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TRIP PERL1124.C - Urban Systems

Urban Systems in Peru 2024 Poverty Eradication. Social Justice. Global Engagement.

C$2,950Plus flight costs
Nov 23, 2024 Nov 30, 2024 Lima, Peru, Peru Corporate Trip Education for Life

Building Better Learning Environments for School Children

When 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.

MAKE AN IMPACT
In Peru
  • A significant portion of Peru’s workforce operates in the informal economy, characterized by low wages, lack of social protections, and limited job security. Underemployment and lack of access to formal employment opportunities contribute to poverty rates.
  • Inadequate access to quality education is a significant barrier to upward mobility and poverty reduction in Peru. Limited educational opportunities, lack of school infrastructure, inadequate resources, and a shortage of trained teachers hinder individuals from acquiring the necessary skills for better employment prospects.

Build a classroom in Lima PeruA Typical Workday in 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.

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.

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

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.

Trip Details

Itinerary
  • Saturday, Nov 23 Arrive in Lima and check in to the hotel
  • Sunday November 24 – Enjoy a day of Cultural emersion in Lima, Peru
  • Monday, Nov. 25 –  Friday, Nov. 29 – Project work at school
  • Saturday, Nov. 30 – transport to the airport to fly home or stay to enjoy the sights 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:

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