- Volunteer to improve the education of local Peruvian children. Despite the challenges facing these rural communities, children are eager to attend school and take part in lessons. You will help students learn English and reinforce other subjects through enrichment activities, assisting a lesson, creating educational materials or engaging the students in games. We will also visit dynamic nonprofit organizations that are working on various social issues in the region.
- We’ll dive into Quechua culture, learning to make traditional dolls, partaking in a traditional ceremony with a Peruvian shaman and taking part in cooking classes, sampling local delicacies (like cuy). You’ll also get the chance to try out traditional Andean dance.
- Visit archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley and explore the world famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Peru’s most iconic attraction, and perhaps the most famous archaeological site in all of South America, Machu Picchu is unforgettable. Chief among Machu Picchu’s famous structures is Intihuatana, a stone structure thought to be some kind of astronomic clock or sundial.
- The former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco’s importance remains as the gateway to the area’s rich history and thriving modern culture. Today it’s a beautiful city which serves as a fascinating snapshot of both Incan and more recent history. Nowhere is this more clear than the site of Quirkancha, Incan ruins which later formed the foundations of Santo Domingo, a Spanish colonial church.
- The famous Inca Trail winds through valleys and mountain passes, while the villages outside Cusco are home to the Quechua people, whose traditions and language are a strong cultural force in Peru.
- Live in a 100-year-old hacienda set amongst the soaring peaks of the Andes.
Please see a detailed itinerary below:
- Day 1. Arrive in Cusco. You’ll be met by a member of our staff before heading through the mountains to our guesthouse in Cusco for the evening. After a delicious welcome dinner, we will discuss the schedule for the week and provide you an overview of the volunteer project.
- Day 2. Tour the Inca Ruins outside Cusco. We’ll enjoy a tour of the Inca ruins, some of the oldest in Peru; these include Sacsayhuaman, Pucapucara, Qenqo, and Tambomachay. After exploring the ruins and surrounding countryside we’ll head to our home for the week in the quaint village of Andahuaylillas. We’ll stay in a century-old hacienda, set in a valley hemmed in by the Andes Mountains.
- Day 3. Visit local cathedrals and an introduction to our teaching project. We will be helping to run an afterschool program tutoring children between the ages of 7-12. We will work with these students on a variety of lessons including teaching basic English, math, and arts & crafts. This afternoon we’ll learn the secrets of Peruvian cuisine at a cooking class.
- Day 4. Make traditional Peruvian dolls and begin teaching. Enjoy a workshop with a group of women from the community who make dolls utilizing local textiles and colorful Peruvian fabrics. These women have been carrying on the tradition through the years and will show how to make your own doll. This afternoon we’ll begin work on the project, teaching conversational English and educational games and songs.
- Day 5. Experience a traditional Shaman ceremony and visit an orphanage. This morning will be one to remember as we attend a traditional shamanic ceremony and make offerings to Mother Earth, or Pachamama. Afterwards, visit an all-boys home, Casa Hogar Azul, and help make lunch and share it with the children. We then return to our teaching project in the afternoon.
- Day 6. Visit the Q’ewar Project in Andahuaylillas. Today we visit the Q’ewar Project, which works to empower the community of Andahuaylillas. We’ll take a tour of the premises, which include a preschool, volunteer housing, ceramic studio, doll making studios and gardens. You will see firsthand how the local women sew, knit, stuff and dress the dolls, which are eventually sold overseas.
- Day 7. Visit the homes of the Q’ewar Project women. Cook a meal alongside the women and experience life in this rural region. This afternoon sees our final volunteering session at the afterschool program, before we enjoy dinner at the hacienda with our students and the women and staff from the Q’ewar Project.
- Day 8. Return to Cusco and tour the city’s historic attractions. Tour the most important sites: the Cathedral, San Blas Church, and Koricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional lunch then take some free time in the town.
- Day 9. Explore Machu Picchu or the Sacred Valley An early-morning train takes us through the mountains and to the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, where we’ll spend the afternoon marveling at this iconic archaeological masterpiece. Later in the afternoon, we will take the train back for our final dinner in Cusco.
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