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CWU ITAM Peru Faculty-Led Service Learning Class Rocks the Andes

ITAMers in the village of Marcani, Peru

ITAM students returned from Peru with a successful faculty-led service learning experience. The 18 CWU ITAM students were outstanding ambassadors for the department and CWU, and while on the class performed outreach to a small village called Marcani, high in the Andes (12,000+ ft). The villagers welcomed CWU and the students with compassion and kindness.

ITAM students installing solar panels at rural school in PeruAfter seven days, this village now has solar energy and lights in the two school buildings and the school Library. The students also painted buildings, put flooring in the library, built windows and doors, planted 300 trees, and built/fenced in the local soccer field.  The students also left behind donated goods they brought along including laptops, tablets, school supplies, dental and health related products. CWU students truly made a difference in these Peruvian’s lives.  We all learned from each other as we worked and played together (we also put forth a good game of soccer against the locals).  The teachers and parents were grateful. The young Peruvians may actually make it to university someday with the ITAM student efforts.

"I loved every second of Peru. The team was amazing, the sights were breathtaking, and the service learning changed everyone's lives. CWU's ITAM department envisioned, planned, and executed a perfect trip that could not have been anymore powerful in making its core values standout above just the sightseeing. Students were able to use their experience of technology, that's been fostered at CWU, to problem solve and provide hands on experience in a very diverse learning environment to support a remote native community within Peru. To help summarize this trip to Peru, students will be able to walk away saying they have learned to be more adaptable, confident in risk taking, and humbled in every sense."

Chance Flanigan, ITAM Class of 2019

The other parts of the class included treks, cultural events, meetings with local Peruvians and discussions in commerce/business/IT tech. Drs. Bob Trumpy and Bob Lupton will be taking new ITAM students to Peru during the summer 2019.

ITAM trekking through the Andes

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