Help us build schools and make education more accessible

Apr 18, 2020
May 2, 2020
Approx. $2750 (approx) based on 10 volunteers
Lima, Peru


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.

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 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.

Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Peru Blog »

It’s Not All Work:

Temperatures will vary with averages around 18C, decreasing as you ascend into the mountains. Lighter clothing is appropriate but prepare for showers, fog and overcast skies during the day with some lightweight rain gear. Packing warmer clothes for chilly nights is suggested. 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. Top-notch restaurants, parasailing and a litany of other activities and options are waiting for you.

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The Project:

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 you do will be meaningful and needed.

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When / Itinerary:

  • Saturday, April 18 to Sunday, April 19 – Arrive in Lima and check in to hotel.
  • Monday, April 20 to Friday, April 24 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
  • Saturday, April 25 to Sunday, April 26 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, April 27 to Friday, May 1 – PROJECT WORK in Lima
  • Saturday, May 2: 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.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,750 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.

Danielle Smith Frothinger

Danielle has a long history of volunteering and travelling, two of her favourite things. She has a range of experience in the non-profit world, including co-founding, developing and managing charity and non-profit organizations. She believes we may speak different languages and have different beliefs but we all experience the same emotions and any language barrier in another country is broken with a simple smile (understood in any country).

Having travelled on DWC trips to Guatemala, Nepal and Kenya (as both a volunteer & team leader), Danielle found it was like an all-inclusive volunteer travel adventure where you are safely immersed in culture and experiences not available to tourists. She wholeheartedly agrees with the DWC philosophy; “It’s not our purpose to change the culture but to embrace and better understand the differences that give equal value to each society.”

Are You Ready To Go?

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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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