ASU students return inspired after study abroad trip to Peru

A group of ASU students pose in front of Machu Picchu during a study abroad trip to Peru

This study abroad program immerses students in Peruvian culture.


Each summer the College of Nursing and Health Innovation takes a group of eager students to study abroad in Peru and 2018 was no exception.

This year’s class just returned from a month spent immersed in Peruvian culture. The students explored health care, culture and ethics during their time in Lima and in small remote villages near Machu Picchu.

They participated in service-learning projects to see traditional rural health practices firsthand. The end goal, to develop a stronger relationship with the community they are serving and gain a deeper understanding of providing health care to diverse populations.

Alana Herman, a nursing student participating in the program, journaled throughout her time in South America.

The most rewarding part of her travels, working in the Umbasbama village.

“I was overjoyed to bond with the indigenous peoples through the house mural projects, the mud stoves, dancing around bonfires, and the Spanish language,” Herman said.

She chronicled her day-to-day activities, observations and what she learned about herself, the people of Peru and the unique health challenges they face in a series of blogs which you can read here: 

For more information on studying abroad with the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, visit:

Young woman standing behind Macchu Picchu sign

Alana Herman with Machu Picchu mountain sign. Photo courtesy Alana Herman

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