Program Details

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

LOCATION: Lima, Peru and Cuzco, Peru

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 12 DAYS

PROJECT PLACEMENTS: Volunteer with children in a daycare setting, after-school education and personal development programs for children and youth, and lead ESL classes. 

CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: Visit Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Historic Downtown Lima (Plaza de Armas), Monastery of San Francisco, Plaza de Armas in Cuzco, and Parque Kennedy. Click here for more information about our cultural highlights.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • One-on-one interactions with local Peruvians
  • Visit to Machu Picchu, one of the Wonders of the World, and Cuzco, a picturesque city nestled in the Andean Mountain Range
  • Contribute your skills in a meaningful placement and interact with like-minded individuals
  • Enjoy local Peruvian cuisine
  • Daily discussions and activities that address topics of social issues, volunteering, community development, etc.
  • Personal development (opportunities to further develop your communication, leadership and teamwork skills)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

You will stay in Lima, the capital city of Peru. Lima is located in the coastal region of the country, alongside the Pacific Ocean. The daytime seasonal average ranges from 12°C to 28°C , depending on when you travel. With a population of 8.5 million, Lima is the largest city in Peru. It is a very busy city, and is home to beautiful plazas, parks, fountains, and churches, including the San Francisco Basilica.

As part of the experience, volunteers will also travel to Cuzco for three nights. Cuzco is a picturesque city, situated more than 3,000 metres above sea-level, nestled within the Andean Mountains. The visit to Cuzco includes a visit to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Peru has experienced a great deal of economic growth. However, despite the growth, 30% of the population still lives at or below the poverty line. Many people have moved from the outlying mountain (Sierra), coastal (Costa) and Amazon (Selva) areas to the capital city, which has caused a large increase in Lima’s population. An estimated 40% of the population lives in informal settlements (Asentamientos Humanos), “shantytowns”, or other lower income areas, which are often located in and around the sandy hills, surrounding Lima.

Solidarity in Action focuses its community development efforts in these settlements or shantytowns in different parts of Lima. Participants work in collaboration with local community partners to assist with  projects that support under-served communities. The projects take place in low income and middle income areas, which consist of individuals facing varying levels of poverty. The projects that participants can get involved with often include working with children  in a daycare setting, assisting children in an after school program, volunteering with Peruvian high school students, helping to develop or execute local health campaigns, and other community-based initiatives.

With our approach, participants get involved with volunteer service that immerses them in the local community and offers them the opportunity to learn about the Peruvian culture first-hand. At Solidarity in Action, we also work hard to ensure that the work we do is being done alongside the communities we work in, rather than for them. The communities we work with are very motivated, inspirational and hard working, and they have a tremendous amount of knowledge and wisdom. When participants come on our programs and get involved with community work, we want them to learn from our Peruvian colleagues and feel inspired by the determination of the local community. At the same time, by building relationships with local residents in the communities we work in, participants have the opportunity to empower youth and other community members and to inspire change. We have seen time and time again that each involved involved in the work that we do has a lot to learn from each other and can experience tremendous growth when working together.

OTHER PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Lodging/Accommodation
Lima Guest houses (Retreat houses) – Double occupancy;
Cuzco
Hostel/Retreat house – Double to quintuple occupancy (if requested)

Food
Vegetables, rice, beans, chicken, beef, bread and bread rolls

Flights
All international flights from North America and Europe land in Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima

Visa
Not required for Canadian, or American citizen. If you are not a Canadian, or American citizen please speak to one of our representatives to find out if you will require a visa to visit Peru.

2015 PROGRAM DATES:

Solidarity in Action’s open group two week programs follow the same itinerary, but take place at different times throughout the year. Dates refer to the time that you will be in Peru. 

  • March 7 – March 19 (St. Edmund Campion Secondary School) – CLOSED
  • May 2 – May 14 (Western University, Faculty of Education) – CLOSED
  • May 15 – May 28 (Open and Cambrian College, Physical Fitness Management) – CLOSED

PROGRAM ITINERARY

Click here to see a detailed daily program itinerary.

PROGRAM FEE:

Two-week Program: USD $1,525 + Airfare
Four-week Program: USD $2,700 + Airfare

Program fee includes:

  • All accommodations in Lima and Cuzco
  • All transportation expenses while in Lima
  • Three meals daily and purified drinking water in Lima
  • Visit to Machu Picchu
  • Spanish Language Lessons
  • 24/7 program facilitation by Solidarity in Action Staff
  • Local cultural excursions in Lima

Program fee does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • An additional four to five meals
  • Horseback riding excursion (Optional)

FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS

Please contact us to coordinate your travel arrangements.

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