Peru has it all! A strong ancestral heritage to countless archaeological treasures through amazing natural wonders and the warm-hearted people. Having once been the heart of the great Inca Empire and the cradle of many other ancient civilisations, Peru appeals to anyone with a passion for history, anthropology, and archaeology.
Peru is also a land of contrasts, traditions and culture as a result of different migrant processes that have occurred throughout history. The landscape runs from the vast desert coast with the greatness of the Pacific Ocean and giant sand dunes to the Andean highlands with its snowy peaks, glaciers and lagoons and down to the Amazon Rainforest rich in wild animals, plants and numerous endangered species in the world. Artistic and innovative, Peru will set your senses going!
Peru’s people are also diverse: Quechua Indians (descendants of the Incas), mestizos (a blend of Indian and European), and people of Spanish ancestry. This fascinating country is famous for its archaeological ruins as well as its vibrant traditional handicrafts. As an AFSer in Peru, you’ll live with a host family while speaking Spanish and attending a local high school. Students in Peru study a wide variety of topics such as Spanish literature, Peruvian history, math, science, civics, economics, and the arts.