Peru: Spanish Service Adventure


Your language skills will soar where ancient civilization and vibrant modern culture collide.
  • Improve your Spanish through language immersion
  • Volunteer on various projects for the local community
  • Hike to famous Machu Picchu
  • Shop at an indigenous craft market
  • Go whitewater rafting through the Andes mountains
  • Visit the colorful and unique Rainbow Mountain (21-day Flagship program only)

On This Program you will...

Spanish class will never be the same! Discover Cuzco, the cultural heart of the Inca Empire, as you immerse yourself in its sights and sounds—ancient flutes, traditional clothes, and surrounding Andean peaks. While you volunteer on various projects to improve the lives of indigenous residents in the regions surrounding Cuzco, practice your Spanish with friendly native speakers. On the weekends, explore the Sacred Valley and hike through the Andes mountains to visit Machu Picchu.

The GLA Experiential Language Curriculum™ integrates Spanish language learning into all aspects of the experience, allowing students to take away more of the culture, and also leave more behind. From community service to excursions and cultural events, language is given a new context. Spanish class will never be the same.

Program Type:

Language Immersion

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Living and volunteering in the Sacred Valley provides an excellent opportunity to practice speaking Spanish in working situations. In spite of the city’s success in tourism, poverty and classism continue to thrive in Cuzco’s rural areas. Depending on community needs at the time of your arrival, your service may include various community development projects or making infrastructure improvements that ease the difficulty of daily life. Interact with families you’re serving, and experience locals’ generosity and charm as they help you improve your speaking skills.

Immersive Learning

Take advantage of a unique language immersion curriculum that combines classroom time with practicing Spanish in everyday situations: during service, cultural activities and even on excursions. All levels are welcome, and you’ll be placed with peers at a similar level of speaking and comprehension ability. Improving your Spanish communication skills will deepen your cultural learning experiences – like participating in Andean music workshops, listening to talks about cosmology and meeting farming communities and artisans.


Explore the Sacred Valley, which is filled with breathtaking mountain views, traditional Quechua communities, llama farms, salt flats, colorful Peruvian clothing and ancient sites. Hike the Pisac ruins and take a train to Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca ruins that have mystified and intrigued travelers for decades. Learn to cook traditional Peruvian cuisine and sample the region’s world-class chocolate. The 21-day Flagship program will take an exciting rafting adventure down the steep-walled and scenic river valley and visit Rainbow Mountain, famous for its varicolored slopes.


Home Base is located in one of the picturesque villages of the Sacred Valley, outside the city of Cuzco. You’ll live in a family atmosphere among high mountains, snow-capped peaks and fields of crops. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms.

Program Type

Are you passionate about creating community through shared language?
  • Take classes that improve your Spanish, no matter your skill level
  • Use your new language skills to get to know locals in your host community
  • Volunteer on a meaningful service project and practice speaking on the work site
  • Explore the world through a new and exciting lens

Dates & Tuition


Spanish Service Adventure

21-Day Flagship Program
2020 Dates
 June 13 – July 3, 2020
 July 7 – July 27, 2020
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,299
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 45
Language Hours: 35
14-Day Program
2020 Dates
 June 13 – June 26, 2020
 July 7 – July 20, 2020
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
Language Hours: 25
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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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