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Summer 2014: Greencastle to Peru


The first couple weeks of the program will be spent on the DePauw campus and in the Greencastle community.  In and outside of the classroom, the group has an opportunity to become familiar with the campus, staff and faculty, and the community.  Students will work on their Spanish in the classroom and by making a pledge to ONLY speak Spanish for the duration of the program.  Through team-building and guided reflection, students will also explore concepts of community, solidarity, and global citizenship.


Through service projects, the group will have a unique opportunity to learn about the community.  Possible service projects include: planting and working in the community garden, weeding and trail-clearing in the Nature Park, construction at Hope's Way, cleaning at the Putnam County Museum, and many more.

Excursions and Fun

It's summertime in Greencastle... that means fun inside and out! While on campus, the group will play sports like kickball, go for ice cream, and have free time.  Some possible excursions off campus include: canoeing and camping, trip to Indy for a baseball game, and visiting local restaurants.


During the on-campus portion of the program, the group will stay together in DePauw student housing.  Meals will be served in the "Hub" (food court) of the Student Union Building.

Servicio in Peru

The second half of the program, the group will travel to Peru!  Here, the group will test their Spanish speaking-skills and gain a global perspective while continuing the conversation on what it means to be a global citizen.  Classes to further enhance the cultural experience for the students will include cooking classes, a dance class, and excursions to sites such as Machu Piccu.  Through these classes, service projects, community activities and homestays, the group will have many opportunities for real and deep immersion in the Peruvian culture.


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Excursions* and Fun

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* All excursions and activities are tentative.

Summer 2014* -- Tentative

March 1

Application Due

April 22

Intent to Commit due to the University for accepted participants, alternates contacted for possible acceptance

May 1

Enrollment deposit due to the University

May 15

Submit a copy of your passport on or by this date

June 1

Required forms due

July 1

Arrival to DePauw Campus

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Check-in at the Student Union Building

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception for parents and students

July 1 - July 15

On-campus portion of program: classes and immersion activities

July 2

Start of Spanish only part of the program

July 15

Depart for program abroad

July 15 - July 31

Abroad portion of program

July 31- August 2

Wrap-up including closing ceremony.

August 2

Placement Test

Departure from DePauw campus. Pick-up time 11:00-3:00 PM.

Travel to and from the DePauw campus is the responsibility of the participant.

I'm Accepted, Now What?

Congratulations! Now that you have been accepted, its time to start preparing for the program. Below you will find important dates and forms that need to be completed in addition to steps you can take at home to prepare. Please stay tuned for further details on the itinerary and packing.

Due May 15th

  • Please send a copy of your passport signature page. To apply for a new passport, or renew an existing passport, please visit the Passport Information page published by the U.S. Department of State.

Due June 1st

  • Code of Conduct: Students are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct as stated by the Student Life Handbook throughout their time off campus.

  • Medical Information Form: Students are encouraged to self-disclose any medical history, dietary restrictions, and medications to faculty/staff leaders.  Any information provided can prove vital in an emergency situation, or when planning a group meals.  Information provided will remain confidential.

  • Authorization Form: For all students participating in an off-campus programs, regardless of age.

  • Travel Information Form: please provide us with your arrival and departure plans for the beginning and end of the program.  All participants are responsible for their travel to and from the DePauw campus during designated arrival and departure times.

All of the above forms and documents can be sent to the Center for Student Engagement

Mail: 408 South Locust Street, Greencastle IN 46135


Fax: 765.658.4045 (ATTN: Servicio)

Preparation Recommendations

  • Health and Safety: Take some time to look over our recommendations and seek out your local travel clinic for the most up to date recommendations for immunizations. Also, take time to preview the HTH International Travel Insurance; all participants will be enrolled in this coverage and can expect their enrollment information in early June (via their DePauw email).

  • Make travel arrangements to and from DePauw.  Please review the calender for important dates and times.  Also, please submit the above Travel Information Form so that we know when and how to expect you.

  • Start packing!  A packing list was sent in your May Welcome Package.

  • Check us out on Facebook and join the Servicio en las Americas group!  Ask your student leaders questions and get to know the other participants.

  • Prepare for your homestay:  For the abroad portion of the program, we ask the participants to bring a piece of home with them that they can share (post card, small picture book, a good story, local food, etc.). Students will be spending over two weeks with a host family and bringing a photo or something symbolic of home is a great way to start a conversation. 


Q. Do I receive any academic credit for participation in this program?

A. YES! You have the opportunity to receive Winter Term credit and, possibly, Spanish language credit.  Please read these details:

Winter Term Credit:  All students who complete the Servicio en las Américas program with satisfactory participation will receive “Winter Term” credit for the 2014-15 academic year.  Expectations for participation include these listed below and any set forth by the faculty director:

  • To participate in ALL of the components of the program which may include: group discussions, classes, retreats, program-specific events, and assessments.

  • Complete and obtain all required forms and necessary travel documents, including passports, visas, and required travel vaccinations (if needed). 

  • To assist student leaders in preparing and packing all needed group supplies.

  • Contribute to a possible group project and individual assignments.

Students who do not complete all requirements to the satisfaction of the faculty director may not receive WT credit.

It is a graduation requirement that all DePauw students must fulfill 3 Winter Term credits.  Students are only eligible to receive one Winter Term credit per academic year. To learn more about graduation requirements, please visit the University Catalog.

Retroactive and Advanced Placement Credit: please visit the Modern Languages site to learn about how you could pursue Spanish Language credit either by advanced placement and retroactive credit.

Q. When is the application deadline?

A. Deadline: Applications are due by March 1. Applications will be reviewed by program leadership, and the participants will be chosen and notified by April 1st.

Applications will be available in January 2014

Q. Who is eligible to apply?

A. Servicio en las Américas is available to admitted first-year students who are committed to attending DePauw University. All applicants must have at least three years of high school Spanish. Preference will be given to students who are the first in their families to attend college and to those who have not yet traveled outside of the United States.

Q. How much will this cost me?

A. There is no cost to participate in Servicio en las Américas, thanks to a generous gift from a DePauw alumnus. While on the DePauw campus, program participants will reside in University residence halls and meals will be complimentary. The international flight and all transportation associated with the program, on-site housing, and meals while abroad are also provided at no cost to the student.  Personal expenses, both on campus and abroad (including initial travel to the DePauw campus and your return home), are the responsibility of the student.

Q. What is the process if I decide to withdraw?

A. Applicants will be notified by April 1st if they are accepted, on a waiting list, or not accepted.  The waiting list will be contacted on a rolling basis up until May 1st.  This is the preferred withdraw deadline for accepted participants; this is also the same day deposits are due to DePauw.  If you choose to withdraw, please write

Late Withdrawal: Should you choose to withdraw from the program after May 7th, you will be billed a $200 withdrawal fee to cover administrative costs.

Meet the 2014 Leadership Team!

In addition to an experienced DePauw Professor and Spanish Instructor, Servicio believes student leaders make the difference! They know what the participants are experiencing and are eager to give back to the program...Leadership bios will be up soon!

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