Doughnuts of the World

A doughnut is a doughnut is a doughnut, right? Not quite! While most Americans envision a sugary piece of round fried dough, you’ll need another word to get something doughnut-like abroad! Berliner (Germany) This yeast-based pastry is fried and filled with jam, much like your typical jelly dou... Read More

Working with children, Guatemala

A Lifelong Love for Latin America

Her high school trip to Peru in Latin America was in 2007, but Abby Sawyer talks about it now like she’s telling a story from last month. She vividly recalls witnessing Macchu Picchu, tasting traditional Peruvian cuisine, and hunting for alligators in the Amazon. “I remember thinking, ‘Wh... Read More

Machu Picchu, Peru

Meet International Travel Specialist Michael Edelstein

Our WorldStrides Perspectives programs International Travel Specialists are both our ambassadors and our master planners. They’re spreading the word about our travel programs, and then working directly with our teachers to make their trip meet and exceed expectations. Meet Michael Edelstein, custo... Read More

Machu Picchu. Cuzco, Peru

12 Interesting Facts About Peru

Peru is a colorful land of textiles, ancient ruins, and incredible culture. It’s also home to one of America’s favorite foods – and an interesting national dish! Check out these 12 interesting facts about Peru to learn more about one of our favorite destinations in South America. Caral-supe is... Read More


11 Traditional Holiday Dishes From Around The World

No matter where you are in the world, food is an important part of holiday celebrations. From potato cakes to fish, cookies to hot chocolate, here are 11 traditional holiday dishes from around the world. Israel – Latkes Latkes, a potato cake fried until its golden and crispy, is a traditional food... Read More

Service-Learning Tours in Peru – Peru Service-Learning tours

Meet Smithsonian Expert Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez

  The art of Peruvian weaving dates back over 2000 years. It is integral to Inca culture, and, too often, it disappears with the elderly artisans who once mastered it. When you travel on our Smithsonian University Travel Program to Peru, you’ll meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez. Her organization... Read More


Trip Preparation: To Plan or Not to Plan?

To plan, or not to plan? That’s the smallish sorta-war that my wife and I have when we decide to go somewhere. She’s content with only a rough outline of a trip. When she was a teenager, she and her family went to Germany without booking hotels ahead of time. They simply drove around and [&helli... Read More


Traveling With Language Barriers

Read part one of Brad’s trip to Peru – Trip Preparation: To Plan or Not to Plan? One morning we woke up in Peru with nothing planned. I offered the idea of horseback riding. It sounded so idyllic, and Shannon sort of knew how to ride horses. She took riding lessons when she was a […] Read More

Uros Island Village

Teach Through Educational Travel: Uros Island Village, Peru

Can you imagine living on a floating island? One that you have to maintain (read: repair) by hand, to bolster the safety of your home? Welcome to the floating islands of the Uros people. Located on Lake Titicaca, in Peru, the floating islands of the Uros are an ingenious way of utilizing natural res... Read More