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Peru Experience

Journey to Peru and have the opportunity to experience the variety of the Chiclayo region, in a one month, four-part project, comprised of culture, language, wildlife and surfing!

Prices from US$2,395

Journey to Peru, where you will stay close to the beach in the coastal region of the Pimental District, near to the town of Chiclayo. During this four week program you will have the opportunity to embrace and immerse yourself in the local culture, learn Spanish, help with important wildlife conservation work and experience the local surf! 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Staying within walking distance to the beach
  • Working at the penguin centre and assisting in hands-on conservation of the Humboldt penguin
  • Learn to surf, improve your old skills or learn some new ones
  • Experience the heratige and customs of the local region
  • Learn Spanish
  • Opportunites to immerse yourself in the local culture and environment

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over
  • Bring a notebook and a few pens for the Spanish class

FAST FACTS

Location Chiclayo, Peru
Activities Wildlife conservation of Humboldt penguins 
Learn Spanish 
Understand Peruvian culture and heritage
Learn to surf 
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Homestay or shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support 
Travel advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Airport pick-up & drop-off
Local orientation 
Project training
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 WILL I BE DOING?

Week 1 - Culture Week

The Culture Week will prepare you for your stay in Chiclayo by giving you a brief insight into the country’s background, customs, language, culture, and history, as well as the opportunity to learn some Spanish. Moreover, you will enjoy some of the must-see attractions in the area and get the chance to meet and bond with fellow travellers.

Week 2 - Spanish Lessons

The school in Peru is one of the very few officially registered and recognized language schools in the country and offers one hour lessons, rather than the typical 45 minutes. You will be learning in a group made up of no more than six students for 30 hours per week, which ensures you get plenty of learning time and attention from your teacher. At the same time, group classes are a fun and interactive way not only to learn Spanish, but also to bond with your fellow classmates.  The aim is to ensure that you learn Spanish as fast as possible in a friendly environment while experiencing first-hand the Peruvian culture, cuisine and lifestyle.

***If this is your first time attending our classes, you will be required to take a placement exam in the morning to ensure you are placed in the class that suits your level the most. The length of the time needed to complete the test will depend entirely on your Spanish skills - the longer, the better. After one of our teachers has graded your test, you will be introduced to your class.***

Week 3 - Penguin Conservation

The Humbolt Penguin is native to the coat of Chile and Peru and only found within this region of South America.  They survive on a diet of small schooling fish and and forage on the local fauna, but due to overfishing of the oceans in this region, and destruction/pollution of thier habitat by humans, the numbers of penguins are in severe decline, and are now an endangered species, therefore conservation, through the action of volunteers and local community members, is vital for the penguins population and survival.  The project work involves daily activities at the penguin centre, including restoration and cleaning of penguins natural habitat, creating natural fencing for their protection, preparation of food and feeding of the the penguins.  All of the conservation work will culminate in providing a safe habitat for the penguins. 

***Feeding the penguins is not possible during reproduction time, which is from May to June and September to October.***

Week 4 - Surf Experience

This project will give you the chance to surf in a popular Peruvian destination. Absolute beginners wanting to try surfing or people needing a refresher course are both welcome to take part in oursurfing experience and enjoy the perfect conditions Peru has to offer.  You will have two hours each day of surfing lessons guided by a professional.  Aside from enjoying riding the perfect waves of the Pacific coast, you will also enjoy the outdoors with other fun activities and make new friends!  However, that is not all! During the afternoons, you will get the chance to get involved in other activities such as jogging at the beach, capoeira dancing and more!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Arrive at Chiclayo (CIX) Airport between 6am and 8pm on the Sunday and you will be met by local staff and taken to the project site.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Either in the standard residence or in homestay with a local family:

Standard Residence:

The location is close Chiclayo were there are several houses close to the beach and close to the school (walking distance 1-10 minutes), where students and participants can live. Standard is higher than average Peruvian standard, but please consider that Peru is still a third world country. Power outages or internet failures are not unusual.

Each house has space for 8-30 participants. Rooms are spacious and completely furnished with a table, a chair, a dresser/wardrobe, a mirror and a lockable box or drawer to lock in valuables. We provide bed linen. All houses have several shared bathrooms, a shared kitchen equipped with all necessary cooking utensils and a shared fridge. There common are eating areas as well as roof top terraces with hammocks to relax after a long day.

All common facilities are cleaned at least once per week, usually way more often, depending on need. Rooms are to be cleaned by the participants themselves, we provide cleaning equipment.

Homestay:

It is also possible to accommodate in a homestay with a local family, experiencing the Peruvian lifestyle and culture. Especially if you want/need to achieve a high Spanish level, this gives you more chance to practice.

The host families are carefully researched and have experience in offering great service to all our students. They receive you and treat you as a member of their family. All of the host families are conveniently located in quiet and safe areas and have a comfortable, over average standard of living. All host families offer Wifi, some give you access to a washing machine. Some families also offer private bathrooms.

On your first day of work, either your host family will accompany you or a coordinator will pick you up at your house.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

All meals are included, even on weekends, and are usually typical Peruvian dishes.

Standard Residence - Monday to Friday all meals are included, served at our school. Saturday and Sunday brunch and dinner is provided. Vegetarian/vegan food options are available.

Homestay - All meals are included, even on weekends.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Pimentel itself is relatively small and calm, but there are plenty of small restaurants and shops around the area. There are multiple opportunities to experience the Peruvian cluture, lifestyle and environment and to make lots of friends, with activities including salsa or capoeira dancing, sports activities, bbq party and city tours.  There are also numerous short, full day or even weekend trips, for those adventurous travellers! 

COSTS

4 weeks US$2,395

DEPARTURE DATES

The project starts weekly on Mondays. Please aim to arrive on the Sunday prior.

DURATION

4 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

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

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Cap. FAP José A. Quiñones González Int. Airport (CIX)

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.

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