Perú: Immense, rugged, colorful, vibrant and mystic. No one word or idea can symbolize a land so diverse in geography, culture and history. Whether enjoying the sun rising above Lake Titicaca, tracking a wild boar in the Amazon Basin, listening to live salsa music in Lima, seeing wheat sway in the shadow of the mighty Andes or a rainbow forming above the ruins at Machu Picchu, you will be transported by the beauty of Perú. The contrasts of Perú permeate every part of the country. Despite its charm, there are large discrepancies among socioeconomic classes and wide differences in standards of living throughout the country. There is need for help and aid in the wake of a divisive colonial legacy, natural disasters, and decades of uneven development.
Community Service and Homestay in the Sacred Valley
The majority of the program is in Ollantaytambo, the best-preserved Incan city in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Participants will live with local families and spend their days working with the community on a variety of service projects to be determined in conjunction with the community’s needs.
- Work with local community leaders and students to make important improvements to the Escuela de la Mujeres, the local girl’s school
- Help coordinate the donation of critical school supplies
- Support local families by participating in a homestay
Cultural & Recreational Activities
- Explore the famous Sacred Valley including Cusco, Moray and Ollantaytambo
- Boat tour of Lake Titicaca including visits to the Floating Islands and Taquile
- Either hike or take the train to the world-famous ruins of Machu Picchu
Unique Aspects: Your adventure in Peru will be enriching for your group and the local communities you visit. Participants will experience the rich culture of Peru while enjoying visits to some of Peru’s most famous destinations. More importantly, the group will work with local communities on service projects aimed to enhance the group’s exposure to Peru and help our wonderful hosts.
Accommodations: Locally owned hotels or guest-houses, or local host family.
Best Time to Go: North American winter, but Peru can be enjoyed anytime.
Duration: 10 days minimum, group of 6 or more.
- Community-driven service project/community-based learning
- Local site coordinators for community service
- Supplies from local sources
- Dedication to working with local people and organizations
- All activities and tours led by local guides
- Support of local families with homestays