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. To do this, we need people like you to volunteer in Peru.
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. July is part of the dry season so lighter, breathable 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.
Outside of your work 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 »
As a volunteer in Peru, you’ll be serving the working children 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, July 7 to Sunday, July 8 – Arrive in Lima and check in to hotel.
- Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
- Saturday, July 14 to Sunday, July 15 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 17 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
- Saturday, July 18: 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:
An open heart and an open mind has taken Bonnie to many places, from sliding down a natural waterslide a.k.a. waterfall in Fiji, to gazing at wild dolphins off the coast of the Canary Islands, and to realizing a strange cloud floating by happened to be a troupe of dragon flies buzzing past in Tamil Nadu, India.
More recently, her open heart and open mind led her to take time from her position as a substitute elementary school teacher in Toronto and join her husband and his colleagues on a DWC trip to India with Jatan Sansthan. On this trip she was very pleased to meld her worldly wanderlust with her interest in social equity. Most currently, her volunteer efforts are with Social Circus where performance Circus Arts are a medium for intervention and rehabilitation of at-risk youth.
Overall, she has volunteered for years with children and at-risk youth in different settings in her home city, but has never done so previously abroad. Bonnie is very pleased to find an opportunity as a DWC Team Leader, and to continue to explore this confluence between travel and grassroots actions for social good. From the words of Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome and charitable views cannot be acquired by vegetating in one tiny corner of the globe.”
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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