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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

Go beyond the tourist mindset and learn the nuances of life in this beautiful yet 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

Support children living in Andean communities through working with organizations that provide care 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 low-income and there are heavy financial constraints to affording early childhood education. Understand the web of social issues associated with access to education for youth, and consider ways you can help make a difference. Participate in a traditional Andean ceremony giving thanks to Mother Earth, or the Pachamama led by a local Shaman. Learn about Peruvian ways of life, past and present, through cultural immersion and interaction with locals.

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Adventure

Challenge yourself on an overnight trek to Machu Picchu, camping 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
2020 Dates
Jun 20 - Jul 10, 2020
Jul 14 - Aug 3, 2020
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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