Spend two weeks working at a voluntary drop-in centre for children and youth where they can get help with homework, a hot meal and participate in a variety of workshops. Children living in extreme poverty in Cusco are often forced to drop out of school to work or beg on the streets to help support their families. You will be contributing to a project that provides children from poor families with a place to get guidance and support.
Volunteering at a drop in centre for children and youth, participating in workshops like leather-working and jewelery-making, exploring the cultures and history of Cusco.
Days : 14
Price : From AED 2,956*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Basic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 1 - Easy
A G Adventures representative will hold a general briefing in the evening, normally between 7pm and 8pm (a note will be posted in the arrival hotel with details). Additional Notes: Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. Included Activities: Arrival Day Meet and Greet Hotel Welcome Meeting
In the morning, a G Adventures representative will meet you, take you to the volunteer project and make sure you are settled. Amidst the mountainous surroundings, stunning architecture and rich culture of Cusco, there is the bitter reality of children either working or begging on the streets. Many of these children are unable to cope with the stress of both working and going to school, which leads them to give up their studies in order to help provide for their families. Other children leave home because they have been abused, neglected or abandoned, turning to alcohol, drugs, or sniffing glue to help relieve their hunger pains. In order to support themselves, some children resort to begging or prostitution. By providing impoverished children with a place where they can receive guidance and support, we are helping to keep these children off the streets, and giving them the hope, confidence and skills needed to create a future for themselves. Additional Notes: VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS No experience is necessary, but Intermediate Spanish is required. Conversational Spanish at a level that enables you to comfortably interact with the children (for example helping them with homework), will ensure you have a rewarding experience. Please consider whether your Spanish level is sufficient to easily work with children in an after school program environment. Included Activities: Children's Project Volunteering
Spend mornings and afternoons volunteering at a drop-in centre for children. Included Activities: Children's Project Volunteering
Free weekend to enjoy all that Cusco has to offer. Free time to explore the city or enjoy some of the numerous optional activities: horseback riding, river rafting or a Sacred Valley tour.
Spend a second week volunteering at the drop-in center for children and supporting as needed. Included Activities: Children's Project Volunteering
Depart at any time. Additional Notes: To add extra weeks to your volunteer experience, speak to a G Adventures agent.
Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.
Volunteer hostel Simple, shared hoste in a safe neighbourhood near the central handicraft market of Cusco. There is a shared living room and kitchen with simple appliances: fridge and hot plate for cooking - (it is not common to have a full oven) + kettle, utensils, plates, etc.). Depending on the number of volunteers visiting at the time, you may either have your own room or share with another person, some rooms being with private and some with shared bathrooms. This is basic accommodation, and is located closer to the centre of the town than to the project, so you will be shown how to take the bus to the project. Taxis are very reasonable in Cusco and safe, as are public buses, so while it might take you some time to feel comfortable with your new surroundings, as it is different from home, you can be confident that you are in a safe and friendly environment. Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap.
A private transfer will be provided to the volunteer project on Day 2 only.
The tour that you have selected is an independent tour. You will receive information about your tour upon arrival at the start hotel and will be accompanied to the project on day 2 by our local representative.
- Passport (with photocopies) - Travel insurance (with photocopies) - Airline tickets (with photocopies) - USD cash - Credit or debit card (see personal spending money) - G Adventures vouchers and trip details - Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required - Camera and film - reading/writing material - cover for backpacks - Fleece top - Windproof/waterproof jacket - 4 shirts/t-shirts - Sun hat - 1 pair of shorts - 2 pairs of long trousers - Walking shoes or sneakers - Sunblock - Sunglasses - Toiletries (biodegradable) - Watch or alarm clock - First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking). - Spanish dictionary or phrasebook is recommended.
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights