Travel to Peru – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Peru – Children of the Andes

Make a difference in the lives of the Quechua people while immersing yourself in the rich culture of the Andes.


Our Purpose

The heart of the Andes is the town of Cusco, where remnants of a well-preserved historic civilization are abundant and Peruvian culture is alive and well. Only 45 minutes away lies a small town where cobblestone streets meander by traditional Peruvian houses. This pueblo will be your home for the majority of the trip.

Education is key to unlocking economic doors in this small Andean village. To achieve our purpose of educating and uplifting youth in the village of Andahuaylillas, assist with an after-school program that helps local children improve their English language skills. Devise lessons and educational games, which will create lasting memories both for you and the children involved.

(Volunteer Time = 20 hours, or 5 afternoons)


What You'll Do

Learn to make dolls using colorful traditional fabrics, visit the homes of local women for a cooking class, and experience the famed Machu Picchu. Visit off-the-beaten path locales – where education is key to unlocking doors of opportunity – and lend a hand to local teachers to help students learn English. Whether it’s directly assisting a lesson, creating educational materials or engaging the students in games, this will be a memorable experience for both you and the children of the local community.


What You'll See

Discover remnants of a well-preserved historic civilization, as well as a thriving modern culture. Relish in the beauty of local hand-woven textiles, breathtaking mountain peaks, and artifacts from one the most powerful empires in human history. Meet local artisans, musicians, and grassroots leaders who’ll share their contributions to Andean society. Enjoy the magical ancient city of Machu Picchu.

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Optional Post-Trip Extension

In addition to a purposeful vacation, those who seek a little bit of extra adventure opt for our post-trip extension to Rainbow Mountain. On this extension, first visit the Pacha Conservancy camp, an environmental organization where orchids and tea plants grow amid Inca-style stone walls. You will then embark on the adventurous six-mile journey by horseback to the

unforgettable Rainbow Mountain. Prepare for a somewhat strenuous but beautiful journey full of alpaca herds, snow-capped mountains in the distance, and untouched desert landscapes before a free day in Cusco the next day. Learn more about this 3 Day/2 Night extension by clicking the green button above and requesting an itinerary!

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Where You'll Stay

Most of your time in Peru will be spent in the heart of a quaint Andean village called Andahuaylillas, just outside Cusco. Set amongst the soaring Andes Mountains, the hacienda is complete with vegetable gardens (which we use for meals), peaceful nooks to read and relax in, and a fire pit for our evening discussions. Our in-house chef will prepare authentic Peruvian cuisine, which is among the most diverse and delicious in the world. Be ready for a culinary adventure – you won’t be disappointed! In Cusco, stay in a quaint hotel walking distance to Plaza de Armas in Central Cusco.

Opt for the 3-day extension to Rainbow Mountain for even more breathtaking views and quaint lodges in town.

Ingrid Apogs

Chicago, IL

Traveler's Journal

“Peru was a magical experience for me. My objective was to see the archaeological sites and beautiful Andean culture. But I ended the trip feeling like I got much more than that – I felt my soul replenished, and I gained a true understanding of what life in the Andes is all about. It was so much deeper than any trip I’ve taken; it was an inspiring and enlightening journey.”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

Reserve a 10-day Trip

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Duration: 10 Days

Program Cost: US $2,895 Adult* / $2395 Child*

These are our 2018 prices. Book now to lock them in before our annual price increase.

2018 Dates

December 23-January 1, 2019

2019 Dates

January 20-29, 2019 (STS)

February 10-19, 2019 (STS)

March 17-26, 2019

April 14-23, 2019

May 19-28, 2019 (STS)

June 9-18, 2019

June 23-July 2, 2019 (Festival)

July 7-16, 2019

July 21-30, 2019

August 4-13, 2019

August 18-27, 2019

September 22-October 1, 2019 (STS)

November 17-26, 2019 (STS)

December 22-31, 2019 (STS)

2020 Dates

January 25-February 3, 2020 (STS)

February 15-24, 2020 (STS)

March 21-30, 2020

April 4-13, 2020

 

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • 10 Day Single Room Supplement: $250
  • W= Women-Only
  • STS = Solo-Traveler Savings (you don’t pay the supplement fee!)
See What's Included

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • All meals included: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
  • 9 nights lodging in rural Andes
  • Service project: all supplies, materials and 20 volunteer hours
  • All activities: 3 guest speakers, 5 hands-on workshops
  • Airport transfers and all ground transportation
  • Features: excursion to Machu Picchu, tour of Sacred Valley and Cusco
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage, Discover Corps Host & transportation
  • All land transportation during the trip with licensed drivers
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What's Included

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • All meals included: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
  • 9 nights lodging in rural Andes
  • Service project: all supplies, materials and 20 volunteer hours
  • All activities: 3 guest speakers, 5 hands-on workshops
  • Airport transfers and all ground transportation
  • Features: excursion to Machu Picchu, tour of Sacred Valley and Cusco
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage, Discover Corps Host & transportation
  • All land transportation during the trip with licensed drivers
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home
See What's Included

Extend your trip on our 3 Day/ 2 Night extension to Rainbow Mountain. Relax in hot springs, visit a local environmental organization, and take the adventurous six-mile hike to the unforgettable Rainbow Mountain. Request an itinerary above for more detailed information and pricing.

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

Extend your trip on our 3 Day/ 2 Night extension to Rainbow Mountain. Relax in hot springs, visit an environmental organization, Pacha Conservancy, and take the adventurous hike six-miles to the unique Rainbow Mountain. Request an itinerary above for more detailed information and pricing.

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