Environmental Science in a Developing Country – EVR 1001


Program Fee: $3,950
Scholarship: $1,800

Click on the Peru Estimated Fees Breakdown form for details. Note that the information is subject to change.


Students will travel to Peru to study environmental science in a developing country. Students will compare and contrast the natural habitats, environmental viewpoints, and standards of living encountered in Peru with those of the United States. Students will arrive in Iquitos following a layover in Lima to experience the Peruvian Amazon at 104 meters above sea level. While in the jungle students will ascend to a canopy walkway to explore the upper levels of rainforest trees, vegetation and wildlife. A visit with the local shaman will allow students to learn about ethnobotany. Students will also gain some understanding of western medicine in the rainforest by visiting Dr. Linea Smith's medical clinic. Local living will be revealed through a trip to a local village, where students will teach the local children about rain forest ecology in a service learning project. Following the 5 hour school day, the villagers will play Valencia students in a game of soccer. A trip to the local market will emphasize lquito's isolation from the rest of the world, as it can only be accessed by airplane or boat. Students will also visit a wildlife rehabilitation center and compare this work to that executed by Sea World. Students will then travel to Machu Picchu and experience a high alpine environment in the Andes Mountains (2,430 meters) while exploring ancient Machu Picchu archaeology and architecture.


Environmental Science is a general education credit, non-laboratory course which provides a survey of basic chemical, biological, and physical principles of environmental science and ecology, the application of these principles to current political, scientific, and economic issues and our responsibility for the environment.

Students will expand their cultural awareness during a Study Abroad trip to a developing country. Students will compare and contrast the natural habitats, environmental viewpoints, and standards of living of a developing country with those of the United States.

Overview of Service Learning project:

  • TBD


This is an educational study abroad experience, which while tremendously fun and exciting, is academic and graded to help students further their language and cultural understanding by maximizing their interactions with the people from Peru. Foreign travel to a country with a different language and culture can be difficult to adjust to. Students will follow the Valencia Student Code of Conduct while traveling and realize that they are representing both Valencia and the U.S. while we are traveling. No drinking or drug use is allowed during this trip. Students will be required to walk a lot during the trip and should safeguard valuables at all times as we will be in a big city environment some of the time. Students will need to plan and budget for spending money during our trip. Special dietary needs must be communicated but they may not always be available due to travel arrangements and students should plan accordingly. Further, due to travel demands between locations in Peru, some meals may be skipped and it will be the responsibility of the student to be prepared for such events by purchasing and carrying their own snacks. Basic accommodations will be provided in the Peruvian rain forest. As such, there is no air conditioning, nor hot showers. Although some of the places where we will be staying have flush toilets, only pit toilets are available at other sites. People will be sleeping on beds with mosquito nets.  Internet access is limited or not available.


    1. If this program is removed from being waitlisted at some point within, the program will receive partial funding by Valencia's Student Development Office (SDO), the Valencia Foundation, and the SAGE Office which will be contributing a percentage towards the cost of participation for a limited number of students accepted into the program.
    2. Eligible students can use their financial aid to cover the additional program costs (airfare, accommodations, meals, etc.) as long as the course satisfies your degree requirements. Complete a MY EDUCATION PLAN or meet with an Academic Advisor for details. It is important that this course count towards your degree or certificate program; otherwise your financial aid payment may be reduced.


April 28- May 9, 2018

Program Leader Contact:


Name: Professor Marie Trone 
Phone: 407-682-4914 
Room: Osceola Campus, 4-424 

Program Leader In Training:

Name: Professor Dheeraj Verma 
Phone: 407-682-4838 
Room: Osceola Campus, 4-421 


Apply to the Environmental Science in a Developing Country – EVR 1001 (3 credits) study abroad program. You will need a Dynamic Forms login.



  1. Applications Open: July 1, 2017 
  2. Application Deadline: December 15, 2017 
  3. Deposit Deadline: February 2, 2018 
  4. Final Payment: March 2, 2018

Pre-departure Meetings:

SAGE Mandatory Orientation: January 19, 2018 from 2-5 at Osceola Campus in room 4-105.

Meeting 1: Friday 2/2/18, 9am-1pm, location Osceola Campus 1-131 
Meeting 2: Friday 2/16/18, 9am-1pm, location Osceola Campus 1-131  
Meeting 3: Friday 3/2/18, 9am-1pm, location Osceola Campus 1-131 
Meeting 4: Friday 3/23/18, 9am-1pm, location Osceola Campus 1-131  
Meeting 5: Friday 4/6/18, 9am-1pm, location Osceola Campus 1-131  
Meeting 6: Friday 4/20/18, 9am-1pm, location Osceola Campus 1-131 

Re-entry Meetings:

Friday, 5/18/18, 9am-1pm, location Osceola Campus 1-131

Please note that all orientation sessions are mandatory. The number of predeparture and re-entry meetings will depend upon your program.


  • Apply by the application deadline
  • Be a degree-seeking student with Valencia College
  • Completed one semester within last year
  • Completed 12 college-level credits
  • Be at least 18 years’ old on day of departure
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 at application deadline




  • Airfare & airport taxes
  • Accommodations
  • Ground transportation
  • River transportation
  • Most meals
  • Medical/Trip insurance
  • Tours listed in the program itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all sites
  • Tour guides


  • Course materials
  • Course tuition and fees
  • Airport departure fees and taxes
  • Luggage transport/storage fees
  • Some Meals in Peru
  • Passport application (if needed)
  • Visa (not required for U.S. citizens)
  • Immunizations in Peru
  • Spending money
  • Tips



Please note that the program may be altered or canceled at any time at the discretion of Valencia College, and in many circumstances airfare or other transportation costs incurred by the student may not be refundable. Dates and prices are subject to change without notice.