Peru: Children of the Andes™



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

On This Program you will...

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.

Immersive 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.


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.


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.

Program Type

Are you passionate about improving the lives of children?
  • Tutor abroad and provide education to children at school and outside the classroom
  • Be a friend and role model to the youngest generation
  • Inspire local children to dream big and achieve their ambitions
  • Leave a lasting impact on the community through infrastructure improvements at local schools

Dates & Tuition


Children of the Andes™

21-Day Flagship Program
2023 Dates
 Coming Soon…
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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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any high school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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