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Perú Bulletin



This bulletin is to bring you up to date regarding some important information, deadlines and other immediate 'to do's’ for the Peru Study Abroad Trip.

 1. COST OF THE TRIP (estimated)

Required Deposit for All Participants
A non-refundable deposit of $150.00 is due to OLLAS no later than January 14, 2011. Deposits may be paid by check or credit card and must accompany your application or registration form (see below). Checks must be made out to the University of Nebraska. All participants must secure their space with the group by submitting the deposit and application or registration forms. Confirmation of your reservation is on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are limited spaces so you must act soon if you want to guarantee a space.

UNO Students
UNO Students must enroll in LLS 4950-850 “Latin America Study Abroad: Peru” for the spring 2011 semester (January 10 – May 6). The approximate cost of the trip will be between $3,300 and $3,500 which includes the flight, tuition, hotel (17 nights), two meals a day, local transportation, supplies, tips, special guest lectures, and the cost of the service learning project.

The final cost (less the deposit) will be assessed to your spring student account bill as a special fee. Personal and miscellaneous expenses as well as airport fees, travel insurance (required), meals, and travel outside of the set plan are your responsibility. We recommend you bring between $100-150/week.
Below is an estimate of student expenses:

 

Required Expenses

UNO Undergraduate

UNO Grad

UNO Tuition & DE Fees (Undergrad)

$702.75

 

UNO Tuition & DE Fees (Grad)

 

$836.25

Airfare

$1,270.00

$1,270.00

Hotel (17 nights), Transportation, & Meals 2x/day

$780.00

$780.00

Service Learning Project Expenses

$550.00

$550.00

 

$3,302.75

$3,436.25

Miscellaneous Expenses

 

 

Personal Spending/Incidentals

$100-150/wk

 

Travel Insurance Cost

$43

 

Airport Tax Cost

$31.25

 

Optional Cuzco (Machu Pichu and other ruins) w/ Travel Agency

 

 

4 Days/3 Nights, Airfare/Hotel in Cuzco/Meals

$525

 

*If you are planning a trip to Machu Pichu, we would recommend using the travel agency MC Peru Reps S.R.L that has an affordable tour for $525.00 USD which included the flight Lima/Cuzco/Lima, 4 days/ 3nights, meals, & tour guide. As making arrangements may be complicated and OLLAS is not able to assist with your outside tour planning, please contact Patricia Carrillo, travel agent representative to make the reservation at the rate of $525 US dollars (subject to change). Other excursions to Cuzco may run as high as $750 USD.

Student Application (Word Document)
Study Abroad Agreement PDF (This required document must be returned to OLLAS).

COMMUNITY Members and Other Participants
If you are a community member you may either a) enroll in the same course (LLS4950/8656) or b) register for the Certificate in Latin American Service Learning. The fees associated with the certificate program are $1,850. This covers the costs of the hotel, two meals a day, local transportation, supplies, tips, special guest lectures and the cost of the service learning project. Airfare will be approximately $1,270. We are reserving space for up to 10 community members. The reservations will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis.
Below is an estimate of community member expenses:

Required Expenses

Community Member

Airfare - Opt Group or Self Purchased

$1,270.00

Hotel (17 nights), Transportation, & Meals 2x/day

$1,300.00

Service Learning Project Expenses

$550.00

 

$3,120.00

Miscellaneous Expenses

 

Personal Spending/Incidentals

$100-150/wk

Travel Insurance Cost

$43

Airport Tax Cost

$31.25

Optional Cuzco (Machu Pichu and other ruins) w/ Travel Agency

 

4 Days/3 Nights, Airfare/Hotel in Cuzco/Meals

$525

Again, the deposit (first payment) is due January 14, 2011. The second payment (half of the registration costs) will be due on February 1 and is necessary for us to hold your space at the hotel. Your final payment will be due on March 16. 

Personal and miscellaneous expenses as well as airport fees, travel insurance (required), meals, and travel outside of the set plan are your responsibility. We recommend you bring between $100-150/week.

