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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 making a difference in the lives of rural families.

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Highlights

  • 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
  • Explore Peru’s colorful artisanal markets
  • Trek to Machu Picchu and camp among snow-capped peaks

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Overview

High in the Andes, the Peruvian city of Cuzco is a living monument to Inca history. Once the heart of the Inca Empire, Cuzco is home to incredible archaeological relics, colorful fiestas and the finest weavings and arts—all things that have been passed down from a sophisticated, ancient civilization. Traverse this thriving city, explore its markets and go on an epic trek to Machu Picchu. Look around more, though, and you’ll learn Peru has areas of need—poverty and malnutrition 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 sweet generosity and spirited culture of its people are what have truly endured the last several centuries.

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Community Service

About 8 million Peruvians remain poor, and poverty is deepest among people of indigenous origin living in remote, rural areas. Food insecurity is common here, where many farmers produce basic food crops at a subsistence level. Your volunteer projects will include building new infrastructure to support community development and improve nutrition and public health. Help with construction of structures like greenhouses or cuy—guinea pig—farms, which offer efficient and sustainable food production systems.

Hands-On Learning

Your community service projects will give you significant insight into life in a high-altitude, rural community, poverty alleviation and children’s issues. Outside of service, learn firsthand about Peru’s rich culture that descends from the Incan empire, through Andean music and dance workshops, a visit to the local llama and alpaca farm, conversation with a traditional shaman and afternoons among local artisans at the bustling market. Play soccer with local youth and engage in discussion with nonprofit organizations to deepen your understanding of Peru’s contemporary culture.

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Adventure

The Sacred Valley surrounding Cuzco is full of incredible topography and archaeological marvels. You’ll tour famous ruins, take a full day to explore the city of Cuzco, and of course, hike to Machu Picchu. 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. Participate in a traditional music workshop, browse the colorful craft markets, and go on a whitewater rafting adventure.

Lodging

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
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,699
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 35
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
Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley™ 14-Day Program
2019 Dates
Jun 12 - Jun 25, 2019
Jun 28 - Jul 11, 2019
Jul 14 - Jul 27, 2019
Jul 31 - Aug 13, 2019
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,699
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 35
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
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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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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