We realize that sending a child to an overseas summer camp is a tremendous act of faith by parents. At Ranch Pacha Kamaq, located in Lima - Peru, we take that responsibility very seriously and maintain an environment that encourages both safety and health while providing our campers (ranchers) with the opportunity to be immersed in a complete international experience and become global citizens.
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Enrollment Each year Ranch Pacha Kamaq welcomes boys and girls, ages 12 – 16, from all over the World. Most of our students join us from the U.S. and many from Europe and other locations.
Summers are forever! Every summer at Ranch Pacha Kamaq is filled with fun, friendships, learning, excitement and palpable opportunities to experience internationalism. Ranch Pacha Kamaq will help your child develop character, while learning Spanish, interacting with international boys and girls of the same age and discovering Peru’s history, natural surroundings and exquisite cuisine.
Our Ranch Name The Pacha Kamaq name derives from two Quechua words: “Pacha” and “Kamaq”. “Pacha” means “World” and “Kamaq” means “Creator”. Together, these words mean “Creator of the World”. At Ranch Pacha Kamaq we believe in the benefits of creating a World without borders, one that brings us closer to each other. This is why we invite children from abroad to have a Peruvian experience full of color, flavor, food, culture and history, but above all, full of excitement. It is an amusing way of building bonds between countries, languages and cultures.
About our Ranch Ranch Pacha Kamaq´s History
Ranch Pacha Kamaq is managed by Mrs. Pilar Deza, the founder and Headmistress of Casuarinas College, a leading International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program School in Lima, Peru. Since 1975, Casuarinas College receives children from all over the World and has over 1000 boys and girls currently enrolled. Many Casuarinas College students participate in exchange programs with sister schools in Canada (École Secondaire Publique Deslauriers), Chile (St. Gabriel´s School), China (Chinese International School), Finland (Linnankoski Upper Secondary School), Germany (Goetheschule Essen Gymnasium), Holland (Stedelijk College Eindhoven), India (St.Peter’s School), the United Kingdom (The North London International School) and the United States (The Dwight School). Our sister schools often send their students to Casuarinas College. Ranch Pacha Kamaq was created to provide international students with an entertaining opportunity to discover Peru while enrolling in a first class summer program developed by Casuarinas College.
Our philosophy At Ranch Pacha Kamaq we maintain a welcoming comfortable camp environment -like a family- where all ranchers and staff are encouraged to respect one anotherÂ´s important roles within our ranch community. At Ranch Pacha Kamaq, cooperating with each other and having fun is always regarded as more important than winning, and attributes such as honesty, loyalty, friendliness, generosity and ranch spirit, are a priority for us.
Our Location Our Ranch is established in Pachacamac, approximately 15 miles south of Lima, 20 minutes away from Casuarinas
College. It is a wonderful town within the beautiful Valley of Lurin, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by wilderness.
Ranch duration During a period of four to eight weeks each summer, boys and girls from all over the World come together and lifelong friendships are born.
Our Facilities Our Ranch covers approximately eight acres and is enclosed by magnificent hills that in the months of June and July are filled with spectacular green. We have a big soccer field, many comfortable bungalows and a spacious Ranch House where many activities take place. Additionally, ranchers gather in the Ranch House to read, share the experiences of the day or go online to keep in touch with their families. We also have a beautiful and light filled Dining Hall where ranchers are served three full meals per day. Ranchers have the option to stay inside or enjoy their meals at our picnic tables set up right outside our Dining Hall.
Caring for the environment At Ranch Pacha Kamaq we are convinced that caring for the environment is one of the most important lessons we can teach todayâ€™s children. What children learn today, will determine how the Earth is cared for in generations to come. While exploring and discovering through dozens of interactive activities, ranchers will learn the importance of these natural areas and to appreciate them.
Activity Activity Areas and our Program
Spanish Immersion Program The Spanish Immersion Program covers all communication skills (reading, writing, speaking and comprehension) and cultural themes. The program uses a dynamic methodology which includes visits to museums, Inca archaeological sites and historic colonial areas in Lima, Pachacamac, Paracas (a protected natural reserve) and Cusco (the city of the Incas). With the specialized guidance of teachers and tutors from Casuarinas College, ranchers will acquaint themselves with the Peruvian and Inca culture and learn Spanish in a city that combines ancient history with a vibrant contemporary style (the cost of certain field trips will be additional). Spanish Immersion: 3 hours, 2 hours, or 1 hour per day.