Certificate Registration (Word Document)
Study Abroad Agreement PDF (This required document must be returned to OLLAS).

2. YOUR FLIGHT

All enrolled students must fly with the UNO Latin American Study Abroad group and will leave on Sunday, June 5th with a return flight from Lima on Tuesday, June 21.  The group rate for students is approximately $1,256 and will be assessed as part of your spring semester “special” student fees.

Community members and other participants must be on the same flight departing Omaha with the rest of the Peru group.  You must stay with the group for at least one week (through Sunday, June 12) but are encouraged and welcome to participate in the study abroad experience through June 21. After confirmed receipt of the registration for the Certificate in Latin American Service Learning and receipt of your deposit you will receive detailed flight information in order to make your reservation.

3. ACCOMMODATIONS

All participants will have reservations at the Hostel Torreblanca located in the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru for the duration of your stay. You may view information about the hotel at the website listed below. Telephone and fax information are provided so that family may be able to reach you, in the event of an emergency, while you are away.

HOSTAL TORREBLANCA
Av. José Pardo - 1453 - (2do. óvalo) – Miraflores, Lima 18, PERU
Telef: 011-511-447-3363 ;  011-511-447-0142 ; 011-511- 242-1876
Fax: 011-511- 447-3363
E-mail: reservas@torreblancaperu.com     hostal@torreblancaperu.com
Web Site: http://www.torreblancaperu.com/ingles/home.html

4. INSURANCE

All enrolled students will need to purchase travel insurance on a group policy through OLLAS. The price of student travel insurance in 2011 will be $43. OLLAS will send a reminder to purchase travel insurance to all students during the spring semester. You must have proof of insurance with international coverage in order to participate in the course. This cost is separate from the calculated costs of the trip and is the responsibility of the traveler.

Community members and other participants will need to either purchase travel insurance or provide OLLAS with proof of insurance that includes international coverage to participate in the Peru trip. Insurance costs are not included in the estimated cost mentioned above.  

5. PASSPORTS and VISAS

Obtaining a U.S. passport has become a lengthy process.  You may need to pay to have it 'expedited' if you do not secure a passport in a timely manner.  We will need your passport number by April 5, 2011.
U.S citizens do not need a visa to enter Perú. 

If you are a citizen of another country, please check the Peruvian embassy website for specific visa information regarding your country of citizenship. The nearest Peruvian consulate is in Colorado and you may need to travel there to have the visa stamped in your passport.  Call the your nearest consulate office for more information.

6. EXCURSION/TOURISM INFORMATION

For those of you who would like to visit Peru’s major tourist attractions, the host hotel has organized tours available.  However, we will not be responsible for any travel arrangements, consulting or any tourist activities outside of the study abroad course schedule.  

7. ORIENTATION SESSIONS

The Latin American Study Aboard/Latin American Service Learning group will have two orientation session, one virtual orientation in April 5, 2011 and the other in May 10, 2011. The April meeting will be a teleconference with Dr. Olga Celle in Lima, Peru and will be a discussion of the itinerary of activities throughout your stay in Lima.

*The second and final orientation meeting for the group will be scheduled in May 10, 2011.

We would strongly encourage travelers to read the full copy of “Surviving Peru (Complete Form: http://www.unomaha.edu/ollas/peru/Surviving%20Peru.pdf) before the final orientation so that we may answer any additional questions you may have.

Surviving Perú (Abbreviated Form)

The US Embassy in Perú The U.S. Embassy in Perú is located at Avenida Encalada, Cuadra 17 s/n, Monterrico (Surco), Lima 33 (tel. (511) 434-3000; fax. (511) 434-3037. Home page: http://lima.usembassy.gov/
The embassy is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, except U.S. and some Peruvian holidays. The mailing address from the United States is American Embassy Lima, APO AA 34031 (use U.S. domestic postage rates). The American Citizen Services section is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Department of State The Department of State encourages all U.S citizens traveling or residing abroad to register via the State Department's travel registration website or at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. Registration will make your presence and whereabouts known in case it is necessary to contact you in an emergency and will enable you to receive up-to-date information on security conditions. OLLAS staff will register all travelers in our group.
Emergency information concerning Americans traveling abroad may be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada or the regular toll line 1-202-501-4444 for callers outside the U.S. and Canada.

