Peru: Service Through the Lens™


Experience Machu Picchu and beyond as you refine your photography skills and storytelling techniques.
  • Capture moments of daily life in Andean communities
  • Participate in workshops with photojournalists
  • Learn composition and storytelling on immersive field expeditions
  • Spend a day hiking
  • Visit the incredible salt pond terraces of Maras
  • Snap photos of visually-stunning Rainbow Mountain (21-day Flagship program only)

On This Program you will...

Peru deserves its reputation as a mystical travel destination. Astonishing beauty abounds in its most iconic sites: The colonial gem of Cuzco, the incredible Inca citadel at Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks. However, as a storyteller you might discover that tucked in between these wild landscapes is another world of photo opportunities: Colorful weaving villages, market days, the hardy mountain lifestyle of families living in the Andes. Truly, the people are Peru’s real treasure and most dynamic force: Warm in spirit, resourceful and resilient, Peruvians are generous about sharing their lives and their country with visitors. With your eyes and heart open, take your camera off the tourist path to capture their rich and surprising stories through direct exchanges.

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Make your photography a service to the community. Collaborate on portraiture and post-production to come up with a memento that the students and their families can enjoy. Take part in community development projects that target infrastructure-, education- or health-related concerns, depending on the time of your arrival. Keep your camera handy: Through volunteering, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know families, shoot their portraits, conduct interviews and create human interest pieces for exchanging with our group and your subjects.

Immersive Learning

Intermixed with community service projects and cultural excursions is time to refine your art, and shoot and edit with professional guidance. Shadow working photojournalists, tour a photography studio in Cuzco, and take different workshops. You’ll have an ongoing assignment to consider your lighting and composition, refine your unique vision, and better use your gear. Peru offers opportunities to explore portraiture, street photography, as well as architectural, landscape and adventure photography. At program’s end, participate in an expo, where you’ll get to creatively display your best work. On the 21-day Flagship program, you’ll get to spend more time with a professional photographer and complete a more extensive photo portfolio.


Those who are willing to break a sweat are rewarded handsomely in Peru, with a stunning combination of mountain vistas, cloud forests and jungles. Go on a hike from the Moray ruins to the white salt ponds of Maras, which cascade down a hillside valley in geometric terraces and have been providing local Peruvians with salt for generations. Live amongst a traditional Andean community and visit stunning Machu Picchu. Walking ancient pathways surrounded by an astonishing visual landscape. On the 21-day Flagship program, you’ll also experience the wonders of Rainbow Mountain up close!


Home Base will be at community-built and operated hotel in the Sacred Valley. Students will share rooms with roommates, typically with ensuite bathrooms, and enjoy communal meals as a group. Accommodations are basic, but clean and safe.

Program Type

Want to use your passion for photography or journalism to inspire change and share the stories of those living in remote communities?
  • Sharpen your photography and writing skills as you gain real-world experience in the field
  • Use your creativity as you work in unique ways to celebrate the differences and similarities of communities around the world
  • Work with experienced professionals and learn tricks of the trade that will empower you to use your passion for good
  • Visit locations of historic and cultural significance, and use your newfound writing and photography skills to capture places few young people ever experience

Dates & Tuition


Service Through the Lens™

21-Day Flagship Program
2020 Dates
 June 23 – July 13, 2020
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 40
Language Hours: N/A
14-Day Program
2020 Dates
 June 23 – July 6, 2020
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
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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