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Peru Adventure & Community Development

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Peru Adventure & Community Development

Help at an under-resourced and under-funded community centre that provides a lifeline for women and children struggling to live and cope with extreme poverty, then visit ancient Machu Picchu.

Prices from US$2,045

Venture into a land of lost cities, rising through the mountain mists like ghosts. Feel the spine tingling and magical atmosphere that pervades the very air in Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World that was the stronghold of the venerable Inca rulers. This project entails two key phases; initially you will spend three weeks making a vital contribution to the running of an under-resourced and under-funded community centre that provides a lifeline for women and children struggling to live and cope with extreme poverty. Following this you will travel to the cloud shrouded ruins around Machu Picchu Mountain and explore the lore and legend of its past; shamanic legends say that if you touch your head to the stone walls, the Intihuatana opens your vision to the spirit world. Embrace the challenge of trekking amongst the peaks that surround the edifice, make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged women and children in this beautiful country, and partake of a culture that has captivated visitors for centuries!

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore one of the seven wonders of the world
  • Immerse yourself in traditional Andean culture
  • Make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged women & children

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru
Activities Help with homework
Create activities & events
Arts & crafts programmes
Drama & sports
Prepare & serve nutritious evening meals
4-day trek
Transport Taxi/by foot
Accommodation Hostel

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK TEFL training weekend if enrolled on TEFL BTEC course
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Internal Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation
Project training
Project equipment & materials
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The reality for most children living on the streets of Peru's towns and cities is a life of constant terrifying struggle, a lack of love and affection, and an uncertain future. Over 3,500 children live on the streets of Cusco, many abandoned by families who cannot afford to feed them. But the loneliness and fear experienced by these children, forced to live on the street alone are the most painful affliction. The community development that you will be working in provides a vital lifeline for those who seek a way out of their precarious existence on the streets. You can help give them the chance of an education, and provide them with the confidence boost and attention that they so desperately crave. Meanwhile, you are sure to enjoy a gap year or year out that will be absolutely unforgettable.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Whilst participating on this project, you will be engaged for the first 28 days in a range of activities, helping children who have suffered through a lack of any positive attention in their lives, and who need the stability and commitment of dedicated volunteers to enable them to progress. You will help the children with their homework, create activities and events focusing on constructive arts and crafts programmes, introduce them to drama and sports, and prepare and serve a nutritious evening meal. There is also the chance to help the English teacher, and work towards a free Frontier TEFL Certificate. What is most important is that throughout your time with the children you are showing them the support and positive direction that they crave and deserve. For these underprivileged youngsters you will be filling the role of mentor, parent, friend and so much more – an incredibly rewarding and life changing experience for both parties. Daily activities begin around 3pm, leaving you the morning free to take language lessons or explore Cusco and all it has to offer. Your working day will end at around 7pm, and you will head home to a delicious meal.

At the end of the 23 days community development phase, you will travel to Machu Picchu and spend five days trekking, where you will enjoy the challenge of tackling the Andes, visiting magnificent snow-capped mountains, traditional Andean communities, majestic waterfalls, as well as pushing yourself with the challenging physical aspect of trekking in Peru.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be collected form the airport in Cusco by a friendly Frontier representative, and escorted by taxi to your accommodation. Each day you can walk the short journey to your project or take a local taxi which is very inexpensive.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Whilst volunteering on this project, you will stay in shared dormitory style accommodation in a local hostel one blocks walk away from your placement.  Whilst on the trek to Machu Pichu you could be accommodated in a variety of tents or hostels en route depending upon the weather or seasonal conditions at the time.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

If you are staying in the hostel this project is self catered.  The hostel has an open and totally equipped kitchen with everything guests need to cook their own meals.  Cusco has a variety of bakeries, markets and shops nearby as well as numerous coffee shops and restaurants for those who wish to head out into town and experience the nightlife of this world famous town which will give you the chance to get a taste of authentic Peruvian cuisine. 

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

Definitely a trip not to be missed!  | 17 Jun 2018
Amazing project! The kids were so great, I had so much fun working with them. During the day I wo...

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What a Satisfaction!  | 3 Jun 2018
What a satisfaction! I have been working with Frontier for two weeks in Peru. I loved that land a...

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Words nor pictures can depict  | 15 May 2018
After our incredible, but exhausting expereince with the kids in Cusco, our reward awaited us in ...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

There are so many activities to try here that you certainly won't be short of things to enjoy in your spare time. Try swimming in forest waterfalls, hang-gliding, kite surfing, sailing, canoeing and many more! Explore the town and gain an insight into Peruvian culture – try local foods, buy beautiful hand-woven fabrics in the markets. Of course you will experience trekking in the mountains during the second phase of your project.

COSTS

33 Days US$2,045

Extra week US$345

DEPARTURE DATES

Please arrive on Sunday as your project will begin on the Monday.

This project is not available over the Christmas period

DURATION

From 33 days

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel and medical advice and documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Internal ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • Project equipment & materials
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Cuzco (CUZ)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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