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Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley™

Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley™

The ancient Inca Empire is yours to discover while make a difference in the lives of rural youth.


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  • Volunteer on community development projects in rural areas
  • Visit key archaeological sites of the Inca Empire
  • Go whitewater rafting down rivers winding through the Andes
  • Experience Peru’s colorful artisanal markets
  • Explore Machu Picchu and camp among snow-capped peaks

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Set in Peru's Andean highlands, the Sacred Valley makes up a big portion of the heart of the Inca Empire. Go on an epic train ride to Machu Picchu and experience this iconic wonder of the world. Look around more, though, and you’ll learn Peru has areas of need—poverty and economic development issues are common in rural areas. As you work to combat these issues, you’ll see that Peru is more than its wild landscapes and ancient arts: The generosity and lively culture of its people are what have truly endured the last several centuries.

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Community Service

Poverty in Peru is deepest among people of indigenous origin living in remote, rural areas. You’ll focus on empowering Peruvian girls by improving access to education in rural communities. You’ll assist with building new infrastructure for school dormatories to house students from remote areas as they attend high school. Contribute to the wellbeing of rural communities as you see up-close how projects like these can deliver meaningful - and sustainable - change.

Hands-On Learning

Outside of service, learn firsthand about Peru’s rich culture that descends from the Incan empire. Visit a local traditional weaving community, where beautiful Andean textiles are produced. Learn to make chocolate the Peruvian way and hear Quechua legends from a local author. Meet with a local shaman and spend the afternoon among local artisans at the bustling market. Engage in discussion with nonprofit organizations to deepen your understanding of Peru’s contemporary culture.

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The Sacred Valley surrounding Cuzco is full of incredible topography and archaeological marvels. You’ll tour famous ruins, hike to the famous and Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The two-day trek passes through awe-inspiring valleys, and you’ll wake up from camp to staggering snow-capped peaks at 10,000 feet of elevation. You'll wrap up your time in Peru with an epic whitewater rafting adventure through scenic territory.


Home Base is a locally-owned property in the Sacred Valley. 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: Service in the Sacred Valley™ 14-Day Program
2020 Dates
Jun 13 - Jun 26, 2020
Jun 29 - Jul 12, 2020
Jul 15 - Jul 28, 2020
Aug 1 - Aug 14, 2020
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,699
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
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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Being able to see the faces of the young schoolchildren when we played soccer with them, or gazing at the Milky Way at our campsite on our way to Machu Picchu, I could not have been more overwhelmed with joy. I still tell my friends every day about Peru. Global Leadership Adventures has completely turned my life around - I'm no longer obsessed with success or achievement, but obsessed with passion and wonder for the world.

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