing International Community Work learning in Peru through the 2009-10 Spirituality program or through Independent Learning Contracts during any quarter, need to contact Raul Nakasone. For contracts at least three weeks before the quarter starts. Studies are related to Latin American or Peruvian politics, history or culture and/or Spanish language. What makes these studies interesting is that participating students can volunteer to do up to 10 hours a week of Community work in a rural area in Peru. Even though there is no sitting in a classroom requirement, some groups/individuals can set up a weekly seminar on a particular subject. A participant can choose to hire her own Spanish language instructor or just participate in the immersion program. Volunter work at local schools (or the Hospital and other local organizations) and social activities are directly arranged with a local organization. Applicants need to demonstrate a high level of responsibility for their own education, be self-motivated and should be ready to share their knowledge without being a missionary, a developer or a liberator.  Large group meetings will only happen on special occasions or when students ask for it. Most communication is through the Internet and telephone. This opportunity is offered especially to students who have never been outside the US as well as for those who already have travel experience, know Spanish and have a project in Peru; and also for those who would like to improve their Spanish conversation skills through an immersion process in a short time.

-Become a member of a rural community in Perú.
-Learn about Peruvian culture and History by actively using local resources and experiencing life in a community.
-Make friends and bridge communication between cultures.
-Learn/improve your knowledge of Spanish language and use your second language to experience life in Perú.
-Use your knowledge and skills to do community work mainly at local schools or community institutions.
-Learn to lead (or about leading) without being a missionary, a developer or a liberator.Evergreeners in beach seminar

Connecting theory to practice
-It is an opportunity to experience community life in a real functioning community.
-It is an opportunity to live within populations affected by political decisions made in advanced countries, to talk, think, and learn about it.
-If your intention is to learn the language and culture of minority populations in Latin America, this could be a great introduction to your future plans.
-It is your chance to connect all you have learned theoretically about international politics/economics or multicultural issues with real life.

Program demands

Evergreen students  learn to be responsible for their own education and are ready to study under the Independent Learning Contract model. Each participant either design a contract according to each student's specific needs and interests or just follow the basic immersion program or do both. We use these 4 questions to guide our project. The extent and depth of the curriculum and most of the instruction is driven by the student self motivation and the assessment is an embedded part of everyday activities. Participants will base their educational experience on Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed and William Glasser's Choice Theory and Ciro Alegria's Broad and Alien is the World.

Participants then have the opportunity to experience/arrange: 
-Real use of Spanish as your second language. Your classroom is the whole community.
-Experience life with a low middle class family. You contribute for your room and board and live at home as any other family member. There are other possible arrangements according to circumstances and needs.
-Learn Spanish using a constructivist approach, some % self instruction and most % student-centered active learning and community time which makes it an especial immersion process.  
-If your knowledge of Spanish is limited and you are willing to teach English teaming with local teachers, you wil be offered this opportunity. Other volunteer community work involve teaching your hobby or anything you feel eager to share with the local community, activities at the hospital and local institutions (youth organizations, sports entities, local government projects, etc.). Participants have control in the schedule and itinerary.
-Choice Theory, Socratic dialogue and pedagogy of the oppressed at the praxis level.

Approximate Costs for 5 weeks  (Includes International RT air fare + local transportation + room and board + short visits + program administration + local travel) (TESC tuition fees not included) High season Low season
Air fare (round trip US-Lima Peru, round trip)*  1000.00   800.00
Air fare (Lima-Chiclayo, one way ticket)+    160.00   160.00
Room and board (5 weeks in Guadalupe: 3 meals a day plus local social events and arrangements)     550.00   550.00
Local transportation and visits to different sites around the area (your pocket money)    100.00   100.00
Community Work Administration (donation you directly make to organizations in town)    100.00   100.00
Hotel (Lima, Cajamarca or Trujillo if you travel to stay overnight)    100.00   100.00
Contingency money (for emergency communication)
Approximate total costs for a five week program experience
 2110.00 1910.00
(*)Seatac-Lima Round trip fare could be as high as $1000 or as low as $800 depending on the turist season. Less expensive flights arrive in Lima at midnight. Participants buy their own international tickets (and also the Lima-Chiclayo ticket.)
There is now a 4 am flight Lima-Chiclayo in LAN airline, you can buy this ticket in the US and make a short stay at the Lima airport.

(+)For safety reasons, for those participants who don't have travel experience in Peru, do not speak Spanish and would like to use this plan, our contact  will wait for you in Chiclayo and then take you to Guadalupe. You need to buy your conexion flight Lima-Chiclayo.
By week five you will be able to make your own arrangements to travel with your new friends around in Peru; or to stay in town for the rest of the quarter (many students end up staying in town and use it as her base to travel to other parts of the country).

Approximate cost per quarter  (ten weeks)  (International RT air fare + local transportation + room and board + short visits + program administration) (TESC tuition fees not included) (ten weeks staying in the same area)

YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT THESE OTHER PROGRAMS                                                          
Program in Peru

Program in Guatemala

Program in Ecuador:

Spanish Language and Latin American Arts and Culture
- A unique interdisciplinary approach to study abroad
- Study Spanish and Ecuadorian culture while experiencing firsthand life in Ecuador's capital city, Quito
- Administered by CIMAS, an Ecuadorian NGO, in cooperation with the Washington State Cooperative Development Programs in Ecuador
- Minimum one year college-level Spanish language or equivalent
- Internship possibilities in Spring Qtr with previous term participation

Credits: 16
Costs: $4,400 per quarter for tuition& fees, homestay, 2 meals per day and field trips. Airfare not included.

For more information and application, contact the Office of International Programs and Services at extension 6312, or stop by L1401, 11am-1pm drop-in advising. Visit the CIMAS website at
It is understood that students are entitled to apply for financial aid and loans from the college. If you need financial aid for this program you must start this process as early as the beginning of the previous quarter (January for the summer contracts). After this date you will need to use personal funds to pay for your expenses, Financial Aid will reimburse you upon your return (check with FA). For more information contact the campus Financial Aid Office as soon as possible regarding application for support for this program.

Next Steps
 If interested call me or better yet e-mail to Raúl H. Nakasone
 Phone: (360)867-6065
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