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 works 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 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:
April temperatures in Lima are moderate, hovering around the 22C mark for daytime highs. The area is dry, but rainfall can be sparse. 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.
Outside of your volunteer work, you’ll probably want to get out to Machu Picchu, an attraction that’s pretty much a must-do for any travellers to Peru. 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.
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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:
- Saturday, Apr. 28 to Sunday, Apr. 29 – Arrive in Lima and check in to hotel.
- Monday, Apr. 30 to Friday, May 4 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
- Saturday, May 5 to Sunday, May 6 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, May 7 to Friday, May 11 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
- Saturday, May 12: Transport to airport in Lima and fly home
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.
DWC Team Leader:
Growing up, Heather spent a lot of time outdoors with her family hiking, camping and travelling around Canada and the U.S. After high school, Heather put on a backpack and spent six weeks making her way from Greece to Denmark. That European vacation sparked a love of international travel and adventure.
Always interested in combining her passion for volunteering with travel, Heather joined a DWC trip to the Philippines in 2016. Working with DWC and Kamloops Hot Yoga, the group built a house for a local family and completed various projects for DWC’s local partner, Rise Above Foundation.
Heather is a lawyer currently working in the area of privacy. When she isn’t tied to her desk, she can be found doing yoga, hiking with her dogs, kayaking or finding any excuse to be outdoors.
“We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts.” – Pema Chödrön
Are You Ready To Go?
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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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