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Discover Peru! This week-long cultural experience is the perfect way to start your volunteer abroad vacation! Meet fellow participants and future volunteers, learn about traditional customs and go sightseeing.

Program Highlights
  • Visit several of northern Peru’s most historic sites
  • Get a taste of delicious, Andean dishes
  • Enjoy cultural activities and Spanish language lessons
  • Strap on your boots and go on scenic hikes
  • Enjoy waking up by the Andes Mountains
  • Book Culture Week with these programs (Peruvian Endangered Animals Sanctuary, Kindergarten Assistance, English Teaching Experience and you will receive a 50% discount off the full price of Culture Week. *Discount will be applied to your final balance. 

Itinerary (One-week commitment):

Arrival Day, Sunday: Arrive at Mayor General FAP Armando Revoredo Iglesias Airport (CJA). Participants will be picked up from the airport and taken to their accommodation. Settle into your new home for the week and get to know your fellow participants. 

Day 1, Monday: Begin your adventure with a tour of your new home, a few lessons in Spanish and an introduction to the Peruvian culture. You will also go on a small hike that where you will have the opportunity to experience a thermal bath in Baños and a massage session (at your own expense). 

Day 2, Tuesday: Discover the Andes as you travel to Granja Porcón and visit its traditional farm, forests and fields. Enjoy a nice picnic on the hillside before returning to Cajamarca.

Day 3, Wednesday: Reach an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level as you travel to Cumbe Mayo. Built around 1,500 BCE, the Cumbe Mayo is one of the oldest man-made structures in South America, exhibiting pre-Incan technology and ceremonial grounds. 

Day 4, Thursday: Today you will explore the historic city of Cajamarca. Visit some of its main attractions such as the bustling markets, the top of Santa Apolonia Hill, which overlooks the entire city, and the El Cuarto del Rescate, which witnessed the end of the Incan Empire and the beginning of Spanish influence in Peru.

Day 5, Friday: End the week with a trip to Namora, where you will join guitar workshops and meet hat weaving locals. You will also take a tuk-tuk to Laguna San Nicolas, where you will enjoy lunch and a boat ride around the lagoon, before returning to Cajamarca.

Day 6, Saturday: Depart Cajamarca this morning or stay on and volunteer at one of the projects available here.
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Location of the Project:  Cajamarca, Peru
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Project length:  1 week
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Arrival Airport:  Mayor General FAP Armando Revoredo Iglesias Airport (CJA)
Age:  Min age of 18. Age exceptions: Participants aged 16 and 17 may apply with parental consent
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 20 international participants

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared, single-gender rooms
Food:  Three meals during the week, two meals on weekends
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup is provided upon arrival
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, lunches on weekends, personal expenses.
Peru, known for its incredible cultural heritage sites, such as the renowned Machu Picchu, is the third-largest country in South America. Peru is geographically diverse, with a variety of landscapes, climates, and ecosystems. This makes it possible to go surfing at its northern beaches one day and hiking in its vast mountains the next. 

This project is located in Los Baños del Inca, a quiet location near the northern Andes city of Cajamarca, known for its natural thermal springs, breathtaking mountain views and a relaxing atmosphere. The location provides the best of both worlds with its proximity to both natural wonders such as the Andes Mountains and Amazon Rainforest, and the bustling commercial center of Cajamarca. There is also a rich Incan history to explore, as the city is known for the Battle of Cajamarca, where the Incan Empire fell.
 
Internet
Internet:  Free WiFi is available in common areas, although the connection is not always reliable. Volunteers may choose to supplement the provided WiFi with 3G data or visit the Internet cafe in the main town.
Laundry
Laundry:  Participants should expect to wash clothes by hand.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Participants will stay at a volunteer house made with traditional materials such as adobe and stone, with large gardens. Rooms are spacious and completely furnished, including a locker to store valuables, and will accommodate 3-5 people. The house is also equipped with shared bathrooms and a kitchen.
Food:  All weekday meals are provided and typically include rice, a main staple of the region. The Peruvian diet is vegetarian-friendly, with large amounts of corn, beans, potatoes, wheat and other grains. On Saturdays and Sundays, only brunch and dinner are provided.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 18 (16/17 with parental consent)
  • Good level of English
  • Police clearance
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