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*Faculty-Directed: The Global Economic Education Alliance Study Tour to Peru
Lima, Peru (Outgoing Program)
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The Global Economic Education Alliance in partnernship with the Centro de Educación Económica, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) & the Center for Economic Education, University of Colorado Colorado Springs in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) & the Office of International Affairs, University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Economics Education to Peru
to participate in an Economic Education Teacher Study Tour to Peru.
Please contact Dr. John Brock at for more information

Dates:  June 19 - July 2, 2020
Application Deadline: January 30, 2020
I.    Overview.
  • The Global Economic Education Alliance is offering a 13-day Study Tour to Peru for four to six UCCS students and eight to ten K-12 school teachers from throughout the United States.  The Study Tour will be led by Professor John Brock, Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), and Professor Claudia Sicoli, Director of the Centro de Educación Económica de la Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) in Lima, Peru. 

  • This tour will provide a unique educational opportunity for teachers and university students to learn about the Peruvian economy and exchange ideas and experiences in economic education with Peruvian educators as well as colleagues from other states within the U.S. 

  • This Study Tour to Peru is a highly effective way of learning about an economy and experiencing firsthand, not only the educational system, but also the reality of everyday life.  Teachers and students who have participated in such international exchange often remark that it was “an experience of a lifetime.”  The objective is that teachers/students return with renewed appreciation of the importance of economics and enthusiasm for economics education. 

  • For additional thoughts about the value of such a Study Tour, you are encouraged to read the Post-Study Tour teacher reflections on the GEEA website,  If you would like to talk with past UCCS student participants, let Professor Brock know and he will connect you with them.

II.  Structure.  The Study Tour is divided into three distinct phases – preparation, trip to Peru, and post-tour follow-up.
A.  Preparation. 
A preparatory program will be held during several months prior to departure.  Once the tour group is selected, Professor Brock will conduct preparatory planning via electronic communication.  We will discuss Study Tour planning as well as complete readings on Peruvian history, culture, politics, economic situation and educational challenges.
B.  Trip to Peru:
Tour participants will:
  • Visit schools and classes at both the secondary and university level.These visits will include meetings with teachers, students, and education officials.  Participants will observe how Peruvian educators overcome the challenges of material and administrative constraints.

  • Visit the Central Bank of Peru and attend a lecture on the economic situation in Peru.

  • Visit cultural and historic sites in Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon rain forest. Learn about the Inca Empire, the Spanish conquest and the Amazonian ecosystem.

C.  Follow-up.
  • Upon returning, each UCCS participant will be expected to:

    • Share the experience with colleagues at UCCS.

    • If enrolling for optional economics credit, submit a 2,000 word (about 8 pages with 12-point font, double space) Post-Tour Report/Reflection to Professors Brock and Sicoli (via email) that summarizes the personal benefits gained from the experience, the benefits to your education, and your assessment of the economic and the educational situation in Peru.

    • Due date: August 7, 2020.

III.    Important Requirements and Miscellaneous Details.
  • Applicants must currently be full-time UCCS students, preferably in their junior or senior year of studies.

  • Students in all academic majors are eligible to apply.

  • Optional: Students may enroll in Economics 9400, Economics and Education in Latin America: Focus on Peru, a 3-credit hour summer-term independent-study course.

  • Applicants must have valid passports when submitting the application (or show proof of your passport application).  A copy of the photo page of your passport must be included with the application.  Your passport should not expire for at least 6-months after the completion of our Peru tour. 

  • Please note:  Participation in this study tour is physically taxing.  Peru is not always as handicap-friendly as the U.S., and the tour to Machu Picchu and Incan historic sites in the Sacred Valley requires much walking at high altitude up/down uneven stone steps.  The Amazon rainforest involves hiking and motorized canoe river excursions.

    • You will be required to carry your own luggage.  You may not have baggage handlers to help you, so try very hard to minimize luggage/weight; large suitcases become difficult to handle, as you may have to carry up and down stairs.  Ramps & elevators are sometimes not available.  Stairs may be uneven and without railings.

    • Accommodations (double-occupancy) are not deluxe, but very comfortable.  Be prepared to depart the hotel in the morning (sometimes very early) and not have an opportunity to rest until late afternoon or early evening. 

