Peru - Puno

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Partner Organization:  Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in Peru

Location:  Puno, Peru

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates:  Students must be flexible. Arrival date expected during the third week of May.

In person opportunities summer 2021: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2021: No

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  Proficiency in Spanish required
  • Gender Requirement:  None
  • Required Experience:  None
  • Major Requirement:  None
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements: Interest in teaching English as a Second Language at the college level. Previous experience in theology (classes) or with Campus Ministry (retreats, etc.) is a plus but not necessary.

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment:  (The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the Spring semester. Additional trainings may be added as needed.)

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Training
  • Self Defense session

Site Description:  

See the Maryknoll website. 

Maryknoll is a name that is shared by three independent Roman Catholic entities (Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Lay Missioners and Maryknoll Priests and Brothers) who share a common history and whose joint focus is on the overseas mission outreach activity of the Catholic Church in the U.S.  Throughout its more than one-hundred year old history, Maryknoll has served throughout the world providing a Catholic presence of evangelization and social justice to the poorest of the poor.  Maryknoll's headquarters are located in the Ossining, Westchester County, New York and also houses Maryknoll Magazine, which describes the work of Maryknoll around the world, and Orbis Books publishing company.

Maryknoll is involved in ministries in health care, education, civil and human rights advocacy, pastoral ministry, and sustainable development to the poor in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.   In Puno, the Maryknoll Sisters and the Maryknoll Priests and Brothers.

In Puno, Maryknoll accompanies and offer supervision to the Pastoral Universitaria at the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano along with other projects in the area.  The Pastoral serves the students of the UNA and the city as a place of faith, community and learning.  The Pastoral hosts monthly and special events, discussion forums and special classes such as guitar, English, speech and even more organized classes called Diplomados.  Finally the Pastoral also uses its resources to allow students an area to study, use computers and simply be with one another in a friendly environment.

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival/engagement.   

This site will be in person for summer 2021.

Students primarily teach English courses and work with staff to be of service in the Pastoral in a variety of projects related to the university students. Other responsibilities may include planning and/or assisting with  retreats; preparing material on social, psychological, theological, and cultural topics; leading discussion groups; leading roundtable discussions with students; and leading workshops on topics including leadership education, self-esteem, immigration, and Catholic social teaching. Students in previous years have also volunteered at a local elementary school and a local language center.  Through trips outside Puno, there will be an opportunity to be in contact with more rural expressions of Andean cultures. In 2018 and 2019, students had the opportunity to spend two weeks in rural indigenous communities supporting some of the ministries of the local church.

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students live with host families arranged by the Maryknoll community. Breakfast and dinners are typically shared with the host family. Students have lunches in restaurants near the campus.

For More Information:

Visit official Maryknoll Website

Former ISSLP Participants:


Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.


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