SERVICE, CULTURE, SPANISH, AND ADVENTURE IN PERU
JOURNEY TO THE SACRED VALLEY
Centuries of culture are embedded in the valley at the base of Peru’s high Andean peaks. The Incas were master masons and the terraces, aqueducts, and great cities of their immense creation mark the landscape, in particular the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Today, the indigenous Aymara and Quechua peoples still flourish. Their cultivation of the ancient quinoa grain and the brilliant geometric patterns on their hand-woven fabrics are living testimony to their cultural heritage. Settling into a rural indigenous community, where the towering mountains are revered as divine, you have the rare opportunity to live within and honor the traditions of the Valle Sagrado, the Sacred Valley.
“I grew in my confidence and ability to speak Spanish because I started off very hesitant/unclear in communicating but I learned a lot and was very comfortable communicating with my family and the community by the end.”
-Jackson Smith, Peru 2011
Explore Cusco’s vibrant streets as you search the local markets for a cozy alpaca scarf.
Make adobe bricks of clay, and construct a health clinic to benefit your community.
Learn Spanish and Quechua as you prepare meals with your indigenous host family.
Trek along the spectacular mountain, lake and valley landscapes of the Sacred Valley and visit the royal site of Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.”
Kayak on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake.
NOTE: This is an inherently challenging program requiring that its participants possess the desire, sensitivity and strength to meet the cultural and physical demands of trekking in remote areas at high elevations.
PERU HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
Dates: Jun 27 – July 18
Starting/Ending Point: Cusco/Juliaca, Peru
Program Fee: $4,575. Travel expenses to and from Peru as well as internal flights for the program are not included in the program fee. Global Routes arranges group travel to Peru. Round trip airfare from New York to Peru will be approximately $TBA. Students are also encouraged to raise monies to help fund their service projects.
Group Size: maximum 16 students; 2 U.S. leaders; 2 Peruvian Staff
Service component: approx. 30-50 hours.
Language Requirement: 1 year of Spanish.
Accommodations: Rustic cabins, Youth Hostels, Hotels, Group community stay