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Peru- Children of the Andes

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In the small towns outside of Cusco, education is the key to unlocking the doors of opportunity created by the tourist economy in the city.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. Whether it’s directly assisting a lesson, creating educational materials or engaging the students in games, this will be a memorable experience for both you and the children of the local community.

In the heart of the Peruvian Andes is the town of Cusco, where remnants of a well-preserved historic civilization are abundant and Peruvian culture is alive and well. 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. We’ll dive into Quechua culture, learning to make traditional dolls, partaking in a ceremony with a Peruvian shaman, and visiting archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley, as well as the famed Machu Picchu. Along the way, we’ll help out by volunteering in a rural community.

LEND A HAND TO DIFFERENT NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
In the afternoons, we will visit dynamic nonprofit organizations that are working on various social issues in the region. We’ll engage local children in activities such as soccer, help teach English, and even take part in cooking classes, sampling local delicacies (like cuy). Another afternoon, we’ll meet with women’s groups and make traditional dolls, using the colorful fabrics that Peru is famous for. You’ll also get the chance to try out traditional Andean dance.

Machu Picchu
Peru’s most iconic attraction, and perhaps the most famous archaeological site in all of South America, Machu Picchu is unforgettable. In the 15th century this was a thriving city; today, the shape of the town can be made out by the famous stone walls, which stagger in terraces down a steep mountain side. Chief among Machu Picchu’s famous structures is Intihuatana, a stone structure thought to be some kind of astronomic clock or sundial..

Cusco
The former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco’s importance remains today 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. For an in-depth look into the Incas, head to Museo Inka..


Adventure Details | Itinerary | Excursions | Pre-Post-Trip Options

About This Adventure

Itinerary Highlights

Cusco, Peru; Inca ruins, Sacsayhuaman, Pucapucara, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Andahuaylillasm, the Cathedral, San Blas Church, and Koricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun, Machu Picchu.

Included:

  • 9 night stay in standard level lodging
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • English-speaking local guides that are there to support, guide, and inform you throughout the trip
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • All in-country transportation
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home, including a 24-hour emergency hotline

Air Options

While we have no specific air deals on this adventure, please call 1-888-868-6871 if you would like us to assist with your airfare.

Not included:

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
  • Laundry, phone, and Internet


Our Peruvian Home Base

Stay in a 100-year-old hacienda located in the heart of a quaint Andean village, Andahuaylillas, just outside Cusco. Set amid the soaring Andes Mountains, the hacienda is complete with vegetable gardens (which we use for meals), peaceful nooks to read and relax in, and a fire pit for evening relaxation. Our inhouse chef will prepare authentic Peruvian cuisine, which is among the most diverse and delicious in the world. Be ready for a culinary adventure - you won’t be disappointed!

Itinerary

Day 1:Arrive in Cusco and Enjoy a Welcome Dinner
Arriving 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
After breakfast we’ll enjoy a tour of the Inca ruins around Cusco, 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 Get an Introduction to Our Teaching Project
This morning we’ll take a tour of the area’s historic cathedrals, before an introduction to our project for the next week: helping to run an after school 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
After breakfast, we’ll 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
Today we’ll visit the homes of the women from the Q’ewar Project, 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
Heading back to Cusco, we’ll take a tour of its 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.

Day 10: Return Home
If you’re leaving us here then we’ll say our goodbyes and return you to the airport for your flight home.



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