Peru: Service Expedition in the Sacred Valley™
The Ancient Inca Empire Is Yours To Discover While Making A Difference In The Lives Of Rural Youth.
- Help make quality education more accessible to rural girls through community development projects.
- Embark on a two-day expedition to Machu Picchu and camp among snow-capped peaks
- Whitewater raft and zipline through a stunning river valley
- Explore Cuzco’s cobblestone streets and bustling artisan markets
- Learn about Peru’s traditional agricultural, artisanal and spiritual practices from friendly locals.
On This Program you will...
Experience Peru’s Andean highlands in the ancient Sacred Valley, 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, 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.
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
Poverty in Peru is deepest among its indigenous population living in remote, rural areas. You’ll help Peruvian girls from rural communities gain access to quality education by building new infrastructure for school dormitories in the Sacred Valley. These dormitories serve as a home away from home for rural girls who are coming to the Sacred Valley to 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.
Outside of service, learn firsthand about Peru’s rich culture that descends from the Incan empire. Visit a local weaving cooperative, where beautiful handwoven textiles are produced. Learn to cook traditional dishes and some new dance moves to various genres of Peruvian music. Meet a local healer and take part in a traditional Andean ceremony. Engage in discussions with nonprofit organizations and local leaders to deepen your understanding of Peru’s contemporary culture.
The Sacred Valley surrounding Cuzco is full of incredible topography and archaeological marvels. You’ll tour famous ruins, and hike to the spectacular site of 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 You’ll also experience an epic whitewater rafting adventure through a scenic river valley.
Home Base is a locally-owned property in the Sacred Valley with ample outdoor and indoor space for group activities, talks, and meals. Students will stay in gender-segregated rooms and have access to shared bathrooms with hot and cold water. During weekend hiking excursions, students will sleep in tents and local lodges, provided by GLA. Students will be provided with fresh and local foods, such as soups, meats, potatoes, rice, vegetables, fruits, and juices.
Dates & Tuition
Service Expedition in the Sacred Valley™
|JUN 19 – JUL 02, 2023|
|JUL 06 – JUL 19, 2023|
|JUL 23 – AUG 05, 2023|
Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- In-country transportation
- 3 meals per day
- Professional full-time staff and experts
- 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
- Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
- Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
- Pre-departure materials and support
- Educational materials