"Excavating in Peru was one of the determinant reasons I have decided to study all aspects of Latin American anthropology. I enjoyed the people, the food, and the local and foreign scholars involved in the program."
-Joel Duran, UCLA (2014)
"Participating in this program was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life. The experience I gained from living, working and studying in Chincha was one that I’ll never forget. I expanded my horizons far beyond any classroom and learned more than I ever could inside of one. I learned important archaeological methods and tools as well as learning the cultural history of Peru. I expected to learn these things. What I did not expect, however, was learning more about myself than I ever thought possible, I learnt Spanish to a far higher degree than I could ever previously dream of, I expanded my view of the world and its people, and I learnt the value of a hard day’s work and the beauty of a good shower afterward. I could never anticipate the knowledge and experience that I gained this past summer in Chincha. Furthermore, I was surrounded by a community of like-minded people who became some of my closest friends. I worked alongside graduate students and professors who taught me so much. All in all, an amazingly fun, exciting, life changing experience that I’ll always remember."
-Andrew John Harris UCLA (2014)
"This field school has been one of the definitive experiences of my life. It allowed me to help me build crucial skills within and outside of archaeology that I will take with me throughout my entire life. During my time in Peru, I learned how to interact and adapt in areas I was not familiar with, a valuable skill set no matter what path you decide to take. I also developed life-long friendships that expand beyond borders. Regardless of what field you want to be in, an experience like this will benefit you greatly."
-Top Triamwong, UCLA (2014)
“This field school offered a well-rounded student experience that involved us in many different steps of the archaeological research process from mapping and survey to excavation and analyzing material in the lab. Because this was a new project, the element of uncertainty and potential for discovery made the research exciting and very real. The Chincha field school was very much a "live," dynamic research project, and since we were a small group, we benefited from being able to do work closely with fellow undergraduates and with graduate students and professors. Living off the beaten track of Peru's tourist cities and working with Peruvian students also provided a refreshingly unique and enjoyable cultural perspective that left most of us hoping to see more of the country. Overall, the project was fun, academically motivating, and made me want to pursue archaeology."
-Camillle Weinberg, UCLA (2012)
"Chincha was an amazing experience that removed any doubts I had about pursuing archaeology. I learned basic skills required for the field while immersing myself within the Peruvian culture. I always found myself having fun, whether I was interacting with the people, learning their history or digging on the site. This is something I would definitely do again."
-Michael Rosales, UC Santa Barbara (2012)