Activities At Ranch Pacha Kamaq we match the beauty and splendor of the Lurin Valley with the superb quality of our facilities and equipment. We want our ranchers to take full advantage of all of these, which is why we offer the following activities: Team Sports (soccer, volleyball, basketball, field hokey): 2 or 3 times per week. Mountain Biking: 2 hours per week. Hill Hiking: 2 or 3 times per week. Horseback riding (additional cost): 3 times per week for 2 hours. Arts and Crafts (drawing, painting, ceramics and pottery, jewelry making): 2 or 3 times per week. Theater: 2 or 3 times per week. Dance (modern, jazz, ballet, flamenco Spanish dance) and music: 2 or 3 times per week. Cooking (International and Peruvian cuisine): 2 or 4 hours per week. Farming and gardens (this activity includes planting trees and handpicking fruits and vegetables to donate to our center for the prevention and control of malnutrition in children): 2 or 3 times per week. Surfing in the nearby Pacific Ocean (additional cost for transporation): 3 times per week for two hours. Energy saving and recycling activities. Science projects using the environment as a classroom. Magic and juggling. Bonfire at night, BBQ, singing and fun games. Computers in our Ranch House living room (with internet connection).
We know that making choices is part of growingâ€Ś ...our experienced counselors and teachers will be there to assist ranchers, providing support and guidance to help them set a schedule that mixes individual activities, team sports and a variety of other programs, including fieldtrips, according to their interests. Our program utilizes the finest quality equipment and facilities, and we offer instruction for all ability levels, encouraging ranchers to try new things while improving their skills in familiar activities.
What does a ranch day look like? While no two ranch days are exactly alike, there are some activities that become familiar. Here is what a sample day could look like: 7:30- 8:00 am: Wake up time
1:30- 3:30 pm: Activities
8:00- 9:00 am: Breakfast
3:30- 4:30 pm: Activities
9:00-11:00 am: Spanish Immersion
4:30- 5:30 pm: Break time
11:00-12:30 pm: Activities
5:30- 6:30 pm: Dinner time
12:30- 1:30 pm: Lunch time
6:30-8:30 pm: Bonfire and fun games
Social Responsibility At Ranch Pacha Kamaq we consider that emotional intelligence and sensibility are as important as knowledge. For this reason, we offer a dedicated social work program which gives our ranchers the chance to commit themselves to helping the people of Pamplona Alta, a very poor town located south of Lima. There, we sponsor a center for the prevention and control of malnutrition in children and we run a pre-school for infants in need. Our ranchers will have the opportunity to handpick fruits and vegetables from the garden in our Ranch and bring them to our center, where they will be used as part of a program to enhance the nutrition of the infants we serve. Under our strict supervision, our ranchers will also be able to help our center by building houses for Pamplona AltaÂ´s residents. Community Service: 4 hours per week.
Special Tours Ranchers will have the opportunity to visit the following sites: 1. Paracas Bay, a beautiful protected natural marine reserve covering vast nitrous deserts, lovely beaches and rocky hills, as well as one of the richest oceans on the Planet. 2. Macchu Picchu, located in Cusco, the lost city of the Incas, considered one of the WorldÂ´s Seven New Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 3. Pachacamac, a complex and extensive town which has long been regarded as the preeminent religious and/or pilgrimage center of pre-Hispanic Peru. The National Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology located in Pachacamac, provides the best introduction into more than 10,000 years of Peruvian history, showing the illustrious legacy left by the great pre-Columbian civilizations. 4. Lima, the capital city of Peru, located on Peruâ€™s desert coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the fifth largest city in Latin America, behind Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Lima is known as Gastronomical Capital of the Americas. Peruvian cuisine, widely represented in Lima, holds various Guinness World Records for its diversity and quality. City, museum and monument visits: once a week.
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Bunk Life With a perfect combination of natural Pachacamac charm and modern convenience, our cabins are a comfortable living space for our ranchers. Every cabin has four bunk beds and two independent beds destined for two responsible ranch counselors who will live in each cabin and will care for the well being of ranchers. These cabins also include club-style bathrooms, hot water showers and electricity that will house your children in comfort. Ranchers are arranged in cabins depending on their gender and age so as to promote the best possible bonding experience they can get.
