Join A Program This Summer!
Fill your summer with adventure-filled, meaningful experiences that will last a lifetime. Join one of our programs catered to independent like-minded individuals such as yourself – starting every two weeks! Enjoy a homestay with a local family, or stay in our volunteer house while volunteering on some of our unique community projects. Then, take the opportunity to go on a 5 day trek to Lares – with natural hot springs galore.
We’ll start off by picking you up at the Cusco airport, and transporting you to our volunteer house located in Ollantaytambo – the last living Incan village. Our first day consists of a thorough orientation to the local culture and training for your service project, which will always be something useful for the community that will make a difference and be continually useful for the local population – even after you leave. We will then work towards our goals for four days – and set off on our trek! After five days of nature, we will return to our project site and continue volunteering.
Possible service projects include:
Building chicken houses
Spend your time in a specific community building chicken houses, and teaching local families how to raise chickens. These impoverished families will then have a source of income – selling eggs at the market and have food for their own family as well.
Building guinea pig hutches
Build sustainable guinea pig – or ‘cuy’, as the locals call them- hutches and help out families by giving them a reliable, locally-traditional source of income that can put food on the table – in more ways than one!
Plant trees by the local schools
All over Peru, wildlife and ecosystems are being disrupted and are disappearing. One reason is that trees from other locations have been planted and are overtaking the local trees. Spend your volunteer time planting indigenous trees and teaching kids the importance of their own nature – planting with them and teaching them how to nurture this new life around them.
In the Andes Mountains, it is difficult to grow crops other than potatoes and corn – the altitude and cold nights prohibit most vegetables from growing. You will help build greenhouses in communities so that they can grow some of their food for the village. Look at these great strawberries!
Volunteer on the Farm
Volunteer your time on our very own farm ‘Antanuca’! The food and produce grown here feeds three local indigenously populated schools. Spend some time getting to know the kids at the schools and see the end results of your labor!
Our five day Lares trek will usually take place in the middle of a two-week stay. If you decide the 5 day Lares trek is not the right option for you, you can decide to opt out and enjoy some of our other day trips instead – such as other touring, rafting, mountain biking,
May 1 – 14 (Lares trek 6-10)
May 15 – 28 (Lares trek 20-24)
June 5 – 18 (Lares trek 10-14)
June 19 – July 2 (Lares trek 24-28)
July 3 – 16 (Lares trek 8-12)
July 17 – 30 (Lares trek 24-26)
July 31 – August 13 (Lares trek 5-9)
August 14 – 27 (Lares trek 19-23)
September 4 – 17 (Lares trek 9-13)
September 18 – October 1 (Lares trek 23-27)
Two weeks: $1,460.00 (Prices include trek)
Three weeks: $1,705.00
Four weeks: $1,950.00
Each additional week: $225.00
Solar Energy Education Project
In the Andes Mountains of Peru, the world’s most direct descendants of the Inca Empire live in extreme poverty. The villages of this region are very isolated and lack access to public services. In particular, access to education is extremely limited. Very few children who live in the rural communities are able to attend secondary school. Young children walk up to two hours just to attend elementary school. The closest secondary school is several hours from many of the impoverished villages nestled deep in the highlands. Children who do have the opportunity to attend high school are often sent to live in larger towns where a school exists. They are faced with not only a different education style, but the additional challenges of living away from home, and adapting to a new community. Needless to say, they are starting at a disadvantage.
These children are left behind in their learning. One major reason is the lack of quality education materials for teachers in the remote villages. This project alleviates this concern, and provides up to date, modern teaching methods to teachers so that they can engage children on a higher level. Students are then more excited about learning, and have more opportunity. Those that continue on to high school are better prepared to learn in a modern environment.
This project provides laptop computers, educational software and a solar panel system for charging to each school. Teachers will be trained and responsible for the mini computer lab which will be provided to their school.
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
- Help install solar panel system
- Help install laptops
- Help install software on laptops
- Help teach teachers software
- Work with children on laptops
- Teach children other skills
BUILD A GREENHOUSE
Objectives of the green house
The native Andean people used to live in much lower altitudes. Their diets consisted of quinoa, kiwicha, quañiwa, and other local Andean nutritious super foods. Throughout time, they had to retreat to living in the mountains. Their formerly nutritious diets were left behind. As a result, children have poor diets and suffer from malnutrition. This project helps to provide the means for a local community to grow nutritious food. Specifically, this project:
- Provides fresh and organic vegetable for the kitchens at the schools of local communities.
- Helps the children become stronger and healthier
- Promotes the use organic products as fertilizer, such as llama, guinea pig, sheep and chicken manure, etc.
- Promotes the making of organic fertilizer by using leaves and the leftovers of vegetables
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
Help construct the greenhouse by:
- Transporting materials
- Cut and transport renewable wood for the structure
- Work with local craftsmen to construct the greenhouse
- Create beds for seedlings
- Plant and care for seedlings