Weekly Schedule

In addition to classes, the ISA staff organizes meetings to monitor students' progress and discuss the week's itinerary, including cultural activities and excursions.

Service learning

Service Learning projects are held Monday through Friday at the volunteer site.

Cultural Activities

The ISA program staff develops unique cultural activities custom-designed to invite students to experience the local color of their host city, while learning about the history and culture of their new surroundings. Several mandatory activities are planned for each week students are abroad. Below is a list of cultural activities the ISA staff in Cusco has organized in the past.

  • Visit Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and the Santo Domingo church
  • Tour the historic sites of the Plaza de Armas
  • Intercambios (language exchanges) with local high school students
  • Soccer
  • Visit the Museum of Chocolate 
  • Walking tour of the bohemian neighborhood, San Blas
  • Artisan markets

Free Time

During each week and on some weekend days students will have free time to explore Cusco on their own. The ISA staff provides students with suggested activities to help learn more about their host city and culture.


Organized excursions are included with each program to complement the student’s study abroad experience.  


A primary objective of all ISA High school programs is to facilitate the learning and development of program participants. We rely on host universities to provide quality instruction in the classroom, but ISA High School is the main facilitator of learning outside of the classroom. Efforts to promote student learning are shaped by a teaching & learning framework we call the Discovery Model.

According to this model, student learning and development is organized into five areas of discovery: 

1. Intercultural, 2. Historical, 3. Sociopolitical, 4. Professional and 5. Environmental