March 3-11, 2017 
$2,495 (includes airfare, transfers, taxes and fuel surcharge)
Sponsored by Penn State Harrisburg, Capital College Honors Program, and Schreyer Honors College

For all Penn State students in Honors Programs
HONOR 493H (3 credits) - Service Learning

To make a difference in our culturally and ecologically diverse world requires key cultural skills and partnerships. This trip provides honors students with the unique opportunity to engage with experts within the culturally and ecologically diverse setting of Peru to collaboratively identify, design, and enact a service learning project.

During this course participating students will:

  • Experience first-hand research and life within the Amazon Rain Forest of Peru
  • Interact with experts and local Peruvian university students and professors to learn about the cultural context, language, and ecotourism
  • Be mentored in a culturally responsive process of listening and learning within diverse cultural contexts
  • Be guided by local nonprofit organizations working in Peru to translate their academic skills and knowledge and local Peruvian knowledge into creative service learning projects intended to serve the local communities of Peru’s Amazon Rain Forest region

Course Registration (for course credit)

  1. Contact the travel agency (contact information on back panel) to make a deposit or pay the total cost of the trip and obtain a receipt.
  2. Register for the course through the Penn State Harrisburg Honors office in C-114 R Olmsted Building. In order to register for the course, you will need to provide a receipt from the travel agency to ensure your commitment to travel.

Course Requirements

  • Mandatory pre/post-trip meetings (via WEB), readings, reflective journals, brief papers, and a service learning project during the Spring 2017 semester.
  • Students must be honors eligible to take HONOR 493H during the spring 2017 semester.
  • Students must be free of any current conduct reviews or conduct sanctions. Eligibility will be verified, and each participant grants permission for verification by the Office of Student Conduct.

Travel Awards


Itinerary and visits subject to change without notice.

  • Day 1 • Friday, March 3
    Begin at Penn State Harrisburg. Transfer by van from Penn State Harrisburg to John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. Departure from JFK with LATAM CHILE flight #531 leaving at 10:45 p.m. 
  • Day 2 • Saturday, March 4
    Arrive in Lima at 6:35 a.m. and take connecting flight LATAM Chile #2075 to Puerto Maldonado, leaving at 9:00 a.m. and arriving at 12:10 p.m. Meet your professional guides and enjoy a reception at their local office. You will only be able to carry your necessary gear for the next few days. Items may be left at the local office. Transfer from Puerto Maldonado headquarters to the Tambopata River Port, entering the native community of Infierno. Box lunch included. A 45-minute boat ride from the Tambopata Part to Posada Amazonas will take you in the community’s Primary Forest Private Reserve. Enjoy an excursion to the Canopy Tower. Enjoy dinner and a presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project. 
  • Day 3 • Sunday, March 5
    After breakfast, depart by boat for Trés Chimbadas Oxbow Lake. Explore the lake on a flatbed boat and search for river otters. In the afternoon, visit Centro Nape, a communal organization that produces medicines from forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants. After dinner, you will have the option of hiking at night, when most of the mammals are active, but rarely seen. 
  • Day 4 • Monday, March 6
    After breakfast, head to the Parrot Clay Lick where you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets as they descend on the clay river bank. Embark on a two hour hike crowned by the largest tree in the vicinity: a giant Ceiba tree. During the hike, you will focus on the natural history of the rain forest and its principal taxonomic groups. After lunch, travel by boat to visit a local farm where a large variety of Amazonian crops are cultivated. 
  • Day 5 • Tuesday, March 7
    Breakfast and transfer by boat to Puerto Maldonado. You will be picked up and transferred to the hotel. Check in at Cabana Quinta for two nights. Group lunch at hotel or a local restaurant. Afternoon activities include a short tour of the center of town and a visit to the local market experiencing the daily life in a small Amazon town. Begin to design your service-learning project using your academic discipline.
  • Day 6 • Wednesday, March 8
    Breakfast buffet in morning. Work alongside a nonprofit environmental education group at the mouth of the Amazon Rainforest and at the place where the new transoceanic highway passes through the region. Work alongside local students to add to a National Geographic database and use your academic discipline to engage local students and families in learning about ways to enhance their engagement with the land, new technologies, etc. Design your service-learning project using your academic discipline.
  • Day 7 • Thursday, March 9
    Breakfast buffet in morning. Transfer to the airport to take flight LATAM Chile #2074 leaving Puerto Maldonado at 12:55 p.m., arriving in Lima at 3:50 p.m. Assistance and transfer to Allpa Hotel and Suites in Miraflores. Spend the evening with key professors and students from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru experiencing Lima, Peru.
  • Day 8 • Friday, March 10
    Following breakfast, check out of the hotel. Travel to PUCP for a welcome session, guided tour of campus, and meeting with key professors in your discipline. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the city with fellow students from PUCP. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at Café del Museo. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. 
  • Day 9 • Saturday, March 11
    Return flight on LATAM Chile flight #530 departing Lima at 12:45 a.m. and arrives JFK at 8:15 a.m. Transfer back from JFK to Penn State Harrisburg.

