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The guiDE program provides DukeEngage alumni a pathway to continue their commitment to service and civic engagement by providing leadership, mentorship and service opportunities that support wider DukeEngage efforts on campus and beyond.

Kathy Grant smiling near a fountain


DukeEngage Partner Organization: Hogar Amantaña

Major: Neuroscience

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Katy is a senior majoring in Neuroscience. She participated in DukeEngage Peru during the summer of 2016 after her freshman year. She decided to participate after taking a linguistics rights class and wanting to volunteer in a country where she had to speak Spanish. During her program, Katy worked at Hogar Amantaña, a home for abandoned children. Since participating in her DukeEngage program, Katy has stayed involved by being a member of the guiDE program for the past year, is minoring in Spanish and by volunteering with young members of the Spanish speaking community in Durham. During her free time, Katy likes to play with her dogs, try yummy new food and stay active.

Resource Guide for DukeEngage Peru

Following her summer working with Hogar Amantaña in Peru, Katy developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in that program — or similar programs.


On campus, taking any 200/300 level Spanish courses are extremely helpful. There are also on and off campus volunteering opportunities where Spanish speaking skills are necessary such as GANO or Bull City Fit. Speaking Spanish is definitely the best way to improve your Spanish skills overall.

There are many books in Spanish in the library to choose from.

Duke University Spanish Conversation Club


Indigenous Mestizos: The politics of Race and Culture in Cuzco Peru, 1919- 1991 by Marisol De La Cadena

Peru: Society and Nationhood in the Andes by Peter Flindell Klarén


News Sources

El País is an online news source with many articles that discuss current issues in Peru


Bull City Fit volunteering

Human Rights Watch- specifically look under Peru on the website

SIT Study Abroad

Immaculate Conception Church- a catholic church that has masses in Spanish

Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken- An authentic Peruvian restaurant in Durham

Triangle salsa Meetup (Raleigh NC)- In Peru we did lots of salsa dancing so this is a fun way to get a head start learning!