Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley

The ancient Inca Empire is yours to discover while making a difference in the lives of families.

Highlights

  • Volunteer to improve the health and education of children
  • Visit the lost city of Machu Picchu
  • Visit key archaeological sites of the Inca Empire
  • Hands-on workshops on Andean music and dance
  • Experience the traditional craft markets of Peru

Overview

High in the Andes, the Peruvian city of Cuzco is a living monument to Inca history. Once the heart of the Inca Empire, Cuzco is home to incredible archaeological relics, colorful fiestas and the finest weavings and arts—all things that have been passed down from a sophisticated, ancient civilization. Traverse this thriving city, explore its markets and go on an epic trek to Machu Picchu. Look around more, though, and you’ll learn Peru has areas of need—poverty and malnutrition 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 sweet generosity and spirited culture of its people are what have truly endured the last several centuries.

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Community Service

About 8 million Peruvians remain poor, and poverty is deepest among people of indigenous origin living in remote, rural areas. Food insecurity is common here, where many farmers produce basic food crops at a subsistence level. Your community service projects will focus on improving public health, especially for women and children, the worst affected. Help with construction of systems like greenhouses, communal fish farms and “cuy” or guinea pig farms, which offer efficient food production systems.

Hands-On Learning

Your community service projects will give you significant insight into public health, poverty alleviation and children’s issues. Outside of service, you’ll learn firsthand about Peru’s rich culture that descends from the Incan empire, through Andean music and dance workshops, a visit to the local llama and alpaca farm, conversation with a traditional shaman and exploring the bustling Pisac market. Play soccer with local youth and engage in discussion with nonprofit organizations to deepen your understanding of Peru’s contemporary culture.

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Adventure

The Sacred Valley surrounding Cuzco is full of incredible topography and archaeological marvels. You’ll tour famous ruins, take a full day to explore the city of Cuzco, and of course, visit Machu Picchu.

Lodging

The GLA Home Base, is located in a beautiful hotel that blends the rustic Andean environment with modern amenities and comforts. There are typically two to four students per room. Our cooks will prepare Peruvian cuisine.

Dates & Tuition

Service in the Sacred Valley
Duration: 10 Days
Tuition: $2,450
Student/Staff Ratio: -
Max Capacity: 32 (Minimum Group Size: 12)
Community Service Hours: 22
Language Hours: -
Additional Notes
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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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