Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley™
The ancient Inca Empire is yours to discover while making a difference in the lives of rural youth.
- 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
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 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 dormitories 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.
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.
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.
Are you passionate about improving the communities children depend on?
- Make a difference as a teen volunteer in the lives of children in-need through meaningful service
- Connect with a new culture and make friends with like-minded interests
- Go on excursions and explore everything that makes the destination you choose special
- Leave a lasting impact that will have a positive effect on the community for years to come
Dates & Tuition
Service in the Sacred Valley™
|June 13 – June 26, 2021|
|June 29 – July 12, 2021|
|July 15 – July 28, 2021|
|August 1 – August 14, 2021|
Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:
- All educational materials
- 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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