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High Andes Research


  • Contact us! 
    Dr. William Strosnider
    Director, Engineering in Bolivia
    wstrosnider@francis.edu
    814-471-1144

    Explore (and serve!) the ancient homeland of the Inca with Saint Francis University’s High  Andes Research & Service program. Climb the ruins of Macchu Picchu, visit the capital of the Inca, mountain bike tour the Sacred Valley of the Inca, serve the impoverished in the highest altitude city in the world, climb a famous extinct volcano at 16,000 ft, research the largest silver mine in the world, swim in thermal pools, experience ancient cathedrals, and visit pre-Incan ruins. This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime intense experience. Go for it! 

  • Academic Program

    Students are required to take a total of 6 or more credits from the list below. Students will spend 2 days of preparatory class on SFU campus prior to the trip. Course material will be delivered on-site as important religious/cultural sites are toured and students work on research/service projects to improve much-needed water resources in the High Andes.

    Courses (6 credits or more required):

    • CORE 407 Keystone Seminar (3 crs)
    • ENGR 497 Engineering Research (1-3 crs)
    • ENVE 321 Environmental Engineering Measurements I (3 crs)
    • ENVE 322 Environmental Engineering Measurements II (3 crs)
    • ENVE 415 Environmental Engineering Senior Lab (3 crs)
    • ENVE 497 Environmental Engineering Research (1-3 crs)
    • ENVE 498 Environmental Engineering Project Proposal (1 cr)
    • FNAR 101 Western Art in Colonial & Post-Colonial Bolivia (1 cr)
    • FNAR 101 Native Art in Pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Post- Colonial Bolivia (1 cr)
    Housing & Meals

    Students will be housed at SFU campus during the preparatory period. While the group is in Bolivia and Peru, everyone will stay together in hotels and hostels. 

    Excursions

    We’ll first journey to La Paz and tour the St. Francis Cathedral, museums and amazing natural wonders of the city. The class will then relocate to Cuzco, Peru, the homeland of the Inca, where we’ll visit one of the Wonders of the World, Macchu Picchu, and tour the ancient Incan capital. At this point, we’ll return to Bolivia and travel to Potosí, Bolivia, the highest altitude city in the world, where we’ll swim in thermal pools, tour a silver mint, and work on service and research projects to improve the water quality for impoverished Bolivians. We’ll also explore the largest silver deposit in the world, the famous extinct volcano “Cerro Rico de Potosí.”  

    Dates & Costs

    SCHEDULE (subject to change)

    • May 15-16: on-campus preparation  
    • May 17-21: Sightseeing in LaPaz, Cuzco and Macchu Picchu  
    • May 22-27: Service learning - research in Potosi  
    • May 28-29: Mountain jungle tour/return to USA

      COSTS
    • Program Fee: $1,950 (plus tuition costs)
    • Application and $200 deposit due ASAP  
    • Deposit ($875) due March 15  
    • Remainder ($875) due April 15

      Program fee includes:  
    • Transportation to and from airports  
    • Round-trip airfare  
    • Lodging  
    • Many excursions  
    • Travel/health insurance  
    • Visa fees

      Not included: tuition, gifts, passport fees and meals.