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Amazon Jungle, Sacred Valley & Cusco
Summer (May 22-June 11, 2017)
VT Engage: Peru Service Immersion
Experience Ut Prosim May 22 - June 11, 2017!
action. Next summer, immerse yourself in a powerful learning and service experience that will take you from the Amazon rainforest to the high Andes.
In the rainforest, we’ll serve with ARCAmazon, which aims to conserve and protect the Amazon by promoting balance between people and nature. Projects may include environmental education, maintaining ARCA's education center, preserving the rainforest through patrolling their conservation area, and other community development projects. In the Andes’ Sacred Valley, we’ll partner with Llipin Yahuar, which focuses on empowering high Andean communities with vulnerable populations through health, education, and nutrition programs, specifically focused on women and children. Projects may include community development work, and native tree reforestation to restore habitats and increase water resources. This portion of the project will be based in Markuray, a community inaccessible by car.
Over three weeks, you’ll serve with and learn about these two nonprofits, visit Incan sites, connect with new people and more. Join us, and broaden your horizons with this unique international service-learning trip!
reflection. Why do you serve? How can we work together for a more just world? Throughout the trip, we’ll consider these complex questions, discuss the social issues we encounter, and share our perspectives!
knowledge. You’ll gain a greater understanding of life in the high Andes and the Amazon rainforest, Peruvian culture, nonprofit work, and more.
May 22: Depart for Lima, Peru
May 23: Arrival in Lima, Flight to Puerto Maldonado
May 24-29: Service Work with ARCAmazon (Amazon Rainforest)
May 30: Return to Puerto Maldonado, Flight to Cusco
May 31: Cusco
June 1-2: Machu Picchu
June 3: Cusco
June 4-9: Service Work with Llipin Yahuar (Sacred Valley)
June 10: Cusco
June 11: Depart for USA
AccommodationsConditions will be rustic in both locations. While working with ARCAmazon we will be staying in a rustic jungle lodge without electricity or Internet access. Participants will stay in shared rooms with bunk beds and shared showers.
During our time working with Llipin Yahuar we will be staying in the school on camping mats and sleeping bags. We will be working at approximately 12,800 feet above sea level.
We will stay in a local hostal in Cusco due to our limited time in the city in shared rooms.
No prerequisites; open to all majors and years (undergraduate and graduate).
The program will be located in remote locations without electricity for 6 days at a time; 11 days of the trip will be based at altitudes over 10,000 feet. Students must be able to hike at least 2 miles on rugged terrain.
ApplicationApplications are required to participate in this trip. Application deadline is December 1, 2016 at midnight. Please click on the "apply now" button at the bottom of this page to begin the process
Program FeeEstimated program fee is expected to be about $2800 plus airfare (USA to Lima, Peru & flights from Lima to Puerto Maldonado). The fee of $2800 includes ground transportation in country, flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, food, lodging, trip to Machu Picchu, and project donation. The final costs will be determined once the group size is set; students are encouraged to develop fundraising activities to minimize the cost of the trip.
There will be a limited number of need based financial assistance available. All applicants will be considered.
Staff Advisor: Eliza, firstname.lastname@example.org or 540.231.5853
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