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HUACA Project

The Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and the Spanish Department at Phillips Academy have teamed up to offer students a unique experience of archaeological exploration and linguistic and cultural immersion in Peru.  This trip builds on the highly successful 2006 – 2010 B.A.L.A.M. Project that was well established as one of the most exciting expeditionary learning experiences that Andover offers.

The H.U.A.C.A. Project acronym stands for "Human Understanding through Archaeology and Cultural Awareness."  The indigenous Quechua word huaca refers to a sacred place or object such as a pyramid, or even a small stone. It is pronounced WAH-kah. 

This program is open to all students who display an interest in archaeology and the Spanish language, regardless of their prior preparation in either subject.  With many years’ experience traveling throughout Latin America, leading international student programs and archaeological projects, and fresh from a scouting trip to Peru, the directors of the H.U.A.C.A. Project are well versed in Latin American cultural diversity and have developed trustworthy contacts with transportation, dining, and lodging providers throughout Peru.

Program highlights:

  • Visits to stunning archaeological sites such as Machu Picchu, Chavín de Huántar, Huaca de la Luna, and Cerro Sechín.
  • Customized site tours and lectures by a Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology expert.
  • Language and culture lessons by a P.A. Spanish instructor.
  • Breathtaking multi-day/night trek and camping experience in the Andes mountains.
  • Secure and personable transportation and lodging with known local vendors.
  • Comfortable and clean accommodations in hotels and B&Bs.
  • Exciting overnight home-stay experience at a highland indigenous village.
  • Extensive traditional dining options.  Expand your horizons with guinea pig or llama, or choose from mainstream offerings such as poultry, beef, and vegetarian.
  • Interaction with locals, and shopping for indigenous crafts, at colorful artisans’ markets.
  • Visits to amazing museums and Colonial cities such as Cusco and Lima.
  • Opportunity to observe exotic wildlife in their natural habitat.

Ten students will be selected for H.U.A.C.A. 2013. Participants will be chosen based on their application, essay, house counselor and teacher recommendations, as well as personal interviews.  H.U.A.C.A. will begin the day after graduation, June 10, 2013, and will run for approximately three weeks.

The cost of the trip will be roughly $5,000.  Generous funding will be available for students who receive financial aid for regular tuition to Andover.

If you are interested in H.U.A.C.A. please contact the project directors and/or attend our Info Night at the Peabody Museum on Wednesday November 7, 2012 from 6:30 to 7:30pm, with a Q&A session to follow.  

On November 7th applications will available from the directors and also at the above website.  The Deadline to Submit Applications is Monday November 26, 2012.

This project promises to be an unforgettable adventure and incredible learning experience!

For more information, please view our image gallery, watch the project "trailer" or informative slideshow, or contact Donald Slater or Mark Cutler.

To apply for the project, download the application form here.