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Venture into a land of lost cities, rising through the mountain mists like ghosts. Feel the spine tingling and magical atmosphere that pervades the very air in Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World that was the stronghold of the venerable Inca rulers. This project entails two key phases; initially you will spend three weeks making a vital contribution to the running of an under-resourced and under-funded community centre that provides a lifeline for women and children struggling to live and cope with extreme poverty. Following this you will travel to the cloud shrouded ruins of Machu Picchu and explore the lore and legend of its past; shamanic legends say that if you touch your head to the stone walls, the Intihuatana opens your vision to the spirit world. Embrace the challenge of trekking amongst the peaks that surround the edifice, make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged women and children in this beautiful country, and partake of a culture that has captivated visitors for centuries!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore one of the seven wonders of the world
  • Immerse yourself in traditional Andean culture
  • Make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged women & children

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Homestay Mountainous Terrestrial Trekking
FAST FACTS
Location Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru
Activities Help with homework
Create activities & events
Arts & crafts programmes
Drama & sports
Prepare & serve nutritious evening meals
4-day trek
Transport Taxi/by foot
Accommodation Hostel

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK TEFL training weekend if enrolled on TEFL BTEC course
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Internal Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation
Project training
Project equipment & materials
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The reality for most children living on the streets of Peru's towns and cities is a life of constant terrifying struggle, a lack of love and affection, and an uncertain future. Over 3,500 children live on the streets of Cusco, many abandoned by families who cannot afford to feed them. But the loneliness and fear experienced by these children, forced to live on the street alone are the most painful affliction. The community development that you will be working in provides a vital lifeline for those who seek a way out of their precarious existence on the streets. You can help give them the chance of an education, and provide them with the confidence boost and attention that they so desperately crave. Meanwhile, you are sure to enjoy a gap year or year out that will be absolutely unforgettable.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Whilst participating on this project, you will be engaged for the first 18 days in a range of activities, helping children who have suffered through a lack of any positive attention in their lives, and who need the stability and commitment of dedicated volunteers to enable them to progress. You will help the children with their homework, create activities and events focusing on constructive arts and crafts programmes, introduce them to drama and sports, and prepare and serve a nutritious evening meal. There is also the chance to help the English teacher, and work towards a free Frontier TEFL Certificate. What is most important is that throughout your time with the children you are showing them the support and positive direction that they crave and deserve. For these underprivileged youngsters you will be filling the role of mentor, parent, friend and so much more – an incredibly rewarding and life changing experience for both parties. Daily activities begin around 3pm, leaving you the morning free to take language lessons or explore Cusco and all it has to offer. Your working day will end at around 7pm, and you will head home to a delicious meal.

At the end of the 23 days community development phase, you will travel to Machu Picchu and spend five days trekking, where you will enjoy the challenge of tackling the Andes, visiting magnificent snow-capped mountains, traditional Andean communities, majestic waterfalls, as well as pushing yourself with the challenging physical aspect of trekking in Peru.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be collected form the airport in Cusco by a friendly Frontier representative, and escorted by taxi to your accommodation. Each day you can walk the short journey to your project or take a local taxi which is very inexpensive.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Whilst volunteering on this project, you will stay in shared dormitory style accommodation in a local hostel one blocks walk away from your placement.  Whilst on the trek to Machu Pichu you could be accommodated in a variety of tents or hostels en route depending upon the weather or seasonal conditions at the time.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

If you are staying in the hostel this project is self catered.  The hostel has an open and totally equipped kitchen with everything guests need to cook their own meals.  Cusco has a variety of bakeries, markets and shops nearby as well as numerous coffee shops and restaurants for those who wish to head out into town and experience the nightlife of this world famous town which will give you the chance to get a taste of authentic Peruvian cuisine. 

What a Satisfaction!  | 13 Jul 2012
What a satisfaction! I have been working with Frontier for two weeks in Peru. I loved that land a...

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Words nor pictures can depict  | 5 May 2012
After our incredible, but exhausting expereince with the kids in Cusco, our reward awaited us in ...

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Definitely a trip not to be missed!  | 13 Apr 2010
Amazing project! The kids were so great, I had so much fun working with them. During the day I wo...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

There are so many activities to try here that you certainly won't be short of things to enjoy in your spare time. Try swimming in forest waterfalls, hang-gliding, kite surfing, sailing, canoeing and many more! Explore the town and gain an insight into Peruvian culture – try local foods, buy beautiful hand-woven fabrics in the markets. Of course you will experience trekking in the mountains during the second phase of your project.

COSTS

4 weeks US$ 1,995

Extra week US$ 295

DEPARTURE DATES

Please arrive on the first Thursday of the month

No Availability for May - August 2014

DURATION

From 4 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel and medical advice and documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Internal ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • Project equipment & materials
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Cuzco (CUZ)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (UK) or +44 800 082 9994 (US) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk.

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel protection so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel protection at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.


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If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.