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Peru: Spring Break Service Adventure

Peru: Spring Break Service Adventure

Spend your Spring Break volunteering in the Sacred Valley of Peru.

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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 a river winding through the Andes
  • Experience Peru’s colorful artisanal markets
  • Explore Machu Picchu

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Overview

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

About 8 million Peruvians remain poor, and poverty is deepest among people of indigenous origin living in remote, rural areas. You’ll focus on empowering Peruvian women who work in weaving co-ops creating Andean textiles and fabrics. Your volunteer projects will also include building new infrastructure to support community development and working on economic initiatives for women. Contribute to the wellbeing of rural communities as you see up-close how projects like these can deliver meaningful - and sustainable - change, as well as new opportunities to make a living.

Hands-On Learning

Your community service projects will give you significant insight into life in a high-altitude, rural community and the issues they face, from how to alleviate poverty to providing economic opportunities for Peruvian women. 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, explore the city of Cuzco, and of course, visit the iconic to Machu Picchu. 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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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for families and friends.

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