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:
October is at the end of the Peruvian winter and the dry season, but preceeds the wettest summer months from December to March. Travel websites describe it as being an unpredictable time for weather with conditions much like the United Kingdom (think 16C to 21C). Lima itself is arid, despite its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. However, if you head up into the mountains or the jungle, there can be more weather variations, so plan ahead for any side trips so you have all the clothing you need.
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 the work, it will be meaningful and needed.
When / Itinerary:
- Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 – Arrive in Lima and check in to hotel.
- Monday, Oct. 30 to Friday, Nov.3 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
- Saturday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Nov. 5 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, Nov. 6 to Friday, Nov. 10 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
- Saturday, Nov. 11: 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:
DWC has been a huge part of Marcia’s life since its inception in 2004/2005. The thought of travelling to a developing country to work alongside the local people seemed romantic and thrilling. Little did she know what a difference DWC would make in her life, and that 10 years and six countries later, she would still be learning about herself and gaining lasting friendships.
Marcia has been on the DWC board of directors since the start and she spent six years as its first chair. In 2005, she had the amazing chance to travel on the first DWC trip to Sri Lanka, within weeks of the devastating tsunami, to build homes for those who were left homeless. She will never forget that experience.
Following that trip there were trips to Guatemala and Peru, and as a team leader to Cambodia, India and Kenya. Each country has been so different and each project so meaningful to her and her teams. Marcia is a social worker by vocation and community development is her passion. She is always impressed by the projects developed by the in-country partners in conjunction with DWC. They are always done with the input and empowerment of the people who live there. DWC’s volunteers work alongside locals and leave much richer and more compassionate for the experience. It is an action of service and an act of global caring.
Ready to experience Peru?
A $500 non-refundable deposit is also required to secure your place on this trip and is included as part of your overall trip cost. Once you’ve submitted your forms and payment, DWC’s office will contact you and send you a welcome package.
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