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Peru: Children of the Andes™

Peru: Children of the Andes™

Transform children’s lives—teach, mentor, volunteer and learn in the rural Andean communities of Peru.

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Highlights

  • Gain hands-on experience teaching children in a rural classroom
  • Help with construction projects for a new school
  • Visit initiatives and meet grassroots leaders for children’s issues
  • Go on a rafting adventure and admire the Sacred Valley’s famous ruins
  • Trek to Machu Picchu and camp among snow-capped peaks
  • Experience the colorful landscape of Rainbow Mountain

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Overview

The city of Cuzco was the capital of the Inca empire, and has held on to ancient traditions despite growth and modernization. Now, families from rural communities migrate here and developing neighborhoods are without basic services, such as schools. Volunteering in Peru on this program is an opportunity to go beyond the tourist mindset and learn the nuances of life in this beautiful, yet remote and challenging area, all while providing critical service to children and schools in the rural community. Gain hands-on experience teaching in a classroom, and after service, take in the Sacred Valley’s magnificence: Andean peaks to orchid-rich cloud forests, wild rivers and a thriving mecca of colorful markets and ancient history.

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Community Service

The mission of this program is to support children living in rural Andean communities through working with organizations that provide care, attention and educational support to local youth. Spend time in school classrooms assisting in various ways, including teaching English, arts, and sports; and lead after-school activities that facilitate learning and fun. New schools are being built in these areas to reach remote communities, so you might also participate in infrastructure projects to aid with the construction and improvement of school grounds.

Hands-On Learning

Learn firsthand about the challenges children face attending school in the city of Cuzco. Most families residing here are subsistence farmers who survive on their agricultural production, and there are heavy financial constraints to affording early childhood education. Understand the web of social issues associated with access to education for youth around the world, and consider ways you can help make a difference. As you explore Cuzco, learn about Peruvian ways of life, past and present, through cultural immersion and interaction with locals.

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Adventure

Challenge yourself on a three-day trek to Machu Picchu, camping in different spots along the way. You’ll hike through several microclimates and take in views that are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Raft through the river valley and visit archeological sites. Finally, any visit to the Sacred Valley will tumble you back into ancient Andean culture: Browse colorful, hand-woven textiles at the local market, take a walking tour through Cuzco and observe traditional ceremonies that date to the Inca era.

Lodging

Home Base is a locally-owned property in Cuzco. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms and have access to shared bathrooms. During weekend hiking excursions, students camp in tents provided by GLA.

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Dates & Tuition

Peru: Children of the Andes™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2019 Dates
Jun 20 - Jul 10, 2019
Jul 14 - Aug 3, 2019
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,199
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 50
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for adults and families, in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association.

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