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.
How much does it cost?
The cost of this trip is displayed at the top of the page. This cost includes 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 trip is 100% tax deductible. A $1000 non refundable deposit ($600 for trips prior to 2024) is due once the trip is confirmed which is then credited towards your trip cost. Flight costs vary and can either be booked yourself or through our recommended travel agent to receive a tax deductible receipt. Your trip cost is due in its entirety 45 days prior to departure. If your flight is booked through our recommended travel agent, your flight cost is due within 10 days. Trip costs may be adjusted if flight or accommodation upgrades are requested or if flight deviations are required. Select trips may be subject to additional cultural activity fees. US volunteers may be subject to administrative fees/exchange rate adjustments.
Are accommodations included and what are they like?
DWC books your accommodations for you, and it is included in your Trip Cost! Your team will stay at a local hotel that is comfortable and clean. Rooms are booked as shared double occupancy. You may upgrade to a private room for an additional cost, where possible. We will do our best to accommodate adjustments
Are meals provided and can dietary restrictions be accommodated?
All meals are included in your trip cost. Some meals will be at the hotel, while others at local restaurants. The food is prepared hygienically, and dishes range from local to standard western fare. Volunteers submit a health form to DWC and all requests for dietary restrictions will be provided to the Team Leader, hotel, and host partner, to be accommodated wherever possible. We want you to be as comfortable as possible! Your Trip Cost does not include tips, alcohol, or snacks.
Can I add personal travel onto this trip?
Absolutely! We want you to have the best travel experience possible. If you choose to add personal travel onto the front or back end of your trip, you are welcome to book your own accommodation and transportation arrangements for early arrivals or late departures, however you are required to arrive in time to fully participate in the volunteer experience with your team. Personal travel would not be covered in your tax-deductible receipt.
Can my family come on the trip with me?
The trip cost listed is a per person rate. Family members can participate in the trip as part of the volunteer team by paying a separate trip cost. Children 12-17 wishing to participate in a volunteer trip require a parent/guardian with them.
What is the minimum age requirement to volunteer?
Children under 12 are unable to participate in our program due to the nature of the volunteer work involved. Children 12-17 wishing to participate in a volunteer trip require a parent/guardian with them.
Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need special skills or training to be able to help. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace, within your own comfort level, five days a week from about 8AM to 4PM. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What is the work site like and what is the intensity of the labour?
There is a building manager and translator on site. Tasks on the work site vary and you will only be asked to do what you are comfortable with and within your physical abilities. There is no pressure!
Why should I volunteer?
Support sustainable change with us. Learn about the world and yourself, lend a hand and build hope. Every bit of time spent on a DWC project is helping a person, a family, or a community. You’ll know that your contribution will make someone’s life better. DWC matches teams of volunteers and resources with people and organizations in developing nations to alleviate poverty and inspire hope and your efforts do have impact. The experience is enhanced by working as a team. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.
Are DWC trips religious or political in nature?
DWC has no religious or political affiliations.
Each trip is coordinated by DWC with the help of a Team Leader, who has travelled with DWC previously and is First Aid Certified. Your Team Leader will liaise with DWC and ensure all your questions are answered. Your Team Leader will handle all team finances through the trip and travel with you to ensure the best possible travel and volunteer experience for their team! They also facilitate fun, cultural experiences where possible, ensuring group cohesion. See your Team Leader Biography here:
Jim has always had a passion for travel and helping others. While completing his BA, he was offered a position with an international foundation based in California. He first aided in developing volunteer projects in Jordan supporting physically and mentally challenged children under the auspices of the Royal Family. This led to opportunities to further assist with volunteer projects in Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Thailand. After moving back to Canada and venturing into various opportunities, Jim found himself building and operating his own very successful construction company. He retired early and began seeking new challenges. After participating on DWC projects in Nepal in 2014 and again in 2016, he volunteered to help DWC with evaluating, organizing and managing its growing number of projects in 2017. He hopes that his international development experience combined with his business acumen and construction experience will make him an asset to DWC, its host partners and family of volunteers.
Carbon offsets are used to compensate for the greenhouse gasses that we create through certain activities, such as flying. For every tonne of carbon released into the atmosphere, an ‘offset’ is a carefully designed project that absorbs or stores the equivalent CO2 emissions. You can choose to offset your own flight, your whole family’s, or do this as a gift for a friend.Offset Your Carbon Footprint