Services for Children with Special Needs in Peru

Image of City Coastline in Peru
Location: Lima, Peru
Language of Instruction: English
Term: Summer
Program Type: Faculty-led
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

  • For Summer 2022, the program will travel to Belize
  • Spend one week at the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP), a non-profit organization that serves families and people with different abilities
  • Participate in cultural activities
  • Visit Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu

This summer study abroad program is designed for Speech-Language-Hearing majors and other students with an interest in working with people with different types of disabilities. The group will visit Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP), a non-profit organization in Lima that specializes in educating and working with children with disabilities and their families. The time spent at CASP will expose the group to innovative, equitable, and inclusive models of supporting children and adults with different abilities. The program will also offer opportunities to see a variety of other sites dedicated to serving children in Peru.

Peru is the third largest country in South America and can be divided into three regions: Amazon rainforest, highlands, and the coast. Lima, the capital, is located on the Pacific Ocean and has important museums detailing the pre-Columbian and colonial history of the city. The group will also visit Cusco and Machu Picchu. Cusco, south of Lima, is in the heart of the Incan empire, which is the most important civilizationin South America and dates to more than 5,000 years ago. Machu Picchu is an Incan city built on a mountaintop in the 15th century and is surrounded by temples, terraces, and water channels.

Three hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. Students will enroll in 3 credit hours of SPLH 452/752 Examining Global Perspectives in Speech-Language-Hearing. 

During the Spring semester the group will meet six times, for a total of 28 hours, with the faculty directors to receive an overview and orientation to the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP), learn basic survival Spanish language skills, learn and practice how to conduct hearing screenings from a certified and licensed audiologist, and build awareness and knowledge of the culture of Peru. Graduate students enrolled in SPLH 752 may be required to facilitate discussions or prepare presentations for these meetings. 

Approximately six days will be spent at CASP, a non-profit educational organization that serves families and people with different abilities such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or developmental delay. Some of the activities that students may participate in at CASP include visiting classrooms to see how teachers work with their students, learning about the assistance they provide to parents and the community, and observing family training in homes. On a few days there will be an audiology clinic. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about CASP's philosophy, procedures, and mission. 

Students are housed in double or triple room occupancy in hotels for the duration of the program. 

While in Lima, students will go on a food tour, visit a museum that houses pre-Columbian art and take a boat ride to Palomino Islands to observe a colony of approximately 8,000 sea lions. The group will also enjoy an evening of traditional Peruvian dancing. While in Cusco, the group will go on a tour of the city and visit ancient ruins in Pisac and Machu Picchu.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

Open to KU undergraduate and graduate students. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition.

For more information, please contact Clinical Assistant Professor Krysta Green (, Clinical Assistant Professor Ana Paula Mumy (, or Clinical Assistant Professor Stephanie Meehan (  

Passport and Entry Requirements

All students must have their passport in hand by early March because we have to provide passport information to confirm the hotel reservations and purchase the Lima-Cusco-Lima flights.

All U.S. citizens must have a passport to enter Peru. Your passport must be valid for six months after the program ends (i.e. until November 2020). If it's not, renew it. No tourist visa is required.

Non U.S. citizens are responsible for understanding your entry requirements. Read more about visas and entry requirements on the website of the Consulate General of Peru in Dallas. Please carefully read the information on the website. Your passport must be valid for six months after the program ends (i.e. until November 2020).