Health and Safety Ranch Pacha Kamaq attentively cares for the health and safety of each of our ranchers. Since the foundation of Casuarinas College, we have instilled a culture of responsibility and concern in our staff, and are fully aware that ample supervision of activities is of main importance. Ranch staff is trained to report any concerns immediately to the administrative and medical staff on-site and to quickly inform parents about any concerns. In addition to treating any illness and injuries, our on-site medical staff will help maintain a sense of good health and tender loving care at Ranch Pacha Kamaq.
Food We are convinced that well balanced nutrition is a key in maintaining our ranchersâ€™ energy. Therefore, we make delicious and nutritious choices geared to the appetites and interests of our ranchers, including native fruits and vegetables, as well as a wide range of international food. Special diets and allergies are taken into consideration by our kitchen and nutritional staff and are closely monitored in order to take care of these special attentions. As Peru is a famous culinary country, we assure you that your child will have the best and most interesting gastronomic experience ever, a fusion of flavors and influences like no other!
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……whether earning cabin honors that demonstrate teamwork and cooperation with counselors and teachers at weekly celebrations designed to recognize ranchers who have demonstrated leadership, spirit and commitment or at our team competitions where ranchers, every Sunday, will be organized in “red” and “green” teams to participate in fun activities.
Why choose a summer program abroad?
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Our Director Mrs. Pilar Deza´s journey in the educational field began when she founded Casuarinas Preschool in Lima, Peru, in the late 1970’s. Casuarinas Preschool later developed into Casuarinas Educational Association (CEA). Today, she is the President of CEA, which enrolls approximately 1300 students through Casuarinas Preschool (preschool), Casuarinas College (elementary, middle and high school) and other non-scholarized educational programs in Lima and other Peruvian cities. Mrs. Deza has obtained several degrees in Peru and abroad. She has a specialization in Managing
Educational Centers and Family Orientation, granted by Universidad de Navarra (Spain) and an Owners/
We understand the privilege of taking care of your children. Our staff members are international and
Presidents Management Program degree from Harvard University. Currently, she is a member of the
diverse. They have decades of experience working for Casuarinas College as professional teachers,
Harvard Alumni Association, the Harvard New York Club and the Women Presidents Organization. She
school counselors and administrators. They demonstrate a culture of care and responsibility that sets a
has written the book “Life: Cost or Benefit?” which has been published in both English and Spanish.
positive example for our ranchers.
Family matters Our ranchers call home once a week and are encouraged to write home using our computers. We also invite you to call or email us anytime â€“ whether you want to let us know how much you like seeing one of the secured videos or photos we post online, whether you want to ask about camp activities or your childÂ´s progress, or just to alert us to any special needs your child might have that we should know about. We welcome your input year-round.
Why choose a summer program abroad? Learning Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country enhances a childâ€™s education and benefits him/her more than if he/she were attending a regular summer camp program in his/her own country. As our ranchers will share our facilities with their Peruvian counterparts, they will have the opportunity to make friends and communicate in Spanish on a regular basis and, therefore, immerse in the Peruvian lifestyle, which will grant them a unique life experience.
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Application Process For an application packet or any inquiries, please contact our Director, Mrs. Pilar Deza at firstname.lastname@example.org Application packages will be carefully reviewed by our admissions team and will be considered in the order in which they are received.
Come visit us and be part of the Ranch Pacha Kamaq Peruvian experience! Ranch Pacha Kamaq invites ranchers to live an extraordinary Peruvian experience, make lasting friendships with their local counterparts, learn or perfect their Spanish language skills and become true global citizens while simply enjoying being children! Our ultimate goal is to provide a unique summer experience that motivates our ranchers to approach life with courage and confidence, experience personal growth, learn about cultural diversity and awareness, exercise leadership, hearten their natural abilities, instill the benefits of group living and thus, gain a
You want the best for your children; so do we. We will take care of them as if they were our own.
greater understanding of the World around us.
Ranch Pacha Kamaq is concerned about the environment we live in. Therefore, we have set up actions to prevent global warming and adopt an eco-citizen behavior. Among other initiatives, we limit the use of printed materials and promote the online delivery of our brochures and application packages.