"The Vitor Archaeological Project was incredible, in many different ways. It was an excellent exposure to field archaeology, and an especially exciting combination of various archaeological disciplines: mortuary excavation, surveying, conservation, textile analysis, bioarchaeological analysis, ceramic analysis – one could not ask for a more comprehensive introduction to the practice of archaeology. The instructors were fantastic – brilliant, funny, caring people, always trying to ensure that the students learn and have a good time. They were friends as much as faculty. As for fellow students, there is little I could say to do justice to how amazing and kind they were, and how much fun it was to work alongside them. And I would be remiss not to mention the hospitality and generosity of the people of Vitor, and especially that of our hosts, who made us feel at home away from home. Our too brief stay in Peru was wonderful – it was a country and culture I had never seen before, and a thrill to explore. In all aspects, academic, personal, and everything in between, the VAP was a valuable and profound experience."
-Anurag Kumar, The University of Chicago (2014)
"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!"
Amy Kramer, Indiana University (2014)
"The IFR Peru-Vitor Archaeology field school was a fantastic experience and very enriching! During my search, I was looking for a field school program that had an emphasis on bioarchaeology and located in Peru. Peru is an area I may want to pursue/conduct research in the future, and when I found this program it was perfect. This was my first time traveling to Peru to participate in a dig and conduct archaeological research. This year the program focused on numerous aspects of archaeological fieldwork/research, such as surveying, excavations, conservation, lab work, and community outreach. The other students participating in the program were an amazing group of people and we've become very good friends! The faculty was very knowledgeable, passionate, hilarious, and helped out the students every step of the way when they needed help. Also, Vitor and Arequipa were very beautiful places. Overall, the experience I've gained from this program over the course of five weeks will become very valuable towards my career goals in bioarchaeology."
Christopher Nicosia, SUNY College at Oneonta (2014)