Travel to Peru – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Peru – Children of the Andes

Relive the past at Machu Picchu while writing your own new stories in the Sacred Valley.

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


The Place and The People

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. The famous Inca Trail winds through valleys and mountain passes, revealing its famed stone walls, archaeological artifacts, and historical treasures.

Only 45 minutes away lies a small town where cobblestone streets meander by traditional Peruvian houses. Children dance around the town plaza, chasing each other past old men deep in discussion. The Andes soar in the distance, in stunning contrast to the bright mountain sky. This pueblo will be your home for the majority of the trip.


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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Itinerary Overview

Start with breakfast at your lodging, a century old hacienda with lush gardens and courtyard views. Spend the morning engaging with Peruvian culture, whether its visiting a local shaman to learn about Andean cosmology or making traditional dolls with a women’s group. Return home for lunch, then visit the surrounding villages teaching English and engaging with the local children in an after-school program.

End your day with a home-cooked dinner made from locally-sourced ingredients. Share your meal by the bonfire outside with a community activist who gives you an inside look at the challenges and triumphs facing Andean communities.

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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*

2018 Dates

Oct 21-30, 2018 (STS)

December 23-January 1, 2019

2019 Dates

Feb 10-19, 2019 (STS)

Mar 17-26, 2019

Apr 14-23, 2019

May 19-28, 2019 (STS)

June 9-18, 2019

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)

 

  • * 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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