Volunteer in Peru in September 2024 Poverty Eradication. Social Justice. Global Engagement.

C$3,250Option for 4 day Cusco/Machu Picchu add on
Sep 21, 2024 Oct 5, 2024 Lima, Peru Adult & Family Trip handUp for Education

About the ProjectBuilding the future together

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.

In Peru
  • In Peru 7 out of 10 are living in poverty or risk falling into poverty.
  • 17.37 percent of Peruvians live on less than $3.20 USD per day

Build a classroom in PeruA Typical Workday in Peru

Villa Maria del Triunfo is a densely populated district of Lima Peru, with over 462 000 inhabitants. This area lacks even basic services The population is 52 percent women, many of whom work as street vendors or in other types of informal employment. There is a high incidence of violence against women This is harmful to victims and the development of their children. There are dire consequences to nutrition, education and mental health. The learning environment and the education of the children from these slums is of very low quality.

Education for Life is a DWC project benefitting children in need at San Jose Obrero School in Villa Maria Triumpho. Just some of the activities through this program include teacher training, a dedicated school bus service, nutrition classes, a breakfast program, and access to mental health care at student and family levels.

San Jose Obrero school is at capacity. DWC Volunteers travel to Peru to build and improve classrooms for this growing student population. Teams travel from Lima to the school each day to work with our partner IFEJANT, local tradesmen and a group of dedicated mothers.

This project will consist of general construction activities needed for building a brick, cement and plaster building.  Volunteers should be ready to participate in various construction activities including digging, removing boulders, hauling brick, mixing and/or hauling cement, building brick walls, plastering and/or painting walls etc.

Add a trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu on to your DWC volunteer experience

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.

Marty France, your team leader, is partnering up with Evolution Treks Peru to arrange a 4 day (October 4-7) cultural excursion options to Cusco/MachuPicchu.  You can choose from either a long 4 day Inca trail hike or a Short Inca trail hike with cultural opportunities in Cusco. Upon registration for this trip, Marty will be in touch to confirm your interest in this additional Peruvian cultural experience.

***The cost of this excursion is not a part of this trip cost  and does not qualify for a taxable DWC receipt.

Trip Details

  • Saturday, September 21 to Sunday, September 22 – Arrive in Lima and check into hotel.
  • Monday, September 23 to Thursday, September 26– PROJECT WORK in Lima
  • Friday, September 27 to Monday , September 30  – Optional cultural tour to Cusco/ Machu Picchu
  • Tuesday, October 1 to October 4 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
  • Saturday, October 5  Transport to airport in Lima and fly home or continue to explore the wonders of Peru
Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Meet the Trip Leader

Each trip is coordinated by DWC with the help of a Team Leader, who has travelled with DWC previously, is First Aid Certified, and has completed a Criminal Record Check. 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:

Martin France

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 DWC team that constructed a campground bathroom and shower facility in Costa Rica in 2022, a classroom in Kenya and  a home in Nepal in 2023.  He currently lives in Colorado with his wife of 42 years.  He has two sons, four grandchildren and enjoys hiking, cycling, photography, and helping at his son’s craft brewery.

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