School-age children living in remote parts of developing countries often come from families living on subsistence income. They live in extremely poor conditions and have limited access to health services and government educational supports.
Those from areas with the highest social vulnerability receive a much lower quality of education. Low literacy, poor academic performance, behavioural problems, and malnourishment are common. School dropout starts at an early age.
HAND UP FOR EDUCATION is a program that strives to remove barriers to quality education and improve social and academic outcomes of children living in underprivileged communities where DWC serves.
DWC’s initiative set students and teachers up for success so the best quality of education can be delivered. Projects tackle equipping schools with clean water, hygienic sanitation, and a safe, dedicated learning environment.
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.
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.
While you are in Peru become a Foodie. From the coast to the capital, from the highlands to the jungle, young chefs are creating some of the most exciting – and tasty – dishes on the planet. Lima is considered the culinary capital of Latin America. Foodies from around the world flock to experience fabulous cuisines.
Explore Machu Picchu, it is a wealth of interesting sights and one can literally spend hours wandering from marvel to marvel, getting lost in a city of wonders. In a spectacular location, it’s the most famous archaeological site on the continent, a must if you are in Peru.
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 local hotel 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 cost of each trip varies for each country, and the approximate cost of this trip is displayed at the top of the page. All costs will be finalized closer to the departure date. This cost is the in-country cost, including accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to our Host Partner in their respective country. It does not include airfare. The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC.
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.
Marty is a retired US Air Force officer and university engineering professor with extensive international experience, having served in Europe and traveled to 73 countries, including many in East and West Africa and throughout Southeast Asia. He’s a former Fulbright Scholar who taught at Singapore’s top science and engineering university. Marty coordinated his first service trip with DWC in 2014 when he led a team of students working with Equitable Cambodia to build sanitary latrines in villages and then did the same in Nepal in 2019. He also led a team that constructed a campground bathroom and shower facility in Costa Rica in 2022. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife of 41 years. He has two sons, four grandchildren and enjoys hiking, cycling, photography, and helping at his son’s craft brewery.
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