Peru with Urban Systems

Join the Urban Systems team that's making education better for children in Peru

Nov 24, 2018
Dec 1, 2018
Approx. $2,100.00
Lima, Peru, Peru with Urban Systems

Peru with Urban Systems

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.

About The Trip:

Education is one of the most important things that a child can have. In 2017, USF and DWC began an education and nutrition program to support and train teachers, improve nutrition levels amongst students, and make getting to school a lot easier in a poor hillside community. In November of this year, a team of Urban Systems employees will travel back to San Jose Obrero school to meet the children who are benefitting from this program, learn first-hand the impact USF is having, and lend a hand to improve the school’s facilities.

DWC’s in-country partner, IFEJANT, 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.

DWC and IFEJANT have had a long relationship working together to build better options for the children of the barrios. Read the day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Peru Blog »

It’s Not All Work:

November temperatures in Lima are moderate, hovering around the 20C mark for daytime highs. While this area is dry, rainfall can be sparse. 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 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. In addition to those sites, Peru also hosts top-notch restaurants, parasailing and a litany of other activities and options are waiting for you.

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The Project:

As you are volunteering, you’ll be serving the children of Peru. This can mean doing construction work on a school building itself or teaching students or teachers or helping with a nutrition program by measuring kids and noting other health indicators. Since Urban Systems staff have specialized knowledge, this could result in you putting those skills to use designing a school area like a classroom, playground or garden water system. Additionally, some volunteers will interview school kids, take their photos and capture their life stories to share with other Urban Systems staff.
IFEJANT chooses the projects depending on the most current need of the community.

When / Itinerary:

  • Saturday, Nov 24 to Sunday, Nov 25 – Arrive in Lima and check in to hotel
  • Monday, Nov. 26 and Tuesday, Nov. 27 – Project work at school
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28 – Visit fruit market and prison
  • Thursday, Nov. 29 and Friday, Nov. 30 – Project work at school
  • Saturday, Dec. 1 – Sightseeing, transport to airport in Lima and fly home

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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 hotel in Lima that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare. Last year’s Urban Systems team stayed at the Bayview Hotel, in Lima.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,100 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to IFEJANT. It does not include airfare.

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.

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.

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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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