Hotel Accommodations

All efforts have been made to choose a comfortable, moderately priced hotel in order to keep the price of the trip reasonable.

Airline Schedule

The exact time of these flights is subject to change and will be reconfirmed. Check-in at the airport is three hours prior to departure time.

  • Friday, March 3, 2017 – LATAM Chile 531 JFK 10:45 p.m. to Lima 6:35 p.m. (+1)
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 – LATAM Chile 2075 Lima 9:00 a.m. to Puerto Maldonado 12:10 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017 – LATAM Chile 2074 Puerto Maldonado 12:55 p.m. to Lima 3:50 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 – LATAM Chile 530 Lima 12:45 a.m. to JFK 8:15 a.m. (+1) 


Price Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Lima, Peru

  • Transfer from Penn State Harrisburg to and from JFK

  • Airport taxes and fuel surcharge-subject to increase before ticketing

  • Hotel accommodations as per itinerary

  • Some meals per itinerary

  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees as per itinerary

Price Does Not Include

  • Tuition

  • Mandatory travel and medical insurance which must be obtained by all students and participants through HTH Worldwide. (Approximately $1.25 per day)

  • Single room supplement $395

  • Service fee of 3 percent on any amount paid by credit card

  • Excess luggage

  • Meals not included in the itinerary

  • Beverages

  • Personal expenses

  • Passport fees - Passport should be valid until September 12, 2017 

Visas are not required for United States citizens traveling to Peru. All international students are responsible for determining if a visa is required and should immediately apply for the visa. Please check the website at for tourist visa requirements. Refunds cannot be made if a visa is not issued. Also, alert the International Programs office if you are applying for a visa.

Marie-Louise Abram, Director of International Programs, 717-948-6003,  

Dr. Martha Strickland, Assistant Director, Penn State Harrisburg Honors Programs, 717-948-6525,

Trip Registration

Deposit: $500

$150 of this deposit is a non-refundable processing fee to Celestial Voyagers. Your deposit will assure your reservation with the airline, the hotel and other suppliers. The deposit must be sent with a copy of your passport as soon as you register online.

Send your deposit prior to December 1, 2016. After this date, space may not be available and a supplement may apply.

Balance due no later than January 15, 2017.

All payments by check must be made to Celestial Voyagers.

Payment Methods to Celestial Voyagers:
  • Online: During your registration, you can submit your payment by e-check or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express). There is a 3 percent service fee for all online payments.
  • Phone: Celestial Voyagers accepts credit card and e-check payments by phone. Credit card payments incur a 3 percent service fee but there is no service fee for e-checks.
  • Post Mail: Your third payment option is to mail in a paper check or money order. Checks should be made payable to “Celestial Voyagers” and mailed to the address in the "Contact Celestial Voyagers" section.
Cancellation penalties: In case of cancellation, penalties will apply. All cancellations must be received in writing.
Written cancellation received before November 30, 2016 will incur a $150 fee ($150 processing fee).
Written cancellation received between December 1, 2016 - January 4, 2017 will incur a penalty of $500 (loss of full deposit).
Written cancellation received January 4, 2017 – January 15, 2017 will incur a penalty of $1,397.50.
Written cancellation received on or after January 15, 2017 or no-shows incur a penalty of 100 percent of the total trip cost – $2,795.

Course registration (HONOR 493H Sec 02) is separate from trip registration.

Upon receiving your deposit, WorldStrides Capstone will send you a receipt that you must present at the Penn State Harrisburg’s Office of the Registrar to register for the course.

If you intend to travel internationally, apply for your passport immediately. Failure to provide passport information may delay airline ticketing for our group.


Register for the trip online at Celestial Voyagers' website  After registering, you must mail your deposit within 48 hours with a copy of your passport, if available (photos or scans of passports are acceptable).

  • Tour # 4785
  • Tour name: Penn State Harrisburg Peru 2017

Mail your deposit and copy of your passport (if available) immediately to:

Celestial Voyagers, Inc.
27-28 Thomson Avenue, Suite WS11
Long Island City, NY 11101

Terms and Conditions

Celestial Voyagers' terms are based on contracts with airlines, hotels and other suppliers. The terms and stipulations mentioned below are bound by these contracts and will be strictly enforced. A passport valid until September 12, 2017 is required.


Travel Arrangements

Celestial Voyagers, Inc.
27-28 Thomson Avenue, Suite WS 11
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: 516-829-1525
Fax: 718-729-0306

For information, contact: 
Marie-Louise Abram
Director, International Programs
Penn State Harrisburg
777 West Harrisburg Pike
C114R Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057
Phone: 717-948-6003