The plan is to travel to Lima, Peru June 19th, 2020
  • In coordination with John Brock (, each participant will purchase his/her own roundtrip airline ticket to Lima, preferably scheduling an arrival in Lima between early evening June 19th and 1:00 AM on June 20th.  As Study Tour participants exit customs with luggage, groups of 2 – 3 will meet and depart Lima Airport by pre-arranged taxi for our hotel in Miraflores (a “suburb” of Lima).

  • Return to U.S.:  All participants will commute to the Puerto Maldonado Airport on the same bus late afternoon on Wednesday, July 1st, with scheduled arrival at Lima Airport in early evening.  Therefore, it is preferable that all Study Tour participants schedule return flights from Lima Airport to your home airport for mid-to-late evening July 1st or early morning (after midnight on July 1st) July 2nd.  You will then arrive home on July 2nd.

  • Professor Claudia Sicoli and the Centro de Educación Económica de la Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) will serve as our primary host in Peru.

  • Internet access in Peru should be available at all hotels, except in the Amazon portion where access may be intermittent.  Phones with international calling may not always work, particularly in the Amazon.

  • Vaccinations: Participants should check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for recommended shots, etc. for travel to Peru. During the Preparation Phase of the Study Tour we will discuss these recommendations in more detail.

  • It may not be easy to accommodate special dietary requirements, but our Peruvian hosts will do the best possible to insure diet needs are met.  Be sure to let us know of any special needs.

  • Participants will be responsible for the cost of snacks/food outside of the three planned daily meals.  Water, soft drinks, and juices will be provided at meals.  Bottled water will be provided on bus tours and site visits.

  • Participant health insurance coverage will be available at reasonable cost through the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Expense Summary
Expense Cost
Airfare: the roundtrip airfare will cost1 approximately $1,000
In-Country costs2 $2,400
UCCS International Affairs Office Administrative Fee $50
Travel Health Insurance (via UCCS)3 $50
NET estimated total Study Tour cost paid by each participant $3,500
  • The Global Economic Education Alliance will be the fiscal agent.  Each participant is responsible to send a check for $2,400 payable to GEEA no later than April 1, 2020. Refer to page 7 for payment mailing/delivery instructions.

  • Each participant will be required to sign a University of Colorado Release and Waiver Form.  This form will be provided via an online link after the in-country payment is received.

  • Cancellation Policy:  After April 8, 2020, there will be no refunds on payments made to GEEA to cover in-country expenses. 

  • UCCS applicants will receive notification of acceptance no later than February 16, 2020.  [Note: Applications received before the deadline may receive acceptance notice well before February 16th.]

  • If you have any questions about the Study Tour itself:  contact John Brock at  If you have questions about the online application process, please contact Jthe UCCS Office of International Affairs at

1 Current roundtrip airfares are estimated to be in the $800 – $1,300 range, depending on city of U.S. departure.
2 Includes hotel (double occupancy), restaurants including tips, in-country roundtrip airfare Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, and then back to Lima, local bus transport, Sacred Valley tour, train to/from Machu Picchu, and Machu Picchu entrance and tour fees, etc.  Only minor personal and incidental expenditures and tour guide tips are borne by participants.  Each participant will be responsible to send a check for $2,400.00 for in-country expenses payable to the Global Economic Education Alliance (via Professor Brock) no later than April 1, 2020. 
3 Before submitting the application, you will be required to pay this UCCS admin fee as specified on the UCCS Office of International Affairs application webpage.
4 Premiums range between $25 - $75 based on age

Background Information

Program Overview

The study tour will include all or most of the following:

  • Visits to poor public schools and high-performing private schools in Lima, Cusco and the Amazon Rainforest.

  • Visit to the Central Bank of Peru, with a talk from a bank economist.

  • Social event and/or education sessions with students at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC).

  • Meetings with UPC faculty.

  • Visit with economic and financial literacy education policymakers.

  • Cultural and history component to include:  Sacred Valley, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and other interesting cultural and historic sites.

  • Trip/tour in the Amazon Rainforest to include staying at an Eco-Lodge and ecology lectures/discussions.  

The Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas is a private university located in Lima, Peru.  Professor John Brock is an honorary professor at the University.  Claudia Sicoli is on the faculty of economics and is a past participant in two Study Tours to the United States (Colorado and Georgia).  Claudia and John have conducted five U.S. Teacher/UCCS Student Study Tours to Peru in March 2015, April 2016, June 2017, June 2018 and June 2019.
As part of the study tour routine, structured group reflection and journaling or field notes will be utilized to share perspectives and to stimulate deeper learning.  Participants will be asked to reflect daily on their experience as well as share their insights from the activities.   

Benefits of Program
  • Travel time on the bus/train will provide ample opportunity for participating teachers/students and our hosts to explore mutual areas of interest and to exchange insights on the economic and social challenges in Peru.  

  • Participants will develop a better understanding of our world.  The program will provide participants with first-hand knowledge of another country and its economy.  Participants are able to compare and contrast issues in both the U.S. and Peru.  Some participants may choose to use their enhanced knowledge to conduct further research on Peru or another country in Latin America. 

  • Participants will also be in a position to bring their enriched international perspective to their university community and professional interactions.  As opportunities arise, all are encouraged to share their experiences via a PowerPoint or video presentation at a seminar or workshop at the university or other context.  

Time Line:

  • Pre-Decision Phase: As soon as possible, preferably before December 20, 2020:  Begin the online application process on the UCCS Office of International Affairs website.  Contact International Affairs,, for assistance if you need help.

    • January 30, 2020:  Study Tour application deadline – complete the online application process, to include submission of all required documents.

    • February 16, 2020:  Notification of selection for Study Tour; early applicants will receive early notification.

  • Post-Selection/Preparation Phase

    • March 1, 2020:  Commit to the program online no later than March 1.

    • March 1 – May 1, 2020:  Airline tickets purchased by participants; before finalizing purchase get approval from John Brock.  Post your itinerary on our Study Tour online website.

    • April 1, 2020:  Check for $2,400 made payable to the Global Economic Education Alliance received by John Brock.  Mail to: John Brock, 1334 Culebra Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, or deliver to Professor Brock’s office.

    • May 15, 2020:  Complete Study Tour contract requirements:

      • sign UCCS Education Abroad Contract via online website (includes UCCS waiver of liability and indemnification)

      • purchase Health Insurance policy through UCCS (or other agent of your choice)

        • Upload proof of insurance on UCCS Study Tour website

    • May 31, 2020:  complete optional enrollment in Economics 9400: Economics of Latin America – Focus on Peru.  You will need to request a permission number from Professor Brock in order to enroll in this Independent Study course.

Study Tour/Trip Phase (likely trip agenda):
June 19: Depart for Lima. Arrive Lima Airport NLT 1:00 AM, June 20, 2020.
June 20–23: Lima portion of tour.  Tierra Viva Hotel in Miraflores.  School visits, Central Bank, UPC program, Lima city tour.
June 24: AM flight to Cusco. Novotel Cusco Hotel (or similar). 
June 24–27: School visits, Cusco & Sacred Valley tours; train to Aguas Calientas for Machu Picchu tour.
June 28: AM flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, gateway to Amazon.
June 28–30: Amazonia portion.  Rainforest tour, school visit and related activities.  Lodging at Posada Amazonas
July 1: Late afternoon flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima Airport. Mid-to-late evening flights to home cities, arriving home on Thursday, July 2, 2020

Study Tour Follow-up Phase:
Following Study Tour:  Implement plan to share experiences with students, colleagues, Council/Center, etc. 
August 7, 2020:  If enrolled for academic credit, submit Post-Tour Report to Professor Brock and Professor Sicoli (email) no later than August 7, 2020.

Study Tour Coordinators:
Professor Claudia Sicoli is Director of the Centro de Educación Económica de la Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC).  She has participated in two Study Tours to the United States and is a graduate of the Council for Economic Education Training of Trainers program (2008).  She also coordinated the March 2015, April 2016, June 2017, June 2018 and June 2019 GEEA U.S. Teacher Study Tours to Peru. 
Professor John Brock is the Director, Center for Economic Education, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  He has led ten study tours: two to South Africa, five to Peru, and three others to the post-Soviet region.  Since 2012 he has taught six teacher workshops in Lima and he has visited Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu six times.  In June 2017, the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas inducted John as an Honorary Professor of Economics.  UCCS and UPC are official partner universities with student exchange programs available.

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