- Peru deserves its reputation as a mystical travel destination. Astonishing beauty abounds in its most iconic sites such as the colonial gem of Cuzco, the incredible Inca citadel at Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Tucked in between these wild landscapes is another world of photo opportunities including colorful weaving villages, market days and the hardy mountain lifestyle of families living in the Andes.
- Warm in spirit, resourceful and resilient, Peruvians are generous about sharing their lives and their country with visitors. With your eyes and heart open, take your camera off the tourist path to capture their rich and surprising stories through direct exchanges.
- Participate in workshops with photojournalists, tour a photography studio in Cuzco and learn composition and storytelling on immersive field expeditions. You’ll have an ongoing assignment to consider your lighting and composition, refine your unique vision, and better use your gear.
- Peru offers opportunities to explore portraiture, street photography, as well as architectural, landscape and adventure photography. At program’s end, participate in an expo, where you’ll get to creatively display your best work.
- Make your photography a service to the community. Collaborate on portraiture and post-production to come up with a memento that students and families can enjoy.
- Take part in community development projects that target infrastructure, education or health-related concerns.
- Keep your camera handy. Through volunteering, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know families, shoot their portraits, conduct interviews and create human interest pieces for exchanging with our group and your subjects.
- Visit the stunning Machu Picchu.
- Those who are willing to break a sweat are rewarded handsomely in Peru, with a stunning combination of mountain vistas, cloud forests and jungles. Go on a hike from the Moray ruins to the white salt ponds of Maras, which cascade down a hillside valley in geometric terraces and have been providing local Peruvians with salt for generations. Walk ancient pathways surrounded by astonishing visual landscapes.
- On the 21-day Experience, you’ll spend more time with a professional photographer, complete a more extensive photo portfolio and experience the visually-stunning Rainbow Mountain.
- Contribute 30 hours of community service.
- Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1.
A typical Photography and Service Experience:
- Home Base will be at community-built and operated hotel in the Sacred Valley.
- Accommodations are basic, but clean and safe.
- Students will share rooms with roommates, typically with ensuite bathrooms, and enjoy communal meals as a group.