"The Vitor Archaeological Project (VAP) establishes standards by which other field schools should be measured. It was clear right away that much thoughtful planning had gone into the field school, academically and logistically. I came away with a clear understanding of current theories and practices in Andean archaeology as they apply to the Vitor Valley. The school was equally accommodating to students new to archaeology and to students committed to the field. The faculty members, all experts, were excellent teachers and congenial members of our field school community. The enviably low faculty-student ratio was amazing. My fellow students were friendly and easygoing. Every effort was made to ensure a smooth adjustment to living and learning in Peru. It was great getting to know Peruvian friends of the project in Vitor and in Arequipa. I especially appreciated the emphasis on community outreach, which gave others and me the opportunity to speak to local high school students about our work. The best part was that the entire VAP team was enthusiastic about the field school, about archaeology and about Peru!"
"My experience in Vitor was very enriching. It was my first time abroad alone and my first time in a field school. Every student at the field school shared a mutual desire to hone their skills and attain new knowledge. Our mentors worked alongside us with a passion for their subject while making sure that our needs were met. This experience was quite wonderful, because we worked to create a standard process of analysis through which we could understand the complex nature of the social relations of a population long gone. Through this field school I was better able to understand how to balance a standard method of analysis while making sure to take into account for the nuances of human activity. Lastly the people in Vitor that I met on the trip showed me a generosity that I had never experienced before. They welcomed us into their lives and homes with open arms. The trip taught me so much—not just through the academic setting—but also through the places I stayed and visited during my time in Perú."
-Jissy Cyriac, The University of Chicago (2013)
"This year was quite an unusual year for the Vitor Valley Archaeological Project. Instead of excavating, this field school focused on analysis and conservation of human remains, and artifacts that had been recovered in previous field seasons. Unlike the average field school applicant, I was mainly interested in the biological sciences, and chose to study in Vitor in order to gain some experience with human remains in a laboratory setting. The field school was extremely constructive in providing me with the hands on research experience I was looking for and gave me the unique opportunity of working with extremely well preserved human skeletal and soft tissue remains. Furthermore, the faculty was knowledgeable and passionate about their research, and offered invaluable support throughout the season. On the personal level, just traveling to and living in Peru for five weeks was an extremely eye-opening, perspective changing experience. Overall, a unique and valuable experience that will serve as the basis for my future academic career."
-Kristie Sanchez, The University of Chicago (2013)