Feel what it's like to help schoolchildren in Peru on this Youth and University trip

May 27, 2017
Jun 10, 2017
Approx. $2,200
Lima, Peru


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:

In June, the temperature in Lima hovers around the 21C mark. The area is dry, there’s little if any rain, but there’s lots of cloud cover. Still, weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for a bit of everything.

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.

Learn more about the Peru »

The Project:

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 the work, it will be meaningful and needed.

Peru2012 064
Peru2012 202

When / Itinerary:

  • Saturday, May 27 to Sunday, May 28 – Arrive in Lima and check in to hotel.
  • Monday, May 28 to Friday, June 2 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
  • Saturday, June 3 to Sunday, June 4 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
  • Saturday, June 10: Transport to airport in Lima and fly home

View All Trips Schedule »


Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a hotel in Lima that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,100 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to IFEJANT. It does not include airfare.

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.

Why should I volunteer?

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:

Chelsea Hanounchelsea-hanoun1

Excited by travel from the time she was young, Chelsea is even happier when she can visit other countries in ways that are meaningful. She has been to five continents and 17 countries (so far).

All that travel has meshed well with her university studies in international development and sustainability. Currently, Chelsea lives in Ecuador where she is completing placement work for her degree. Her long-term goal is to have a career in conservation through sustainable tourism.

Chelsea’s first DWC involvement was on a high school trip to Cambodia where she worked on water management and latrine projects. She saw how, as a volunteer, she could experience new cultures, challenges and positive international development.

She has done team leading in recreation, where she planned, implemented and promoted programs that improved individual and group growth. Chelsea enjoys running programs that expand people’s global and self awareness. Check out the video she made for this trip:

In addition to travel, she enjoys sports, and she has represented Canada in world dragon boat championships. Being involved in dragon boating has also taught her the value of teamwork.

Are You Ready To Go?

Got questions? Email us at

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.

We’re glad to have you join us.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now, or fill out the form.

Call Now