ERS 4975: Energy Access in the Andes
Travel to the Andahuaylas region of Peru to learn about the importance of energy access through an experiential, service-learning project from May 12 – May 28, 2018. The objective of the course will be to understand the challenges with creating access to energy and the opportunities presented by technology skipping, and to appreciate the impacts of energy poverty on communities and individuals.
Through collaborative solar system installations, students in the course will work together with installation technicians, homeowners, and translators to design and install off-grid solar systems in homes and community buildings. Enrollees in the course will spend a few days in Lima, and then travel to Andahuaylas and Papachiri for training and installations. We will then embark on a rigorous four-day trek to Choquequirao – known as the “cradle of gold” and a "lost" sister to Machu Picchu. During this trek, students will have the opportunity to interact with a local guide and his/her family and to understand the agricultural practices and the importance of eco-tourism to the region. The route traverses through high altitude mountains, into one of the world’s deepest canyons, and through lush Amazonian jungle.
We end our trip in Cusco, known for its historic sites, ancient temples, colonial Spanish architecture, and vibrant markets. Throughout the course we will explore the history and culture of Peru, visit archeological sites, sample local food, and learn about the area's land use, economy, and the challenges to providing accessible and reliable energy.
Lessons learned in the field will closely be reinforced in lectures, readings, and discussions.
No prerequisites, open to underclassmen (should have completed at least 24 credit hours during freshman year). Translators travel with the group at all times so no knowledge of Spanish or Quechua is needed.
Dates: May 13-28, 2018
Estimated Cost: $3500 (does not include airfare, UW tuition, $140 study abroad fee, $50 insurance)
Contact: Tara Righetti (email@example.com) for more information and enrollment authorization