The barrios of Lima, Peru’s capital city, are a difficult place to grow up, especially when you have to walk long distances to get to school. DWC volunteers in Peru work with Peruvian partner IFEJANT to build schools that will help children improve their futures.
About The Trip:
Education is one of the most important things that a child can have. DWC’s in-country partner, IFEJANT, recognizes this and strives to improve education opportunities along with human rights in and around Lima. IFEJANT is a non-profit organization that serves as a leader and supporter of an organized network of grassroots organizations serving women and working children.
DWC and IFEJANT have had a long relationship working together to build better options for the children of the barrios. Teams of volunteers in Peru have done what you’ll be doing on this trip: hauling concrete, building walls or other parts of schools and meeting the children who will study in the school when it’s done.
Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Peru Blog »
It’s Not All Work:
Temperatures will vary with averages around 18C, decreasing as you ascend into the mountains. Lighter clothing is appropriate but prepare for showers, fog and overcast skies during the day with some lightweight rain gear. Packing warmer clothes for chilly nights is suggested. Because Peru has climates that range from jungle/rainforest to arid drylands, weather conditions can change dramatically when you travel throughout the country. And since weather can be unpredictable, it’s best to be prepared for a bit of everything, especially if you plan side trips to the mountains or jungle.
Lima itself is full of historic buildings, churches, museums and sites and, for those in search of the sun rays that escape the cloud cover, an oceanside beach. Top-notch restaurants, parasailing and a litany of other activities and options are waiting for you. Outside of your volunteer work, you’ll be travelling to Cusco to acclimatize before heading to one of the modern seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu, an attraction that’s pretty much a must-do for any travellers to Peru.
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You’ll be serving the working children of Peru by building educational and community facilities. This can mean anything from digging foundations to mixing cement to installing windows and doors, painting, etc. IFEJANT chooses the projects depending on the most current need of the community. It could be finishing up a second storey of a school or building a community centre/meeting space. Whatever you do will be meaningful and needed.
When / Itinerary:
- Tuesday, February 25 – Arrive in Lima and check in to hotel.
- Wednesday, February 26 to Saturday, February 29 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
- Sunday, March 1 to Friday, March 5 – CULTURAL EXPERIENCE around Cusco and MACHU PICCHU TREK
- Saturday, March 7: Depart Peru
The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.
You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.
“Volunteering abroad is to change lives for the better. This is easily the biggest and greatest deed I have ever, or will ever, perform.”
While traveling, Jody appreciates getting to know people personally, understanding their struggles and experiencing the true sense of being a global citizen. Her knowledge of DWC’s philosophy and goals provides value as a guide, liaison and leader for teams.
Jody is a digital designer, writer and human rights activist involved in bridging the gap between theory and action on issues of gender violence, access to clean water and inequality. Through a variety of mediums she understands the power of storytelling and the importance of engaging emotions to build empathy and connect with an audience. She uses these skills as a Communications Coordinator for DWC, expressing the complexities of the organization’s international development work and the intense experiences of volunteers and beneficiaries.
She looks forward to sharing how simple it is to make a real and meaningful impact and discovering the things that connect us all.
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Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that goes toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.
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