Safety Tips The Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) terrorist group is still active, and sporadic incidents of Shining Path violence have occurred in the recent past.Political demonstrations and labor-related strikes and marches regularly occur in urban and some rural areas and sometimes affect major highways. As a general rule, it is best to avoid large crowds and demonstrations. Visitors are encouraged to keep informed by following the local news and consulting hotel personnel and tour guides. Violent crime, including carjacking, assault, and armed robbery is common in Lima and other large cities. Of the approximately 260,000 Americans who visit Peru each year, a small but growing number have been victims of serious crimes. Travelers are encouraged to put all belongings, including purses, in the trunk of a car or taxi. Travelers should guard against the theft of luggage and other belongings, particularly U.S. passports, at the Lima airport. Theft of U.S. passports is quite common in Peru. Visitors are advised not to carry their U.S. passports if they are not needed. Inca Trail hikersare significantly safer if they are part of a guided group trail hike. Hikers in peak season (June-August) are advised to make reservations for the Inca Trail well in advance via a travel agency. Visitors should always register when entering national parks. Swimmers, surfers, rafters, and boaters should be aware of strong currents in the Pacific Ocean and fast-moving rivers. Be cautious in relying on those with a commercial interest in gauging conditions. Travelers are advised to seek advice from local residents before swimming in jungle lakes or rivers, where large reptiles or other dangerous creatures may live.
 
Packing Tips A common rule of thumb for packing for a long trip is to make a pile of everything you think you need and then divide it in half. Prepare your suitcase thinking of autumn in the midwest or winter in San Francisco. Although winter temperature in Lima does not go below 65 degrees F, humidity reaches almost 100 per cent. The humidity effect is like 45 degrees at night and 55 during the day. After 5 pm you will need to have a lightly padded jacket, four or five thermal underwear shirts, and good cotton pijamas with long sleeves and pants.

PACKING CHECKLIST
Keep in mind when packing for this exciting experience abroad to pack as light as possible:
- Official Documents and Program Necessities. Photocopy each of these items. These copies should be kept separate from the original item. You my want to leave a copy of these documents with a family member as well.
- Passport and copy
- Student ID card and copy (Your SID will get you discount in all cultural areas)
- Airline ticket and copy
- Traveler's Checks (not recommended), credit cards
- Signed authorization from your doctor if you are bringing any prescription medication and extra prescriptions for medication, glasses, and contact lenses.

CLOTHING/DRESS
- Pajamas
- Lightweight robe
- Slippers/shower shoes (most floors are tiled, not carpeted)
- Two pairs of jeans
- Two pairs of slacks
- Two nice outfits (skirts, dresses, or nice pants)
- 2 long sleeve shirts/blouses
- 4 short sleeve shirts/sweaters
- All purpose jacket
- 1 pair comfortable walking shoes
- 1 pair nice shoes (some clubs might not let you in with sneakers)

Electricity/Converters Peru has 220v electrical outlets. If you are bringing items that need to be recharged you may want to invest in an electrical voltage converter.

Currency Information
The dollar is losing value against most local currencies. It has lost value against the Peruvian Nuevo Sol, the official Peruvian currency.

Change Money Before You Go
Change about $100 USD to Peruvian Nuevo Sol before you leave home, especially if you will arrive in the afternoon or on a weekend. This will save you time at the airport and help you avoid the predicament of having no cash after bank hours and you will have some cash in your pocket when you arrive. In additions, it is always a good idea to bring some dollars (in small denominations) to tide you over until you can go to the bank or withdraw money from an ATM. Do not expect to cash personal checks once you are abroad.

Airport Fee An international flight airport fee, payable in U.S. or local currency and assessed on a per-person basis, must be paid when departing Peru. 2011's fee was $31.25 U.S. dollars. There are also separate airport taxes for domestic flights charged at most domestic airports that must be paid before embarking.

Surviving Perú (Complete Form)